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PostPosted: Mon 18 Nov 2013 21:43 pm 
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I hear that there is going to be a new Sherman release from Heller.
Does anyone know anything more with regard to other 2014 releases


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PostPosted: Mon 18 Nov 2013 21:58 pm 
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Check out the pics on their facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/hellerjoustra/photos_stream

The Sherman looks very nice.

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PostPosted: Mon 18 Nov 2013 23:05 pm 
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The Sherman does look very competent. I just wonder whether they have the right kit at the wrong time, given the surfeit of "very nice" 1:72 Shermans from UM, Dragon, Trumpeter (excluding the M4 mid-production), Extratech and Eduard (and even Italeri, if you can DYI some applique armour). The wading trunks are a nice feature but tbh unless the tracks are excellent, I won't be tempted. Personally, I would have preferred they re-tooled the Somua S.35 with new tracks.

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Nov 2013 00:12 am 
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Dude it's an M4, so long as its accurate shape-wise and the stacks are optional, it's a winner.....Dragon do one M4, but it can only be done with the wading stacks, or you have to kitbash with another cheap as chips (Not! :!: ) Dragon kit (The Sherman Ic Firefly.....If you can find one. :idea: ). Trumpeter's M4 is rubbish, Extratech's M4 is hard to find, pricey and not terribly good and the Unimodel M4 kit is a bit shonky too TBH. :idea:

Out of all of the kits listed above only the dreadful Trumpeter version is really suitable for a beginner, the rest have etch.....I reckon Heller are onto a money spinner with this one, assuming it's basically accurate, it's to scale and they don't get silly about the price. :idea:

My big issue with the whole thing is why did it have to be Heller, why not Airfix or at the very least Airfix/Heller? The current Airfix Sherman is utterly dreadful, it should have been put out of its misery thirty years ago and the current boxing that describes the kit as an M4A2 is stretching the boundaries of the Trades Description Act. :!:

PS - Airfix.....The various letters & numbers in a tank's nomenclature are not just put there to look cool, they do actually mean something. :idea:

PPS - Sure I heard that a Heller 1/72 Tiger I was on the cards too.....Just can't remember where? :?:

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I'm sure Heller will be onto a winner. As the Sarge points out, it's a Sherman, ergo it will sell (especially if it's as good as the pictures suggest and is priced competitively), plus next year is a special D-Day anniversary.

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You are missing the point Paul.....It's an M4, not one of the other variants (M4A1, M4A2 etc.) and there is no really good M4 kit OOTB, especially for beginners. :idea:

It was a very good choice, especially for Heller, who might well have been tempted to do an M4A2 as it's probably the type most used by the Free French. :idea:

With a good M4 base kit they can of course do an M4A2 with a total of about a dozen new parts.....It's a very sensible choice on so many levels. :idea:

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Yeah, but I'd guess the anniversary is the overriding commercial interest. I'm not sure the larger part of Heller's market would care which variant it is, if it says Sherman on the box with landing craft and invasion beaches on the box art, they'll likely buy it.

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And the Braillers will continue to buy it because it's (hopefully) an accurate base M4 kit. :idea:

It really does look quite a promising kit, if I were building it I'd replace the headlight brush-guards (the current ones are thicker than the hull lift rings) and the horn mount.....Other than that it looks pretty good. :idea:

I'd imagine the small scale AFV cottage industry mob in France will be tooling up for M4A2 conversions as we speak.....Check out Minitracks mate, those Frenchies are pretty passionate about their armour! :idea:

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Brews wrote:
The Sherman does look very competent. I just wonder whether they have the right kit at the wrong time, given the surfeit of "very nice" 1:72 Shermans from UM, Dragon, Trumpeter (excluding the M4 mid-production), Extratech and Eduard (and even Italeri, if you can DYI some applique armour).


I think the main issue, Brews, is how many of those other kits are (a) available in France for non-silly money and (b) make money for Heller? If we assume that any decent Sherman kit will make money at all (which seems a fair assumption), then the odds are good that they're on to a winner.

As for all the other types of Shermans that this kit isn't, everything has to start somewhere -- it's not very practical to release the entire range of possibilities all at once. It's their first release in how many years? I dare say that they want to see how it does and make their future plans accordingly.

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I am sure that a decent Sherman will do very well

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A bit hard to see, but it appears to me as though the tracks, from the FB photos, are one piece molded in the manner of the Airfix Cromwell. It looks like a nicely detailed kit.
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PostPosted: Wed 09 Jul 2014 14:39 pm 
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Hi All,

Just bought yesterday the reissues of Caudron CR 174 and Les Mureaux 117 (with r2b2 version) (respectively 8.99 & 9.99 Euros, standard edition) in shop.

http://www.heller.fr/

Also many others re-issues available in shops. I should have bought the 1/72 Sherman 2nde D.B., a.o. .


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