M48 Mine Sweeper


Tamiya 1/35 M48A3, C/S 92Tango 'septic', Vietnam


by Brian Richardson

 

Introduction

Here's a little known 'Aussie' Patton that was operated by the Royal Australian Engineers. It was borrowed from the U.S. Army after attempts to clear mine fields with modified Centurions were unsuccessful. 92 TANGO was nicknamed 'SEPTIC' and this was later stenciled on the barrel. Photos were sourced from the AWM and the net.

 

The build

Had a lot of help from John Loughman and John Myszka with this one who both supplied the photos and drawings. Al Bowie and Leife Hulbert also provided much useful reference. Thanks guys.

I started with a Tamiya 1/35 M48A3 (thanks Leife)  and scratch built the mine roller assembly from card, sprue and Squadron putty. A heap of work went into the tank such as lowering the suspension to the correct height, removing the front section mud guards, a new muzzle brake and a heap of missing bolt heads from stretched sprue. AFV Club tracks replaced the kit parts and the model was finished in Tamiya acrylics, Humbrol enamels and Windsor Newton oils. Decals were sourced from spare sheets.

 

Dragon are releasing a newly tooled kit that will save a lot of work, at least with the tank.

The images