I'd have to say I've built it at least six times, maybe more, even still have a couple in the case. It's actually very good for it's time too, just a few things that I'm sure you're well aware of. I think I have at least one in the stash still, and since almost all of the parts are completely interchangeable with the early Dragon Shermans, (imagine that!) it's a good basis for most any radial engined Sherman with lots of mix and match possibilities. I've even heard the Italeri finally molded the nicely detailed tracks in something other than their old horrible nearly rigid vinyl.
Oh, I'm full of it.... comments that is. Truthfully, I have built a bucket-full of Shermans, and still have a dozen or more full kits in the stash, along with at least as many boxes of parts. I've been feeling the itch to build one of the Tamiya IDF M4A1/76 kits I have, or maybe one of the new "Easy 8" kits too. Hmmmm...... Anyway, enjoy that Italeri kit, it's a piece of modeling history for lots of people.
The very early m4a1 76mm Shermans have some distinctive features: - ventless turret - unthreaded M1A1 gun - horizontal brackets for support rollers So I'll replace kits late type bogies with upswept brackets for Academy ones of early model.