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Armor/AFV: IDF [Israeli Defense Forces]
Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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Magach 6A Yom Kippur War 1973 AFV Club
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Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 07:41 AM UTC
This is the M60A1 AFV club kit. the assembly was pretty straight forward.

First some photos:






IDF changes/variations are:

0.30 cal machine gun on the cupola.
Did not use part B4 (bildge water ejector?)
Used all four parts D26 on each side of the suspension (lifting eyes).
The infantry phone goes on the fender not above it on a mount.
Did not use photoetch parts GA12 (extra triangular brackets for the rear stowage bins).

Comments and suggestions are more than welcome.














Still have to make up my mind on the stowage...
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Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 09:52 AM UTC
Stunning build Nikos, as always. Can’t wait to see it with some paint on it.
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Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 10:05 AM UTC
Nice work! What did you use for the .30 cal mount?

Maybe Legend's new Magach 3 stowage would offer some things that can be used?
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Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 12:15 PM UTC
Nice work Nikos! I must say the texture AFV club molded on the turret doesn't really look right to me, it will be interesting to see how it looks under some paint.
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Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 12:33 PM UTC

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Nice work Nikos! I must say the texture AFV club molded on the turret doesn't really look right to me, it will be interesting to see how it looks under some paint.


I lightly sanded mine down and it looks fine. The hardest part is getting rid of the texture on the engine deck
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Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 05:38 AM UTC
Thank you all for your comments and kind words.


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Nice work! What did you use for the .30 cal mount?

Maybe Legend's new Magach 3 stowage would offer some things that can be used?

I used a mount from the Academy machine gun set. I inverted it and drilled a hole at the bottom so I can place the pivot mount.

I have already used the water canister from that set but nothing else except a couple of pieces can be used. The spare tracks in the set do not fit the M60A1 turret so well.


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Nice work Nikos! I must say the texture AFV club molded on the turret doesn't really look right to me, it will be interesting to see how it looks under some paint.

I am planning to tone the texture down a little. since I always prime my models and use several layers of paint and varnishes I think it will look just about right when I am finished.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 01:42 AM UTC
Looking good.Hope to see some paint on it soon. Did the metal barrel came with the kit?
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Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 07:22 AM UTC

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Looking good.Hope to see some paint on it soon. Did the metal barrel came with the kit?

Thank you. the metal barrel is indeed included in the kit.

I removed the handles from the air cleaners so that they look like the later ones, since I do not have any photo showing a vehicle with the earlier style air cleaners.

Black primer and then some rough basic color, Vallejo 73.614 IDF sand Grey 61-73










P.S. I might sand down the texture on the turret after all, it looks really weird...
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Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 12:27 PM UTC

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P.S. I might sand down the texture on the turret after all, it looks really weird...



Yea, I was afraid that might be the case, sanding and maybe a little MR. Surfacer 500 should do the trick though Nikos.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 12:45 PM UTC
Looks good.
So Vallejo Sand gray.
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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 11:11 AM UTC
Second stage of painting after some sanding on the turret texture...



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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 03:33 PM UTC
Were you able to find many references to IDF M60's using the searchlight?

I want to do mine IDF livery but every pic I have found is sans searchlight and I want mine attached.
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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 06:36 PM UTC

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Were you able to find many references to IDF M60's using the searchlight?



Check out pictures #140, #146, #157, #162 and #177.

https://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=260992&ord=&page=2

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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 06:53 PM UTC
Nice pictures but the ones with searchlights are all M48s rather than M60A1s. I know the equipment was interchangeable but the question was about photos of M60A1s with them.
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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 07:34 PM UTC

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Nice pictures but the ones with searchlights are all M48s rather than M60A1s. I know the equipment was interchangeable but the question was about photos of M60A1s with them.



Oh, Im sorry, a little bit of confusion here...
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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 10:29 PM UTC
First of all, I have to apologise for the quality of the photos I posted. They do not hsow the colors correctly.


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Were you able to find many references to IDF M60's using the searchlight?

I want to do mine IDF livery but every pic I have found is sans searchlight and I want mine attached.



Here you go:



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Posted: Saturday, December 02, 2017 - 02:15 AM UTC
Fair enough; it looks as though that last one may have been in combat too.
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Posted: Saturday, December 02, 2017 - 03:51 AM UTC

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Fair enough; it looks as though that last one may have been in combat too.

The last one was destroyed in the Yom kippur War. But one can clearly see the searchlight cable and the remains of the searchlight, that's why I posted it.

After the Yom Kippur War the 0.30 cal. was removed from the cupola and a 0.50 cal. was installed on the mantlet.

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Posted: Saturday, December 02, 2017 - 06:47 AM UTC
Perfect!!
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Posted: Sunday, December 03, 2017 - 12:22 AM UTC

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Perfect!!

Thank you!

One detail missing from the AFV Club kit is the searchlight stowage support at the back of the turret. I used the phototetched parts from the Eduard set for the Italeri/Esci M60A1 kit.

Details have been painted and sparyed a gloss coar with Modelmaster Acrylic gloss varnish.



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Posted: Sunday, December 03, 2017 - 07:56 AM UTC
Decals and some decent photos, showing the color shades...






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Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 - 09:38 AM UTC
After decals I gave the model a dark brown filter-wash. Satin varnish and added most of the stowage, gave them a wash and sealed verything with a satin varnish.

Spare track link are going to be added, some oil and washes to the tracks and the suspension, after that a matt varnish and finally dusting and some more streaks etc..



Suggestions and comments are more than welcome.
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Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 - 01:44 AM UTC
Latest update prior to dusting, chipping and some detail painting (e.g. the optics).



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Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 - 05:01 AM UTC
This is the finished model. Click on the images to show, thanks for stopping by..













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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 10:49 AM UTC
That's a stunning model of a Magach!

I'm also amazed by the fact that it looks you built it completely and then you painted it, if I'm not mistaken.
If you don't mind me asking, I'm interested to know more about your technique as the idea of gluing as much as possible before painting it fully it's very appealing to me. I'm a builder first and a painter second . Probably because I'm scared I'll ruin everything with my paint.

Anyway. Did you paint it with the tracks on? I'm asking as in one of the early photos there does appear to be some overspray on the top length of the track, but in subsequent photos everything is cleaned up and all details painted. As I'm assuming it's not possible by airbrush you probably hand brushed these.

Any tips you can offer? Or steps in your painting technique? As I said, I'm fascinated by the idea of painting it after fully assembled but I can't imagine doing it as I always keep the hull, wheels, tracks, tools, etc separate (and it's a pain to plan all the painting, then try to glue them together while painted, etc)

Much obliged for any explanation.