US Med Tank M26 Pershing T26E3

This is a plastic model kit of the 1/35 Scale M26 Pershing U.S. Medium Tank Plastic Model Kit from Tamiya.

Tamiya US Med Tank M26 Pershing T26E3 Plastic Model Military Vehicle Kit 1/35 Scale #35254
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Specifications :

Length: 9.6" (24.5cm

  • Tamiya Product Number: 35254
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"Excellent kit of US's proto-MBT"
I love this kit. Assembled smoothly with lots of detail, especially the cast texture on the turret and glacis plate. Parts fit very nicely with only small gaps in the side hatch on turret and at the back of the hull near the sponson. Easily fixed with some CA glue and Plastruct on the turret gap. Tank crew is well detailed and have a sort of relaxed but somewhat alert character. I really enjoyed the moveable running gear though it can be a bit finicky so it does take some patience but it stays together and doesn't get in the way of painting and assembly.

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  • Detailed plastic parts molded in dark green and attached to sprue trees.
  • Ready to assemble precision model kit.
  • Complete exterior detailing.
  • Details on the rear panel such as the traveling lock and tail lights have been faithfully reproduced.
  • Cast iron appearance of hull and turret increases realism.
  • Flexible plastic tracks with moveable suspension.
  • Hatches can be assembled in open or closed position.
  • Includes two crew figure torsos to place into the hatches.
  • Engine grilles are molded as separate parts.
  • Ammo boxes and K rations increase realism.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Includes detailed and informative pictorial instructions.


Length: 9.6" (24.5cm

  • Tamiya Product Number: 35254


One 1/35 Scale M26 Pershing U.S. Medium Tank Plastic Model Kit.

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"Great model, great detail, cool suspension"
I was a little intimidated at first by the suspension but once I started to put this together it really was quite simple and actually a remarkable example of engineering. I had a little trouble with one of the springs popping out when I moved the wheel up and down put I twisted it a tad and pushed it down and it was just fine afterwards. Make sure you test everything before you put on the top of the hull because you won't be able to fix them after that. Pay particular attention to placement of the decals on certain versions. You might want to wait to put some pieces like the rails for the spare track on the turret, AFTER you apply the decals. The loader figure is different but the commander figure is the same as in the M4A3 Sherman models. The extras include ammo boxes and K ration boxes. A couple fuel cans would have been nice but you can always order more stowage. Since I spray painted the model waited to apply the tracks and painted the skirts separately. The only thing I don't like is the lack of periscopes and the missing casting marks on the turret. There isn't even a periscope for the commanders hatch if you decide to keep it open. Tamiya came up short on that one. Overall, a very fast build and great detail. You don't see many Pershings around so this an excellent choice to add to your collection of U.S. Army World War II tanks.

"The best model kit I have built so far."
After reading the book, Spearhead, I decided to buy this kit and a Panther to recreate the Battle of Cologne. I have build a Sherman model and was very happy with the size and detail. One of the coolest and most fun aspects of this model is the moving suspension. Building it was complex but not difficult and gives it a dynamic look to the model. I have built a B-25, Sherman, Panther, flak 88, and a jeep models and the Pershing is by far the best model I have built

"older but excellent !!! great kit from tamiya."
this was an interesting kit. this was brought out in late 1945 to combat the king tiger. however because it was similar to the king tiger our troops often made the mistake of mis-identification, and shot at the wrong tanks. this was also used in korea where it stood up to the Russian made tanks very well. the kit overall was good. no fit issues, very little flashing, all parts fit perfect. I would recommend getting this one for your collection. however, I did add the tarp and tent and butt packs. well worth the money and time. also the crew mwmbers were very easy to paint and glue.


  • One decal sheet with markings for four tanks
  • 1: Company B, 1st Tank Bttn., U.S. Marines, September 1950, Inchon.
  • 2: No. 9, Tank Co. A, 18th Tank Bttn., 8th Armored Div., 1945, Czechoslovakia.
  • 3: No. 10, Tank Co. E, 67th Armor Rgt., 2nd Armored Div., April 1945, Germany.
  • 4: No. 5, 2nd Platoon, Tank Co. F, 33rd Armored Rgt., 3rd Armored Div., February 1945, Elsdorf, Germany.

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