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Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 01:40 PM UTC

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Anyone know the story behind #1182? Is it some kind of pre production or early production model? Ive never seen those style roadwheels on a Merkava before



I can’t quiet figure it out, but the number plate might indicate that this is the very first production Merkava (820001). Also note the odd location of the stretcher.
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 02:07 AM UTC
Looks like it could be an early model Merkava I with a mixture of pre and early model wheels.
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 01:21 AM UTC
Anyone know the story behind #1182? Is it some kind of pre production or early production model? Ive never seen those style roadwheels on a Merkava before
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 11:57 PM UTC

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Merkava, it is. Bear with me, this is gonna be a looooong one...



Hi Israel,

Thank you for your time and effort for these excellent pictures

Regards
Kimmo
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 07:29 PM UTC

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Would be so nice to have one of these beautiful Mack or ÖAF tank transporters...


I've been looking on Shapeways for a conversion (wheels, cab) for the Revellogram Mack, seems like I read about one some time in the recent past, can't seem to find it. Any clues?
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 05:13 PM UTC
Good morning,
First-time post to this thread. Good lookin' stuff!
So, is this "Light" or "Heavy" Metal?

http://idf-israel1948.blogspot.com/2009/07/hotckiss.html

Definitely not a Hotchkiss, but a British Mark 3 in Israeli service.

Have a great weekend!
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 04:52 PM UTC
Would be so nice to have one of these beautiful Mack or ÖAF tank transporters...
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 12:10 PM UTC
I think it‘s the Merkava Mk.1 from Tank Museum Munster, Germany


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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 02:06 AM UTC
The last three pictures seem to be showing a privately owned Merkava. Does anybody have any info about it? It’s definietly not in Israel...
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 01:25 AM UTC
1181.


1182.


1183.


1184.


1185.


1186.


US Marines posing in front of a Merkava in Lebanon

1187.


1188.


1189.


1190.


1191.


1192.


1193.


1194.


1195.


1196.


1197.




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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 01:00 AM UTC
1169.


1170.


1171.


1172.


1173.


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1177.


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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 02:07 AM UTC
Awesome thread!
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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 01:06 AM UTC
That's it! Stop right there! The first full, working Merkava prototype

1158.


During trials

1159.


Here we go: the very first production Merkava then...

1160.


1161.


...and now.

1162.


1163.


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Another one in 1978...

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The second one now preserved in Latrun

1166.


1167.


1168.


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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 12:46 AM UTC
Merkava, it is. Bear with me, this is gonna be a looooong one...

Let's start with the first wooden model of the Merkava

1137.


1138.


Maj.Gen. Israel 'Talik' Tal, the father of the Merkava project

1139.


The second wooden model of the Merkava then...

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...and now

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Merkava mock-up on a lengthened Sho't chassis with Sho't turret

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The more Merkava-like second Sho't based mock-up

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OK. We want it to look like this:

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Not quiet there yet. Magach turreted Merkava Frankie.

1155.


1156.


1157.



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Posted: Saturday, November 04, 2017 - 12:11 PM UTC

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OK, what now? On one hand, I still have hundreds of IDF classics to upload, on the other, Meng’s latest announcement makes me itchy to throw a bunch of Merk IV pictures into the thread...




Thank you for the photos
I would like to see some Merkava 1 pics
Regards
Kimmo
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Posted: Friday, November 03, 2017 - 02:56 AM UTC

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OK, what now? On one hand, I still have hundreds of IDF classics to upload, on the other, Meng’s latest announcement makes me itchy to throw a bunch of Merk IV pictures into the thread...




I don't think you can go wrong Israel, I'm really only interested in modeling tanks myself, but I am enjoying seeing ALL of the photos you post, even the softskins.
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Posted: Thursday, November 02, 2017 - 06:27 PM UTC

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OK, what now? On one hand, I still have hundreds of IDF classics to upload, on the other, Meng’s latest announcement makes me itchy to throw a bunch of Merk IV pictures into the thread...




The name of the thread includes 'heavy metal' and I presume that the Merkava IV fits into the 'heavy metal' category so go right ahead, fill our screens with Merkava IV. The occasional classic doesn't hurt but there has been a lot of those already so I think we can survive for a short while. If the itch for classics gets too bad I can always check the older posts again
/ Robin
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Posted: Thursday, November 02, 2017 - 06:08 PM UTC
OK, what now? On one hand, I still have hundreds of IDF classics to upload, on the other, Meng’s latest announcement makes me itchy to throw a bunch of Merk IV pictures into the thread...

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Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:20 AM UTC
Thanks Israel, I really enjoyed the pictures. I like the old style transporters, due to the various vehicles used at the time.
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 06:10 PM UTC
1116.


1117.


1118.


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1120.


1121.


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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 05:59 PM UTC

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Hello Israel, do you have any more pictures of Tank transporters? Love the pictures, keep them coming.



Thanks. Sure, here you go:

1098.


1099.


1100.


1101.


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1103.


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1105.


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1111.


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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 02:45 AM UTC
Hello Israel, do you have any more pictures of Tank transporters? Love the pictures, keep them coming.
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Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 09:58 PM UTC
That's a LOT of scrap iron to send into the recycling system ...

Somewhere there is an image similar to # 1012 which shows how an anti-tank round, I presume an Israeli APFS-DS, has forced its way into the side of a gun barrel, entering the barrel and finally exiting through the breech into the turret.
If it is already posted in this thread, please tell me the number.
/ Robin
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Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 07:30 PM UTC

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I believe that's Avigdor Kahalani in pic 1005.



Indeed

1093.


1094.


1095.



With his crew during the war...

1096.



...and many moons later.

1097.
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Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 07:14 PM UTC
I believe that's Avigdor Kahalani in pic 1005.

It's amazing to see the diversity of vehicles. Thanks again for posting these.