M4A3E8(76)W “Easy Eight” Sherman Kit Available Now

Sherman Easy Eight

“Easy Eight” was the nickname for the final World War II production model of the famous American Sherman Tank. It’s official designation is the M4A3E8(76)W which denotes the following features: Welded steel hull, Ford GAA V8 gasoline engine, horizontal volute spring suspension, 23-inch wide tracks, 76mm main gun in a T-23 turret, and “wet” ammunition stowage.

While never designed to battle heavy German armor, this model was far more capable than the original Sherman tanks rolled out just three years earlier. The “Easy Eight” was the only Sherman to remain in American service following World War II and it would see further action on the Korean Peninsula supporting UN forces. The “Easy Eight” was also the basis of the famous Israeli “Super Shermans” which saw action well into the 1970’s. More than 49,000 Sherman Tanks were built during World War II. Many thousands were distributed to the Allies through the Lend-Lease program.

Easy Eight Cover

We’ve saved the best Sherman tank for last!  The standard production kit includes one US Tanker minifig with the armored division sleeve print. It also has smooth rolling LEGO tracks, four opening crew hatches (inside is not detailed, but can be easily accessed for adding your own interior), custom pad-printed US star insignia tiles, and BrickArms M2HB and M1919 machine guns for secondary armament.

Easy Eight

Expanded Crew Add-On

For those who order during the first week, we’re giving you the opportunity to add up to four extra US Tanker minifigs with sleeve prints, generally reserved for new release kits and not normally available for separate purchase.

US Tankers

Taking the Time to Make it Even Better

While we aimed to have this released the same day as the movie Fury (featuring this same tank), a last minute decision to have the instruction booklet professionally printed (rather than our usual laser printed method) means shipping will be delayed until Wednesday, October 22nd. If the results are as good as we hope, we will switch all instruction printing to this method whenever possible.

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