Sherman tanks from Butlers Printed Models

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CarlL
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Sherman tanks from Butlers Printed Models

Post by CarlL » 22 Oct 2018, 18:59

More Shermans! Surely a flooded market item?
Butler's have entered this market in several scales.

See https://www.butlersprintedmodels.co.uk/
Or http://theminiaturespage.com/news/?id=1241145693

The TMP ad tells us:-
"14 different variants are available:

M4 75mm Dry – Sherman I
M4 105mm Dry
M4A1 – Sherman II
M4A1(76) Wet
M4A2 75mm Dry – Sherman III
M4A2(76) Wet
M4A3 75mm Wet – Sherman IV
M4A3 105mm Wet
M4A3(76)W HVSS – M4A3E8 – Easy 8
M4A4 75mm Dry – Sherman V
Sherman VC – Firefly
M4A3E2 – Jumbo
M4A3R2 Flame tank – Zippo
T34 Rocket Launcher – Calliope

Each model can be ordered with or without sand skirts. Optionally, each model can also be ordered with hedgerow cutters to glue on.

6mm from £0.55 GBP
12mm from £2.50 GBP
15mm from £3.75 GBP
20mm from £7.00 GBP
28mm from £15.00 GBP"

Can't upload photo currently via Imgur from TMP.

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Re: Sherman tanks from Butlers Printed Models

Post by CarlL » 23 Oct 2018, 20:29

The photo from TMP
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Re: Sherman tanks from Butlers Printed Models

Post by Seret » 23 Oct 2018, 22:32

It would be nice if they told you what scale the pics were of. They're using the same one for 6mm as they are for 28mm, and you can bet they wouldn't look the same in real life. Hopefully that's not just one digital model behind all those scales, too?

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Re: Sherman tanks from Butlers Printed Models

Post by MrCreak » 23 Oct 2018, 23:28

Seret wrote:
23 Oct 2018, 22:32
It would be nice if they told you what scale the pics were of.
Most of the ones I've paid attention to (admittedly post-war stuff) state that the photo is of the 15mm version.

I've got a few of BPM's 20mm vehicles and I'm well pleased with them. Certainly they could be better detailed (less striation on angled surfaces, open hatches etc) but once painted and fitted with stowage they're virtually indistinguishable from a kit-built vehicle once on the table and at arm's length. And, given the prices, Butler's is someone I have no hesitation in ordering from in the future.
Similarly a friend who plays Team Yankee (15mm) was pleasantly surprised at how well they fit in with the "official" kit for that game.

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Re: Sherman tanks from Butlers Printed Models

Post by granty101 » 24 Oct 2018, 07:55

There are enough plastic kits of Sherman tanks, (and Sherman based vehicles), in the 25mm - 1/76th - 1/72nd scales to make just about any variant you need/want...plus I like to kit bash/kit swap parts to make something different anyway. :)

But if you model/game in other scales, then that might be a different matter :roll:

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Re: Sherman tanks from Butlers Printed Models

Post by cartfc » 24 Oct 2018, 09:20

Agreed the Sherman is not particularly under represented in any scale. The options for hedgerow cutters etc is nice though and the prices are reasonable. However I do like making the kits so will continue to buy the Warlord and Rubicon models for now.

Cheers Fred.
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Re: Sherman tanks from Butlers Printed Models

Post by granty101 » 24 Oct 2018, 09:52

cartfc wrote:
24 Oct 2018, 09:20
The options for hedgerow cutters etc is nice
In any scale, hedgerow cutters can be made easily with a few off-cuts of plastic card, brass sheet, or even thick card, and just glued onto the front of the tank. In real life, there wasn't a 'standard' design. Each tank company used what they could get hold of, and welded it up to fit a general description of what a Cullin Hedgerow Cutter should look like. The images shown below show various different types of hedgerow cutters that were used.

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Re: Sherman tanks from Butlers Printed Models

Post by NTM » 24 Oct 2018, 18:02

I've probably got more vanilla Shermans than I'll ever need but cheap Easy Eight and Jumbo could tempt me as not particularly keen on the current metal and resin options in 15mm. May get some of the M4 too for Sicily as don't really fancy filing the applique off some PSC kits.

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Re: Sherman tanks from Butlers Printed Models

Post by Seret » 25 Oct 2018, 10:50

MrCreak wrote:
23 Oct 2018, 23:28
And, given the prices, Butler's is someone I have no hesitation in ordering from in the future.
That's the thing though, they don't seem that cheap. £18 for a 28mm tank is similar prices to what you'll pay in resin or injection-moulded plastic, and the prices for 6mm (55p) and 15mm (£3.75) aren't any better. You can get a box of five 15mm plastic tanks from PSC for under £20, and they'll be better quality.

It'd be appealing if they were genuinely cheaper or for obscure bits of kit, but for stuff like a bog-standard Sherman they seem to be offering a lower-quality product for similar prices to the good stuff.

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Re: Sherman tanks from Butlers Printed Models

Post by cartfc » 25 Oct 2018, 12:31

Agreed the Butlers’ stuff is not the cheapest, but in 15mm Battlefront’s Shermans start at £8.00, so they compare well to those. PSC are very good value for money in 15mm. I have a few of Butlers offerings in 28mm, but of stuff you can’t get elsewhere. I have tended to get 3D prints from Shapeways for rare stuff that you can’t get elsewhere, like the Marmon Herrington CTLS Light tank or Panzer IC. Those are very good quality, but not cheap. I have invested in a 3D printer so about to start experimenting to see how good the quality is. I have acquired some STL files for scenery which I think will look good and dry cheap to produce.

Cheers Fred.

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