Three types of main armament were used on the M4A3: on the initial production types, the 75mm main gun and on the subsequent types, the 76mm main gun for heightened penetration ability. Finally, to provide heavy fire support for assaults on enemy outposts, the powerful 105mm howitzer was later adopted. The 105mm howitzer was carried in a M52 combination mount and a vision cupola was fitted for the commander with a small hatch for the loader. It could fire M1 shells at angles from -10 to +35 degrees at a maximum range of 11500m. About 500 of the M4A3 (105mm) were produced at the Chrysler factory in Detroit from May to September 1944. From September 1944 horizontal volute spring suspension was introduced on the M4A3 (105mm) together with the wider center-guide T66 tracks. The M4A3 (105mm) were deployed to European Theatre from July 1944, and played an indispensable role in the destruction of enemy positions by the U.S. infantry fighting on the front lines.
Last year, Tamiya released the amazing Tiger I Early Production Full-Option Complete Kit as a culmination of decades of military model and R/C experience. This year, it is the M4 Sherman that rolls out of Tamiya's R/C Tank factory. Tamiya's all new M4 Sherman 105mm Howitzer tank has been designed for maximum ease-of-use and for control by either a 2-channel or 4-channel R/C system.
Since Tamiya is behind this R/C M4 Sherman, authenticity in scale, body detailing, and working suspension goes without saying. Acoustic authenticity is also high on the score sheet, through the digitally recorded sounds of a real Continental R975-C4 9-cylinder engine, which roars from the bowls of the tank as it runs. And speaking of the running, you will be able to recreate all the speed and nimbleness of the full-sized M4 Sherman with state-of-the-art R/C technology.
Finally, with the addition of "Battle System" infrared tank scoring system, you can reenact one of the most classic military clashes of all time-Tiger vs. Sherman.
2-Channel R/C System for Complete Range of Movement
- 1. Forward/reverse over wide range of speed.
- 2. Gradual turning, pivot turning, super pivot turning.
- 3. Rotation of turret, raising/lowering of cannon.
- 4. Illuminating head and taillights.
- 5. Cannon firing (w/light and sound effects).
- 6. Machine gun firing (w/light and sound effects).
- *For 3-6, tank must be in stopped position.
Roar of the Continental R975-C4 9-cylinder EngineAll the power of the real Continental radial engine can be experienced on Tamiya's new R/C M4 Sherman tank. Listen to the deep start-up sound followed by throaty idling, and then hear the auto-choke activate as the engine kicks over. As you put the tank through its paces, the sound of the engine changes, just like the real M4 Sherman. Firing of the cannon, machine gun, raising/lowering of the cannon, etc.-all the action is linked with sound for an unbelievably realistic tank experience. Suddenly, you are the division commander all the power of the legendary U.S. tank is at your fingertips!
Turret rotation and raising/lowering of cannon. (12 Seconds, 912KB)
Real sounds of turret rotation and cannon raising/lowering. Simple manipulation of control stick lets you search and lock on your enemy.
Running and tackling rough terrain. (16 Seconds, 1.1MB)
Digital control allows smooth control of all movement including forward/reverse, turning, pivots, super pivots, and more! As speed increases, sound of engine speed up for truly realistic R/C tank action.
And if That's Not Enough...
- Kit includes realistic tank commander figure in copula.
- Finely recreated M2 machine gun mounted above cannon.
- Abundant accessory parts including ammunition cases, K-rations, Jerry cans, etc.
- Pre-assembled tracks included for smooth running.
- Two Type-380 motors and two quality gearboxes included.
Separately Available Items*Two-channel or four-channel RC unit is necessary to operate this kit. 7.2V Tamiya Racing Pack (or equivalent) and charger are also required.