IDF Magach 3 w/ERA

Middle East War Series

Dragon Models, No.3578, 1/35

Short History:

Magach (מגח; Ma-GAKH) designation refers to a series of tanks in Israeli service. The tanks are based on the American M48 and M60 Patton tanks. Magach 1, 2, 3 and 5 are based on M48 tanks; Magach 6 and 7 are based on M60 tanks.  The tanks were sold to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) by West Germany (and later by the United States) during the 1960s and 1970s. Several dozen Jordanian M48 tanks, captured intact during the 1967 Six Day War, were also commissioned, adding to the 150 already in service at that time. During the war, the Israeli tanks served in their original (American) configuration. Following the 1967 war, several modifications were made to improve the tank to M48A3 level, resulting in the Magach 3. These modifications included replacing the original 90 mm gun with the British 105 mm L7, lowering the command turret’s profile, upgrading the communication suite, and replacing the weak gasoline engine, that was susceptible to fire, with a 750 hp diesel one.

What`s In The Box:

Dragon Models announced almost a year ago series of vehicles that fought in “famous” Six Day War, between Israel and Arab neighbors. Six Day War is named because it last only for six days. Many very interesting vehicles are announced by DML, but only few are officially published. This period in history and this conflict is very popular among the modellers community, so every new model is more then welcome and must needed/have in collection, especially to modern armor modellers.

Model is packed in standard sized DML 1/35 box with very nice box-art cover of this tank on battlefield. There are 13 sprues in light gray plastic, one sprue in transparent plastic, DS (Dragon Styrene) tracks, metal tow cable, DS mantel canvas and polly caps and decals sheet. Model is packed in standard 1/35 scale box with nice box art cover. Parts are packed in plastic bags and are molded nice with nice details on them. No flash is visible and very small number of pin marks. Assembly instructions are easy to read and to follow; standard dragon black and blue line drawing. Instructions contains only 18 steps to build and finish model.

Sprocket and road wheels assembly are from multiple parts. Rubber part/ring on road steel wheels molded separately for easy painting and common damage that appears in the battle can be easily made. Rough steel texture on the turret and on the chassis is presented very well. Later, when model will be painted and weathered, it will give nice and original look.

Main gun barrel is made of plastic, but molded in one piece. There will be no need to glue two sides to get barrel, which most modellers do not like.  DS mantel canvas is one of the pieces that will include in assembling of the gun so gun can elevate up and down. No interior details are provided for the main gun or for the rest of the turret or hull.

Characteristic ERA bricks or ERA armor is provided in plastic and it will be no difficult to attach it. I am sure that most of the modellers will look for replace it by PE or resin after market, but those provided in the box looks great and can “finish” the work.

DS track are provided with very nice details on them. Instant glue or hot screwdriver will be needed to get one track together. I have nice experience with DS tracks, only question is, will they look loose after construction. But this can be easily solved.

Painting & Markings:

Marking are provided for two different vehicles, while painting is standard IDF colour for both versions. That means that you need Sinai Gray or IDF Sand Gray.  Colour guide is provided for: Model Master, Mr. Color and Hobby Color.


This kit looks like a nice to build. No visible problems on it. Few steps are needed to assemble it, so much time will remain for most fun part of painting and weathering.

Review kit of this model was provided byHobby Easy