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Old 12-02-2019, 05:30 PM
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Tiran 5




Another shelf queen I have been noodling around with for nearly a decade… I got this Hooben T55 Second hand in 2011. It is from the original batch and the fancy trading card it comes with says it was number 197 of the line. Most of the build is up on the DAK site

http://www.desertarmor.com/2016/tiran-5.html




I have to say I was nervous at first as I have heard some of the “first batch” horror stories from the peanut gallery but so far the fundamentals of the tank are structurally sound and the mechanicals work remarkably well. The big upgrade was the L7 Gun barrel I got from AFV MODEL many moons ago. It is supposed to fit the threads for the 100MM gun but mine would not. I had to grind a bit to get the gun in but it is a real nice addition once in place.




I am making this tank a battler first and then I will model the external features of the Tiran 5. Stowage bins, 60mm Mortar. Machine gun mounts, antenna brackets all will be added in due time.




As I said, number 197 off the line!

I assembled the basic structure and took it to our season opener.

Using my 1/35 Tamiya kit as a guide

First Step is the rear stowage bin. Used a ruler and an old calculator to scale the parts up.

Added some stowage and a tarp.

Made the turret one as well, but forgot to take pictures…












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Old 12-02-2019, 11:49 PM
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Nice.
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Old 12-03-2019, 05:49 AM
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Nice I made mine during a period of one year, unusual as I never spend more than one month with a model after that I get bored. I built a 1980 later version. I made my own decals after scanned and vectorized the Tamiya ones. I took some licenses in favor of my peace of mind.
My next work will be a Haya Chieftain, I'm saving money to order fron Amdrew that finally agreed to get a paypal payment from me. Thanks man!, but still I need more funds.

Here the overview of the tutorial I wrote for the magazine. (I spent 100 hours in the model and more than 30 in the text)

The aim of this tutorial is to share with the reader the modifications made on the 1/16 T-55 from the firm Hooben, to convert it into a Tiran 5 of the IDF (Israeli defence forces), a small modelling project that I wanted to do since several years ago. Besides to help the reader, especially to those who has never built a Hooben T55, to solve the problems I had to deal with, alert them to several problems that appears after some use, like it happened to me with the one built in 2011 (the old kit version). As I said before, I built a regular T-55 of the Russian army and the IDF Tiran 5, but in the basic assembly steps, I’ll concentrate in the general points. So here you will see pictures of different models, about the same topic.

The Tiran 5, what things do I need to change in a T-55?
Israel was one of the countries that most has reused military equipment obtained in combat. During the Yom Kippur War, approximately 150 T-54 and T-55 Russian tanks were captured by Israel. Thus lots of versions renamed Tiran 4 and 5 were born, but each one have subversions, so it’s quite complex to choose one, only by photos. The most practical, at least for me, was to copy, a 1/35 kit. Miniart kits are great but they don’t have a Tiran 5, all of them represent the Tiran 4, based on the T-54. It’s possible to do it, but added even more complexity to something that was difficult in itself.
So I choose the Tamiya kit, is simple, with the basic and a color which liked me, though I have my doubts about its fidelity to historical truth. Besides this kit lacks of some details but on the other hand, it’s easier to copy.

Here I want to make clear something I think it’s important to avoid misunderstandings at the time of following this tutorial. I’ve tried to represent the Tiran 5 to the best of my ability, No aftermarket was used except for a couple of guns I took from my spare box that I had since many years ago. My way at doing modelling is simple and use to take certain “artistic licenses”, so some parts may not be represented, or were realized “sui generis”. However, I’ll alert during the text where to improve and or to add something. Now let’s go ahead without disappointments.

I started getting the Tamiya kit that a friend of mine lent me and I promised to return it. I scanned the views of the instructions and printed them in 1/16 scale using the Adobe Illustrator. It’s simple, you only have to measure one part, for instance the turret length transferring it to the scale of the image to print.

The basic modifications needed to build the Tiran 5 starting from the T-55 are to my understanding the following :

Replace the 100 mm gun barrel D-10T with the 105mm used for the M48, and probably taken from destroyed tanks during the war. (obviously was the full cannon in the real tanks, the barrel is good enough for modelling)

Also I replaced the 12,7mm DShK gun with the M1 and M2 .Browning.

The headlights guard was modified.

The front fenders were replaced with new ones which have rubber parts.

Jerry fuel cans, were placed all around the tank, 5 of them.

As usual in the IDF tanks, I added several storage/tool boxes, and baskets in the turret and hull.

Some changes were achieved the in commander’s hatch.

I added spare links to the turret and hull in different places respect to the T-55.

Several fire extinguishers were added in different places of the tank.

Other minor details that will be listed later in the text.

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Old 12-03-2019, 07:41 AM
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Nicely done!

Added Machine Guns standard issue?
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Definitely an inspiring build. Mine will not be as detailed but already is a really good battler OOB.

Next big add was the right side turret stowage bin. made from tile styrene and a used Lowe's Gift Card. Quick shot of pain but I will add handles and latched next time on the bench.





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Old 12-06-2019, 01:25 AM
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Very nice indeed.
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Old 12-06-2019, 09:10 AM
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I want to do one of these as well. Nice build so far.
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