I couldn't help but notice that the Tasca M4A1 has deep, scoop shaped cutouts either side of the direct vision visors on the driver/MG hoods, which are not on the comparable Dragon kit, and which are also not very apparent in photo's. Is either kit correct/incorrect, or does this just reflect different founderies' casting?
Hi, All! I think as time goes by, as more and more "NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED" photos will be unearthed, we are going to find contradictions to many other things that we've taken as "Red Hot Gospel Truths"... There are bound to be other obscure differences within the M4-series Mediums, precisely because they were built in a dozen different foundries, locomotive and passenger car plants, automobile factories and Government Arsenals.
In any case, I've built several M4 and M4A1 Direct Vision Mediums, including the TASCA kit in question. I've modified the top hull glacis by adding the initial "fixed position" dual .30 cals... I don't get awfully excited over that kind of stuff, since the Oriental model companies very rarely explain anything that they choose to produce: You get a box, a set of instructions, the parts to build the kit, and a set of decals. Sometimes they include "Corrections", other times, not.
Personally, I LOVE the instructions that you find in the older ACCURATE MINIATURES 1/48 Aircraft kits- they included clear, concise explanations and helpful hints for assembling the various components, along with commentary! The illustrations are exemplary! Their B-25-series, TBF/TBM Avengers, SBD Dauntlesses and SB2U Vindicators are PRIME EXAMPLES of what I'm talking about. IF ONLY ALL MODEL KIT MANUFACTURERS WOULD FOLLOW ACCURATE MINIATURES' EXAMPLE, OUR MODEL-BUILDING EXPERIENCES WOULD BE A WHOLE LOT MORE ENJOYABLE!!!