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Meng 1/35th scale Merkava Mk.4M


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          Just started this today. A lot of cool stuff in this kit. This is the third Meng kit that I have built, And they seem to get better and better. This was the first kit that I have seen with the molded non-skid surface. It’s light on texture. I’d have to give them an A for effort.

           I’m gonna go ahead and re-coat everything with the Vallejo Rust Texture to kick it up a notch. I picked up another set of IDF tank crewman for MiniArt. 
 

Chris

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This should be a good one to watch come together. 

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Wow!  Very nice looking kit!  Meng does some great stuff!  

I'll definitely be watching this!

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       Started the hull two days ago. The suspension on this model is amazing. It actually works like the real one. Torsion bars are attached to each road wheel arm. They are glued in place in small slots in the lower hull. 
         I was impressed with the construction of the road wheels. There were a total of 7 pieces to construct each one. Once completed, you’ll be very happy to see the finished product.
            The springs are the most impressive item on the suspension. They used slide molding to make the springs hollow in the middle. They actually compress when squeezed. 


Chris

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               Snow day today. Worked on the turret today. A lot of stuff to put on. The upper and lower hull are complete, along with all the road wheels, idler wheels, and drive sprockets. 
                I’m painting the side skirts separately, so it’s easy for me to do washes, and add streaks before putting them on the model. The only things that need to be put together, are The machine guns, and Mounts. Before I prime anything, I’m gonna go back and add the rust texture to all of the walking surfaces, to make it look a bit more realistic.

              The tow cable is actually a real cable. Thought that was pretty cool as I don’t see this on many kits. Have a good evening friends.

Chris

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           Well, I’m in the home stretch on this one. I started building the track sections this evening. I used Tamiya accent colors (brown and black). to do a pin wash on EVERYTHING!. Once everything was dry, I used mineral spirits to remove the excess. (Q-tip, small rags for the open spaces, and a stiff brush for hard to reach area’s.)

            I used Naples Yellow hue oils to dry brush the high spots. I’ll hit everything with Dull Coat before the final assembly. 


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Simply beautiful work! I am really looking forward to seeing the finished project.

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            All that’s left to do is wait for the plaque to come back from the trophy shop. The diorama depicts a training exercise, in the Golan Heights, in 2016.

             The turret took the longest to build. A lot of small parts. After construction, the suspension remain completely articulate. If you wanted to pose this tank in mid air during a jump over a small hill, this is Suspension would look extremely realistic.

 Thanks for following. If you see anything out of place, please leave a comment.

Chris

        

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Excellent finish! Both the build and the base are top notch!

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I really like this model as well.  I think you did a great job with the panel line accent colors.  They make the model look very realistic.  So realistic that in fact I was a bit afraid while looking down the muzzle of the main gun of the beauty in one of your photos.  Great diorama!  I want to to build some of those myself.  I have an idea for a Star Wars Universe landing pad for some Star Wars models I have built.  I just have not put it all together yet.  Great and lovely and realistic looking build, Chris!  That Meng kit looks amazing! Thanks for posting it! 🙂 

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