Under German Ownership Production of the M47 Patton got underway in 1951; it was successor to its namesake M46 Patton, with the hull carried over from the M46 and combined with an 810hp gasoline engine for a top speed of 48km/h. Its gun was an L/50 rifled piece, paired with a cutting edge stereoscopic rangefinder. In all, more than 8,500 M47 Pattons were produced, and although their time with the U.S. military was relatively short, they were in many cases provided to friendly countries such as France, Austria and Germany. The latter received 1,100 in the course of 1956 and 1957, deploying them in tank battalion and mechanized infantry units. It was often fitted with smoke dischargers and rain guards, as it served in the nascent re-formed West German military.
About the Model ★This is a 1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit. Length; 245mm, width: 98mm. ★The original Italeri kit is powered up with new and re-tooled parts. ★Canvas mantlet cover and West German spec smoke dischargers and hull rear convoy light are new components. ★Plastic plate is included to recreate rain guards that protected the engine room. ★Belt type recreations of tracks can be painted and cemented. ★Features a moving commander's hatch, and a gunner's hatch that can be assembled open or closed. ★Comes with a Tamiya figure, M2 machine gun and a wealth of accessories. ★West German and Austrian marking options are included in the box.
★The M47 is form is captured with excellent accuracy, including depictions of parts specific to those operated by West Germany.
★This close-up image shows the realistic depiction of the canvas cover, and West German-added turret-side smoke dischargers.
★A detailed crew torso figure will add a further level of realism to your creation, as will the Tamiya M2 machine gun.
★Plenty of accessories are included in the kit, as are parts to recreate the rain guards that protected the engine room.
★Belt parts make for a fuss-free depiction of tracks, and conveniently can be worked on using plastic model paints and cement.
★The comprehensive decal sheet enables a choice of West German and Austrian vehicles. Which type will you go for?
Tamiya Color paints for painting the 1/35 West German Tank M47 Patton