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1/35 Takom Merkava 2B
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Posted: Saturday, March 03, 2018 - 02:15 PM UTC
Hello Folks,

My latest project, Takom's brand new 1/35 Merkava 2B. Usually I prefer quick, OOB builds. However, since I'm building a model resembling the actual vehicle I've served on in the late '90s, I'll depart from my usual approach and will add some AM, as well as some scratch-built stuff. Here's my progress so far:

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GTDeath13
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Posted: Saturday, March 03, 2018 - 04:57 PM UTC
Tuned in and watching. Waiting to get my kit this week.
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 08:22 AM UTC
I'll be following your build. The Merk 2 always looks good to me.
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 10:42 AM UTC
Are the rear idler wheels aftermarket or the kit parts? Curious because they appear to be a different color shade. Nice clean build thus far.
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 01:21 PM UTC

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Are the rear idler wheels aftermarket or the kit parts?



Idler wheels are AM from BitsKrieg. I've decided to replace the kit supplied ones as these are incorrect for a late Mk.2B. These resin wheels are very accurate, beautifully sculpted, with almost no clean-up needed (one-cast), I highly recommend them. They do make drive-sprockets, as well as road-wheels for the Mk.2B, but since the kit supplied ones are fairly accurate, I've decided to keep those.
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 01:29 PM UTC
Some progress on the turret...

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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 02:53 PM UTC
HobbyBoss Mags? Why?

What do you think of the kit tracks? I found the MkI tracks to look a little on the thin side.

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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 03:04 PM UTC

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HobbyBoss Mags? Why?



These are actually leftovers from my Tiger Model Nagmachon 'Doghouse' build and are better detailed than the kit-included MAGs.


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What do you think of the kit tracks? I found the MkI tracks to look a little on the thin side.



I don't like them. I'm gonna replace them with AM stuff, just don't know which ones yet. Suggestions...?
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 03:23 PM UTC

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I don't like them. I'm gonna replace them with AM stuff, just don't know which ones yet. Suggestions...?



I want to check the Def tracks before suggesting them.

Check Spade Ace, they make some nice molded tracks, but I think they make merkava I, III and IV tracks.

Friul is a safe choice.
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 05:06 PM UTC
Thanks, Nikos. Does anyone make a mine-roller adaptor for the 2B?
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 05:18 PM UTC

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Thanks, Nikos. Does anyone make a mine-roller adaptor for the 2B?

Is it not the same with the Merkava III? If yes I can send you mine from my 3B kit.
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 05:45 PM UTC

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Is it not the same with the Merkava III?



It isn't. The MK.2 used an older system:



Two different Mk.3 applications:






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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 05:49 PM UTC

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I can send you mine from my 3B kit.



Apparently it won't fit, your offer however is much appreciated!
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 06:03 PM UTC

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Thanks, Nikos. Does anyone make a mine-roller adaptor for the 2B?


I think that this conversion (KMT-4 mine roller) works for the MK2: http://www.perfect-scale.de/en/www--perfect-scale-de-3/Leopard-1---2-Mine-Roler.html
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 06:23 PM UTC

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HobbyBoss Mags? Why?



These are actually leftovers from my Tiger Model Nagmachon 'Doghouse' build and are better detailed than the kit-included MAGs.


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What do you think of the kit tracks? I found the MkI tracks to look a little on the thin side.



I don't like them. I'm gonna replace them with AM stuff, just don't know which ones yet. Suggestions...?




Hi Israel. About the tracks, for the MkI I bougth both Def’s and later on Masterclub metal tracks. If I had to reccomend one that would be Masterclub. Def was a quick build but the tracks kept falling apart once build.
And a quick question, is there anti-slip surface moulded on the tank? On your pictures looks so..
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 06:31 PM UTC

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Hi Israel. About the tracks, for the MkI I bougth both Def’s and later on Masterclub metal tracks. If I had to reccomend one that would be Masterclub. Def was a quick build but the tracks kept falling apart once build.



