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Tiran 5

Tamiya Israeli Tank Tiran 5 1:35th scale
What first attracted me to the Tamiya Tiran 5 was the box art. Going across the desert in a cloud of dust, the IDF Tiran looked all tank. The Tiran 5 was adapted from T55s captured during the six day war in 1967.

Using Tamiya Acrylic paints for the entire build, I began by applying a white primer from a Tamiya rattle can. When this was dry, the identification line along the barrel & the V on the turret side was masked. Mixing XF49 & XF66 in equal amounts for the main hull colour I sprayed the mixed paint all over the primed parts.

The road wheels were masked using round masking tape disc. Then the outer rim sections were sprayed XF85 Rubber Black. The tracks were painted XF84 dark iron before attaching them to the road wheels. Gluing the tracks to the road wheels with Revell Contacta adhesive gave them a sagging effect.

After applying the decals, the model was dusted over with Mig Productions Pigment. To finish off, a Tamiya weathering set was used to hi-light edges with lighter colours. I used items such as kit bags, sleeping bags & sleeping rolls from the Tamiya Modern Military Equipment set to fill the storage baskets. I know this was not accurate, but the baskets looked better full.

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24 responses to Tiran 5

  1. Wonderfully done piece of armor right there, Julian….very nice indeed.

  2. Well done Julian, I like it.

  3. Great build on a mean machine!

  4. Julian, this is very nice, a very realistic looking model. Well done !

  5. Just amazing work!

  6. Well done – lovely build with accuracy, depth, and a really nice, restrained artful weathering. You ought to be very pleased and proud of this.

  7. No problem at all, Julian. You are an artist; I adore your Avenger, a great and under appreciated subject beautifully done.

    Hope you liked the Tigers, Devon is a great museum full of great exhibits and stories.

  8. Nice lookin Tiran Julian.

  9. I agree with you about the look of the Tiran, it does look like a real tank (difficult to define). Nice subtle weathering has done the trick with showing off the lines. How did you do the antennae, stretched sprue?

  10. Wow ! fantastic looking Tiran ,I love anything Israeli and this looks great,well done.

  11. Very good modeling, Julian. I like Israeli machines like this one, the IDF was always very inventive to procure and modify existing equipment that other armies rather wanted to shed. I have one Shot’kal (Centurion) in my stash I want to convert into a Lebanon ’82 dio. Thanks for the painting tip re. IDF green… Cheers!

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