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ARMORAMA
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Posted: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 06:18 PM UTC
Bill Cross shares his photos of the Meng Merkava IIID with ET photo etch and metal tracks.

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Thanks!
Hederstierna
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Nordjylland, Denmark
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Posted: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 09:49 PM UTC
Hi Bill
WOW! That's an excellent build, Bill, and the painting and weathering looks great.
Best regards
Jacob
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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 02:07 AM UTC
Thanks, Jacob, nothing is more satisfying than the praise of one's betters and peers.
rfbaer
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 03:02 AM UTC
I would say the result IS worth all the grief, well done.
brodiebear
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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 03:51 AM UTC
Thats a cracking build
justsendit
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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 04:23 AM UTC
Now that is a most convincing desert weathering job! I think I have sand in my eyes from the dust that your Merkava has kicked up. Thanks for sharing.

ómike
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Wales, United Kingdom
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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 04:34 AM UTC
AWESOME Love the weathering/finish A1
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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 04:59 AM UTC
Aw, shucks!

Thanks, Gents.
pablo_g
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Wojewodztwo Slaskie, Poland
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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:04 AM UTC
Awesome. Look really cool. I like.

Paweł
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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:48 AM UTC
Thank you, Pawel.
PzDave
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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:28 PM UTC
Can you guide us on the proper IDF tank colors. Did you mix your own or which company provides the right color. Great build--inspiring!! Well done.
bill_c
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Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 03:40 AM UTC
Dave, I laid down a base coat of Tamiya XF1 flat black, then oversprayed Lifecolor UA020 (Israeli sand gray). I then mixed some of that paint with acrylic white to lighten it about 50%, and sprayed that on the highlight areas.

After a coating of clear flat, I then experimented with AK Interactive's OIF & OEF enamel wash (AK121). It's tricky to use because if properly-mixed, it comes out like black ink. Once the wash dries, it lightens up quite a bit, but I used a lot of mineral spirits to thin it out, as I did not want the tank to look too badly-used. Israel's military operations don't usually last very long (this tank represents one from Gaza in IIRC 2009), so you don't want your vehicle to be too beat-up (I did split between rubber-coated wheels and metal ones 50-50).

HTH.

Darren, should we put the painting information in the body of the feature?