|Step 1. Begin assembly with the tracks.|
Tip: Each track is stamped with the letter ‘R’ or ‘L’ and an arrow to indicate correct orientation.
|Below: The correct alignment for the left-hand and right-hand side tracks.|
Tip: When referring to left or right-hand side in regards to a Flames Of War miniature, the orientation is determined as if looking at the vehicle from the rear.
|Below: The left-hand side track attached to the hull.||Below: The right-hand side track attached to the hull.||Step 2. Attach the main gun to the front of the turret.|
|Below: The main gun attached to the turret.||Step 3. Next, attach the infrared searchlight to the top of the main gun.|
Tip: There is a contoured section on the base of the searchlight that attached to the top of the gun.
|Step 4. Attach the loader’s hatch to the top of the turret.||Step 5. Next, add the cupola MG to the top of the turret.|
|Below: The cupola MG in place.||Step 6. Attach the hatch to the rear of the cupola MG.||Note: Later versions of the M48A3 added a ring of version blocks below the cupola MG.|
|Below: The ring of vision blocks attached below the cupola MG.||Tip: A loader’s hatch MG can be added to the M48A3 at a small points cost.|
|Below: The .30 cal MG attached to the top of the turret for +5 per tank.||Below: The .50 cal AA MG attached to the top turret for +10 points per tank.||Below: With the .50 cal AA MG in place, the M48A3 is ready for painting.|
|Adding Tank Commanders|
|Step 1. Attach the hatch at the rear of the cupola MG in an open position.||Step 2. Add the tank commander figure of choice inside the open hatch.||Step 3. Repeat the process if you wish to add a commander figure in the loader’s hatch.|
|Below: The commander figure attached to the inside of the open hatch.||Below: With the tank commander’s in place, the M48A3 is ready to hit the painting table.|