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Hobby Boss Merkava IV?
Panther64
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 02:51 AM UTC
Just saw where Hobby Boss is going to release a Braille Merk IV, am I dreaming!?
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 07:25 PM UTC
Kerry,

Don't be holding your breath! From what I've heard and seen, the kit is a virtual "snap kit" or "quick build" similar to some recent Trumpeter upcoming releases. At least thats the current "scuttlebutt".

Cheers,
Jan
Panther64
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 09:32 PM UTC
Well hopefully it has potential. My LHS is going to order one as well as the IIID.
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 11:38 PM UTC
Kerry,

FWIW, the kit is just over 40 parts on two sprues with one just the turret halves. Body halves are also separate and the main sprue and suspension are:



HTH,
Jan
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Posted: Monday, November 07, 2016 - 01:40 AM UTC
Great Jan! I presume that what I'm looking at is the IIID? And that the IV will most likely come from some of the same sprues. Still it will be the only game in town other than Cromwell's. Still very happy for it! I've seen three "wishes" come true with the Strv 122, T-64s, and now a Merk IV in recent years.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 02:32 AM UTC
What I'm hoping for is for Hobby Boss to release their Cadillac Gage V series in 1/72. Chances are that won't be happening in my lifetime.
cheers
Charlie
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Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 03:46 AM UTC
My questions is why make this a simplified kit? Other than the obvious to attract younger persons to the hobby. What other benefit is there for these simplified kits.
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Charlie
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Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 08:03 PM UTC
Keep the faith Charlie, since they already have the 35th scale example to go by, you may be pleasantly surprised.

In reference to simplified kits, you mentioned one very good reason. I believe it also cuts down on initial costs to create the molds and it brings in the wargaming enthusiasts for quick build examples. IMHO.

And you can always take the kit and detail it as much as your skills and desire allow. There are so many examples on this forum of this. Hopefully other manufacturers (Revell?) follow with a more detailed example.