Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: Battlefront's M48A3 Patton for 'Nam

Hey everyone, just a short post today about one of the best kits I've put together in quite some time: the M48A3 Patton tank produced by Battlefront.

First things first, if you're not prepared for this post to be total propaganda for Battlefront than now is the time to prepare, because I'm not kidding when I say that I may have a new favorite model tank.

Let's start with the basics. For $35 you get two tanks that are roughly the same size and weight as a King Tiger model. The box comes with figures for the crew as well as additional weapons to be added to the turret (extra MG's and such). All of the pieces fit snuggly.

During assembly with some choppers

The detail on these models is excellent, and the flash was minimal. There is stowage on the turret so that when you're painting you get the opportunity to add some contrasting colors to the standard green.

Note how the stowage provides a contrast 

Now let's talk about what really makes these tanks a party: the decals. The decal sheets for these tanks are extensive. I could have made these tanks look gaudier than a Wall Street socialite (zing!) with these decals if I wanted to.

Check out that lawn chair! Sadly that was not modeled on these tanks

Overall I have to give these models a perfect 10/10, maybe a 9.5 if we take offense at the price point. At first I didn't even want to do 'Nam, then I read the rules, loved them, and picked up some Hueys and these tanks. I was just going to play a rifle company using my WW2 American infantry models supported by a few 'Nam vehicles, but now I may have to build a small armored company. These models rock.

Patrollin' those backyard jungles

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1 comment:

  1. Been accumulating forces, but haven't started building yet. Beautiful job.