Close on the heels of Dragon’s M48A3 Mod B release, Legend Productions comes to the rescue to fix the glaring omissions of the kit. Dragon left two prominent features of the M48A3 Mod B tanks out of the kit. All the tanks that came out of the Bowen-McLaughlin-York, Inc. (BMY) rebuild facility came with a fabric dust cover on the mantlet and an AN/VSS-1 IR searchlight attached. These were basic features of the tank that Dragon somehow missed.
Legend Productions fixes this omission with this set which includes 10 major resin pieces, sprue of resin bolt heads, two lengths of 0.020 brass rod, a small PE fret, and a length of coated wire. All of the pieces are crisply molded and look very nice. There is also a small, one page instruction with very nice color pictures showing how to assemble the set.
The instructions are a little vague on how to attach the base of the covered mantlet. It says to “remove” an outlined section on the front of the turret. I believe it means to cut this section away leaving a large opening to drop the mantlet base into. I chose not to do it this way. Instead, I filed away and smoothed off the details on the turret front. Then I removed the excess material on the back side of the mantlet base with a sanding drum on my dremmel tool. I was left with a wafer thin mantlet base that I then attached to the turret with super glue. Then I attached the PE holders for the mantlet cover as shown in the instructions. For me, this was easier and made a much smoother blend between the turret and the base piece.
The rest of the set went together well. The PE holders are very nice and are easy to apply. They look very good once attached. The cutting of the barrel was easy and the exact length to cut it at is provided. Once cut, simply glue the barrel onto the bellows section of the covered mantlet and it is done.
The AN/VSS-1 searchlight is also very nicely cast with a cover on the lens as well. The brass rod is used on it for the side handles and the bars for attaching the mount to. There were no issues here either and the light went together easily. The only thing I did change was the cable for the light. The cable provided in the set is very stiff and this and looks too thin when compared to the actual cable. I swapped it out for a piece of tubing left over from a Tamiya searchlight from one of their M48 or M60 kits and it looks perfect.
Highs: Crisply molded and looks great once installed.Lows: The undersized searchlight power cable needs to be replaced with a thicker one. Verdict: Overall, this is a great little set and well worth the money to correct your M48A3 Mod B from Dragon models. I highly recommend it.
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About Gino P. Quintiliani (HeavyArty) FROM: FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
Retired US Army Artillery Officer, currently a contractor at MacDill AFB in the Tampa, FL area. I have been modelling for the past 35+ years, really seriously on armor and large scale helos (1/32, 1/35) for the last 30 or so.