1:72 Scale Metal Diecast – M26 Pershing Main Battle Tank - Length: 4.75" (from end of vehicle to tip of the main gun) Width: 2”
This M26 tank model's upper body is made of metal while everything else is made of plastic. The tracks are made of rubber and are fitted, however they do not move. The coloring and markings are accurate and realistic.
The maker of the model, Altaya (a division of DeAgostini), really did a good job with the model, the panel lines and details are very clear and crisp. These models have different details engraved such as doors, hatches, panels, lights, ports, antennas, machine guns, ropes, shovels, etc; all of these done with high accuracy and proportion. When they are painted in different color, say for example, shovels and ropes, they are indeed painted accurately. Depending on the particular type of tank, some will have machine guns and antennas that look very accurate
These models come in really nice packaging. The model itself is attached (via screws) to a plastic base which is made to look as rough terrain. The base measures about 7 inches by 3 and at one side of the base is some info about the model such as the type of tank, the outfit it belongs and the time period it served. Moreover, the whole base can be topped with a transparent acrylic top which encases the whole tank in a rectangle that measures roughly 7 inches by 3 inches by 3 inches high. Lastly, each model comes in a very basic disposable blister pack.
These models are not toys, they will not last long if played with. The tracks don't move and the turrets and their main guns and machine guns can be quite fragile because of their size. Some of the tanks will have a turret that does not rotate at all. (so if you try to rotate the turret or change the elevation of the gun and feel some resistant, better leave it alone and don't risk breaking something).
The Pershing was a medium tank of the United States Army. The tank is named after General of the Armies John J. Pershing, who led the American Expeditionary Force in Europe in World War I. It was briefly used both in World War II and the Korean War.
Intended as a replacement of the M4 Sherman, the prolonged time of development meant that only a small number saw combat in the European theater, most notably in the 9th Armored Division's dramatic dash to take the Ludendorff Bridge during the Battle of Remagen. Based on the criteria of firepower, mobility, and protection, R. P. Hunnicutt ranked the Pershing second, behind the German Panther medium tank, but ahead of the Tiger I heavy tank. In service during the Korean War, the M26 overmatched the T-34-85 in terms of firepower and protection, but was challenged by the hilly and muddy terrain, and as a result was withdrawn in 1951 in favor of its improved derivative, the M46 Patton, which had a considerably more powerful and reliable engine as well as an advanced and improved suspension to better meet the demands of the specific terrain it operated in. The lineage of the M26 continued with the M47 Patton, and was reflected in the new designs of the later M48 Patton and M60 Patton. (Despite being commonly labeled as "Patton," the M60 series was not officially named as such.)