Border Model announcement…again. But this time it is about an IDF subject. In a timely manner, considering the ongoing War in the Middle East. When the battlefield is hot, so is the modeling bench. But first, we want to start with the fact, that we have no affiliation with Border, despite the numerous articles that we publish about them. Yes, they are that prolific. And yes, we think that they are very good modeling company too. That is why we mention them so often.
Border just announced their latest – 1/35 IDF Merkava Mk.2D. One of the most attractive versions of the Israeli Main Battle Tank. Shape-wise, many consider this to be the finest Merkava, combining the roughness with the upgrades /of the original/ and the looks of a raw, unrefined tool of war. We sincerely share that opinion. Alongside with Merkava 3D, those two bear the aesthetics of an era already past, even though many say that those Chariots of God /Merkava translated from Hebrew/ are still in use. Both tanks are far from the flying saucer looks of the 4th generation of the Merkava, and are somewhat nostalgically looking. All in all, we think they are beautiful.
In that same scale and on the second generation D model, another company – Takom – already had something relatively new to give us. That is on top of Academy’s obsolete tooling. However, some simplifications took Takom closer to Academy than to the new age of modeling. Those were news not easily accepted by the IDF modelers’ society. They are very punctual people, building with strict accuracy and devotion enviable for the most enthusiastic among us. Therefore when it comes down to new tooling of any Merkava, it should be All or Nothing. No half measures here. It must be… well, perfect.
We trust that Border took the matter very seriously, which can be seen in the pictures. There is PE included, 4 paint options, active suspension and movable tracks. On top of that, full interior is added. Something that many consider a must in the new trend in armor modeling. That creates a lot of additional work and extends the project in time seriously, but as mentioned above, that is all about IDF modeling. What we noticed is that on one of the pictures the ball and chain set is missing, but that seems clearly solved on the picture of the turret internals and even if its not, we can help.
We are happy to see a new tooling that will compete with Takom & Academy directly and with MENG indirectly, covering a subject that some find controversial, others – mandatory. According to us – it is undoubtedly: extremely interesting one. With the additions that many companies offer for Israeli tanks, as well as the various marking options available on the market, this Merkava is expected to be a perfect platform for masterpiece modeling.
Pictures courtesy of Border Model FB Page