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Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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Academy Mekava MK 4. Work in Progress.
DonnyT
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Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 09:00 AM UTC
Hi Folks,

Here am i right now on the progress of my MK 4 Merkava, and I thought of sharing some pics and hear some comments.

Decals and details painted, moving on to weathering the beast!




Thanks
Maki
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Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 12:00 PM UTC
I like the color, nice and subtle transitions. Did you do the ball & chain yourself? The tarp on the basket looks really good.

Mario
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Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 01:11 PM UTC
Excellent work! I've never realized that Academy's offer resembles a tank from the initial series (without the loaders hatch). Is the droid part of the kit or AM?
JSSVIII
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Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 03:15 PM UTC
Nice work Donny, I'm curious also, what aftermarket did you add?
bison126
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Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 04:40 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Excellent work! I've never realized that Academy's offer resembles a tank from the initial series (without the loaders hatch). Is the droid part of the kit or AM?



Academy releases the both versions with and without the loader hatch. The loader hatch is included in the LIC version kit.

Nice kit!
DonnyT
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Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 04:55 PM UTC
Hi guys...

I used the Legend Production turret and hull basket and it comes with ball and chain which u need to assemble it together.
The driod also come from Legend Production, a nice little kit by itself.

You can see the resin bits in the pic below.



Thanks
jwest21
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Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 07:38 PM UTC
Excellent work! What did you use for the antenna bases?
grunt136mike
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Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 07:52 PM UTC
Hi;

I Agree with all the others; ! really Good Workand it makes me want to build another Merk; with the Droid system.

CHEERS; MIKE.
DonnyT
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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 03:26 AM UTC

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Excellent work! What did you use for the antenna bases?



Hi Jason, i use Voyager metal spring for the antenna base and slot a .4mm wire thru it for the antenna.
bat-213
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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 03:51 AM UTC
very nice work well done .
Petition2God
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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:52 AM UTC
Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing.
hanb7323
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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:58 AM UTC
Beautiful
DonnyT
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Singapore / 新加坡
Joined: November 22, 2006
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Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 11:00 AM UTC
Hi Folks,

Updates on my Merkava IV build...
Tracks up and pin washes on lower hull.

Move on next to install the skirting and more fun with oil.







Thanks
ReluctantRenegade
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Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 04:45 PM UTC
Superb painting effects! Well done!

cabasner
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Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 06:04 PM UTC
Beautiful work. I’m at about the same position with my Merkava IV build. But mine doesn’t look anywhere near as good as yours. Just a great job!
GTDeath13
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Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 08:15 PM UTC
Looking great. It has been a while since we saw a Merkava IV with a Windbreaker system.
ReluctantRenegade
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Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 08:32 PM UTC

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Looking great. It has been a while since we saw a Merkava IV with a Windbreaker system.



You meant droid perhaps...?
GTDeath13
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Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 09:50 PM UTC
Isn't Droid the unofficial term and Windbreaker the official?
ReluctantRenegade
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Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 11:16 PM UTC

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Isn't Droid the unofficial term and Windbreaker the official?



No. The export version of the APS system called Trophy, however sometimes it also referred as Windbreaker (the direct translation of the system’s Hebrew name).

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trophy_(countermeasure)

DonnyT
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Singapore / 新加坡
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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 11:00 AM UTC
Hi All,

Getting close to the finishing line, raise details highlighted, chips and scratches painted, straps on tarp painted.

Some in progress pics below..... Hope you guys like it.









Thanks for watching
youngtiger1
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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 02:37 PM UTC
Wow, your painting skills are off the charts my friend. It's a knockout for sure
mazyen
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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 02:50 PM UTC
Looking great. I've built this a while back & this doesn't come with the anti slip texture. What did you use for it?
Cheers
Lee.
GTDeath13
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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 03:37 PM UTC
Great chipping, great weathering, great result so far!!!

Will you be adding antireflection stickers on the vision blocks or varnish?
JSSVIII
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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 04:12 PM UTC
Really nice job Donny!

hanb7323
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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 04:39 PM UTC
OMG. Fabulous!!