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Covered Mantlet and AN/VSS-1
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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 10:47 PM UTC
Legend brings us an economical little set to correct some deficiencies of the Dragon M48A3 Mod B kit. This set provides a replacement covered mantlet and an AN/VSS-1 searchlight which were standard equipment on all M48A3 Mod B tanks and missing from Dragon''s kit.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 - 01:09 AM UTC
Thanks for posting this up Darren. It is a great little set.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 - 06:54 AM UTC
Hi Gino, thanks for the review, like your idea for mounting the mantlet cover. I have both sets and am getting ready to star building the Dragon kit. I do have one issue, they show the searchlight handles going through the cover, i am a little suspect of this. How would the cover be taken on and off? All the reference photos I have show the cover shorter, and the handles being short of the end of the cover.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 - 07:28 AM UTC
As Legend shows, and I have built it, is the forward legs on the handle to be short and not make contact with the light at all, just sort of hanging there. I'm not sure if this is correct or not as I have only seen them shorter in length as well.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 - 07:42 AM UTC
I believe the front part of the handle is shorter but still attached to the light, the same as it is on the old Tamiya M48 light. I have a large photo of an M48 in 'Nam on my computer as a screen saver, and it definitely looks like the handle is shorter in length than Legend shows it.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 - 07:51 AM UTC
It looks to be the way Legend has you build it on the below M48A5. The front portion is not attached and just hanging there. Maybe they were both ways?

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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 - 08:31 AM UTC
Good write up Gino and a nice price but is the lens cover an option? Can it be built without it?





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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 - 08:42 AM UTC
Thanks Jeff. No, there is no option to build it w/out the lens cover. The light is a solid block of resin with the cover molded onto it.
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Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 12:15 AM UTC
Gino, very good possibility, or Legend just made the sides of the cover to long? Either way I am just going to make the front part of the grab handle a little shorter than they call for, and hope it is correct.
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Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 12:17 AM UTC
Thanks Gino... ah, but I have to ask the stupid questions first.


I like it just the way it is! Now just to find who sells it.








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Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 02:52 AM UTC

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Gino, very good possibility, or Legend just made the sides of the cover to long? Either way I am just going to make the front part of the grab handle a little shorter than they call for, and hope it is correct.



The carry handles do go the length described except that the front of the grab handle curves in, but does NOT attach to the light case itself. The handles are only secured by the rear and middle, leaving the front open with enough space for the cover. There's also a removable part at the front of the light where the handle would have attached - they don't attach there of course because it's a removable piece. I've found some TM's online for the light that illustrate this clearly - I myself never dealt with these older lights in person.

The cover also has straps that go back and attach to the torsion bars that go across the rear.

The "hitch" handles also need to be added for the ball/trailer hitch type of mount. These are missing in several companies kits although they are a fairly large obvious item.




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Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 03:05 AM UTC
Thanks Bruce, great info and pics. Now that I think about it, it makes sense that the front of the handle is floating. The forward part of the light comes off to service the bulb. If the handle was attached, the front wouldn't be able to be removed.
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Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 04:12 AM UTC
Thanks Bruce for solving the mystery.