The Israelis are well-known for the success on the battlefield, often against a superior force. They are also good at recovering anything their foe left behind and making it their own. The Tiran family of tanks is a classic example because the Tiran 4 (with the option of a Tiran 5 as well) is a modified T-54 while the ‘5’ is a T-55 and all were captured during the wars of 1967 and 1973. Modifications included replacing the loader’s hatch, a .30Cal machine gun in the front, a new antenna mount, jerry cans and stowage boxes.   

This kit from Takom is a 2017 rebox with some updated and new parts. Very comprehensive, all parts are presented in mid-grey plastic and are crisply moulded to Takom’s usual high standard. A small PE sheet and a steel towing cable are provided plus a very small decal sheet. For those who enjoy the purgatory of building tracks you will be pleased to know that 184 individual links are supplied for this task. There is no internal detail even though all hatches can be built open if you wish but there is the interesting option of being able to produce damaged roadwheels, a skill that is beyond many of us.  

This is a quality rendition of an IDF classic which can also be produced in SLA service, even though, ironically, many of these fell into Hezbollah hands after Israel withdrew from Lebanon. Thanks to Pocketbond for supplying this kit to Military Modelling for review which is available from www.pocketbond.co.uk.


Product: Plastic kit

Ref: 2051

Scale: 1/35

Parts: Approx 650

Price: £55.99 (Pocketbond)

Manufacturer: TAKOM

Website: www.takom-world.com