Heres my rendition of ESCIs M48A3 Patton
in 1/72 scale.
This classic kit from the early 1980s has a lot going for it, but I did make a few changes:
14 road wheels and 10 return rollers corrected to doubled configuration
track horn guide channels added to the centers of the drive sprockets
mounted tracks and spares on turret improved with Hasegawa M1 Abrams track inside surfaces
headlight guards made from lead foil, headlights hollowed out and acetate lenses added
tool boxes on fenders improved with new plastic lids, hinges, & wire handles
air cleaners on fenders improved with wire and sheet plastic details
Xenon light improved with wire, facial tissue cover, and hand painted MAIN DEALERS logo
wire securing ring and lead foil clips added to blast bag at base of barrel
.50 cal machine gun replaced with a Hasegawa part improved with wire and plastic stock
various handles, lifting rings, antennae, MG barrel deflector, and hatch mechanism made from wire
raised casting codes on turret top are numbers shaved from plastic model sprue labels
turret basket scratchbuilt from plastic, wire, and nylon mesh; stowage from various sources
markings hand painted and assembled from model railroad stencil decals
The completed tank:
The model depicts DISASTER, a M48A3 (late model) Patton of the MAIN DEALERS, 2nd Platoon, C Company, 1st Marine Tank Battalion during operations Southeast of Da Nang in February of 1970.
Happy Independence Day America!