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  USMC M48 A3 Patton Medium Tank - C Company, 2nd Platoon, 3rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, South Vietnam, 1968 (1:72 Scale)
USMC M48 A3 Patton Medium Tank - 217793, C Company, 2nd Platoon, 3rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, South Vietnam, 1968

Hobby Master USMC M48 A3 Patton Medium Tank - 217793, C Company, 2nd Platoon, 3rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, South Vietnam, 1968




 
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Hobby Master HG5501 USMC M48 A3 Patton Medium Tank - 217793, C Company, 2nd Platoon, 3rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, South Vietnam, 1968 (1:72 Scale) "Shock Mobility."
- Motto of the 3rd Marine Division

When the Korean War began, the US military had no medium tanks in production. The M47 appeared as an interim measure but work immediately began on the M48. The first 'Pattons' were completed in July 1952. Unfortunately, the speed of development resulted in numerous teething troubles for the early Pattons, including poor reliability and a short operating range. The A3 was a highly modified version designed to rectify these failings, and the M48 has been used as the basis for flame-thrower tanks, recovery vehicles, and an AVLB. The A5 was an upgraded version produced in the mid-1970s, which extended the M48's shelf life considerably.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a USMC M48 A3 Patton medium tank that was attached to C Company, 2nd Platoon, 3rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, during its deployment in the northern provinces of South Vietnam in 1968. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Length: 4-3/4 inches
Width: 1-1/2 inches

Release Date: July 2013

Historical Account: "Playboy Bunny" - The 3rd Tank Battalion conducted combat operations in South Vietnam from 1965 to 1969 and set up a command post at Da Nang. In 1965 the 3rd Tanks engaged the Viet Cong 1st Regiment southwest of Da Nang, pushing them into the sea, and killing over 700 men. However, after the two-day battle, seven of the 3rd Tank Battalion's M48s had suffered hits, three of which were hit so badly they could no longer traverse their turrets, and one of the three was so damaged that it had to be destroyed by a demolition team.

Eventually two full battalions, consisting of the USMC 1st and 3rd Tank Battalions, would end up conducting combat operations in northern I Corps, South Vietnam. They participated in combat actions against communist forces during the Tet Offensive of 1968, and during the re-taking of the city of Hue, and the siege of Khe Sanh during that same enemy offensive. Until their re-deployment in 1969-70, the 3rd Tanks served as an armored defense at the DMZ along the 17th Parallel.

Features
  • Plastic construction
  • Rotating turret
  • Elevating gun
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with acrylic display case

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.


  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Hobby Master Does it Again August 22, 2013
Reviewer: Ben Lacy from Ashburn, VA United States  
I have long been a fan of Hobby Master.  When I write to the company, they are very responsive.  I have personally requested the M18 Hellcat, IS-2 Soviet tank and most recently the SU-76 and SU-152.  Time will tell if Hobby Master takes my humble request.  The M48A3 is superb.  It follows the mold of all HM releases.  I am using it this weekend in a Vietnam wargame.  The only concern I have is that some of the trim appears too delicate to handle.  I worry about a player trying to turn the turret.  But the model is excellent.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Very detailed model August 14, 2013
Reviewer: H. Lieu from Parkville, MD United States  
A must add into your Vietnam War vehicle collections.

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