Israeli Defence Force 50-Ton Tank Transporter
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A complete 1/35th scale resin and etched brass kit of the iconic Diamond-T M980/981 Tank Transporter Tractor with Hercules DFXE Diesel engine and DYSON 50 Ton Trailer in service with the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). An extensive set of decals are included with a good selection of IDF markings.
These models designed by David Jane and Rob Tearle feature in the tractor, full engine, chassis and suspension detail, fully equipped ballast body with a complete set of ballast weights, stowage and tools. Optional details for M980/981 models, and transparent lights and indicators are also included. The bonnet sides feature open vents, and and a full winch with optional full or part empty drum and woven brass cable is also provided. For the 50 Ton trailer a comprehensive and fully stowed model with load tie down set, air lines and articulating wheel sets and moveable width deck kerbs. For details of the trailer kit please see our kit K168.
The model shown above is the K185S “Soft Cab”. This kit has the option of a fully enclosed “Hard Cab” (K185H) To select K183H please message us using the contact form once your order is complete.
The Diamond-T Motor Car Company Tractor design from Chicago USA met a 1941 British Army requirement to haul and recover tanks in the 40 Ton class, and was originally matched to 40 Ton trailers designed in the UK by Cranes (Dereham) Ltd. These were replaced by the new 50 Ton trailer for the Centurion tank and variants, and these trailers were supplied in large numbers to Israel to haul the Centurion (SHOT) and variants.
The Israeli Army used this combination until the late 1960’s, possibly longer. The “Soft cab” version was favoured as it was cooler, but many “Hard cab” versions were also in IDF service. This combination was perfectly matched to carry the Centurion (SHOT) and could also carry all Sherman and T-Series AFV’s and variants.
Completed model dimensions (approximate over rear spade)
Inches/Metric (mm) Length 21.25/540 Width 3.75/95 Height 3.75/95