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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 07:16 PM GMT+7
Available from Model Miniature is an Israeli armored troop vehicle rendered in 1/72 scale.
Namer, a syllabic abbreviation of Nagmash and Merkava, is an Israeli armored personnel carrier based on the Merkava tank chasis. Crewed by 2, the Namer can accommodate 10 infantry or 2 stretchers. It has a remotely controlled weapon station, fitted with 12.7mm machine gun, replaceable with a 40mm grenade launcher. Additionally, manually-operated 7.62mm machine gun is mounted on the roof. The Namer is regarded as one of the most protected armored personnel vehicle, providing infantry with the level of protection and mobility matching those of the latest main battle tanks.

Model Miniature depicts an early version of the Namer. Kit MM R219 is cast in resin. It is a quick-build kit as its wheels and tracks come assembled. The kit contains 16 parts to build one vehicle including antennas and a figure.

Background information on the vehicle sourced from Military-Today and Wikipedia.
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I thought the Namer was based on the Merkava IV chassis. Maybe the very first ones were converted from Mk.Is and IIs...?
NOV 10, 2017 - 07:27 PM
Yes, as mentioned here: https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/israel/namer.htm
NOV 10, 2017 - 10:06 PM
Thanks Tat, some interesting info there. I didn't know IDF was experimenting with a Merkava based HAPCs as early as the mid '80s. However, there's some misinformation in the article: 'Merkava 3 and 4 have torsion bar suspension' - as a matter of fact, all Merkavas have either paired (Mk.I and II) or independent (Mk.III and IV) helical coil-spring suspension. 'As a result in 1983, obsolete Centurion MBTs (sic!) were withdrawn from service and modified into heavy APCs' - the last Shot platoon was withdrawn from regular service in July '92 (see picture #379 here: LINK By 2002 all Shot reserve units too have been dissolved.
NOV 11, 2017 - 12:36 AM
Cheers Israel. Sorry can't comment any further. Maybe the IDF experts can chime in.
NOV 11, 2017 - 03:40 PM
This looks nice, but some of the road wheels look to be floating a little above the track, like the second to last one on this side:
NOV 13, 2017 - 04:00 AM
Well, now that I see it without side-skirts, I can tell you that’s DEFINITELY not a Mk.I/II type suspension, but more like a Mk.III/IV. Unless the suspension of the initial ‘Namers’ converted from Mk.Is and IIs was replaced too (which I doubt), something’s obviously wrong here: either the kit, or the description..
NOV 13, 2017 - 04:52 AM
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