This time, I decided to build Hobby Boss’ Merkava IIID. I have made the Academy’s Merkava IV quite a while ago, when I compare box paintings of III and IV, I do not see the difference in shape so much. At the time of sale, it was a pretty expensive kit. I did not intend to keep stock until recently, but I will finally use my side cutter.
I attach a lot of small parts to the chassis. This side is hidden with side skirts so I don’t have to be so nervous.
The suspension and the roller wheels are also done. The idler wheels were complicated shape, but these are one shot injection parts and no need to build, it’s amazing.
Caterpillar and sprocket wheel teeth do not match. It does not match at all, demonic design. I have made several Hobby Boss AFV’s, but I have never seen a caterpillar that fitted tightly. Is this fatal as a model maker? I’ｍ very sorry because expecting much of this Merkava kit. I think this part is the minimum responsibility of a model maker.
Each piece of caterpillar has good mold and high quality. It is nothing to struggle to bend a little while building. It is troublesome to fit the extremely small pins on both sides, but by using tweezers handling trained with battleship photo-etched parts last time, I assemble them relatively smooth modeling.
Blow off the teeth of the sprocket wheel and bond it later. Previously, I used the same way when I assembled a Hobby Boss Panzerkampfwagen I type C (VK 601). I want to name this “hobby boss method” here!
It fitted successfully.
It’s not so unnatural, is it?
Even if I don’t wind all of the caterpillars, I can hide them with side skirts so it’s no problem to finish the assembly partially completed. I have rolled up as a practice because there are times when I will have a linked caterpillar with a full side look. The suspension part which hides after completion also looks good now. I was very tired only with the lower half of the tank.
It was unexpectedly difficult to make the partition plate of the exhaust port on the right side parallel. I noticed it was twisted, so I fixed it later.
There are a lot of brass balls and chains and required complex process and finally, hang them at the rear of the turret. Ideally, if the root of the shaft of the brass ball is processed into a small ring and connected to the end of the chain cut into 5 frames, it may be assembled without adhesive. It is impossible for me. I finished it anyway with a heavy use of the instant glue. This work is more troublesome than assembling a connected caterpillar. I think that it can be very appreciated that all materials for accurate reproduction are available.
Absolutely not enough chain attached. When I cut it I did not waste a single chain, but still, 50 chainrings were not enough for 10 chain curtains. On the contrary, the brass balls remain. I hope Hobby Boss to think a little more seriously to check the packaging materials.
The turret with a complicated shape is divided into many parts, but it was assembled fairly exactly. The fit is good.
Because there is no choice, I used the anchor chain I was planning to use for a ship model as a lacking chain. Although they are different in size, I think that they are not noticeable if painted.
Before blowing Sinai gray, I made light and dark in monotone. It seems that monotonous painting makes some change and interesting.
I do not know so well, fixed OVM, as it is in the kit, there is no clamp like the German tanks or a belt like the Allied, so I added additional work with the material on hand to make it look like fixing the belt.
The color of the Sinai Gray seems to change subtly by the age. Last time, when I made Merkava IV, Mr. Color No.60, RML gray 60%, and 340 field green 40%, I made it to green tone. I like it quite a lot, but the relatively recent Israeli tanks are less yellowish and may be closer to gray, Mr. Color No. 60 RLM 02 was mixed with No. 321 light brown and No. 13 neutral gray, I forgot the ratio about it, but I think that it was about 5: 4: 1. I made too much Sinai Gray….
This is the paint. I want to use it again at the time of the Centurion.
Merkava is completed. Merkava main battle tank is simply a successor to British Centurion which they used for many years, Mk3 is a version upgrade of Mk1 that was placed in 1979. Both the turret and the body are newly designed and equipped with a 120mm glide cannon. Formally adopted in 1990. Mk3D adopted a modular type armor on the side of the turret to improve the defensive power of the whole circumference, it’s useful for urban battle.
Hezbollah’s RPG rocket attack caused a major damage in the Lebanese Civil War, but assisting the structure of the vehicle seems that the crew death and injury rate was much less than the vehicle’s one. The confidence of tank soldiers against Merkava is quite high. First of all, is it a death flag to thrust into an urban area with a tank?
This time, only one antenna was installed with a metal wire of 0.3 mm.
Periscope seemed to be a natural as gloss black when looking at the actual vehicle photos. I have several kinds of polarizing seals, but I think that gross black is the best for this Merkava.
I expressed mud dirt three-dimensionally in front and back and left and right. I think that the part of the side armor worked well, but the track ring was a bit overkill.
I wanted to make the chain curtain more durable if possible. If you move the turret, it will interfere and it will likely break, so decorate it not so heavy moving.
The exhaust port on the side is painted dark. Speaking of which I remembered that Russian BMP, which I made about a year ago, also had exhaust vents around here.
There was one hatch on the body and two places in the turret so that both could be opened and closed. I did not paint inside, though.
The smoke dischargers were assembled in the cover open state, I can see the ammunition.
It looks Merkava has a machine gun in a misplaced place, but this should probably be able to operate the tank soldiers in the turret remotely.
Hobby Boss’s Merkava, this kit is very labor intensive assembly. There were a couple of big problems, but the detail is fine and very good looking!! If you don’t take the time to assemble the caterpillar and the chain curtain, you will be able to complete it smoother.