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Merkava Mk.4m w/Trophy - 1:35 of Meng Models
elmarriachi
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Posted: Monday, May 28, 2018 - 06:02 PM UTC
Hello everybody,

Meng Model's new kit of the Merkava Mk.4 - more than 950 parts, working suspension and tracks, photo etched parts and more....

Started with the lower hull ...











Cheers
Micha
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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 04:10 PM UTC
I'll be following your build, Michael. Should be an interesting journey. You are off to a nice start
Terry
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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 05:05 PM UTC
Looking good so far, I'll be following this one...
cabasner
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Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 07:15 AM UTC
Looks really good thus far! I REALLY want to get this tank myself, but I have SO MANY other models already that I just can’t do it. I still have a Meng Merkava 3D Early that’s about 50% done and I really should finish that IDF tank before I think of getting more.
elmarriachi
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Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2018 - 08:32 PM UTC

Hello everybody,

new anti-slip covering made on the hull ..... more rough then the version of Meng Model.
Battering Ram and barrel holder are small kits of Desert Eagle Products, consisting of resin and photo etched parts.










elmarriachi
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 12:17 AM UTC
Hello everybody...

some paint is on ... the friul tracks added and weathered .... now some more details follow ... and some dust ... and a base .... and antennas










Wondering about one issue - Trophy and Droid - does this go together? Or only one of each? Does anybody know more here?


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Micha
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 12:31 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Wondering about one issue - Trophy and Droid - does this go together?



It doesn't - it's either this or that (unless photographic evidence proves otherwise). The only 'Droid' equipped Mk.4s I've seen were all of the non-Trophy kind.

baldwin8
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 12:41 AM UTC
Wonderful work on the Merkava.
elmarriachi
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 12:52 AM UTC
OK - Think I will remove the Droid
Barthass
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 01:28 AM UTC
Nice work so far But the mounting brackets for the sideskirts should be on the inner side of sideskirts
elmarriachi
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 07:54 PM UTC
Hi,

the side skirts are only stuck to the car - outside the skirts do not hold without glue  
Once the tracks, wheels and hull are weathered, then the skirts were glued to the outside  

Cheers

Michael

elmarriachi
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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 11:10 PM UTC
Hello everybody,

some first start with the base ...






Cheers
Micha

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Posted: Monday, July 30, 2018 - 02:48 AM UTC
Great stuff, Micha! A small remark though: the inner-left lense on the rear you've painted red is not a tail-light but the reverse camera slot cover.



glock17c
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Posted: Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:43 AM UTC
Micha

Great work on the Mk. 4M
Clever it was to remove the Droid. Not in use on "Trophy" Mk. 4s.
I am happy to see your use of my Batering Ram and the barrel and support. It truely adds to the model.
And.. as Israel said, the drivers rear camera cover should be clear.

Happy and enjoying modeling

Michael Mass