IDF M60 w/ERA

Middle East War Series

Dragon Models, No.3581, 1/35

Short History:

The IDF had a number of Magach (מגח; Ma-GAKH) tanks in Israeli service which were based on the American M48 and M60 Patton tanks. The Magach 1, 2, 3 and 5 were based upon M48 tanks; the later Magach 6 and 7 were based upon M60 tanks. These tanks had modifications included replacement of the original 90 mm gun with the British 105 mm L7, lowering the command turret’s profile, upgraded communication suite, and replacement of the flammable and weak gasoline engine with a 750 hp diesel one.When the Yom Kippur War broke out, Israel had a total of 540 of the modified M48A3 (with 105mm gun) and M60A1 tanks. But during the war, the tanks suffered heavy losses. The location of flammable hydraulic fluid at the front of the turret was discovered to be a severe vulnerability. A large number of these Israeli tanks were destroyed or terminally hit during the war, mostly in the Sinai front against entrenched Egyptian infantry armed with AT-3 Sagger anti tank missiles. After the war, the losses were replaced with new M48A5 (Magach 5) and M60 (Magach 6) which were fitted with better armor in response to the anti tank missile losses.

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 17 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.

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.

Conclusion:

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.

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