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Merkava

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Category:Vehicles - Tanks
Vehicles - Tanks
Also known as:
Used from:1989–Now
Used by:Military
Manufacturer:IL Israel Military Industries (IMI)
Model:Merkava

Hot kits

1:35 Merkava Mk.4M (Meng Model TS-036)
Israel Main Battle Tank
Merkava Mk.4M w/ TROPHY Active Protection System
Meng Model 1:35
TS-036 2018 | New tool
1:35 Merkava 2D (Takom 2133)
Merkava 2D Israel Defence Forces Main Battle Tank
Takom 1:35
2133 2020 | Changed parts
1:35 Merkava (Tamiya 35127)
Israeli Main Battle Tank
Merkava
Tamiya 1:35
35127 (127) 1988 | Changed box
1:35 Merkava Mk.3 BAZ (Meng Model TS-005)
Irsael Main Battle Tank
Merkava Mk.3 BAZ w/Nochrich Dalet Mine Roller System
Meng Model 1:35
TS-005 2012 | Changed parts
1:35 Merkava Mk.3D (Meng Model TS-001)
Israel Main Battle Tank
Merkava Mk.3D Early
Meng Model 1:35
TS-001 2012 | New tool
 

Products

 
1:72 Israel Sholef  (46 Models )
Israel Sholef 155mm self-propelled howitzer
46 Models 1:72
2021 | New tool
1:48 Merkava (Zhengdefu DF418)
Merkava Israeli main battle tnak. Remo-con
Zhengdefu (正德福模型) 1:48
DF418 200x | Changed ???
No Merkava (Mitsuwa Model 812)
Israel Army Main Battle Tank
Merkava
Mitsuwa Model
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Gallery

 
Merkava Mk.IVM 1:35
Merkava Mk.IVM mit Trophy APS
Meng Model 1:35

by Kim-Eric Borchardt on Panzer Modell

Merkava I 1:35
Merkava I
Tamiya 1:35

by Ronnie F on Pienoismallit

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Books

 
Their Last Path (Abteilung 502 ABT606)
Their Last Path IDF Tank Wrecks Merkava Mk.1 & 2
Nr. ABT606
Michael Mass, Kristof Pulinckx
2020
Merkava (Tankograd Publishing )
Merkava A History of Israel's Main Battle Tank
Marsh Gelbart
2005
Merkava Siman 3D (Desert Eagle Publishing 24)
Merkava Siman 3D Merkava Mk. 3D in IDF Service Part 3
IDF Armor Series Nr. 24
Michael Mass, Adam O'Brien
2018
Merkava Siman 1 (Desert Eagle Publishing 22)
Merkava Siman 1 Merkava MK.1 in IDF Service-Part 2
IDF Armor Series Nr. 22
Michael Mass, Adam O'Brien
2018
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Walkarounds

 
Merkava Mk.I
Merkava Mk.I Panzermuseum Munster

by Lars Bielenberg on Rommelkiste.de

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Mates

Andrei S andrei383
NL
Keith Goodman kgwings
US
Marc Hoeboer madmartigan
NL
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Casey Beckett added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
Engine exhaust - boxed out inside, very thin sheet forced into place and glued in.
7 | 7. July, 01:53
Spanjaard
very interesting. i have the Merkava and Eduard set in my stash 🙂
21. July, 21:57
Mona Abel
My Merkava Mk1 is my next build ,your pic's are helpful reference . especially the PE .I have been struggling with using PE on my present project ..honestly I can't stand the stuff .Looking forward to seeing more
22. July, 03:11
Casey Beckett
PE is both a blessing and a curse, eh? I really do enjoy the added realism, but it DOES strain the eyes and tweezers!
22. July, 21:27
Andrew Gledhill added a new project.
60 images
1:35
Completed
1:35 Merkava Mk.4M (Meng Model TS-036)1:35 Tank Crew (MiniArt 37076)1:35 Military Equipment Set (Tamiya 35266)
 
