IDF Tiran 5 Conversion
for Tamiya T-55
(A Division of the VLS Corporation)
u m m a r y
|Catalogue No. and
||Item TX 0081 - IDF Tiran 5
USD$49.95 from VLS
|Contents and Media:
||Around 45 parts in pale yellow resin
||Beautifully cast; comprehensive
content; simple construction; excellent surface detail (cast texture etc);
for the terrific Tamiya kit.
||Some fairly stout casting
Reviewed by Brett Green
Trakz has released a 1/35 scale Tiran 5 conversion for Tamiya's
fabulous T-55 kit.
Israeli forces captured and converted T-55s and T-62s into the Tiran
series. The Tiran 5 was the final expression of the series for the T-55,
and this vehicle saw use with the Israeli Defense Forces and the Lebanese
The conversion comprises 45 parts in cream coloured resin. The
replacement turret is the centrepiece of this impressive set, but other
parts including the replacement 105mm gun barrel and the big stowage
baskets will really transform the outline of your Tamiya T-55 kit. The
single-piece resin turret has attachment points, a convincing fabric
mantlet cover and other unique Tiran characteristics moulded in-place, so
construction in this area will be very straightforward.
In addition to the larger conversion parts, there are a number of
accessories including spare track links, two .30 cal machine guns and a
.50 cal, jerry cans and more.
Casting quality is excellent. I could find no flaws on my sample.
However, caution will be required when removing parts from their casting
blocks as the attachment points are quite stout in places.
Also, instructions were not supplied with this review sample but will
be included in production sets.
A full-build review will follow shortly.
the review samples
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