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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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"So Far the Best Build and Best Detailed by FAR!!!!"
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.

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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.

"Excellent tank for any collection"
This was a great model to build. Pieces fit well with very little need for trimming or sanding. There are prominent curved surfaces on this model and I found that lightly adding some shading with an airbrush really made those features stand out. Dry brushing some highlights on some of the smaller features also really brought out its character and realism. Even without taking those additional steps it still looked great.

"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.


  • 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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