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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