Dragon 1/35 Magach 3

KIT #: 3567
PRICE: $70.00 SRP
DECALS: Four options
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: Middle East War series


Magach (מגח; Ma-GAKH) designation refers to a series of tanks in Israeli service. The tanks are based on the American M48 and M60 Patton tanks. Magach 1, 2, 3 and 5 are based on M48 tanks.

The tanks were sold to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) by West Germany (and later by the United States) during the 1960s and 1970s. Several dozen Jordanian M48 tanks, captured intact during the 1967 Six Day War, were also commissioned into service, adding to the 150 already in service at that time. During the war, the Israeli tanks served in their original (American) configuration.

Following the 1967 war, several modifications were made to improve the tank to M48A3 level, resulting in the Magach 3. These modifications included replacing the original 90 mm gun with the British 105 mm L7, lowering the command turret's profile, upgrading the communication suite, and replacing the flammable and weak gasoline engine with a 750 hp diesel one.


 From what I can tell, this kit has little in the way of new parts and is basically their US Army M48A3. According to the information on the box, there is a new lower rear plate on the hull piece. You would expect there to be sprues from which you'll use very few parts and that is definitely the case for this one.

As with other M48 kits, the suspension detailing is very nice and one will spend some quality time assembling the suspension mounting points and the suspension itself. This kit includes a nice searchlight assembly as well as a goodly number of storage bins, the latter attaching to the fenders. The kit supplies Dragon's nice deformable styrene (DS) tracks and also provides the mantlet and barrel cover in this material. The various hatches are shown in the instructions in the closed position, but for those who want to include figures, they can be modeled open.

The turret and the turret machine gun position are also nicely done and you ahve the option of having various vision ports open or closed. Thanks to the relatively low (300) parts count and minimal metal parts (aside from a metal wire tow cable and a small p.e. fret with brackets), it is a kit that will build pretty quickly and will be well liked by those who don't like individual track links or a lot of photo etch.

Instructions are well done though a bit busy. Model Master and Gunze paint references are provided. The four markings options are all painted the same color and in this case, it needs to be mixed when using the provided color references. I know that there are dedicated IDF paint colors from other paint manufacturers so you may wish to seek those.


In my opinion, the M48 series of tanks that Dragon produces are among the best around for those who want a detailed kit, but don't want to fuss with a ton of tiny parts, photo etch or deal with individual track links. I am sure that the same qualities exist with their recent M60 series



August 2016

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