RE: 1:16 Mato Toys RC M4 Sherman Tank
The Sherman had many advantages over it's adversaries. First was reliability, ease of maintenance and simple construction. Knocked out tanks that didn't burn were quickly returned to service. The 75mm was a great HE gun and held it's own against the earlier PZIIIs and PZIVs and related Stugs, etc. The turret turned the fastest, much faster then the Tiger for instance. The late HVAP ammo for the 76mm was great, able to defeat Panthers and Tigers with relative ease compared to the earlier ammo. The Wet ammo stowage turned the burn rate from 70% to 20%.
Drawbacks were plenty, the gun ring hatch had to be modified so it wouldn't smash the TCs head, the narrow driver's and assistant driver's hatches made egress take longer, the VVSS suspension gave a rough ride, the tracks were too narrow for muddy terrain which was only helped by the late addition of the EECs or Duck Bills. The ultimate HVAP ammo was introduced too late and in too few quantity to please the crews and save more lives. The gunner's optics were inferior to the Germans. The spark plugs on the bottom cylinders of the radial engine were a pain to access and remove for cleaning.