1/400 scale British Sherman Firefly Tank (10), ideal for the Heller Landing Craft Set. Soon available in other scales. Watch out for other British Tanks of WW2.The Sherman Firefly
was a tank
used by United Kingdom and some Commonwealth
armoured formations in the Second World War
. It was based on the US M4 Sherman
but fitted with the powerful 3-inch (76.2 mm) calibre British 17-pounder anti-tank gun
as its main weapon. Originally conceived as a stopgap until future British tank designs came into service, the Sherman Firefly became the most common vehicle mounting the 17-pounder in the war.
Though the British expected to have their own new tank models developed soon, British Major George Brighty championed the already rejected idea of mounting the 17-pounder in the existing Sherman. With the help of Lieutenant Colonel Witheridge, and despite official disapproval, he managed to get the concept accepted. This proved fortunate, as both the Challenger
tank designs experienced difficulties and delays.
After the difficult problem of getting the gun to fit in the Sherman's turret was solved by W.G.K. Kilbourn, a Vickers
engineer, the Firefly was put into production in early 1944, in time to equip Field Marshal Montgomery
's 21st Army Group
for the Normandy landings
. It soon became highly valued as one of the only British tanks capable of defeating at long range the Panther
and Tiger tanks
it faced in Normandy. In recognition of this, German tank and anti-tank gun crews were instructed to attack Fireflies first. Between 2,100 and 2,200 were manufactured before production wound down in 1945.
Some part cleanup will be necessary. The 3D printing process uses a waxy substance to support certain part features during the printing process. Although the parts are cleaned by Shapeways, some waxy residue may remain. It can be safely removed with water and a mild aqueous detergent like "Simple Green" using an old, soft toothbrush, Q-tips or pipe cleaners. During the printing process, liquid resin is cured by ultraviolet light. Microscopic bits of resin may remain uncured.
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