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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

The M48 Patton is a main battle tank (MBT) that was designed in the United States. It was the third tank to be officially named after General George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. Third Army during World War II and one of the earliest American advocates for the use of tanks in battle. It was a further development of the M47 Patton tank. The M48 Patton was in U.S. service until replaced by the M60 and served as the U.S. Army and Marine Corps's primary battle tank in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was widely used by U.S. Cold War allies, especially other NATO countries.

The M48 Patton tank was designed to replace the previous M47 Pattons and M4 Shermans. Although largely resembling the M47, the M48 was a completely new design. It was the last U.S. tank to mount the 90 mm tank gun, with the last model, the M48A5, being upgraded to carry the new standard weapon of the M60, the 105mm gun. Some M48A5 models served well into the 1980s with American forces, and many M48s remain in service in other countries. The Turkish Army has the largest number of modernized M48 MBTs, with more than 1,400 in its inventory. Of these, around 1,000 have been phased out or are in storage, or have been modified to ARVs.

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. Sold Out!

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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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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