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Armor/AFV: IDF [Israeli Defense Forces]
Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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Magach 3 Yom Kippur War
GTDeath13
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Posted: Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - 10:07 PM UTC

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Can the idler be adjusted? The track had a small amount of slack in it.
Dan



The idler cannot be adjusted. I sometimes remove a link from the DS tracks or , such as in this case, I just glue them on, making sure to gother the slack on the idler and glue the links closer.

I always glue DS tracks in place and in all possible points of contact with the wheels, return rollers, sprocket and idler. This way there is no tension on the track and it will not come off in the feature. Moreover.
metooshelah
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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 12:13 AM UTC
fantastic attention to details. can't wait to see more
Naseby
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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 01:19 AM UTC
Great work so far. I will be following this one with interest.
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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 02:20 AM UTC
Thank you both for the kind comments.

There are a few details left to be added prior to priming the model such as wireropes, the searchlight and some other stowage pieces. After painting the model I will add the Uzis on the turret, some stowage on the hull front and the fenders and anything else that I might have forgotten.

Let's see what has been done:

The most important details the Edurad photoetch set provides are the stowage bin handles. They are easy to fold and really show once in place.

DEF supplies three water canisters in their conversion set. Dragon only shows one in the instructions, but photos prove that there were canisters on each side of the turret. I have to admit that I did not find many good photos of the right side of the vehicle, which seems strange since there are a lot of good photos of the left side.

Def also supplies a very nice searchlight storage mount for the back of the turret, plus the wirerope holders.





Def supplies two fire extinguishers. Finding reference for their location is difficult. On Magach 5s (Magach 3 upgraded with Baltan ERA, used in Lebanon in 1982) the fire extinguishers are placed behind the cupola and the loader's hatch. I have also found a photo showing this configuration on Magach 3s, but then I found this photo:



Both tanks in the photo have the same configuration, a fire extinguisher base on the fender, next to the front stowage bin and one on the turret side, below the cupola, plus an Uzi mount. I decided to follow DEf's instructions and add a fire extinguisher on each side of the stowage bins, since the Legend stowage prevents me from adding the fire extinguisher and the Uzi below the cupola, on the right side of the turret.



The photoetch around the gun mantlet is provided by Def and once put into place really stands out.



The .30 cal mount is a work of art, also supplied by Def. I did not use the photoetch bullet rounds, I will add some resin ones after painting the model.



The Legend stowage on the turret basket is great, and really easy to use. Although there are no instructions in the box, there are some excellent photos on Legend's site.





And some more photos:





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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2018 - 07:15 PM UTC
I had a minor mishap with the DEF searchlight. The clear part provided must be fitted before assrmbling the front and rear part of the searchlight together, something I did not notice. (In my defence the instructions are not very clear). After some testing with the provided part and other more flexible clear materials I ended up using the Draon searchlight clear part. It is a tad smaller but I am planning to make it look more nice with some surfacer.







I need to make some corrections and cleanups and the model is ready for primer.





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Posted: Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 09:10 PM UTC
Looks to be a great representation of this tank. All the small details noted. Most of the reference pictures show the IDF crew with long hair, how many years did this continue?

I've been studying the photos from this page for reference as well
https://www.net-maquettes.com/pictures/m48a4-magach-3/?afg181_page_id=1#afg-181

Very nice build.
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Posted: Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 09:30 PM UTC
looks great-the storage really makes it look good.
Dan
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Posted: Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 09:51 PM UTC

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looks great-the storage really makes it look good.
Dan

Thank you. Stowage on single color vehicles helps making them look more interesting. The Legend set is a tad overkill but I wanted to use the Def supplied stowage on a Magach 2 I am working on.


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Looks to be a great representation of this tank. All the small details noted. Most of the reference pictures show the IDF crew with long hair, how many years did this continue?

I've been studying the photos from this page for reference as well
https://www.net-maquettes.com/pictures/m48a4-magach-3/?afg181_page_id=1#afg-181

Very nice build.



This vehicle is quite famous and a good reference. Take in mind that it is propably a former Jordanian M48 (small driver's hatch and the registry number begins with 1, like all captured vehicles).

Should you need any more photos of a specific variant (ex M48A2, one with Urdan cupola or M1 cupola etc) let me konw or start a build thread and I can post some there.
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Posted: Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 10:18 PM UTC

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Most of the reference pictures show the IDF crew with long hair, how many years did this continue?



The war itself lasted just under three weeks. In a full-scale war (like the Yom-Kipur War was) the majority of IDF’s manpower would be reservists (hence the long hair). Moreover, many reserve units remained active for months following the war.