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Armor/AFV: IDF [Israeli Defense Forces]
Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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Meng Merk 4M with trophy in detail
knewton
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 10:10 AM UTC
https://toylandhobbymodelingmagazinepublishing.wordpress.com/blog/
Found this thanks to a previous poster, scroll down and see several great close ups of the kit details. It looks great, with the APS well represented.

Kylie
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 11:17 AM UTC
It indeed looks good! Thanks, Kylie.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 08:22 AM UTC
Hello RR,

Youíre welcome; thank you for the effort youíre putting into Israeli light / heavy metal. Some rest shots there.

Kylie
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 04:02 PM UTC

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thank you for the effort youíre putting into Israeli light / heavy metal. Some rest shots there.



Thanks Kylie, much appreciated. Almost 1400 pictures so far and thatís just the warm-up.

Merkava Mk.3, Mk.4, APCs, HAPCs, arrillery pieces, softskins...all those are still ahead of us. I think itís slowly but surely becoming the biggest online database of IDF vehicles photos...
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:46 PM UTC
On pre-sale now - sooner than I expected: http://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/mqvfdgwp52clyrfasedt.html?t=1516470264
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 06:57 PM UTC
Test build-up shots: https://toylandhobbymodelingmagazinepublishing.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/meng-1-35-ts-036-merkava-mk-4m-test-1-pre-order-u-can-buy-now/
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 07:31 PM UTC
http://www.moxing.net/2018/0210/8698_2.html

you can see the instruction and parts here. one downside i noticed is that you cannot elevate or depress the gun. It's fixed horizontally. kinda mysterious since most of their offerings feature movable main gun.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 07:36 PM UTC
Could not see much of the ball and chain armor to see how it is made up.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 07:42 PM UTC
I guess what I am asking are they plastic and unmovable?
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 07:53 PM UTC

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I guess what I am asking are they plastic and unmovable?



Based on the instructions theyíre molded in plastic.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 08:45 PM UTC
The ball and chain is the same as in their Merkava 3 kit. Not great, but not bad either.
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 08:33 PM UTC

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http://www.moxing.net/2018/0210/8698_2.html

you can see the instruction and parts here. one downside i noticed is that you cannot elevate or depress the gun. It's fixed horizontally. kinda mysterious since most of their offerings feature movable main gun.



I hope this isnít the case, it would be quite disappointing.
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 11:50 PM UTC
Certainly doesn't look like the main gun moves on mine. I'll let you know..
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 01:00 AM UTC

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Certainly doesn't look like the main gun moves on mine. I'll let you know..



That would be appreciated. I ordered one in and would like to know if I need to start planning a way to make it mobile.
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:45 PM UTC
My 0.02, I am not bothered that the gun doesn't move. I am more concerned about the way it looks, if the gun moved then that would mean more articulations = more fit problems = much gnashing of teeth when something breaks or feeds the carpet monster.
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 07:00 PM UTC

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My 0.02, I am not bothered that the gun doesn't move. I am more concerned about the way it looks, if the gun moved then that would mean more articulations = more fit problems = much gnashing of teeth when something breaks or feeds the carpet monster.



You have a point there too.
Nagmakava
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 09:00 PM UTC
Well the gun doesn't move - see pics below. The main gun is just stuck in place, but if you wanted it traversed it should be easy enough to fix.

The fit of parts is very good too.











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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 11:24 PM UTC
That is some good looking plastic there, the one piece turret top is a feat of engineering by itself.
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 12:37 AM UTC

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That is some good looking plastic there, the one piece turret top is a feat of engineering by itself.



Yeah I thought that too. Itís been done to a really nice level of detail. There are a few issues with the kit (the missing paint/decal guides, two of the suspension springs on mine were incorrect and I think the tracks are just going to be replaced with Fruils) but itís actually a pretty good kit.
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 01:03 AM UTC

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Well the gun doesn't move - see pics below. The main gun is just stuck in place, but if you wanted it traversed it should be easy enough to fix.

The fit of parts is very good too.














Am I correct in assuming that the anti slip is molded into the plastic?
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 01:08 AM UTC

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Yeah I thought that too. Itís been done to a really nice level of detail. There are a few issues with the kit (the missing paint/decal guides, two of the suspension springs on mine were incorrect and I think the tracks are just going to be replaced with Fruils) but itís actually a pretty good kit.



Youíre making it difficult to not buy this, Iím holding out for a Namer!
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Nagmakava
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 02:04 AM UTC

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Well the gun doesn't move - see pics below. The main gun is just stuck in place, but if you wanted it traversed it should be easy enough to fix.

The fit of parts is very good too.














Am I correct in assuming that the anti slip is molded into the plastic?



Yes it is but to be honest its not that bad IMHO:

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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 02:06 AM UTC

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Yeah I thought that too. Itís been done to a really nice level of detail. There are a few issues with the kit (the missing paint/decal guides, two of the suspension springs on mine were incorrect and I think the tracks are just going to be replaced with Fruils) but itís actually a pretty good kit.



Youíre making it difficult to not buy this, Iím holding out for a Namer!



Go on Kylie buy one LOL:



Started work on the wheels too:



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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 02:55 AM UTC

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Well the gun doesn't move - see pics below. The main gun is just stuck in place, but if you wanted it traversed it should be easy enough to fix.

The fit of parts is very good too.














Am I correct in assuming that the anti slip is molded into the plastic?



Yes it is but to be honest its not that bad IMHO:




Itís actually kind of a relief. I spent ages doing the anti slip on the IIID and and just wanted a fun build this time around. I wasnít looking forward to powder coating my model for another 5 hours. It looks great so far, really looking forward to my kit.