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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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"Tamiya M48A3 Patton"
Like almost any other Tamiya model, it takes little trouble or time to assemble. Only thing to be careful around is the clear plastic parts, which can be easily screwed up if too much glue is used, so use the glue as sparingly as possible in the steps said parts are included in. Other than that it is real easy to build. As with other kits, I would recommend assembling the wheels separate from the rest of the model so both the lower hull and the wheels are easier to paint and weather. For weathering, I combined some Tamiya weathering master mud and bright orange rust to create the orange-y color of the dirt in Vietnam, and ran some oil washes over the model to break up the uniform color (use the washes first so they do not lift the powders). I added highlights in a few areas afterwards. The crew provided is good, with relaxed poses. With a little fiddling around, however, they can be made to assume action poses. Definitely a must have for any Vietnam armor modeller.

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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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"Fun to build and detail."
I put this together in a few evenings of work. I spent little bursts of time on this tank it came out wonderfully. I do recommend using a thicker glue like Gorilla gel glue for the far front road wheel suspension as the tracks may pull on it and pull it off the hull. Take your time, don't furiously rush through it, and pay attention to the fine details and this kit will turn out fantastic. If you choose to weather this tank and have no experience what ever in weathering, use the AFV Green Vehicles Weathering Set. That kit really makes your build pop and look great. I'm pairing my M48A3 with a Master Box Limited Jungle Patrol figure kit.

"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.

"M48A3- just right for Viet-Nam"
This is the tank that saw yeoman service in Viet-Nam and it can be built to that version. There's a lot of extra equipment to add on and a plethora of decals for both the Army and Marines. The parts, as usual, fit well together and the directions are detailed enough for someone with minimal skills to do a good job. However, this is a kit that requires some patience. Assembling the bogies and suspension takes some time-- let the glue dry before rushing on the tracks or it will be pulled out of position. The spare Ma Deuce is a nice addition. I'd love to see an after market company come up with an accessory kit to match that photo of an 11th Cav M48 with a cooler, poncho top, folding lawn chairs and a host of other gear strung all up on the turret basket.


  • 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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