The M-47 "Patton" tank was a tank used in WWII and the Korean wars. This tank was a modified version of the M-46 model and came with a few modifications in machinery and weaponry. WWII enthusiasts will enjoy putting together the matchbox model of the Patton tank to display or to use in a WWII battle reenactment. Putting together a model of the tank is not difficult, as most tank models contain just a few large pieces with small pieces to add once the large pieces are glued together. You can also make a model tank look more realistic by adding rivets and other details.


 M-47 "Patton" tank kit

Metal cutters


Fast-drying glue


Small hole punch

Thin plastic sheets




Clear varnish


Remove all of the model pieces from the sprues with metal clippers. Use a file to remove any remaining sprue pieces from each model piece.


Inspect the pieces. The model should contain one or two large pieces making up the body of the tank, the wheels and treads, the top turret and small accessory pieces, such as tools, decals and rivets.


Glue the body pieces together with fast drying glue. After the glue dries, attach the wheels and treads to the body of the tank.


Glue the turret and any other machinery to the top of the model, including the top machine gun and any other weapons that you want to include on the model.


Add the small accessories to the body of the tank. Punch small circles out of the plastic using the hole punch. These will become rivets to glue to the sides of the tank to make it look more realistic. Glue the rivets to the sides of the model with tweezers. Use tweezers to attach other small items that came with the tank kit to the top and sides of the model. Allow the glue to dry overnight before priming and painting the model.


Prime the model with standard outdoor primer, or you can use a primer designed for use with models. Allow the paint to dry two hours. After the primer dries, base coat the tank in a green color. Add dark green in the corners and cracks of the tank. Add a rust-color around corners and other places on the tank to simulate rust. Coat the tank in a coating of clear varnish to protect the tank after the paint dries. Allow the varnish to dry 24 hours before moving the tank.