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1/35 Takom Merkava 2B
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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 01:27 AM UTC

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The best way to get beaten-up wheels I found is to use a Dremel and a variety of grinding bits. These were the wheels from the Meng Merkava 4M I did



...and they came out rather excellent!
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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 01:31 AM UTC

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Hi Israel. Great work on the Merkava 2B. Not sure if you have noticed but the kit barrel I think is incorrect as it has 5 barrel clamps after the middle section (fume extractor?) but the photos I have seen show 6 clamps.



Yeah, that's the reason I still haven't assembled and mounted the gun. I might invest in Magic Model's new offering, however the complexity of this mini-kit (around 60 resin, turned metal and PE pieces) and its relatively high price put me off, at least for now...



60 parts wow! I know the Eduard etch set for the academy merkava 4 set has barrel clamps but there’s not enough in one set. You could always scratchbuild the clamps though with lead foil straps and thin styrene rod.
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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 01:34 AM UTC

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The best way to get beaten-up wheels I found is to use a Dremel and a variety of grinding bits. These were the wheels from the Meng Merkava 4M I did



...and they came out rather excellent!



Thank you!
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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 01:39 AM UTC

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60 parts wow!



Well, actually it has around a bit less than 40 parts - still way too many to my taste!

Check it out: http://magicmodels.ru/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=3551&category_id=254&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=4&lang=en
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 09:27 PM UTC
Since I am waiting for my kti to arrive, are the kit supplied tracks Batash or earlier style?
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 02:16 AM UTC

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are the kit supplied tracks Batash or earlier style?



They seem to be the same as Fruil's ATL-63 (Mk.1/2) set.
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 12:41 PM UTC

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are the kit supplied tracks Batash or earlier style?



They seem to be the same as Fruil's ATL-63 (Mk.1/2) set.



That's strange. From the release photos I thought it had Batash tracks...

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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 01:30 PM UTC
Well, the actual tracks are indeed from the 'Batash' range. Now I'm sure I'm gonna replace them with some older-style AM stuff..

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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 01:52 PM UTC
Yesterday I was checking the spare-tracks only, I'll re-check them after work...
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 09:38 PM UTC

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That's strange. From the release photos I thought it had Batash tracks...



The kit is supplied with 'Batash' tracks, however there are a few older style tracks included as well (the ones I was looking yesterday assuming all tracks are like that), probably because the whole sprue was lifted from the Mk.1 range...
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 10:04 PM UTC
Have you seen Merkava IIBs with these tracks? I am stuck with 2 sets and do not know what to do with them, except buy Meng Merkava III Baz kits

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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 10:21 PM UTC
Can't see the pic...

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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 10:30 PM UTC

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Can't see the pic...


I edited my previous post...
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Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 06:07 PM UTC

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Have you seen Merkava IIBs with these tracks? I am stuck with 2 sets and do not know what to do with them, except buy Meng Merkava III Baz kits




I have a Baz kit, need tracks.....
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Posted: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 07:35 AM UTC
Hi Israel! Any progress with this one? Also, in my ongoing quest for information about recent IDF paint colors, what do you plan to use on your kit?

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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 09:09 PM UTC

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Hi Israel! Any progress with this one?



Unfortunately, family and work tend to interfere with hobby...



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Also, in my ongoing quest for information about recent IDF paint colors, what do you plan to use on your kit?



Well, I use almost exclusively Tamiya paints. A couple of years back I did some experience with different mixture ratios using Buff, Khaki Drab and various greys in all possible combinations. My conclusion was that the best mixture is the recommended 50% XF-57 Buff mixed with 50% Grey of some kind. The recommendation does specify the XF-50 Medium Grey as the one to use, however, I actually found that by using different shades of Tamiya Greys I was able to achieve better results; I'm gonna go down that path this time as well.