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Armor/AFV: IDF [Israeli Defense Forces]
Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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Achzarit
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Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 03:01 AM UTC
This Israeli APC is the new subject that I am going to realize.The kit is available commercially from Meng.I realize the version with the commander octagonal cupola L.I.C. (Low Intensity Conflict) version and the particular T shape antenna.This is thanks to the help of the Desert Eagle Publishing monograph .

More photos on http://acciaioverdemodellingblog.blogspot.it/2014/12/achzarit-in-progress-1.html

Regards Luigi







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Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 04:47 AM UTC
Really well done Gigi!
For a better and more accurate result i suggest you Eduard's PE rear basket set.
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Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 03:43 PM UTC
Very nice,
I like all the extra detail you have applied. Look forward to seeing more.

Paul.
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Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 04:05 PM UTC
Many thanks Dario for your comment.Unfortunately I do not have the set of Eduard but I will try to implement some details absent with the scratch build.

Ciao
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Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 04:14 PM UTC
Thank you very much Paul.If I would have a question to ask You know how much can be high at the bottom of the T shape antenna?

Best Regards Luigi

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Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 04:37 PM UTC
Hi Luigi,
why couldn't you wait for Meng's late Achzarit? There's the LIC cupola and the T shaped antenna included - AND the full interior + western suspension.
I'm very interested to see your progress, don't forget the anti slip coating


Michael
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Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 12:29 AM UTC
Hi Michael thanks for the comment.At this point of mounting I already finished the T shape antenna and the octagonal LIC cupola is almost finished at 95% I must add only the bolts on armored glass.The anti-slip coat I think I will not do.

Ciao
gigi63
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Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 07:14 PM UTC
I just finished the construction of this particular antenna mounted on my IDF Achzarit and present on various vehicles of Israeli army.

More photos on http://acciaioverdemodellingblog.blogspot.it/2014/12/achzarit-in-progress-2-t-shape-antenna.html



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Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 07:34 PM UTC

Hi Gigi,

Very good job so far and great result with the antenna. I cannot manage such pieces ! luckily I don't have on my WWII AFV

Saluti

Giovanni
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Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014 - 01:57 AM UTC
Thank you very much Giovanni for your valued comment!!!!

Saluti Luigi
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Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014 - 03:09 AM UTC
Great work that antenna looks a challenge!
gigi63
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Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014 - 03:53 PM UTC
Thank you Paul for your comment.

Best Regards and Happy Holidays!!!!
gigi63
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Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 05:59 PM UTC
Here are some photos of the octagonal doghouse cupola in the configuration LIC (Low Intensity Conflict) made entirely of plastic card.

Other photos on http://acciaioverdemodellingblog.blogspot.it/2015/01/achzarit-in-progress-3-octagonal.html

Cheers Luigi



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Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 11:17 PM UTC
Very nice!
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Posted: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 04:07 PM UTC
Thanks so much Russel.The book of the Desert Eagle is really good as a reference for detailing this kit.

Cheers
gigi63
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Posted: Thursday, February 05, 2015 - 01:48 PM UTC
The new progress in the work of the IDF Achzarit concerned the construction of the smoke grenade launchers covers obtained with A+B putty.I also added the power cables made with tin wire.

Photos on http://acciaioverdemodellingblog.blogspot.it/2015/02/achzarit-in-progress-4-smoke-grenade.html

Ciao



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Posted: Thursday, February 05, 2015 - 03:03 PM UTC
Sorry, but the smoke dischargers were wrong! The right one is 180 degrees rotated and not screwed to the upper side of the holder as on the left side. Here (left) the lower part of the holder has to cut off, because it is no need for this part of the bracket. Therefore the right one has no screws on the upper side, only two holes.


Michael
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Posted: Thursday, February 05, 2015 - 06:49 PM UTC
Yes Michael is true I forgot to correct these errors but this for me is a hobby and certainly do not pretend to create perfect models.I just try to match a good assembly and a good painting.
Many thanks for this your clarification I will try to fix the right part by removing the two bolts in the upper part and make the two hole and the left side now I can not correct it.

Cheers Luigi
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 04:55 PM UTC
I made the towing cable with copper wire twisted using the drill.At one end I fixed with Scotch tape six copper wires to a piece of metal tube 25mm diameter and the other end a metal rod 10mm diameter all for a length of about 80 cm.I blocked the larger cylinder in a grip and the rod tight on the spindle of the drill and by turning at low speed I twisted the cable.Later I built the various supports for locking the cables on the vehicle.

Other photos on http://acciaioverdemodellingblog.blogspot.it/2015/02/achzarit-in-progress-5-towing-cable.html




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Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015 - 01:41 AM UTC
Here finished mounting the IDF Achzarit.The last work was the installation of the tracks in white metal of the Friulmodel.Any equipment will add them later.Now I will concentrate on the construction of the base.

More photos on http://acciaioverdemodellingblog.blogspot.it/2015/04/achzarit-build-complete.html

Regards Luigi







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Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015 - 02:45 AM UTC
Not all that familiar with IDF armor. Could someone please educate me as to the purpose of this particular vehicle i.e. communications vehicle, command vehicle.
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Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015 - 03:18 AM UTC
It is an APC
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Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015 - 03:21 AM UTC
Hi, the Achzarit is an APC, based on T55 Tank. Converted from a Battle Tank to a heavy armoured personell carrier. Hope that helps.
Cheers Chris
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Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015 - 09:57 PM UTC
Ahh. So I suppose there is a door/ramp at the rear similar to an M113 or Bradley. Thanks
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Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015 - 10:46 PM UTC
Thanks Cristoph for your report.Before paint will remove the plate on the left side.Thanks again friend.

Ciao