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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 04:00 PM UTC
More photos from Noam Garmiza's project

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Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 06:45 PM UTC

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Question - what's the IDF's master plan with regard to tanks? Are they in the process of phasing out earlier version Merkava's and going to standardize on the 4?



Yes, that's the general direction. The Mk.IIs have been recently phased out from the last regular unit; now they serve in reserve formations only.


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Seems like they have quite a mix of tanks in service



Not anymore, really. Regular units are equipped either with Mk.IIIs or Mk.IVs, reserve units with MK.IIs, IIIs and IVs. The last regular Shot platoon converted to Merkava Mk.IIIs in '92; the last reserve Shot unit was dissolved in 2002. By 2006, all remaining Magachs in regular units had been replaced by Merkava Mk.IVs; by 2014 the Magach was phased out from reserve units too. Even the Spike missile equipped Pere units were dissolved in 2016 (both regular and reserve).


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Any sign of a Merkava Mk 5 in development?



Not officially. The Merkava 4 replacement most likely won't be a Merkava at all: http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/sneak-peek-the-israeli-armys-new-tank-21193
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Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:20 PM UTC

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Thanks, John. I'll open my favorite part of this thread, the Merkava Mk.II section with a rather cool action footage recorded with a GoPro camera fitted to one of the crewman's helmet. The footage, as well as some of the photos that will follow are from the talented photographer, Noam Garmiza's project.

His website: https://500px.com/eaglex

Video (no FB account needed): https://www.facebook.com/noamg.photography/videos/vb.421301347948215/1189520437792965/?type=2&theater




Cool video. Question - what's the IDF's master plan with regard to tanks? Are they in the process of phasing out earlier version Merkava's and going to standardize on the 4? Seems like they have quite a mix of tanks in service, compared to the US which essentially just has M1's that only differ in the level of upgrades. Any sign of a Merkava Mk 5 in development?
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Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 03:20 PM UTC
The following photos were taken by Noam Garmiza during the week he spent in 2014 with IDF's main armor training formation in the Negev Desert.

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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 07:52 PM UTC
Thanks, John. I'll open my favorite part of this thread, the Merkava Mk.II section with a rather cool action footage recorded with a GoPro camera fitted to one of the crewman's helmet. The footage, as well as some of the photos that will follow are from the talented photographer, Noam Garmiza's project.

His website: https://500px.com/eaglex

Video (no FB account needed): https://www.facebook.com/noamg.photography/videos/vb.421301347948215/1189520437792965/?type=2&theater

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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 06:59 PM UTC
Great Photos Israel, I really like the photos of the MK I's without the side skirts. I'm going to do one of those I think, when the time comes. It will be a nice addition to the collection, being able to view the suspension that way.
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 06:54 PM UTC

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Thank you for your time and effort for these excellent pictures



Thanks. Stick around, Mk.II pictures will follow soon...
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 06:49 PM UTC

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a British Mark 3 in Israeli service.



I'm not sure...could be actually British vehicles stationed in Palestine during the late '30s.
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 06:34 PM UTC

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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!



Wow, neat find, thanks for posting that and pointing out the Vickers Russ! I'v become very interested in the Vickers light tanks since Masterclub announced that they are planning to release the Universal Carrier tracks in metal.
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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
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 01:00 AM UTC
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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

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During trials

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

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...and now.

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Another one in 1978...

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The second one now preserved in Latrun

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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

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

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The second wooden model of the Merkava then...

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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.

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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.