4 | 26. May, 13:47
Andrew Gledhill
Update 27/05/21. Lower hull parts built up. Suspension components painted and fitted. Slide moulded springs are great. Means the suspension works. All road wheels and sprockets painted and fitted.
27. May, 09:49
Andrew Gledhill
Update 18.06.21. Been away on holiday for a week. So I am behind on the modelling. I can tell you something. Bloody Meng kits are not for the faint hearted. I doubt I will do another one. Anyway, I have been working on the turret elements. Oh boy, its been a trial for sure. The turret basket alone comprised of 33 separate parts. If I don't include the 3 part jerry can. The instructions say to paint the jerry can in a Clear Blue colour. But it's just the same sand colour plastic as the rest of the kit. So I think Clear Blue will look awful. So I have painted it the same colour as the main colour. The turret is no where near finished either. I have more ball & chain bits to put on. Plus hard kill APS system parts. Oh and 2 separate heavy machine guns. Only then can I think of doing weathering. Anyway, enjoy folks.
18. June, 16:02
Andrew Gledhill
Update 24.06.21. I have now completed the build stage of the Merkava Mk4M. Main colours have been applied. Decals applied. Gloss coat, then followed with a Flat Clear coat. The next job will be to start on the weathering. I have also got a IDF Tank Crew set to go with this kit. Not sure if I will do all 4 crew members, or just the 2 that will go into the turret hatches. Anyway, onwards and upwards.
24. June, 13:28
Andrew Gledhill
Update 01.07.21. Nearly complete now. I have done all the weathering on the tank. I used Tamiya Black Panel Line Wash. Then Tamiya Weathering Master Set A, which comprised of weathering powders, Mud, Sand & Light Sand. I have completed 2 figures from the MiniArt crew set. I am only going to use the 2 figures to put in the hatches. I admit, that I am not that good at painting figures. My eyes and a steady hand are not good enough lol. They are passable I think. I have ordered a set of backpacks etc to put in all the stowage baskets on the tank. Then I will call it complete.
1. July, 19:47
Andrew Gledhill
Update 17.07.21. OK folks, I am calling this one complete. I have fitted items from a Tamiya US Modern Military Equipment Set. They will pass for Israeli equipment. I have added 1 x Bino's laid on top of the turret near the hatch. Then we have 4 x bedrolls, 4 x sleeping bags, 3 x small packs, 1 x medium pack and 1 x large holdall. I wish I could say it was an enjoyable build. It wasn't. The tracks were a nightmare to do. The kit has far too many parts at 900 according to the box. EG each road wheel was several parts. Had that been a Tamiya kit, each pair of road wheels would have been just 2 parts with a polly cap. Meng give you separate hubs, rims, and inner / outer wheel half's. The turret basket comprised of over 30 parts alone. The end result looks good. But I doubt I will do another Meng kit to be honest. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy it. Thanks for looking.
17. July, 14:14
Andrew Gledhill added a new photoalbum.
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Project: Merkava Mk4
1:35 Merkava Mk.4M (Meng Model TS-036)1:35 Tank Crew (MiniArt 37076)1:35 Military Equipment Set (Tamiya 35266)
15 | 27. May, 09:45
James C
Impressive looking Merkava 👍
1. July, 21:54
Lost_Erik
👍 Good looking Merkava. I like the weathered images later in the album.
2. July, 03:02
Mona Abel
Looks great ,I've a MK 1 to build yet .. hopefully mine looks as realistic as yours
2. July, 03:59
Andrew Gledhill
Thanks guys. Mona, I built the Tamiya Mk1 Merkava years ago. Its a great kit.
2. July, 08:49
General Fail
Great result and respect for using the original meng tracks 🙂
2. July, 11:31
Viking93 added a new photoalbum.
26 | 14. October 2020, 11:53
James C
Nice work 👍
14. October 2020, 17:24
Agustin Prellezo
I like that tank!
14. October 2020, 20:07
Neuling
Clean and careful work!👍
15. October 2020, 08:00
Viking93
Thank you, it was a really nice built with nearly Tamiya like fit. The chains on the turret are really nice molded too, but i had to cut them off for a real Mk1.
15. October 2020, 08:41
Rui S
Nice clean model 👍
15. October 2020, 21:23
Jos Jansen
Absolutely stunning work, well done...!
16. October 2020, 07:48
Mona Abel
nice build , a good reference and inspiration for my next build/project
15. July, 19:10
Spanjaard
beautiful job
16. July, 14:32
Marco Preto added a new photoalbum.
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1:72
Project: Merkava 3
1:72 Merkava Mk.III (Revell 03134)1:72 Modern Western Tank Crews (Caesar Miniatures H102)
28 | 11. June, 00:09
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Spanjaard
very nice job! 1/72... wow
8. July, 20:32
Robert Podkoński
Stunningly good effect, Marco. I am truly impressed...
8. July, 21:29
Marco Preto
Thank you for your comments! I'm just trying to emulate "Uncle Nightshift's" method!

Cheers

https://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
Instagram: @marco_a_c_preto
9. July, 08:52
Mona Abel
as you practice , and perfect (his technique ) it becomes your method .
9. July, 13:59
Dave Flitton
Looking good!!
10. July, 07:40
Karel Doležal added a new photoalbum.
14 | 2. July 2020, 06:37
Tomaz Klemencic
Nice! What material did you use for nonslip coat?
10. July 2020, 06:14
Karel Doležal
Fine sand less than 0.5 mm in size.
13. July 2020, 06:15
Mona Abel
what did you use to adhere the sand ? I'm liking this technique ...I've a Tamiya MK1 to assemble
6. July, 19:22
Edward Cornelio
It looks great, and sand is soo tricky to get it to adhere and stay put!
6. July, 22:47
Karel Doležal
Tamiya Extra Thin glue - paint the plastic with glue, cover with sand, let it dry and repaint the sand layer with glue.
7. July, 06:41
Mona Abel
thank you,for tech tip
7. July, 15:08
Edward Cornelio
Nice Tip, I will try that with Tamiya, in the past i used to use white glue for this, but results left a lot to be desired, LOL!
8. July, 16:40
Casey Beckett added a new project.
1:35
In progress
1:35 Merkava (Tamiya 3627)1:35 Merkava Mk.I (Eduard 35574)
 
1 | 7. July, 01:48
Casey Beckett
BIG holes for toy RC functions, voids on rear of bogeys (will be visible, so fill them in!),mold parting seams galore
7. July, 02:12
Mona Abel added a new project.
2 images
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Ideas
1:35 Modern IDF Tank Track 2 - Reinforced Bata'sh Track (Wolfpack WP12002)1:35 Merkava Chains (Workable) (MJ Miniatures MJEZ35008)1:35 Towing cable for Israeli Merkava I & II Tanks (Eureka XXL ER-3561)1+
 
6. July, 20:50
Mona Abel added a new project.
1:35
Ideas
1:35 Merkava (Tamiya 3627)
 
12. June, 05:42
Zsolt Czegle added a new photoalbum.
38 images
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1:72
Pin wash done
32 | 3. May, 06:33
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Mark K
Great work - love the shading!
2. June, 22:09
Zsolt Czegle
Thank you Rui and Mark!
3. June, 14:13
Thomas K.
Is it finished yet?! 😉
4. June, 12:51
Zsolt Czegle
Thomas ist es noch nicht fertig! Ich habe erst mit der Weathering angefangen! Ich glaube ich kann in nächsten 2 Wochen fertig machen.
4. June, 13:19
Thomas K.
ok, i´m waiting 😉
4. June, 17:04
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