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Review: 1/35 Tiran 5 (Tamiya 35328)

Tiran 5 (Tamiya 35328)


During the Six-day war in 1967 Israel captured about 400 T-55 tanks and brought them into IDF service. Through the years the Israeli’s modified the Tiran several times, they added turret baskets, machineguns and even the main gun was refitted with an 105mm gun. The Tiran has seen active duty during some operations and the Yom Kippur War. After the active duty some were sold to other countries or modified into APC’s.

The Kit

Back in the years, when you wanted to build a Tiran, you had to go for the old Trumpeter kit, which wasn’t good at all, or you had to rely on conversion’s or a lot of scratching, but those come at a cost.

The kit has a nice boxart. A Tiran is rolling through the desert, leaving a dust cloud behind, 2 men are hanging out of their hatches and the commander is talking into his microphone. On the background is another Tiran that’s rolling in the same direction.

Time to open the box don’t you think? Actually when I opened the box I had a little downer. The box is hardly filled, so much empty space is not what we are used to nowadays. But my downer is quickly gone when you start to look at the plastic parts. This Tiran is based on the great T-55 kit from Tamiya, but not in green plastic but in a sandy yellow color. Some parts of that kit are also in this kit but off course this is the IDF version so it has tons of other parts. What’s in in the kit?

  • Instruction manual
  • Background information
  • Upper hull
  • Lower hull
  • 6 sprue’s
  • Tracks
  • A bag with wire, mesh and polycaps
  • Decals

Instruction manual: A booklet with clear drawings and the paintscheme on the last page.

Background information: Information about the T-55/Tiran in several different languages.

Upper hull: Very nice piece of work from the top. Beware there are a lot of sinkmarks on the inside, also on the inside of the fenders which might be visible if you look from below. But the welding lines are nicely done.

Lower hull: It has a lot of detail on the bottom and I like that. Just because nobody will probably see much of it, there is no reason not to make something nice out of it.

Sprue A: Mainly about the wheels which look really great, also some parts that will not be used like the fuel-drums.

Sprue D: Mostly parts for the upper hull and the backside. These parts look very crisp.

Sprue H: The first thing you notice on this sprue is the main gun which comes in two halves. Also the turret boxes. Also there is an option for a dust cover or one without around the base of the main gun.

Sprue J: Different parts, oil/water cans, the mortar and some toolbox parts. But the things that stand out most to me are the 3 very pretty machineguns. Note the .50 bullets on ammobox-top.

Sprue L: Turret and personnel. The turret has some nice detailing on the metal skin. It might look overdone for some people, but after a few layers of paint it will probably look very good. The Figures look very good too, the commander for instance has a big beard and sunglasses on.

Tracks: The vinyl tracks some people can’t stand. I can’t say they look all that bad, but for some people these just wont do. Also a few ejectorpins but not too much. I know from experience these go well with (super)glue so you can glue them to the wheels to replicate the sag of the metal tracks.

Wire/mesh/polycaps: Wire for towing cables, mesh for the engine decks and the polycaps for the wheels and turret.

Decals: Look nice but only give one option: IDF, Negev Dessert, Mid 1980′s


This looks like another ‘shake and bake’ by Tamiya. Nice detailing and a nice subject. Probably the best Tiran in plastic out there. But too bad it has just one option, I would loved to have seen Tamiya giving some different (time)options.


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