Tamiya’s Merkava I 1/35DN Models
One of my quickest builds ever! I finished this tank in 72 hours, from start to finish. Of course, if it weren’t a Tamiya kit, this could’ve never happen. It is so nice and easy to build, that even the fact that is old and need a lot of aftermarket to represent the Merkava I as it has to look in reality – it’s still a gem!
The assembly itself took me about 3,5-4 hours. Tracks are vinyl, and even though it is know that this is almost the same kit as Merkava II from Academy, the tracks are different story.
They are very flexible, and in the same time
, once on the tank, they stay exactly as they should be. Of course, Friul aftermarket would be even more better choice, but still…
Lack of Ball and Chain on the Merkava Mk.I also helped reduce time of the modeling.
Anyway, the rest of the build was done so quick due to the fact that I built it during first days of August, when the weather is pretty hot and dry. During winter season, I need to wait 24 hours after a varnish coat to settle and cure, so to apply the decals with Microsol and Microset, and not leave any nasty stains. During August…well, 2-3 hours in a room with open window, or even better – on a current, and you are set!
In case you wonder, I used Tamiya paints, some oils /for washes, filters and streaks/ and Vallejo varnishes. You don’t have to have the whole AK or MIG line to make a model look like this. Maybe Microsol and Microset helped a lot, but it is well known that they worth every penny.
I believe that this tank kit is somewhere in France now /excuse me if I am wrong I don’t remember where they all go/, in a private collection. As far as I know, the owner is happy with it, and I was too, especially for such a short project.
I hoped you enjoyed the article and feel free to write me if you wanna share something or have some questions about it!