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Armor/AFV: IDF [Israeli Defense Forces]
Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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IDF Light/Heavy Metal
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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 - 02:01 PM UTC
Let's continue with the Mk.4, first the 'regular' (non-Trophy, non-Droid) variant:

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Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 01:18 PM UTC
Merkava 3 based heavy ARVs

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Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2018 - 03:23 PM UTC
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Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 07:26 PM UTC
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GTDeath13
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 06:59 PM UTC
Another set of very interesting photos...
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 04:55 PM UTC
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Posted: Monday, April 02, 2018 - 01:00 PM UTC
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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 02:33 PM UTC

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Is the vehicle in #1463 somekind of testbed or an operational vehicle?



Judging by the serial number, it's an early-production example; probably only used for demonstration purposes these days.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 02:27 PM UTC
Is the vehicle in #1463 somekind of testbed or an operational vehicle?

It has the older style Merkava 3 tracks and it is the first and only photo of a Merkava 3 Dalet I have seen with these tracks.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 02:02 PM UTC
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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 01:53 PM UTC
The device seen in the turret-basket in picture #1463 is a vehicle-board water generator: http://water-gen.com/products/defense-applications/vehicle-atmospheric-water-generation-unit/

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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 04:50 PM UTC
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 03:04 PM UTC
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 03:53 PM UTC
First of al, I am no expert, I made this table by looking at photos and exhanging info online and using reference published in various books.

Something I noticed just right now:

The 6R has the original turret basket and not the larger IDF variant. I will correct it and repost the table.


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Nikos, is the FCS the ONLY difference between the Magach 6B 'Gal'and the 6M ('Gal' vs. 'Nachal Oz', respectively)?

The 6M is based on the M60 slick whilst the 6B Gal on the M60A1. But the configuration is almost identical except the FCS, as you correctly stated.
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 03:52 PM UTC
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 03:35 PM UTC
Nikos, is the FCS the ONLY difference between the Magach 6B 'Gal'and the 6M ('Gal' vs. 'Nachal Oz', respectively)?
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 04:31 AM UTC

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I hope this helps:




WOW!! Thank you so much!!
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 03:28 AM UTC
I hope this helps:

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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 02:11 AM UTC
Thanks for these great pictures!! They truly are invaluable to modellers!!

I am building a Dragon M60 w/ERA and have corrected the hull and ordered the Orange Hobby M68 gun.

I want to fit Merkava 1 tracks so I guess I'm building a Magach 6M? Please excuse my lack of knowledge but this IDF stuff is all new to me. I'm currently reading up on the Tiran story and boy oh boy that is a long one!!

What else should I do to get a fairly accurate representation of a 6M, if that is what this model will become? I particularly like pics 243 and 244.
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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 06:01 AM UTC
What's going on with the tank in pic 1442? Haven't seen those roof-top sensors before....
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Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 - 01:36 PM UTC
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 02:21 PM UTC
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Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 - 01:54 PM UTC
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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 06:52 PM UTC

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Always wondered, wouldn't that add-on turret armor of the 3D have created a pretty bad shot-trap on the lower sides of the turret?



Possibly, but the advantages probably outweigh the disadvantages. The lessons learned from the 2D and the 3D were implemented in the Mk.4's turret design which follows the same principle.
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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 06:26 PM UTC
Always wondered, wouldn't that add-on turret armor of the 3D have created a pretty bad shot-trap on the lower sides of the turret?

Also, what's that large device / housing on the turret of the nearest tank in pic 1430?