IV M, 11 Gimet, 1stShelagh(Sward) Ballatlian, 401st Armored Brigade IDF, Gaza 2023. In Stock Ready To Go. Award-winner built and painted Israeli Merkava MK.4M Gaza with Trophy APS add-on and Anti Drone Grill Top Armor and Israel flag. 3rd Platoon, 1st "Vulcan" Company, 2nd "OZ" (Bravery) Battalion, 7th Armored Brigadeon 2023 Israel-Hamas WarGaza. IDF Sina Grey color scheme with accurate unit markings and realistic weathering. Best detailed Merkava IV kit with top building quality. 0utstanding details throughout the whole model and very high standard accuracy on every individual part. Brass photo-etched parts and clear parts. Reproduction of ERA armor on the upper turret and front body. Turret, basket, and side skirt from new tooling. Detailed tracks with road wheel detail. Rotating turret and gun elevation. Adding boxes, vehicle tools, and more add-on details. Top building quality with over 950 parts of great details overall.
11 Gimet, 1stShelagh(Sward) Ballatlian, 401st Armored Brigade IDF, Gaza 2023. Add on Heavy Hobby Lanmo Anti Drone Top Grille Armor PE set. Add on IDF antenna flage. Add on many boxes and more fancy accessories.Best detailed Merkava IV kit in the market. Moulding quality is excellent with detail is extremely sharp. PE brass parts on the grill, engine net, armor parts, ball chain, and more. Vision blocks, Episcopes, and the panoramic sight lens are provided on clear parts.
Applique armor features recessed lines and lovely raised details including bolt heads, tie-downs, and latches. The upper hull with a lot of the detail integrated. The turret is with busy vehicle equipment details.
Add on Trophy Windbreaker Active Protection System with great details. The barrel is a multi-part and looks very good. 50 cal and the loader's MAG machine gun are very well done.Impressive ball and chain armor hanging from the rear of the turret. The lower hull with suspension arms, return rollers, and spring details. The rear hull storage racks are fair detail-wise Boat hull ventral armor plate covers motorization holes in the lower hull. The rear panel has the access clamshell doors as separate parts and can be displayed open or closed.
Suspension with the nicely detailed springs presented. The detail on the track links is very good. Side skirts with great details. Adding metal towing cable, on vehicle 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. Adding clear paint for good finishing on decal application.
Washing to enhance the surface detail increases the appearance of depth including panels, doors, hatches, rivets, bolt heads, and more. Dry brushing to emphasize and highlight texture with an edge for good wear, tear, and fading. Multi-color filters for blend color effects.
Adding nonglossy paint for better finishing. The 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 to represent. Also, smear and dirt with dust and real mud and more on real-life weathering.Final protective layer for long-term collection. The Merkava IV tank, Israel's main asset for the ground offensive in Gaza These armored vehicles, which incorporate advanced cameras and artificial intelligence, constitute one of the great Israeli strengths for the urban combat with Hamas that is anticipated in the Strip? Once the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) receive the order to advance, they will be able to deploy one of the greatest assets of any army in the world: Merkava IV tanks and the latest variant, the Mark V Barak, which was introduced this year. Their advantages are based on innovation: the tanks are produced and assembled almost entirely in Israel, with the exception of some American, German, and Belgian parts. These armored assault vehicles incorporate advanced cameras and sensors to detect possible threats; they also have a mission computer that uses artificial intelligence and a system called Trophy that serves as a shield against missile attacks.
The IDF claims that these vehicles would force any other tank to its knees. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Israel's Armored Corps has over 2,200 tanks at its disposal, although the Merkava IVs make up only one-fifth of its total strength. " In addition, he notes, they will form part of the ground incursion into Gaza to provide "greater security against missile launches. " One of its main assets, the expert underlines, is "its protection system is particularly beneficial in urban combat scenarios.Despite having one of the most powerful militaries in the region, the battle Israel intends to wage is one of very complex characteristics. Hamas, which has controlled Gaza since 2007, is acting as a defensive force with local knowledge: Israeli troops have not entered the Strip since 2014.
In nearly a decade, experts believe, the militia has improved its attack tactics and increased the number of places where they can hide. "Hamas can set traps and ambush IDF ground forces, as well as mine roads with explosives or resort to snipers in the narrowest streets where these vehicles will pass, " Dostri explains. Gian Gentile, a retired U. Colonel and researcher at the RAND analysis center, agrees that ground combat will be fought hand-to-hand.
"Hamas will probably fight in small guerrilla-style teams of two or three, so they can hide easily and set improvised traps, " he explains by telephone. According to IISS estimates published in 2022, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing, numbered between 15,000 and 20,000 militiamen. Regarding the Merkava IVs, Gentile states that they are simple to drive. With two weeks of training, any military man could do it.The real challenge lies in maneuvering: in addition to the mountains of rubble left by the air strikes, there are the obstacles that Hamas can construct, leading the expert to note the need for additional support from the outside. Israeli soldiers positioned with Merkava tanks near the border with the Gaza strip in southern Israel on October 9, 2023.