Thanks for the tip! What material the DEF tracks are made from?


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And a quick question, is there anti-slip surface moulded on the tank? On your pictures looks so..



No, the surface is smooth as a baby's butt. I'll be adding...something...
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 08:23 PM UTC

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Hi Israel. About the tracks, for the MkI I bougth both Def’s and later on Masterclub metal tracks. If I had to reccomend one that would be Masterclub. Def was a quick build but the tracks kept falling apart once build.



Thanks for the tip! What material the DEF tracks are made from?


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And a quick question, is there anti-slip surface moulded on the tank? On your pictures looks so..



No, the surface is smooth as a baby's butt. I'll be adding...something...



The tracks are plastic.
If I knew how I’d post some photos
I’ll give it a try later
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 - 06:14 AM UTC
This is a pic of the glacis armor for the Academy Magach 6B Gal-Batash, with my home-brew anti-slip. If you're interested, I'll post details.
IMG_2206 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 - 01:43 PM UTC
I've planned to use the kit supplied road-wheels as these seem fairly accurate. My main problem with AM resin wheels representing rubber-rimmed real ones is that they're almost exclusively showing brand new rubber coating, whereas such an 'all-new wheels' set-up only exist either on factory-fresh vehicles, or on museum pieces. In other words, I'm interested in well beaten-up rubber rims as seen here (focus on the WHEELS! ):



Then I've found this: http://armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=178252&page=1

I've contacted Sergey via the mail in his post. I wasn't expecting much as he hasn't been active on AM for about 4 years, but for my biggest surprise he replied within two minutes. The wheels are still on sale, for a very reasonable 25 USD per set. My only concern is the paying method he's requested (Western Union money transfer), so I haven't made up my mind yet...
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Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 - 01:15 PM UTC
Some small details added. The turret-basket assembly is fiddly, great care needed while working on it. I've managed to break one of the cross-sections when cutting it off the sprue, I had to scratch-build a replacement part from a styrene-strip (see bottom-left corner).

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Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 - 02:23 PM UTC

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I've planned to use the kit supplied road-wheels as these seem fairly accurate. My main problem with AM resin wheels representing rubber-rimmed real ones is that they're almost exclusively showing brand new rubber coating, whereas such an 'all-new wheels' set-up only exist either on factory-fresh vehicles, or on museum pieces. In other words, I'm interested in well beaten-up rubber rims as seen here (focus on the WHEELS! ):



Then I've found this: http://armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=178252&page=1

I've contacted Sergey via the mail in his post. I wasn't expecting much as he hasn't been active on AM for about 4 years, but for my biggest surprise he replied within two minutes. The wheels are still on sale, for a very reasonable 25 USD per set. My only concern is the paying method he's requested (Western Union money transfer), so I haven't made up my mind yet...



i dont see a single wheel in this picture
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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 12:52 AM UTC
Hi Israel. Great work on the Merkava 2B. Not sure if you have noticed but the kit barrel I think is incorrect as it has 5 barrel clamps after the middle section (fume extractor?) but the photos I have seen show 6 clamps. If you check your photos you may notice it. I just remade the barrel on mine:

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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 01:14 AM UTC
The best way to get beaten-up wheels I found is to use a Dremel and a variety of grinding bits. These were the wheels from the Meng Merkava 4M I did:



These are some wheels i did for a few previous builds:



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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 01:24 AM UTC

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Hi Israel. Great work on the Merkava 2B. Not sure if you have noticed but the kit barrel I think is incorrect as it has 5 barrel clamps after the middle section (fume extractor?) but the photos I have seen show 6 clamps.



Yeah, that's the reason I still haven't assembled and mounted the gun. I might invest in Magic Model's new offering, however the complexity of this mini-kit (around 60 resin, turned metal and PE pieces) and its relatively high price put me off, at least for now...