Israel Defense Forces Merkava I MBT. IDF desert color scheme with accurate decals and unit markings. Scratch built coating for great finishing. Add PE and metal part.Top building quality with outstanding details throughout whole model and very high standard accuracy on every individual part. Tracks with road wheel detail. Add on vehicle tools and more add on details. Great details over all model. Scratch built non-slip coating on hull and turret. Excellent exterior features (great rivets, panel lines and appropriate weld beads). The upper hull with plenty of fine detail including weld marks, deck surface details and more. The lower hull realistically reproduced features some nice details such as suspension, axles, rollers separate for good detail definition.
High detailed turret and components including separately molded hatches and on-vehicle equipment. Track exhibit great sag detail. The road / idler wheels and drive sprockets have detail on both sides with great tooth ring details.Detailed suspension with individual link track, each with separate guide horns. Add 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. The Merkava is the main battle tank of the Israel Defense Forces.Since the early 1980s, four main versions have been deployed. The "Merkava" name was derived from the IDF`s initial development program name. It is optimized for crew survival and rapid repair of battle damage. Through the use of spaced-armor techniques and quick-replacement modular designs, the design team was able to incorporate composite armour, a derivative of rolled homogeneous armour (RHA) and Chobham armour. Additionally, the space between the inner and outer hulls is filled with dieselan economical storage method and a means of defeating HEAT rounds.
Following the model of contemporary self-propelled howitzers, the turret assembly is located nearer the rear than in most main battle tanks. This gives the crew additional protection against a frontal attack by putting the engine between them and the attack. This arrangement also creates more space in the rear of the tank that allows increased storage capacity, as well as a rear entrance to the main crew compartment allowing easy access even under enemy fire. This allows the tank to be used as a platform for medical disembarkation, a forward command and control station, and an armoured personnel carrier. The rear entrance`s clamshell-style doors provide overhead protection when off- and on-loading cargo and personnel.
It was reportedly decided shortly before the beginning of the 2006 Lebanon War that the Merkava line would be discontinued within four years. However, on 7 November 2006, Haaretz reported that an Israeli General Staff assessment had ruled of the Merkava Mark IV that "if properly deployed, the tank can provide its crew with better protection than in the past, " and deferred the decision on discontinuing the line. The Mark I is the original design created as a result of Israel Tal`s decision, and was fabricated and designed for mass production.
The Mark I weighed 63 tonnes and had a 900 horsepower (670 kW) diesel engine, with a power to weight ratio of 14 hp/ton. It was armed with the 105 millimeter M68 main gun (a licensed copy of the British Royal Ordnance L7), two 7.62 mm machine guns for anti-infantry defense, and a 60 mm mortar mounted externally, with its operator not completely protected by the tank`s hull.
The general design borrows the tracks from the British Centurion tank, which had seen extensive use during the Yom Kippur war. The Merkava was first used in combat during the 1982 Lebanon War where Israel deployed 180 units. After the war many adjustments and additions were noted and designed, the most important being that the 60 mm mortar needed to be installed within the hull and engineered for remote firing - a valuable feature the Israelis had initially encountered on their Centurion Mk3s with their 2 mortar MkIII. A shot trap was found beneath the rear of the turret bustle where a well-placed shot could jam the turret completely.
Installation of chain netting to disperse and destroy rocket propelled grenades and anti-tank rockets before impacting the primary armor increased survivability. The item "IPMS Winner Built TAMIYA 1/35 IDF Merkava I MBT +PE +Upgrade" is in sale since Friday, March 19, 2010. 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.