Cobi 2464A Sherman M4A1 – Speed Build Review

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It is small and does not look really nice. But Cobi can’t help it. The Sherman is a must have tank for collectors and is probably one of the most famous tanks of the Second World War.

Manufacturer: Cobi
Set-Number: 2464A
Theme: Military
Release: 2018
Parts: 480
Figures: 1
Age: 6
Building Time ca.: 1 Hours 30 Minutes

When it comes to WWII tanks, the Sherman is definitely there. It is small, poorly armed and poorly armored. He had no chance against most German tanks. But the sheer mass ultimately made the difference. At the end of the war, the United States also built heavy and better-armored models such as the Pershing, but when it comes to quantities, the Sherman is at the forefront with around 50,000 units.

Brick Quality

Unfortunately, this model makes a general statement somewhat difficult. Basically, the studded stones were all at a high level and all national emblems and inscriptions were printed. But unfortunately there were some plates and brackets on my set that were very loose and had hardly any clamping force. In my Speed Build video you can see that they just fall off when you turn them upside down. I had never heard of COBI before.

Instructions

The illustrations do not differ from previous and subsequent models. Completed construction steps are completely grayed out so that it is easy to place the new stones. A trading card is also included. After two construction phases with a total of 77 construction steps, the model is completed.

Construction

In the first step, the hull is built from several small plates. Until the large 2×10 bricks are plugged in, there are still several individual parts with an air connection in front of them. After that, it goes quickly and after a single row of bricks we start with the green stones of the armor. The entire rear is built separately and placed on the hull at the end.

After a few more tiles that completely cover the tank from above, we turn it over and take care of the wheels and chains. Molded parts are also built on both sides, each connecting two castors. The tracks sits rather wobbly in this model and are difficult to roll. You need the right pressure from above. If you press too hard, just slide it to the side and do not roll. If you press too little, it won’t roll either. Of all the models I’ve built so far, this chain is the worst.

Finally the tower has to be built. I already had one or the other plate, a brick or a modified stone on the rest of the tank that did not have the usual clamping force. With the tower, however, it was very clear. The large 2×4 brackets fall off almost by themselves and only hold after they have been covered with additional plates. I wasn’t used to that from Cobi.

Conclusion:

The Sherman is of course a must have for a collector. It is also available as a WoT model. This is identical in construction, but costs a little more and offers codes for the game. In the end the tank was stable and you could touch it. But one or the other stone was a little loose. I only knew that from Sluban.

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