US M48A3 Patton Tank

This is a Plastic Model Kit of the 1/35 Scale M48A3 U.S. Patton Medium Tank from Tamiya. Recommended for ages 10 and over.

Tamiya US M48A3 Patton Tank Plastic Model Military Vehicle Kit 1/35 Scale #35120
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Specifications :
  • Length: 7-3/4" (19.6cm)
  • Width: 4" (10.1cm)
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35120
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"Nice details"
This tank comes with some nice details. It comes with one full figure and half of a driver that can pop up out of his driver spot and go back down to close the hatch. The copula can swivel on top of the turret. String is supplied to simulated tow cable and vinyl tubing is supplied to simulate the cable that runs from the turret to the lamp on the barrel. Extra bags, wheels and water cans are supplied to add stowage to the tank. An optional snorkel is present. Decals allow for US Army markings as well as markings for USMC with playboy bunny marking and sharkmouth. Tracks are rubber band type or single piece vinyl. Chassis has large holes on the bottom reminiscent of its past of being a motorized kit.

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  • Plastic parts molded in olive drab green.
  • Position of accessories on tank - such as the Jerry cans - can vary.
  • Commander and another figure included.
  • Pliable and authentic tank tracks.
  • Wire rope included.
  • Waterslide decals with markings for two tank craft.
  • Detailed pictorial instructions.


  • Length: 7-3/4" (19.6cm)
  • Width: 4" (10.1cm)
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35120


One 1/35 M48A3 U.S. Patton Medium Tank

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"So Far the Best Build and Best Detailed by FAR!!!!"
scott.moore1972 (Dublin, Tx)
Tamiya Did awesome with this tank , I had a blast putting this M48A3 Patton Tank together,a lot of small pieces keep in mind, you can't rush this tank, it does require some level of skill and definitely bring some patience with you, there are features on the tank that have been added too make the tank look unique two mounted .50 cals, some color change was different than the guide suggested, The rubber track went together fairly easy, I super glue them , then heat a flat tip screw driver, press down on where they are connected and melt them just enough until the rubber mixes together. Don't get glue on clear plastic it will ruin it for the I.R. Light, I broke most of the eye hooks that mount on top of the turret and side of turret, so I used a pair of cut off pliars and cut the back ends of small paper clips to fix the problem other that that this tank has been GREAT, Have FUN!!!!! Scott M.

"Pretty old kit, but nice in spite of that"
This is a rather dated kit by today's standards. I found the tank commander figure a bit disappointing. What I did really like was the commander's copula however. It is well detailed with a cool hatch and weapons. The 'IR lamp' mounted atop the main gun is a cool feature too and the details overall are nice. If you're looking to model a M48, this kit is a nice one for your collection.

"Cold War Hero"
johncpo41 (www.hobbiesinabarn)
I you didn't have one of these tanks in your collection during the Cold War you most likely missed that era! I know because I built one during the largely un- heard of push by the Soviet Union to invade Western Europe via East Germany. These tanks which were equipped with the huge Infra red light on the turret were made famous by being able to at least slow that advance and thank goodness it never came. The night vision version of this U.S. Army heavy was far advanced past that of the USSR forces and could counter an attack. As always with Tamiya the ease of the build was the appealing part and I had no problems with it at all. For a historical and easy to build model, this is one war hear that never went into combat.


  • One decal sheet with markings for two tanks
  • 1: C23, USMC 217793 or 202078, Playboy Bunny Insignia, 54.
  • 2: Star Insignia, U.S. Army 9B0035, 11ACR or 9-277, 1-TK2 or B12.
  • Shark Mouth Insignia may be added to either tank in front.


  • Keep small pieces and sharp edges away from children ages 3 and under.
  • Recommended paints are for adult modelers only.
  • Care should be taken when using tools and modeling knives.

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