4 Meil Ruach (wind coat or windbreaker) is an improved version of the Merkava Mk. 4 tank, equipped with Trophy Active Protection System (APS).
Sometimes this tank is referred as the Merkava Mk. 4 Baz, or Merkava Mk. The main goal was to improve protection of the Merkava Mk. 4 tanks against advanced anti-tank guided missiles, fitted with tandem HEAT warheads.
Production of this tank began in 2009. The first brigade equipped with these improved Merkava Mk. 4 tanks was declared operational in 2011. In 2014 it has been reported, that Israel will export a number of Merkava Mk. 4 tanks to an undisclosed customer, possibly Columbia.
However it is unknown whether these will be fitted with Trophy active protection system. 4 Meil Ruach is one of the best main battle tanks in the world. The Trophy is an Israeli-developed hard-kill protection system for armored vehicles. It detects and intercepts incoming anti-tank rockets and anti-tank guided missiles by firing a shotgun-like blast within a few meters of the tank. The Trophy destroys incoming rockets and missiles before these have a chance of hitting the tank.Furthermore the Trophy system reportedly identifies the firing location and allows to engage anti-tank teams. Even though the original Merkava Mk. 4 was one of the most protected tanks in the world already, the improved Mk. 4 Meil Ruach with Trophy APS is even more survivable. The first operational success was in 2011, when the Merkava Mk. 4 Meil Ruach tank successfully survived a missile attack. Since then these tanks intercepted dozens of anti-tank rockets, including RPG-29 and anti-tank guided missiles, including Kornet and Metis-M. Protection suite also includes advanced threat identification and warning system, as well as countermeasures system. 4 Meil Ruach has laser warning receiver and smoke grenade dischargers. When the tank is illuminated by laser it launches smoke screen. This system reduces the chance of being hit by laser-guided anti-tank missiles with semi-automatic guidance. 4 Meil Ruach is fitted with modular armor, that can be reconfigured to match specific threats. Bottom of the hull is strengthened for improved protection against land mines. This tank is well protected against air-launched guided missiles and top attack anti-tank weapons. 4 Meil Ruach is fitted with a 120 mm smoothbore gun, developed by Israel Military Industries (IMI). It can fire various 120 mm munitions, including all standard NATO munitions. Furthermore it can launch LAHAT anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary projectiles. Ten rounds are stored in electrically-operated revolving magazine and are ready to fire at any time. Every single round is stored in a protective container, to protect the crew in case the ammunition explosion.
Loader selects the ammunition type semi-automatically. This main battle tank is equipped with advanced fire control system. One of the advanced features is a high first round hit probability when firing against helicopters with conventional munitions. Secondary armament includes coaxial 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm machine guns. There is another 7.62 mm machine gun, mounted on top of the roof.4 Meil Ruach is fitted with internally-operated 60 mm mortar. This main battle tank has an integrated battle management system. It enables crew to plan missions, navigate and update their situation awareness. It also reports friendly units and enemy targets. This battle management system combines friendly tanks, anti-tank and artillery units and helicopters in a combined task force.
In 2017 it was planned that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will begin trials of Elbit`s Iron Vision system. It is the world`s first helmet-mounted head-up display for tanks. The system uses a number of externally-mounted cameras to project 360° view of a tank`s surroundings onto the helmet-mounted display of its crew members. So the crew no longer have to open hatches for observation. Previously Elbit developed a similar system for the F-35 fighter aircraft.
4 has a crew of four, including commander, gunner, loader and driver. Furthermore, if required, the tank can accommodate additional dismounts. Unique layout of Merkava series main battle tanks with front-moutned engines allowed to free space for the troops or cargo at the rear of the hull. When ammunition is unloaded the tank can carry up to 8 dismounts or 3 stretchers.Troops enter and leave the vehicle threw the rear hatch. This unique capability allows to deliver troops directly to the battlefield, or evacuate them.
This tank offers much higher level of protection for the dismounts than infantry fighting vehicles, that are typically used for this role. Furthermore a front-mounted engine provided improved frontal protection. This main battle tank is powered by General Dynamics 883 V-12 diesel engine, developing 1 500 horsepower. This engine was originally developed by a German MTU company, but it is license-produced by General Dynamics Land Systems in the USA. The same engine is used on the French Leclerc main battle tank.
Engine pack and transmission are located at the front of the hull. This whole powerpack can be replaced in field conditions within 30 minutes. Mine rollers can be fitted at the front of the hull.