U.S. ARMY MAIN BATTLE TANK PATTON M48A3 Mod.B DRAGON 1/35

U.S. ARMY MAIN BATTLE TANK PATTON M48A3 Mod.B DRAGON 1/35

I try to build the main battle tank of the US Army, M48 Patton tank. Actually, I was more concerned about the three-wheeled bike next to the box art tank.

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It looks like a centipede. This kit has detailed underside mold of the chassis. Perhaps it is better to paint the bottom of the AFV properly. I began making airplane models frequently, and painting on the underside became less resistant too much.

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I feel that there are a lot of parts when I assemble a tank model after a long interval. This kit will probably be easy after completing the chassis. There are not so many parts of the turret.

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Well, the chassis only left winding the belt-type caterpillar. It was sometimes a little unstable to a plane, but it became stable at one time. If it’s unstable, it’s easier to adjust the road wheels to fit on the ground at this timing. It is an unusual way of assembling by installing fenders on both sides later, like the Dragon’s German III Assault self-propelled guns.
(25-November-2017)

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I think that it is cool to have a shield cover. But making it with putty, the main barrel will harden and it will not go up and down so it’s as it is.

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This kit doesn’t contain photo-etched parts and is quite a simple impression. Some small and thin parts are made of plastic, it is sufficiently thin and maybe there is no problem.

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DS Caterpillar, I wonder it was said Dragon styrene track? The upper side floats and is bad looking when not bonding, only winding around the roller. It can be used without any problems if it looks like sagging down. It can be glued with ordinary Creos Mr. Cement. The whole shape was set up while seeing the appearance by using the instant glue in some places.

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I think that the curved surface of the caterpillar also seems to be bent at the join of the tracks, so it is a passing grade. I think that tanks with larger trucks seem to be quite natural. A small track like panzer I tank and Italian tank is a little bad if it is a belt type caterpillar. I think that 28this DS track is not easily torn off even if I use a lot of glue, the joints are tough. Such as rolling wheels and capstan wheels, small rolling wheels at the top, all the contact points are firmly fixed.

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Metal wire included because there is not enough length, one wire is substituted by nylon wire. The length is irregular but OK.
(28-November-2017)

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It got dirty with Mat Medium and mud item of Tamiya but it was a failure. I forgot that this place was for a decal like the mouth of a monster. Before painting it is difficult to stick the decal if I don’t scratch and flatten it.

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Basic painting completion. I made a mistake in the wrong direction of the stereo right rangefinder is attached. I attempted to fix after adhering it, but abandoned removal as the entire turret seemed to be damaged. I thought I carved by myself, but they seemed to get worse, so it’s just as it is. The shape is difficult to understand because it is a clear part, the ordinary color parts don’t make me a mistake. It is regrettable…

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Paste the decal. Are shark teeth commonly seen in the Vietnam War? I stuck the remaining decals with my own preference.

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After all, it is unpleasant that I don’t fix the stereo rangefinder I had already known my mistake, I twisted it carefully with big pliers and it got off. After filed cleanly and attach it again, it will be OK. A little more until completion.

The news in Japan recently is crazy. The media in Japan report only a scandal of the Sumo wrestler’s violence incident than a missile test of North Korea.
(01-December-2017)

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Main gun 90mm, front armor is 110mm, maximum speed is 45km/h. Although it is a high-performance tank, in the Vietnam War there were many guerrilla battles, and the tanks struggled hard. The Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese army are equipped with a lot of RPGs and many places have bad visibility on the battlefield, and M48 could not prevent these attacks without infantry.

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Of course, the purpose of this tank development was to counter the mighty Soviet tank corps of that time. It was unsuitable for the southern jungle like Vietnam, but it was used for infantry support and airport defense in the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War is an impressive strategy based on the operation of a helicopter that appears in movies and recording films many times.

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In the Middle East War, the M48 of Israeli IDF won the Arab side T-54 and T-55. Whether the M48 was not operated by the Japan SDF? I guess the tank in Japan was already developed in Japanese original type. Tanks around this age are not already working today, just after WWII, it can be called a legacy range.

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I would like to paint the tail light red, but if I look it up I can not find such a vehicle. I painted the tail light with the basic color and made it a little dark.

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In the case of a tank, if I use black with washing, it suddenly becomes dirty, I used earth color and rust color lightly for weathering and washing.

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I think the rust effect of tipping becomes too fictitious and didn’t do this time. When decorating with a single item, I like this weathering condition.

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I appreciate it for adding a lot of clear parts to the periscope, after all, I finished it with gloss black as the photo. Slightly downwardly large periscopes are difficult to take a photo that the condition is shining.

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The side part of the rubber of the belt caterpillar, parting line has remained, but it is better to erase. I could erase the rubber tire line, so I should not give it up from the beginning.

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Was this marking really effective for Vietcong? I think one of the purposes is inspiring US soldier.

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It was the Vietnam War, I tried using a little to strengthen the reddish brown.

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By the way, the T97E2 type track was used for the M48 and M60 which are the main tanks of the US Army in the 1960’s and 1980’s. Part of the surface was made of rubber.

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I think there are various errors, but I managed to finish it. The decal was thin and it fits perfectly on the rough surface of the tank and it was easy to paste, shining did not occur. Honest feeling, I don’t look strong this tank if the turret is round? The German King Tiger seems to be stronger, but if they actually fight, M48 will win.
(03-December-2017)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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