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Takom Merkava I hybrid
jwest21
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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 07:33 PM UTC
Here are a couple pictures of my work on the Takom Merkava Hybrid. It's a great kit as far as details and fit. I can't speak to it's accuracy, however.


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jwest21
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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:28 AM UTC
comments and critiques are welcome
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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:34 AM UTC
Nice job on the non-slip surfaceso, well done. How was construction?
jwest21
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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 01:10 AM UTC
I masked with thin masking tape and liquid mask and sprayed using a rattle can of Rustoleum Textured paint.

Construction was straightforward, a couple wrong part numbers in the instructions, but it all went together smoothly.
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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 02:31 AM UTC
great job on your kit .
jwest21
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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 04:24 AM UTC
Thank you. The trick will be finishing it. I have Modeler's ADHD, I think
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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 04:27 AM UTC
Nice to see one going together, good work so far Jason. Looking forward to more, keep going!
DonnyT
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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 06:23 AM UTC
Looking good Jason... The anitislip coating is very well done!
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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 08:06 PM UTC
Any chance Takom supplies a diagram of where the anti-slip goes?
jwest21
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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 - 07:40 AM UTC
Sadly, no. I just googled Merkava walk arounds and tried to copy that.


Thanks guys
salazareric
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Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 05:31 AM UTC
Nicely done. Im building 1/35 Tamiya Merkava right now. See you at the finish line.

Eric
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Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 08:43 AM UTC
A bit more progress- ran out of Sanai grey 82, unfortunately. Stowage basket is a bit fiddly to assemble.

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Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 11:24 AM UTC
after spraying the rustoluem, my guess next step using used brush to texture it?
I once use tamiya liquid glue to get the anti skid, result not very satified,finally I decided to use fine sand using white glue to glued it fine sand.
jwest21
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Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 06:33 PM UTC
Actually, I mist on the Rustoleum from a maybe 18 inches to 2 feet away, spray maybe 2-3 light coats and that's it. No further brushing or texturing. The key is light coats and not getting too close.
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 04:49 AM UTC
FYI- Takom has you cut the tow cables 105mm long- not quite long enough.
jwest21
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Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017 - 07:41 PM UTC
I have the major assemblies done and everything is ready for paint. I will be removing the antennas and redoing them, since I bent them while handling it.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 05:29 PM UTC
Looks great! I presume the ball and chain armor is molded plastic that came in the kit? Iím curious, as Iím waiting on delivery of the regular Takom Mk1; they apparently havenít made into all dealersí stock yet.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 09:35 PM UTC

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Looks great! I presume the ball and chain armor is molded plastic that came in the kit? Iím curious, as Iím waiting on delivery of the regular Takom Mk1; they apparently havenít made into all dealersí stock yet.

Yes it is. I was going to carefully twist and bend it so it wasn't uniform, but the takom plastic is sort of brittle. The first one I tried broke off with the slightest twist, so I'm abandoning that idea.
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Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 12:07 AM UTC
Paint is on


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Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 12:08 AM UTC
I used Ammo's Real Sanai as a base and then lightened it with faded Sanai grey, but it seems awfully dark. Opinions?

Haven't fixed the antennas- that is going to be last so I don't bend them again
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Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 08:19 AM UTC
I think the paint is just right. Iím in the same situation as you have in your Merkava right now.

Eric
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Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 06:47 PM UTC

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I think the paint is just right. Iím in the same situation as you have in your Merkava right now.

Eric


Thanks- you put that kit out of the direct light and it really looks brown.
GTDeath13
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Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:37 PM UTC
I like the color shade too...

If it gets darker with the varnishes and waethering you can always fade it with a light grey filter before dusting.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 - 10:59 PM UTC

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I like the color shade too...

If it gets darker with the varnishes and waethering you can always fade it with a light grey filter before dusting.



Thanks. In the picture it doesn't look too bad, but when I take it out of the direct light it is a light chocolate color. It's bothering me.