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PostSubject: SOL IDF Merkava III   Fri May 05, 2017 11:57 am

Sold couple of my tanks recently so decided to order this one from rctank.de and just arrived today. Will definitely RC it, might look at mating with some kind of Heng Long lower so that there is full working suspension and proper running chassis. Worst case it will still be a runner, just more delicate one like my Maus......




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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Fri May 05, 2017 12:07 pm

But we love watching soft tanks... Flex... No wait... We just love looking at your creations and cringe when you break em...
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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Sun May 07, 2017 9:49 am

I'm drooling!
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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Sun May 07, 2017 2:59 pm

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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Sun May 07, 2017 6:24 pm

Looked into it. They are asking twice as much, and from what I hear, it is make to order and it is not 100% reliable track records. I don't need it in metal. Have some ideas on how to make it RC and order parts for it already.
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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:49 pm

Quick update........ After much measuring and actually buying two lower (Chally and ZTZ from Aliexpress) it will be the Chally that is the lower surrogate. Basically skinned it and frankenstein it onto the resin lower. Next step is mounting the idlers and also sprockets with gearboxes, either low profile Heng Long's or PDSGB which happens to be quite slim.



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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:42 am

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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:50 pm

Heng Long low porfile or PDSGB...... Might mount the Heng longs ones for now, since will need custom shafts from Carson for this particular application I believe........


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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:18 pm

Successful test run on the lower and dry fitting the upper today. Temporary idler will have to mod a Pz III one from Stince as I destroyed the stock resin one while trying to make it operational. Next up is fitting upper to the lower, and then onto the turret and barrel.




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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:09 pm

Awesome build!

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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:42 am

Looks Nice Mike

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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:47 am

It lives ! Lower chassis now fully functional and to my liking. Working on turret mechanics and will start on the actual kit itself (i.e. details) shortly. At the meantime, have to go get a PE bender....... Very Happy





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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:45 pm

Was going to let Dean paint my two IDE tankers but couldn't resists to quickly paint them and post them with the almost complete tank. Lower is done, side skirts hung, IR emitter into the targeting box, now onto the really crazy PE stuff. Thinking of skipping the balls and chains.

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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:10 am

Impressive as ever Mike.
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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:33 am

Very Cool Mike

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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:09 am

Base coat on...... Still have to do all the large PE stuff.





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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:50 pm

Love the Tank Girl! Very nice!
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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:22 pm

Done for now.......











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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:26 pm

Very nice looking Mike. I see that there is no room/provisions for an elevation system...
That the IR in the Box on the right side of the turret?
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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:33 pm

Not a big fan of elevation in general, and the kit does not have any provision for it whatsoever unfortunately.

It is Tamiya emitter in the targeting housing. For moderns you can always stick the IR into the targeting system housing. Did that for every single one of my moderns. Makes it nice and clean.

Now only if I can figure out where the exhaust is, I might put a smoker in there. I believe it is the fins on the right side which would make smoker output quite difficult unless I make a manifold of some sort and put holes in every single fin box.......
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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:11 pm

In the vents on the Right side front of hull.



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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:19 pm

Hmmm..... Looks like smoke only comes out of two places as there is only black soot on four the 10 fins.
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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:47 pm

Great Looking Tank Mike

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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:56 am

Merkava doing its thing.......



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PostSubject: Re: SOL IDF Merkava III   Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:59 pm

SUPER SPIN!
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