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Merkava IV – Part 3: Construction (cont’d)

When starting this kit I have planned to stick to what is in the box as it seemed there should be enough to build a nice kit with it. Now, as is usually the case, the deeper I get into the construction phase, the more I realize that this or that part should better be replaced with some aftermarket alternative as it really does not meet my standards.

To start with – I have already got photoetch parts from Eduard.

Having looked at number of reference pictures I realized that there is one part of the vehicle, which will create problem – antenna mounts. On almost all the photographs of Merkava IV in the field, antennas are bend backwards and tied down – and his is an effect that practically cannot be replicated with antenna mounts moulded in plastic. Luckily I found out that Voyager actually produces (and sells separately) antenna mounts for Merkava series tanks. I have ordered one set of these from eBay, as the cost was only something more than $10.

The set is very simple to use, though the parts are really tiny and it will be “interesting” to find out how to position and bend them.

In any case I was very pleased that such product is actually available as without it there is no easy way on how to replicate this particular effect.

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  1. I will be watching with intrest the outcome of the antenna mounts as your comment is spot on it is very hard to replicate the bend of the base. And it looks great lol

    • Well I am curious myself how will this work out. Never used it before, but it should definitely look better than plastic.
      I wanted to ask – do you know if British Army was/is using M1070 truck tractors with trailer (the one Hobby Boss released recently)? I would definitely prefer to build in in British markings if they do…

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