Achzarit from Meng Part 1DN Models
Usually, APC’s are not the most interesting vehicles out there. Their participation in the conflicts is somehow overshadowed by the tanks and howitzers, who take all of the credit. Lately, BTR’s showed their importance and they hit the big screen
/in Ukraine regions and Crimean crisis mostly/ but still, APC’s are somehow forgotten. Meng Model have released their latest IDF model and made quite a surprise, putting out APC which is not very popular, nor it was expected by the modelers. As all of their models, it quickly became a hit. Around the web there are plenty of reviews of it, and most of the reviewers agree on one thing – the model is very good. I will try to share my personal experience with it here, and I will do my best to represent it in a way that will be useful for fellow modelers out there.
I expected to find a model complicated and filled with a lot of small parts. Instead, I found something very different. With D9 kit from Meng I found some troubles fitting the cockpit parts and not only one time, but on all three Doobies that I’ve built. On Merkava III.D – Meng first tank model – I found annoying to have so many small parts, and not so clever engineering. For example, the rod that holds the machine gun is consisted from two parts. Nobody know why.
Well, with Achzarit, all this is in the past.
The fit is amazing. This is closest to Tamiya that you will ever get. And as we all know, Tamiya are the best. They have been out there for decades and they are still unbeatable when it comes down to simplicity and fit.
Not too many parts, not too few. There are some tricky ones, but not in a matter of assembly, but rather to cutting them out of the sprues.
Clear sprue is the same amazing quality like the one featured in Meng Model’s Doobi. Photo-etch sheet for Achzarit is a bit large, but not too complicated, just the opposite. It includes meshes for both rear sides, and few details to make them look even nicer. The assembly looks difficult, but its rather easy.
There are two types of wheels, which looks pretty much equal, so attention is needed.
Overall the assembly goes without any troubles. As I’ve already said – the fit is great. Everything goes wherever it should.
|The other two models that I am working on are visible here…|