Sounds like you have made excellent progress Curt. I eagerly await pictures!!
I pulled the my Merk out this morning... ...and was looking it over...I just can't seem to walk away from it.
Eric, I understand...the Merkava 4, and particulalry, the 4M, is a really cool tank. I think you ought to just forget about the resin 'full baskets', and continue on with your build. You don't need that resin stuff. I'll be happy to give you some ideas on how to proceed without the resin parts. You can surely do it. You've done a great job thus far!! No point in not completing it, especially based on the really nice work you've already done.