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M48 Patton (VUS041) Assembly Guide

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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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