1/16 T-295 Rogers Motor Company M-4 Sherman US Army Medium Tank
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Very Rare. From 1944 or 1945. Very large, full scale kit over 14 inches long that represented the state-of-the-art in model kits at that time. Has over 780 finished parts. No carving. Features precision machined hardwood hull and turret parts, accurately cut out parts, turned, finished and die cut trim parts, revolving turret, realistic moving treads, finished turnings, 22 finished bogie and slack wheels, very thick (thicker than many woods) die-cut heavy cardstock parts (mainly for the treads), sandpaper, US Army Olive Drab paint and more. Includes superb, full size plans with elevation drawings, very detailed text instructions and numerous detail drawings keyed to the assembly steps. The kit has never been started. NOTE: Missing one wooden parts and one heavy cardboard tread side piece. Both parts are easily made as there are identical patterns still present. NOTE: the plans are professional quality photocopies, done on one sheet. Inventoried with all other parts, paint, wood filler and sandpaper present. Rogers was an early producer of miniature gas engines for free-flight and early radio control model kits and often had large adds for these engines in hobby magazines. The full company name on the box is listed as 'Rogers Motor Company Detroit Michigan' and the 'Scale Model Division' is listed as Tawas City, Michigan. Right at the end of WWII, Rogers made a very short journey into kit manufacturing. As you would expect from an engine manufacture, the kits were all true scale, highly prefabricated, had excellent detail and were fairly complicated. Rogers produced at least four kits - the 40MM AA Gun and Carriage (1/16 scale), Army Weasel, LST and an amazing huge scale M4 Sherman tank with over 780 parts. These kits were likely produced in that order, with the LST being released around late 1945/early 1946. I have seen several of these kits built and they make excellent displays. And thanks to kit builder and collector Fran Fierko for some new and important kit history! Fran was able to track down the son of the designer of the five Rogers kits. Mr. John Hoenle Jr. was a master model builder who received a deferment from the draft in WWII to build recognition models for the military- some of which may still be on display at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. Mr. Hoenle is believed to have designed one other early kit, a civilian Chris Craft cabin cruiser. It is unknown if this kit was issued or not. Mr. Hoenle left Rogers to design promo models for Jo-Han, which is famous for their 1950s line of car kits.
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