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Armor/AFV: IDF [Israeli Defense Forces]
Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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M48A2C IDF (Magach 2) Six Day War
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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2018 - 03:54 PM UTC
Looking good, fictional markings or not.
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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 01:23 AM UTC

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Wow. I have the legends M4E8 set and panicked at the thought of sawing off the front of the turret. I wish there was a templet or some kind of guide. You made it look easy.



Thank you. You can try scribing the cut line before starting the cut. This way you will have a guide for the saw
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Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 10:14 AM UTC
Wow. I have the legends M4E8 set and panicked at the thought of sawing off the front of the turret. I wish there was a templet or some kind of guide. You made it look easy.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 07:15 AM UTC
Thank you both for the kind comments.

Gloss varnish and decals. The choice is a little on the fictional side but I like the look so pretend I did not tell you...

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Posted: Sunday, September 09, 2018 - 01:43 AM UTC
Definitely looking the part.
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Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2018 - 03:06 PM UTC
you are doing a great job on your build ,keep up the good work .
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Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2018 - 08:13 AM UTC
I leghtened the basic color shade so that when I do a wash and a gloss varnish it will not get too dark. I also started painting the details. Some dry brushing and corrections are to follow.

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Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 05:34 AM UTC
I am currently testing the new AK Iteractive Real Color line, so I used their color for painting my Magach 2. I am satisfied with the basic shade. Detail painting is to follow.

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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 08:43 PM UTC
RESPECTS to this build up
supreme modeling skills
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Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 06:45 AM UTC

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Very nice build!
Going with an old Revell Kit is very brave



Thank you Nathan. Actually it is the Revell M48A2C kit that was released a couple of years ago.

But I have to admit that this build is proving to be turd polishing at its finest.
Usually we see the photos posted by people turning old, mediocre kits into awesome models. What the photos do not show are the tons of hard work, repetitive tasks like adding nuts and bolts, hours of filling, sanding, correcting and measuring dimensions again and again and again... So our enthusiasm is not a good advisor, making us think that it is worth buying the mediocre kit and giving it ourselves a go.
This kit made me appreciate more the Dragon kit, which has its flaws but requires substantially less work/effort. Yes we are modellers but sometimes there is more joy in completing a build nice and easy than spending all this time on a kit that you could have done without.
Anyway, I have plenty of similar kits and builds for the future, 3 more of this kit, some Tamiya and Academy Merkavas and so on. It is sometimes frustrating, but sometives it is also rewarding, especially when you see other people appreciating your work.

Thank you all for your kind comments, more progress after clean up and preshading.

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Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 04:34 AM UTC
Very nice build!
Going with an old Revell Kit is very brave
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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 04:32 AM UTC
The model has been primed, some cleaup required and the next stage is preshading...






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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 12:41 AM UTC

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your build is looking great ,very nice work .



Thank you for your kind words.



Some more photos:



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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 11:47 AM UTC
your build is looking great ,very nice work .
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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 09:01 AM UTC
Did some detailing on this project, the only things left prior to priming are the searchlight, its mount on the mantlet and its cable.






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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 06:27 PM UTC

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That's a red face for me. I'm am sometimes a bit too quick to post replies before reading all the details.
Those rear door fins look really good, some kits make them look somewhat obese. Now I want to get this kit to add to my Dragon Magach 3.



Get the Dragon Magach 1/2 instead with the DEF M48A1 mantlet

The rear engine doors and the fins are Legend
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 05:25 PM UTC

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Thank you!! Although it is not an old kit, Revell released this a couple of years ago, before Dragon released their Magach 1/2 kit.



That's a red face for me. I'm am sometimes a bit too quick to post replies before reading all the details.
Those rear door fins look really good, some kits make them look somewhat obese. Now I want to get this kit to add to my Dragon Magach 3.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 04:31 AM UTC
Excellent work. I am not a big fan of Legends new designs for mantlets. I can never seem to get the turret cut right. It does look better than just a resin mantlet, though
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 04:13 AM UTC

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I just don't think I could make a good job as you did in the saw work.
Dan

You can always mark your cuts with a scriber or use the scriber (I have a Tamiya one that is great, actually made by OLFA) and work your way through the plastic and get a clean cut.


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An impressive build! Are you going to add the prominent missing welds on the engine deck? (I addressed these in my review of the Revell kit.)



My main two concerns are the weld seams (I suck at that) and the searchlight mount on the gun mantlet. All vehicles during the Six Day War period had the IDF made searchlight mount on.

I have read your review many times, as it was very helpful.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 04:05 AM UTC
An impressive build! Are you going to add the prominent missing welds on the engine deck? (I addressed these in my review of the Revell kit.)
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 03:14 AM UTC
I just don't think I could make a good job as you did in the saw work.
Dan
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 01:22 AM UTC

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I love seeing older kits detailed, looks good.



Thank you!! Although it is not an old kit, Revell released this a couple of years ago, brfore Dragon released their Magach 1/2 kit.


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looks great. Why does Legend have you saw off the front of the turret?
Dan



They supply the mantlet cover and barrel. Actually it is easier to saw off the turret this way than the way they proposed in their manlet for the Dragon kit.

DEF m48 mantlet is far superior in engineering, Legend is better detailwise.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 01:14 AM UTC
looks great. Why does Legend have you saw off the front of the turret?
Dan
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 01:05 AM UTC
I love seeing older kits detailed, looks good.
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 11:06 PM UTC
I admit DEFEAT!!!

I tried to make use of my Easter work leave and assemble the Legend turret bustle rack and the handrails. After almost a week of trying and using every possible method of assembly I quit. I cannot build the Legend basket whatsoever.

So I assembled the Revell plastic something like basket and handrails, put the stowage on and now I will start detailing the model (nuts, bolts and other various details).