I made the Academy’s Merkava in March 2015, additional work such as surface anti-slip.
I watched “American Sniper” with my wife today in the cinema complex near my house. Combat scene was extremely real, and armored cars are running around Iraqi city corners lively. Maybe I was inspired by this movie, I would like to make a modern tank and picked up this Academy’s Merkava Mk.IV from my stockpile. Probably this kit is already out of stock now.
Oh, I decided to put the making in process kits aside today. I have also Hobby Boss Merkava Mk.III and if there’s a time in the future, I’ll make it, too.
I glanced at the instruction 1st page and there’s something about photo-etched parts that I have already attached the plastic parts!!
It seems no problem at all but the etching is more detailed, so I tried to change them.
I scraped off the hemisphere parts from runner one by one and making the round ball of the chains curtain. At first, it’s difficult, but after a couple of trials, I’m used to doing this work. Please be careful, don’t hurt yourself.
It is the chain skirt which I attached neatly with much effort, but the rear body top surface interferes it when I attach a gun turret to a chassis and turn round. I bend the chain diagonally for a while and keep it off and should be adjusted for the last time after the painting completed. These chains are easily broken when I bent them many times. I should be so careful.
There’s no mold of the antislip surface on the body and turret uppers. I used this Tamiya Diorama Texture Paint of powder snow. It’s fixed on the body after dried and not moved the dust even I blew breathing strongly over them. It’s a moderately textured surface, I’m still not sure after painting. The whole impression was drastically changed so I can say it’s risky to work.
I’m worried because it’s my first Academy’s kit but the instruction was easy to understand, all the parts joint is quite good. Assembly was very smooth and enjoyable. It’s like the finish up comment, but the next step is painting.
The Merkava seems to be greenish a little than the Super Sherman which I made before as I look at real vehicle photographs. The Super Sherman was painted similar to dark yellow, not mixed green colors. There’s Academy’s recipe that 70% of Mr.Color #60 RLM02 gray and 30% of #340 field green FS34097. Furthermore, I mixed orange by some adjustment. I’m thinking after brownish washing makes more natural and complex color gradation. It’s becoming cool.
I attached decals, this quality was not so bad. But the white gun barrel markings are pale, so the tone is changed the crossing point and the other area. I need to re-touch by brush later.
Now I’m reading a book on Naval General Staff interviews of the Imperial Japanese Navy, I’m eager to make battleships again.
Painting of the periscope and glass area, after coating mat black I used Mr.Crystal Color Turquoise Green but this one is too glitzy. I coated clear green on them, but it’s not good to finish, like an aquarium with algae blooms and can’t see inside.
Hahaha, it’s a drastic remedy. I don’t have hologram film in my hand now so I peeled off the CD recording part cut out for them. It’s gleaming to catch the light in some angles. At least better than the above scheme. I thought to try coating with clear blue for a moment, though this time I left the film without concealment.
In the development of Mk.I, it has been developed based on the number of combat experience of up to the fourth Middle East War, and they are also experienced in several operations such as Beirut military invasion until the development of Mk.IV.
The turret was larger than former Mk.III, and attached removable modular armor from the Merkava Mark IIID which can be performed in a short time to recover after damage.
When I made this kit l I felt this vehicle height is very tall. The height of the Merkava is 2.6m and Japanese main battle tank Type 10 is 2.3m.
Decals on the canvas, because the canvas width is too narrow to attach decals, I cut the part of the decal and changed the vehicle number. Adhesion was perfect because before pasted I blew clear on the canvas.
It is a chain and ball hanging from the edge of the turret, it’s so-called chain curtain that protects from mobile anti-tank weapons such as an RPG. I painted in black and blew the dust, occasional rust washing.
The characteristic of Merkava, the engine is disposed at the front of the vehicle and has achieved an occupant survival rate when struck from the front. It is important excellent tank soldiers to survive. Soldiers quality and experiences affect drastically change in combat skills of troops.
In the Academy’s instruction, three white bands are from the front from the right side, but these white bands are from the stump in the graphic from the left. I wonder which is the correct, in the end as the photo I choose.
Because Israel is a dry climate, rather than put a lot of mud, more dusty paint would be feeling better. I mixed the pastel dust in the enamel thinner and clear and flat base, or mixed pastel in water-based paint thinner, for avoiding peeling off the dust easily when I touched this model.
I thought whether the short antenna is attached to the front, it seems pole for the vehicle width confirmation. These poles were broken many times in my work, I should have attached them the very end process.
Now there are many companies released Merkava various kits and I cannot compare cause I have only one completed. I did not feel the stress from making, easily understandable instruction. And it’s also important to factor the price is friendly and reasonable. There are exaggerated expressions in this work, but I like it.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.