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 the 5th Marine Battalion, during its deployment to South Vietnam during the Tet Offensive of 1968.
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Release Date: July 2014