This is the current 1/35 Tamiya Tiran-5 (Kit#35828) backdated to
a 1973 Yom Kippur War, Sinai Front example.
Changes and updates include the following:
Friulmodel white metal tracks, environment painted, chipped,
washed, dusted and given a final dark steel dry brush.
RB metal barrels for the main gun (L7/M68) and the .30cal
scratch built MG mount from styrene plates, rod and discs,
used a part from the Legend Productions Tiran-4 conversion
set as a master
Academy .30cal receiver, ammo box and ammo cradle
a rudimentary wading rail from styrene sheet, added raised
fins to the rear deck grille as well
the lay out of the turret storage boxes, grab handles and
the commanders' and loader's hatches
from metal guitar sting, annealed to allow for shaping
base coat of 1973 IDF sand, custom mixed, as recommended on
lines, lamp wiring and some grab handles from copper wire
cables made from stranded copper wire, frayed
1973 style rear hammock, made from the two fuel drums found
in the kit. mounted onto the rear deck on styrene pegs.
recognition flag from kleenex dipped in 50/50 PVA and water.
the chamfer on the turret's lower edge
Leaky grease ports added to front idler wheels
109xxx-tzahal serial adopted fro a 1967 captured vehicle in
Painted with Tamiya Acrylics thinned with Gunze Lacquer Thinner,
over a dark gray primer coat, in a detail modulation sytle.
Chipped, washed, filtered, faded, dusted with AK-Interactive,
Windsor and Newton Oils and Vallejo products.
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Things that were missed:
She's not perfect, but I would like to thank Mr. Andy Taylor
(Mr. T-55) for pointing me in the right direction. Col. Michael
Maas of the Yad La-Shiryon for taking the time to answer
questions he's probably answered a hundred times before. :)
Miguel Jimenez Martin as well for generously sharing his
techniques and vision.