IDF Sho`t Centurion Dalet w/Battering Ram. Award winner built and painted with real life heavy weathering finish.
IDF SHOT 1972 Golan Heights 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.Battering Ram add on with detail. Brass photo-etched parts and clear parts. Track links with road wheel detail. Add on vehicle tools and more add on details.
The quality of the mouldings is excellent overall. Detail on the each parts is excellent. Metal barrel with hollowed out aluminum muzzle piece. PE Brass on turret basket, machine gun, fender bracket, strap detailing, gun barrel and various smaller parts. PE parts for excellent representation of the raised numbering on tanks.
Rubber dust sleeve provided for the mantlet connection. Real rope for tow cable detail.
Add Battering Ram with great PE detail. The panels and rivets realistically reproduced including weld seams present as well as nice cast texture on the turret.
The clear parts provided for and all periscopes in asofter clear plastic than usual brittle clear plastic. Turret shell have a very nice cast effect on the surface and very crisp details included casting numbers on the left turret wall. M-68 105mm metal gun barrel allowing elevation with detailing is very nice. The distinctive Centurion turret bins are in multiple parts each for good definition. Added to the back of the turret is a new IDF style large luggage rack made up of multiple thin sections.
Fine mesh is provided for the rack. The Commanders cupola is entirely clear plastic with the inner periscopes included with a separate upper race and main sights.
The separate hatch has nice details inside and out with grab handle. The two part Loaders hatch also has excellent details inside and out.
30 machine gun on the Commanders cupola is an excellent rendition with well defined cooling jacket holes and receiver detail. The drivers hatch has separate inner periscopes with two brass etched parts for added detail as well as the locking latch. Twin head light clusters with new style bush guards that are moulded extremely thin. The separate side fenders with detail on the underside as well as rib detail on the top. New style forward storage boxes made up of multiple separate parts with nicely defined side latches for excellent detail definition.Full length skirts with engraved panel lines between the three skirt segments. Finely represented springs on the hatch hinges. The lower hull tub has the distinctive angled sides with nice weld beads. Add brass small etched bolt panels on lower hull. The final drive housings with excellent details on the outer/inner sections, include the bolt head details and nice cast texture. The drive sprockets have excellent details on both sides of the sprockets including complicated rib and hub details and bolt heads. The four duel return rollers have nice hub details with separate mountings. Rubber rimmed wheels nicely molded having excellent bolt head detailand indicative of what is seen on the original tank.
Wheels nicely molded and indicative of what is seen on the original tank. The tracks are provided in continuous length vinyl that has quite good details on both sides. Some very finely moulded parts such as separate grab handles and turret basket rails.
Fuel tanks, ERA blocks, stowage bins and tool detailed very well. Add anteenna, jerry can, rifle, tow cable, on vehicle tools and more 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.
It is no secret that throughout modern history, Israel has had to remain vigilant in supplying the IDF (Israel Defence Force) with the best soldiers and equipment possible to counteract the constant threat from the neighbouring Arab nations. From the early days of the War for Independence to current times in the Gaza Strip, the IDF has relied heavily on heavy armor to help protect its lands. Upon the closing of hostilities of the Second World War, the emergence of the British Centurion tank came about.
Albeit too late to prove itself during WWII, the tank would go on to show its battlefield prowess, first in the early 1950s during the Korean War. Soon after, these early Centurion tanks would find their way into the ranks of the IDF and as with all newly acquired equipment the name would be changed. It would not be until 1970 when we would see the Shot Kal emerge.
Modifications to the existing Shot tanks with new engines called for a new name; Kal would be a loosely derived word referring to the new Continental engines now in place. As with all armor, variants to the Shot Kal would soon emerge. In an effort to stay current with newer technologies of the times as well as the needs of its army, modifications would be made resulting in four variants throughout the 1970s into the early 80s; Alef, Bet, Gimel and Dalet. The Shot Kal Dalet was the last of these variants and prologue to the development of the Merkava Siman 1.
In fact many of the lessons learned and technological add-ons brought forth with the Shot Kals would be employed into the new Merkava Simon 1. The item "Award Winner Built AFV 1/35 IDF Sho't Centurion Dalet withBattering Ram +PE" is in sale since Tuesday, June 20, 2017. 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.