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Armor/AFV: IDF [Israeli Defense Forces]
Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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Merkava Mk2 but with a difference ;P
janwillem (janwillem) said
Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 06:38 AM GMT
I went and finished a little project I started some time ago. This one just needed a layer of paint and decaling.

It is the Academy Merkava Mk 2 with a few bits of PE added, Friull tracks, anti slip made from samd and white glue (before I learned about the embossing powder) and home made ballz 'n chain.
The decals came from a old decal sheet I got a while back.

But that's not all

What's better than a static model?



(click on link :mrgreen: sorry for the quality, I had to use my photocamera's film option for this)

I added the guts from a radio controlled tank, That's why some of the smaller delicate items where left off.

Still need to do a bit more finishing but I couldn't keep this from you guy's.

I'll try and get a better camera and add a bit more descent video latter.

Thanks for looking,

newfish (Jaymes crowther) said
Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 10:06 AM GMT
Hey Jan . Great build! and very intereasting to see its Radio controlled!

Cracking finish

janwillem (janwillem) said
Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 07:00 PM GMT

I couldn't resist to make my own RC tank. great fun
Tonyfr (Tony) said
Posted: Friday, September 18, 2009 - 01:18 AM GMT
Very nice build. The video was great.
janwillem (janwillem) said
Posted: Friday, September 18, 2009 - 06:26 AM GMT
Here are some photos of the inside of the model.

The RC guts are from a Tamiya 1/35 Abrams that I got on the cheap.
It just fits with no room to spare, but it fits


janwillem (janwillem) said
Posted: Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 04:50 AM GMT
Finally got my hands on a descent camera so I made two new video's. Should look better than the first attempt I made

Video 1


Video 2


Havoc (Johnny Brosnan) said
Posted: Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 05:08 AM GMT
Really nice work, Jan! I love the Merkava --- all marks are cool!

I've never heard of the "embossing powder" technique. Can you tell me about it or point me to a link? I was thinking of trying very fine model railroad ballest for the non-skid.

Thanks, pal!

Regards and Aloha,

Johnny B.
janwillem (janwillem) said
Posted: Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 05:35 AM GMT
embossing powder is normally used for card making. To make the powder stick to the model I covered it in hairspray. Using a small strainer I sprinkled the powder on the model. After removing the excess powder I covered the model with another 3 layers of hairspray to make sure that it would stay on. When the hairspray was fully cured I finished this process by adding a layer of primer.
The real upside of using this method is that if you make any mistake you can simply wash off the embossing powder and start again without ruining the model

hoop it helps,

Cheers JW
Captin_Caveman_III said
Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 04:49 AM GMT
Hay now this is using your head. Love it, I hope you take the time and go back an add your MGs to the turret. Love the Vid's "M8".
@:) We all need to try this one day, what fun this would be.
janwillem (janwillem) said
Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 07:45 AM GMT
It's real fun. The cats even love it
I still have to take her out for a spin out side some day.

Thanks for the kind words.