IDF Tiran 5 Conversion
T-67 Conversion for Tamiya T-55
(A Division of the VLS Corporation)
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|Catalogue No. and
||Item TX 0081 - IDF Tiran 5
USD$49.95 from VLS
|Contents and Media:
||Around 45 parts in pale yellow resin
||Saves a lot of work; beautifully cast; comprehensive
content; simple construction; excellent surface detail (cast texture etc);
for the terrific Tamiya kit.
||Some fairly stout casting
attachments; gun barrel had to be replaced; no markings supplied
Reviewed by Steve Palffy
Click here to see Brett Green's in-box
review of Trakz's 1/35 scale Tiran 5 conversion.
There is not a lot
of reference material available on this tank, but apparently 200 Tirans
were still in service in 2002.
My Tiran will depict a
vehicle on border patrol duties on the late 1970s, finished in Sand Kakhi.
vehicles from the 1980s onward were painted Khaki Drab / Green.
This conversion represents
great subject matter to enhance the already spectacular Tamiya T-55, as it
is an interesting mix of Soviet and Western military technology.
I will be using after-market
tracks for this project, and considered the Fruil Mode, Model Kasten and
the Trumpeter (Armor Track Models) offerings. I decided on the Kasten
tracks, as Fruil's metal links were quite thick and the Trumpeter plastic
has ejection pin marks on each link. The kit tracks are also good, but I
wanted to depict a lot of sag/stretch.
Considering these vehicles
were assembled from captured and destroyed vehicles, I also damaged the
road wheels and put a few dings in the fenders. 30 cal machine guns were
also fitted to these vehicles. The mortar was added after 1973.
I also chose late 1970s for
the crew's uniforms . These uniforms were a mix of Israeli gear, American
helmets and some other US items.
If you must have a Tiran 5,
this Trakz / Tamiya combination is definitely the way to go. It kicks the
butt of the Trumpeter Tiran Ti-67 as well!
Although I still think that
an aluminium gun barrel, decals, damaged wheels and link tracks would
help, it is a very worthwhile and comprehensive resin conversion.
I hope to have the vehicle
painted soon, with the addition of a few extras, figures and placed in a
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