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Israeli Modern Equipment
Israeli Modern Equipment Accessories set
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


Introduction

Modern Israeli armoured fighting vehicles play a big part with many of the modellers who are into modern AFV modelling today. Releases of the Merkava 4 in two variants by Academy and one by HobbyBoss have been joined most recently by a Merkava 3 from MENG with another variant in the pipe line and these in turn join the various resin kits and older offerings from Academy and Tamiya. Now that we have these armoured fighting vehicles what do we put on them to give that lived in appearance? Well Black Dog has offered a possible solution with their newly released Israeli Modern Equipment Accessories set which offers a host of possible loads for your AFV.

Contents

This product is packaged in an end opening box containing a zip lock plastic bag holding the resin castings and was also packed with polystyrene peanuts to prevent damage to the resin castings. The contents consist of 18 different items that are all duplicated and so providing you with 36 items to festoon your AFV or diorama with.

Review

I will be honest in that current Israeli personal equipment is not in my knowledge base in so much as providing specific details of the equipment provided. So here goes; firstly there are three types of backpack with nice crisp detail throughout with nice undercuts and hanging points, the straps and clasps are very nicely replicated with a tight look about them where holding the bags closed, and the shoulder straps have been tackled very cleverly in that they will look good hanging on a vehicle or free standing.

There is a hold-all type bag with three bulged pockets on one face and another pocket on one end similar in appearance to ammunition pouches, the area that caught my eye the most with this inclusion was the straps depicted on the top of the hold-all which is, in my opinion, an excellent example of casting to the highest standard being very fine and crisp. Then you have two types on camel pack which again have excellent strap detail being cast open in one case ready to be shown hanging on a vehicle or resting up against a crate or the like, the other camel pack again has a loop in a different style which will require a very thin skin of resin removed to open up the strap.

The next item in this set is two sets of body armour/vest with one having pouches shown attached and the other bare, which will look good and be an eye catching item strategically placed in a number of settings. These body armour/vest castings are accompanied with a choice of infantry helmet with very nice helmet liner detail and armoured crew helmet. These two helmets do highlight a problem with resin which is the casting block has to go somewhere and in these two cases that is on the very top of the helmet which means careful removal and sanding to get the most from them.

The next three items in this set are tied rolls which are distinctly different with the ties being well replicated in the way that the material bunches around the cord, they also show very well one of the main strengths of resin which is its ability to replicate undercuts so much so that one of these rolls had a piece of the mould stuck in it where the undercuts are so deep. Next in the set is a pair of wooden ammunition crates with very fine wood grain detail and what I believe is rope handles threaded through a plastic handgrip, obviously the detail is only on 5 of the 6 faces due to casting limitations.

Also included with this set are two sizes of plastic fuel or water can that appear to me to be modelled on the Scepter range of plastic can which I am unable to prove if they were, or were not, used by the Israeliís. Hunting through images on Google produces large numbers of metal fuel containers and I have also at this time been unable to find the methodology used by the Israelis for quick and easy identification of fuel from water containers, as the provided examples are in two very distinct sizes I am guessing that is the answer, but it is a guess.

The next item in this offering is a folded stretcher. I remember when I published news of the release of this item there was a comment on the stretcher having handles only at one end, well it would appear that these folded stretchers have modular handles which lock into each other by some method which does make sense to me, another option is that the stretcher is in two halves but is again a guess. The last item in this set completely beats me as I have no idea what it represents and would appreciate any insight from the members reading this.

Conclusion

In my opinion this is another great set of generic stowage for both Israeli armoured vehicle modellers and for dioramas and vignettes, the mix in the set allows for a broad and interesting selection of items to be included on your model, or in your model scene. The high level of included detail will, with careful painting and weathering, make for a lot of eye catching items for at least two or three models.

SUMMARY
Highs: All of the items in this set are cast to a very high standard and so avoiding any of the issues that can occur with resin products. The biggest high point for me was the inclusion of the helmet liner detail in the infantry helmets.
Lows: There are no real lows with this set other than the difficulty I found in identifying the included items in terms of specifics.
Verdict: A great and varied selection of products for any models of modern Israeli subjects. Highly recommended.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: T35084
  Suggested Retail: $22.20
  PUBLISHED: Feb 21, 2013
  NATIONALITY: Israel
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.04%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.33%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

The tank crew helmets with interior liners... I like that! Mario
FEB 20, 2013 - 06:19 PM
Mario I have looked at six of Black dogs products including figure offerings and I am very impressed with what I am seeing from them. You have looked at a fair few resin figures what was your impression with the one I sent to you?
FEB 20, 2013 - 06:31 PM
The first Black Dog figure releases in 1/35 scale were very thin (I even heard some modelers calling the figures "anorexic")... however, since then the sculptor has improved considerably. I saw several of BlackDog OIF figure sets and those were really good. As for the figure you sent; I have been looking for an IDF tanker figure to accompany my IDF model for quite some time. I have several IDF tanker figures from D-Toys, Verlinden, Legend... but I will be using the BlackDog figure instead. So, you can definitely say I like it! The only thing I would criticize is the casting; there are several seam lines to remove which could be a bit tediuos especially if the imperfections are running along the folds of the uniform. Mario
FEB 20, 2013 - 07:01 PM
Mario I believed the line running down the front and off to the right leg was the lead for the comms system, If I am wrong I will need to alter the review I wrote or at the very least get new glasses.
FEB 20, 2013 - 07:52 PM
Not sure, I think it is just a seam line... will have to look at it again. Mario
FEB 20, 2013 - 08:51 PM
Hard to tell for sure but it seem like we have another one of the magic two-handled IDF strechers. Might be the longest lasting myth of modern armour modeling? Cheers, /E
FEB 20, 2013 - 09:59 PM
I'm pretty sure that the mystery item is a "bullet trap grenade" holder. They attach to the end of your rifle barrel. The old DML Israeli Paratroopers set had them I believe.
FEB 21, 2013 - 01:20 AM
Ops, sorry didn't see that. You are correct, those are rifle-grenade backpacks. Mario PS Yes, the stretchers are folding type but they should have 4 handles instead of only two.
FEB 21, 2013 - 01:43 AM
And I now realise that this was a review and not a news announcement. Guess my brain was slower than usual this morning. The handle issue is already pointed out in the review. Cheers, /E
FEB 21, 2013 - 02:41 AM
   

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