In the long lineage of Israeli armor; we’ve seen the incredible ingenuity put into the design and fielding of modified tanks and armored vehicles in the Israeli Defense Forces. From the M51 Shermans and Sho’t Kal Centurion during the Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars, to the wide usage of the venerable M48 Patton and its successor, the M60.
The Magach series of tanks has been the backbone of Israeli Armored Forces until it was replaced by the Merkava series of tanks.
I can sit here talking about the myriad of variants that came out; but one version in particular that’s peaked my interest and curiosity has been the “Pereh” (Wild) missile Carrier; a vehicle shrouded in mystery until very recently.
Leave it to the Israelis to create a one of a kind missile launcher and disguise it as a run of the mill Magach 3.
Now; the vehicle caught my attention and I’ve been curious to see if I could try to make a 1/35 model of it.
Funding the correct Magach variant would not be hard. Let’s start with the Dragon Magach 3 with ERA.
It already has many of the modifications you would expect for tre vehicle, so building the lower portion is pretty straightforward.
Now, here’s were we go into the weeds… the turret is heavily modified in order to fit the launching system for the Spike NLOS missile, plus because the vehicle was just recently declassified; not a lot is known about the system and how it operates; the only thing available is images of the vehicle, but nothing in detail.
So; flying blind into custom building the turret will be a formidable challenge. But it will also be a great topic of discussion among our esteemed modeling friends from Israel.
So why not pull up a chair and discuss this unique vehicle?
Great topic Reynier, will be following this one! The Pereh was one of IDF’s closely kept secrets for over 30 years. It was declassified in 2015 finally retiring in 2017. The system was operated by the 427th Battalion (‘Meitar’) of the Artillery Corps tasked with long-range anti-tank duties.
The Magach 3 kit from Dragon does not provide you with the hull you need for the Pereh. You need a M48A3 mod B hull with the reinforced front fenders and the reinforcing ribs on the rear hull doors. You also need new transmission covers and Merkava sprockets and tracks. The side skirts are similar to the Magach 7A . The wheels have re-infrorcing/shock absorbing rings on the interior so you also need new wheels.
It is pretty ironic but the most usable part from that Dragon piece of of a kit is the 105mm barrel because it is more like the gimmicky barrel of the real thing than a proper 105mm gun.
The turret is a completely new construction, it has nothing in common with the M48 turret. The front is “square” to make room for the 2 man crew and the ERA is what makes it look rounded.