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Merkava IID Basket Set
Israeli Merkava IID Turret/ Hull Basket Set
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by: Matthew Robeson [ SCVROBESON ]


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Contents

Inside of the standard sized Legend Productions box, you're greeted with a package that is absolutely stuffed with parts. The first thing you'll see if the massive Turret Stowage Box. The part is beautifully detailed on all sides, but is attached to a huge casting block. That will certainly require busting out the power tools to deal with removal. After removal though, it should be a drop-fit onto the kit, quickly replacing the kit's open version.

Review

There are six resin pieces cast in Legend Productions's normal medium gray resin, and all are attached to pretty stout casting blocks. It is obviously necessary given the size of the parts, but it can create some headaches in removal. Just remember to wear a dust mask to make sure you don't get the resin dust into your lungs.

The kit gives you parts for the turret stowage box, and the two stowage boxes on the back of the hull, flanking the access door. All of the parts have great detail, and come with photo-etch parts to set off the detail.

The second part of this set is the famous ball-and-chain armor around the turret stowage box. Legend Productions provides two options in this kit, with either photo-etch chain, or a length of metal chain included based on preference. The photo-etch parts are provided on strips that attach to the bottom of the basket, and are already perfectly spaced and the right length. This is the easier of the two options included for sure, although the photo-etch strips do look flat. Also included is a long length of lamp chain for the ball portion of the armor. It looks like you can just cut each ball off the chain, and then attach it to the chain to truly look realistic. This is good if you don't want to use the plastic provided in the kit, and want something more in-scale. I think the metal chain option is the best for scale fidelity, but it is more fiddly than just attaching the photo-etch strips.

Conclusion

The only problem with this set is potential redundancy. Legend Productions also produces a Merkava IID Detail Set, which does include these parts in it. So if you buy that detail set, you do not need to purchase this set as well, unless you want two copies of the parts just in case. If you don't want to go for the full detail set though, this is a great detail set to make your Merkava look better than the box kit.
SUMMARY
Highs: Great detail, full stowage baskets, and two options for ball-and-chain armor
Lows: Armor is extremely fiddly and time-consuming
Verdict: Great add on for the Academy kit, and easy drop-fit replacements for the empty baskets in the kit
Percentage Rating
86%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: LF1311
  Suggested Retail: $20.00
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  PUBLISHED: Mar 28, 2016
  NATIONALITY: Israel
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.90%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.61%

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Copyright 2019 text by Matthew Robeson [ SCVROBESON ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Model Shipwrights. All rights reserved.



Comments

Long overdue. With tons of the world modelers being crafty and skilled in the art of modifications, this basket set will surely be 'adjusted' to fit other Merkava kits as wll...just as with everything else aftermarket. Love it!
MAR 28, 2016 - 04:53 PM
Nice. I would like some AM manufacturer make the "slat" type rear hull structure that usually replaced the baskets.
MAR 28, 2016 - 09:00 PM
   

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