Sherman wading trunks

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Sherman wading trunks

Joined: February 11th, 2015, 6:39 pm

June 6th, 2018, 7:54 pm #1

Can anyone tell me if there is an aftermarket 1/35 deep wading trunk for the M4A3 Sherman?   My intent is to fit it on the new Tamiya M4A3E8.
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

June 6th, 2018, 9:14 pm #2

The craptacular Italeri "USMC M4 Sherman" has M4A3 trunks because the kit is an M4A3 masquerading as an M4A2 (despite the box saying M4).  You might be able to find a set that someone didn't use.  

The only other wading trunks that I know of are Tank Workshop's resin sets. They offer several, but they are set up for the M4, M4A1, M4A2, or British wading trunks. They do not offer a set that would fit the M4A3 engine deck and rear.   You might be able to adapt one though.  

I did a quick search and this thread came up which may be of use or interest http://the-sherman-shop.freeforums.net/ ... ing-stacks
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Joined: February 11th, 2015, 6:39 pm

June 6th, 2018, 11:23 pm #3

Thanks for the reply.  And yes, that thread was useful.

I'm a little surprised no one markets a set of wading trunks for the M4A3 given the popularity of that model.
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Joined: May 13th, 2005, 2:21 am

June 9th, 2018, 1:34 pm #4

Not that surprising because wading stack equipped M4A3s saw no or very little combat action.  (I'm sure a bunch were getting ready for the Japan home island invasions --).  M4A3s didn't participate in any opposed beach landings in WW2 as far as I'm aware.  Certainly none in Europe.
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

June 9th, 2018, 2:42 pm #5

I'd think an M4A3E8 with wading trunks would be a really odd duck too
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Joined: February 11th, 2015, 6:39 pm

June 9th, 2018, 7:17 pm #6

Lots of photos of M4A3 with the lower half of the wading trunks still attached in combat on Iwo Jima and Okinawa in "Sherman in the Pacific War" by Raymond Giuliani.   Apparently, once ashore crews ditched the upper stacks but left the lower half attached because they were time consuming to remove.

One nice photo shows a group of Shermans including three M4A3E8(105) from the 713th Tank Bn. with the lower half of the wading trunks still attached.    As you say, an odd duck, and probably present only in small numbers, but will make a unique addition to my Pacific armor collection once I find a set of wading stacks.
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