IDF Merkava MK IV Main Battle Tank. Award winner built and painted with real life heavy weathering finish. IDF Sina Grey color scheme with accurate decals and unit markings. Top building quality with outstanding details throughout whole model and very high standard accuracy on every individual part. Reproducttion of ERA armour on upper turret and front body.
Turret, basket and side skirt from new tooling. Detailed tracks with road wheel detail.
Rotating turret and gun elevation. Add on vehicle tools and more add on details. Moulding quality is excellent with detail is extremely sharp. Add PE brass parts on grill, engine net, armor parts, ball chain and more.The upper hull with a lot of the detail integrated. The turret with with great details. The barrel is a multi-part and looks very good. Detailed remote and crewed weapons with commanders and loaders MGs are also nicely replicated. The lower hull with suspension arms, return rollers, spring details. The rear hull storage racks are fair detail wise Boat hull ventral armor plate covers motorization holes in lower hull.
The rear panel has the access clamshell doors as separate parts and can be displayed open or closed. The detail on the tracks is very good. Side skirts with great details. Add towing cable, antenna, tools and many accessories. Buffing and polishing to remove mold seam.
Base color with primer and putty for better surface detail. Airbrushed and painted with multicolor.
Add clear paint for good finishing on decal applying. Washing to enhance the surface detail increase the appearance of depth including panels, doors, hatches, rivets, bolt head and more.Dry brushing to emphasis and highlighting texture with edge for good wear, tear and fading. Multi-color filters for blend color effects. Add non glossy paint for better finishing. Great detail paint job on rust and paint chips off with scratches, worn and bare metal realistic simulating, flow rust and rain streaks effects, grease with staining appearing, engine smoking and muffler burned representing. Also smear and dirt with dust and real mud and more on real life weathering. Final protective layer for long term collection. Since the war of 1956, Isr?
El learned how to deal against far superior forces with limited resources and astonished the world with its fast, daring tactics and unexpected victories. The country forged in fifty years, with limited foreign assistance, a powerful, modern defence force. The armoured symbol of which is the Merkava, a reference to the ancient war chariots of the days of King Solomon. Designed soon after the Yom Kippur War (1973), this MBT was derived from a first project named the Sabra, developed in 1965 by Tsahal, the first domestic tank design.
But since it was an adaptation of the British Chieftain and the British Government had decided in 1969 to cancel any weapon deliveries to Isra? L, the project was dropped. Israel Tal, an army commander, reinvigorated the concept after the 1973 October War, and the plans were redrawn, incorporating all the ideas drawn form the lessons of the last engagements. In short, the Merkava was the embodiment of the ideal MBT for Tsahal. Combining speed, endurance, firepower and accuracy with high survivability requirements and an emphasis put on crew protection.The Merkava IV, for which development began in 1999, was first revealed in an October publication of Bamachaneh and put into service in 2004. This is the most recent addition to the series and is scheduled also for a scaled-down production. They include the modifications previously adopted on the BAZ and Dor Dalet, with the Mk. The first major change came from the gun, the improved MG253, upgraded to fire the latest ammunition types, including the APFDS sabot ammunition. The 12.7 mm (0.5 in) main machine-gun is also improved and fires longer and heavier HE rounds.
IV has the latest improvements of modular removable armour so far developed with the MkIIID, with the addition of the El-Op Knight Mk. IV fire control system, capable to deal with air threats as well like AT helicopters.
Coupled with Elbit BMS (Battle Management System), interaction and awareness of the battlefield are also greatly improved. Protection is increased on vulnerable parts for increasing urban warfare efficience, including to the turret roof, and the belly, in a v shape to cope with landmines and better deflecting the blast. Ammunition protection was also increased by giving a fireproof individual protection to all rounds, and removed for sensitive areas. None is actually stored in the turret. To confuse enemy gunners, heat deflection systems are used, borrowed from the IAI Lavi development program.The Tracks, now of the TSAWS-type have also an improved durability of the harshest terrains. Laterly, the MkIV also displayed the Trophy active protection system, which is its latest upgrade. Replacement for the Merkava is not scheduled before 2020. The item "Award Winner Built Academy 1/35 IDF Merkava MK IV Main Battle Tank +PE" is in sale since Monday, October 26, 2015. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Models & Kits\Military\Armor". The seller is "dreamworkshobby" and is located in Scarborough, Ontario. This item can be shipped worldwide.