Monday, February 1, 2016

Warlord Games British Sherman Firefly Medium Tank for Bolt Action

The British Sherman Firefly is a variant of the American Sherman equipped with a powerful 17 pounder anti-tank gun. It soon became highly valued as the only British tank capable of defeating the Panther and Tiger tanks it faced in Normandy at standard combat ranges.

In recognition of the threat, German tank and anti-tank gun crews were instructed to attack Fireflies first. Between 2100 and 2200 were manufactured before production wound down in 1945. For World of Tanks fans, the Firefly is a nice tier 6 medium tank.

Like the M18 Hellcat we reviewed a couple months ago, this model from Warlord Games has resin and metal parts, no plastic kit here. The main components, body, tracks and turret, are all resin. The gun barrel, hatches, lights and tow hooks are all metal.

There were plenty of seams and extra flashing on the resin parts which needed a good deal of cutting and sanding. The metal parts were cast better and only required minimal filing. Once all the prep work was completed, assembly was pretty simple.

Here it is primed and ready for painting. The kit comes with an optional commander. Although, you'd need to cut the metal hatch in two and mount it open for him to fit.

Compared with the M4 Sherman plastic kit, the gun size quickly becomes apparent.

Also, the size difference in the models is apparent. The resin Firefly is longer by a good quarter inch or 7mm. Width is slightly different and this becomes less apparent on the tabletop.

Parting shot of the Firefly and its nemesis, the Tiger.

Have A Great Battle,
The Old Crow

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