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Armor/AFV: IDF [Israeli Defense Forces]
Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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Shot Cal Gimel 1982
bison126
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Posted: Friday, November 08, 2019 - 01:22 AM UTC
Hi all
I built this one straight from the box. Sorry not exactly as AFV Club did not provide enough nylon thread to make the tow cables so I used some thread for naval modeling instead.

The quality is what you expect from a company like AFV Club. Many parts are really tiny so it was a bit challenging for my poor eyes. But the true challenge is to guess where the Shot parts are to be glued on the basic Centurion turret and hull. Indeed AFV Club reused their old molds which I understand. Fortunately drawings with the new parts in place help you.

The assembly is complete. I already have applied the basic paint before I start the weathering. I used AK Sinai Grey 1982 which I found too dark. I enlightened it with Tamiya Buff. The roadwheels and the sideskirts will be added after a basic weathering of the entire running gear.





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Posted: Friday, November 08, 2019 - 02:30 AM UTC
Looks awesome! As I've said in the other thread, the color seems spot on.

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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 - 04:58 AM UTC
Thank you Israel.

I managed to get the beast on its tracks and the side skirts installed. I also applied the decals and started to paint some details before I tackle the weathering.







By the way I'd like to know the right colors for the extinguishers and the antenna bases (AFV Club calls for Bronze Green which I doubt for this period) and the tools (wooden handles and metal parts)?

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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 - 06:22 AM UTC

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By the way I'd like to know the right colors for the extinguishers and the antenna bases (AFV Club calls for Bronze Green which I doubt for this period) and the tools (wooden handles and metal parts)?



In this picture both the fire extinguisher and the antenna base seem to be painted in the main color.



The handles of the pioneer tools should be natural wood, but they could be painted in the main color as well. The metal parts should be black when new.
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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 - 06:34 AM UTC
Thank you very much.

Olivier
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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 - 06:58 AM UTC
Je t’en prie.
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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 - 08:25 AM UTC
I'm not so sure, the shape and size are near enough to a British BCF extinguisher (Halon) plus looking closely it looks like the white instructions on the cylinder are visible albeit covered in dust. Bearing in mind where the vehicles originate from I would imagine they were supplied with BCF's. All issued BCF's were in a gloss green very close to deep bronze green and I couldn't think of anyone re-painting them.

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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 - 09:38 AM UTC
Very nice one, Olivier! I'm not an expert to Israeli tanks at all (I barely see this is no Merkava .... ) but it looks spot on to me.

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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 - 09:59 AM UTC

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Bearing in mind where the vehicles originate from I would imagine they were supplied with BCF's.



The IDF received most of its Centurions during the '60s. I'm pretty sure by 1982 the fire extinguishers were replaced with locally produced ones.


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I couldn't think of anyone re-painting them.



I've painted a few of those on my tank myself. Albeit on Merkavas a few decades later, but I don't see why it would've been different back then.
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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 - 08:34 PM UTC
Thank you all for the comments and the inputs.

Olivier
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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 06:04 AM UTC
Thanks for posting the pictures. The kit looks very good.