Academy 1/35 Magach 7C Gimel Kit First Look
|Date of Review||November 2015||Manufacturer||Academy|
|Subject||Magach 7C Gimel||Scale||1/35|
|Kit Number||13297||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||New tooling, nice details||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$52.00|
It was 1973, the Israeli armed forces had updated its ground forces and aircraft from contemporary US inventory including the M60A1 main battle tank which was standing watch with NATO in Europe. When the Yom Kippur holiday began, the Israeli army sent its regular forces home and the reserves stood watch over the country. Tensions were high, but nobody believed that Arab forces would attack during the holiday.
From the north, Syria pushed a surprise attack into the Golan Heights at night, protected by little more than up-gunned Sherman tanks. Despite the odds, the Israelis were able to hold off the attack while the regular forces were recalled and deployed. Before the campaign was over, Israeli Pattons had engaged and defeated the combined might of the Syrian, Jordanian, and Iraqi armored forces. The southern front was not so fortunate.
The Egyptians had taken a beating in the 1967 war and was prepared to return the favor. Using a masterful feat of engineering, the Egyptians created bridgeheads over the Suez canal. Protected by sophisticated air defenses, the Egyptian army was able to ambush and destroy a significant number of Israeli Pattons. This was the first major combat employment of anti-tank guided missiles against opposing armor and the Egyptians made good use of their Soviet-made weapons.
As a result of the Yom Kippur war, Israel began a series of survivability and capability upgrades to their tanks. In the case of the M60 (designated as Magach 6), the type received the M60 RISE updates becoming Magach 6B. Through a series of updates, the Magach 6 was updated to the Magach 7 configuration with more advanced passive armor.
Like its Israeli counterpart, Academy has again updated their M60A Patton kit with some new tooling. Molded in tan styrene, this kit is presented on ten parts trees plus two runs of vinyl track in the Merkava pattern. Like the Academy Magach 6B Gal Batash kit released two years ago, this Magach 7C release has a number of new-tooled parts trees to render this new variant. Unlike the previous release, Academy has not included the supplemental underside armor plate this time which covered the motorization holes on the lower hull.
Among the features and options in this release:
- Hull features bow armor plate
- New passive armor blocks on the upper bow
- RISE air cleaners
- New armored side skirts
- New-tooled turret with sloped armor and topside armor plating
- New sloped cover over gun mantlet
- M2 machine gun over main gun
- Slat armor bustle rack on rear of turret
- New smoke grenade launchers
- Swing-arm-mounted machine guns for tank commander and loader
- Thermal-wrapped main gun
- Wind sensors for fire control system
- Merkava track
This is definitely a nice-looking kit and will look awesome with paint and weathering on your contest shelf.
For a look at Magach 6B Gal Batash built-up, look here.
My sincere thanks to MRC for this review sample!