21st Century Toys 21C99806 USMC M48A3 Patton Medium Tank with Searchlight (1:18 Scale)
"Semper Fi!" (Always Faithful!)
- Motto of the US Marine Corps
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 1:18 scale rendition of the M48A3 Patton tank. Features a rotating turret, fully traversable commander's cupola, elevating gun, movable tracks and authentic insignia. Sold Out!
Release Date: November 2006
Historical Account: "Ghouls, Goblins and Gargoyles" - Actual Patton tanks appeared in many U.S. films made after WWII, and became the stereotypical image of the Cold-War US tank. Ironically, in the films "Battle of the Bulge" and "Patton", some Pattons stood in for German tanks while others along with M41 Walker Bulldogs represented American tanks. Patton tanks also frequently appeared in many "Godzilla" movies and Incredible Hulk comics, typically portrayed as cannon fodder for monsters running amok. Although the Patton tanks have been less prominent since the introduction of the M1 Abrams in military service, they still sometimes fulfill their stereotypical image, such as in the 2004 animated film "The Incredibles."
It is ironically claimed that "according to war movies, [the] Patton was the most used German WWII tank" as the post-war movie directors cared little of historical accuracy when it came to the equipment portrayed.