Today's post deals with a new project that I have started. This is a new diorama at the 1/72 scale of one of my favourite tanks - the Merkava. I have not built a tank in a while now. My last tank was the WW2 King Tiger, also at the 1/72 scale entitled Germans at Rest.
Since I do not feel confident enough to build the larger scales, I opted for another go at this cheaper scale to hone my skills. On the plus side, I have always wanted to build this tank, so I decided to get stuck in.
I wanted this project to be light and easy going, and I certainly did not want to get bogged down by the scenery and model modification. At this scale these things can be very challenging and that is not the purpose of this exercise.
After shopping around, I found a nice middle eastern diorama kit from a company called Black Dog that I found on sale on Hannants, as well as some well designed resin IDF soldiers ready to be painted up. I will post more on these in the coming weeks.
As for the fit, it was OK, but I still had a few problems that needed putty and sanding. One drawback to the kit is the lack of certain details that I felt needed to be added.
Once again I added extra details like clamps, pronounced welding marks, antennas and a whole lot of extras - I might have gone a bit overboard with this, but it was fun to do!
Farewell and good health,