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Friday, July 28, 2017 - 07:09 AM UTC
Takom has just announced an IDF Merkava Mk. 1 and a Mk. 1 hybrid.
The famous Israeli Medium Battle Tank will be available in the first version (Mark 1) and the later upgraded one, known as Mark 1 Hybrid -as it received some features from the Mark 2.

These kits will come with photoetch details, link&length tracks with a jig for easier assemble and 2 decorations for each.
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What is the difference between a Mk.1 and Mk.1 Hybrid?
JUL 29, 2017 - 07:46 AM
A lot. The latter has almost all features of the Merkava II: improved transmission and side skirts, enlarged exhaust on the right side, turret chainball protection, rear storage baskets. However, the late Mk.I still has the commander operated 60mm external mortar carried over from the early variants, while the Mk.II is already equipped with the loader operated internal one. The Mk.II has an improved firing system as well. In other words, the Mk.I Hybrid is externally actually much closer to the Mk.II than to its predecessor.
JUL 29, 2017 - 08:23 AM
Thanks for that Israel, your explanation really clears that up. Now we will have to see how the kit measures up
JUL 29, 2017 - 09:29 AM
absolutely great!
JUL 29, 2017 - 10:04 AM
Many thanks
JUL 29, 2017 - 07:41 PM
The Hybrid also has smoke grenade launchers and antiskid surfaces. Also the mounting points of the side skirts were similar to the MkII, not the simple ones of the MkI.
JUL 30, 2017 - 12:13 AM
Great news indeed!
JUL 31, 2017 - 07:11 AM
Takom have THE BEST box art.
JUL 31, 2017 - 02:33 PM
Could have been me at least, must have kit. Now what to do with the several Tamiya kits in the stash?
AUG 01, 2017 - 05:25 AM
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