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Meng Merkava 4M with Trophy
cabasner
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Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 11:01 AM UTC
Hi All,

I FINALLY finished my Meng Merkava 4M tank with the Trophy protective system. I'd gotten pretty well along with the build, but then got sidetracked when I got bitten by the airplane 'bug', something I had not done since I was a kid. This was the last tank I'd been working on before I started on planes, so I wanted to finish this one first after having it sit idle for almost a year..

I did a fair amount of minor scratch building, the corner dimensional indicators (1 of them is missing on the real tank, thus only 3), the chain on the front towing horns and associated hardware, the MILES cables and amber rotating beacon tower on the left side and left rear of the turret, the large identification placard on the back of the turret basket, the 'tan antenna thingí on the right rear of the turret, and, lastly, the black and white tall antennas. The tank I was modeling, a real life tank with training hardware, shown in the Desert Eagle Publishing Merkava 4M book, has VERY few scratches and very little chipped paint, in VERY good shape, but was covered in a significant amount of reddish dirt/dust. I still didnít do a very good job on the weathering, even so, but at least I can say itís done, such as it is. Iíve been waiting a long time to get that scratch built placard hung on a model, as Iíd done that placard long before I even started on the model itself. Please feel free to comment on the tank, and let me know what you think!

Sorry for the poor quality photos, but I just wanted to get SOMETHING posted...

Thank you!

















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Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020 - 03:45 AM UTC
Double thumbs up Curt.
I especially like the dangling MILES belts as well as the "plywood" tactical sign on the back of the bustle rack.

John
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Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020 - 04:33 AM UTC
OUTSTANDING!!!

You did a super JOB here Curt especially with all the added details. This really lights a fire under the ol'Bum to get back to my Merk. Its funny we will have many of the same details.

Once again Awesome JOB Curt!!!

PS: Curt want brand of paint and color did you use for your base color? I really like it.
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Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020 - 04:44 AM UTC

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Double thumbs up Curt.
I especially like the dangling MILES belts as well as the "plywood" tactical sign on the back of the bustle rack.

John



John,

Thank you very much for your comments. The placard on the back of the bustle rack is in fact real micro plywood. The MILES cable is just masking tape with some embedded wires on one end of each, which I used to attach to the rotating beacon tower.
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Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020 - 04:48 AM UTC

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OUTSTANDING!!!

You did a super JOB here Curt especially with all the added details. This really lights a fire under the ol'Bum to get back to my Merk. Its funny we will have many of the same details.

Once again Awesome JOB Curt!!!

PS: Curt want brand of paint and color did you use for your base color? I really like it.



Eric,

Your comments are greatly appreciated, and if it turns out to be motivational for you, Iím thrilled! The tank color is Tamiya paint, a custom mix that Iíve been using for current IDF tanks. I was really happy to get to the point of mounting that placard on the back of the rack, as I think thatís the best feature of the build.

Eric, the Tamiya mix is 2 parts XF-20 Medium Grey to 1 part XF-49 Khaki. I did quite a bit of research several years back (there are a number of posts by me scattered throughout Armorama on the topic of IDF colors, and I shamelessly borrowed much of the research others had done, but had to confirm for myself) doing different mixes of Tamiya colors, and this is the one that I settled on as being the closest to what I see in photos. Hope this helps 😊

By the way, in case Iíve not mentioned it before, the Desert Eagle Publishing series of IDF vehicles is well worth getting for the specific tank you are working on. The Mark 4M book was what gave me the photos needed to detail my tank.
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Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020 - 05:31 AM UTC
Very nice work!
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Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020 - 03:03 PM UTC

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Very nice work!
D



Thanks, Dan.
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Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020 - 04:54 PM UTC
Hi Curt,

Wondering how I missed this?! Phenomenal work, and your attention to detail is exquisite.

Currently working on a Magach 6b so this is wonderful inspiration. If mine turns out half as nice I'll be a happy camper!

Thanks for posting,

Regards,
Johanan
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Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 04:16 AM UTC

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Hi Curt,

Wondering how I missed this?! Phenomenal work, and your attention to detail is exquisite.

Currently working on a Magach 6b so this is wonderful inspiration. If mine turns out half as nice I'll be a happy camper!

Thanks for posting,

Regards,
Johanan



Johanan,

Many thanks for your very kind words. I know I couldíve done a whole lot more weathering if I had spent more time, but I picked this build up after ignoring it for almost a year with most of the painting done and none of the detailing. I just wanted to get this thing completed. So I greatly appreciate your very nice comments.

By the way, which Magach kit are you working on?
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Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 07:12 AM UTC
Hi Curt,

Its the Magach 6b Gal by Meng. Its a phenomenal kit and the fit, detail and finesse of the parts is superb. It took me a week of 4 hour nights to complete construction. So your painted masterpiece comes at just the right time to spur me on!

So...thanks again for the inspiration!

Regards,
Johanan
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Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 10:08 AM UTC

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Hi Curt,

Its the Magach 6b Gal by Meng. Its a phenomenal kit and the fit, detail and finesse of the parts is superb. It took me a week of 4 hour nights to complete construction. So your painted masterpiece comes at just the right time to spur me on!

So...thanks again for the inspiration!

Regards,
Johanan



Johanan,

I am humbled by your compliment 😊 Iím amazed at the speed with which you built the Magach!! The reason I asked which kit you have is because I have the older Academy kit, which I got way before the Meng kit hit the market. I figured the Meng kit would be as you describe, and if /when I get serious about starting a Magach, I may get the Meng version. Iíve so far been thrilled with all of the Meng kits Iíve built so far, nice to see that the quality remains consistent!