Merkava Mk IV LIC Started way back in history

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The story for this model began before SM forum. It was bought as part of a job lot from someone and had been started. Unfortunately the builder had made a catalogue of errors, incorrect parts attached, parts the wrong way round and some missing. The tracks were also in a state. Undaunted I began to undo the model, parts removed, new parts made and some bling also attached to it. I then took time to try and sort the tracks out as best I could. I also scratched bits like the control wire to the turret machine gun. On more than one occasion the bin was moved closer to the bench but I carried on. There are still quite a few bits to go on but its mostly now getting it painted up as even in undercoat it doesn't look too bad now.
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The story for this model began before SM forum. It was bought as part of a job lot from someone and had been started. Unfortunately the builder had made a catalogue of errors, incorrect parts attached, parts the wrong way round and some missing. The tracks were also in a state. Undaunted I began to undo the model, parts removed, new parts made and some bling also attached to it. I then took time to try and sort the tracks out as best I could. I also scratched bits like the control wire to the turret machine gun. On more than one occasion the bin was moved closer to the bench but I carried on. There are still quite a few bits to go on but its mostly now getting it painted up as even in undercoat it doesn't look too bad now.
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What about the ball & chain dangly bits? That's one of the reasons I never had a go at this!
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Hi Mick
The poor thing deserves a coat of paint. It's had a hard life. Definitely one for this GB.
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I really like the look of the Merkava, looking forward to seeing you getting this one completed Mick.
 

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What about the ball & chain dangly bits? That's one of the reasons I never had a go at this!
Dave
Dave as im not a tankie whats this about a ball an chain thing ? an Mick it looks a nice build to me anyway
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Many thanks to my growing audience, many thanks for looking in. Today was a momentous one for my shelf queen, finally a visit to the spraying area and here she is in top coat. Lots more painting to do and the missing bits added.
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Time for an update on my shelf queen. Still a way to go yet but I’m happy with the progress. If I ever buy a part built model again it won’t be as far on as this was. I prefer to paint the wheels and tracks if possible before they go on. Just a few bits left to fit and some detail painting to do and a few decals. Still trying to find a decent pic regarding aerials as there are 6 mounts on the turret but in pics have only found 3 in use but I’ll get there. Anyway here’s a couple of pics.
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looks good lookin tank Mick i love the shape an every thing about it what country has her in service ?
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Looking good. Haven't seen more than 3 as well. May be dependent on internal positions of comms.
 
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