Modeling Armor of Operation "Iron Swords"

H.P.

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I would also suggest: “no file footage” of vehicles from long past. Real time only from 7 Oct 2023.

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Excellent displays of inventory!! Modelers dream!!

I presently have in inventory Meng’s Merkava IV, with and without Trophy…and both APC’s, one based on the Russian chassis and the other based on a Merkava chassis. Modeling heaven.

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Makes you wonder about the maintenance done here - or lack thereof. That track is completely worn out, as in most of the links are shot. Reminds me of the AFC Club kit I just completed. One side fit great, the other looked like this picture. Track pads missing from other shots, too. These vehicles are hanging by a thread.

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Reynier, excellent thread :clap:

…and you’re a bad influence for getting me interested in a modern IDF tank…wink

In at $63, for the ride. What color should this be painted? Looks close to RAL 7027 in box art but I probably shouldn’t slap WW2 German Sandgrau on an IDF

Paint brand(s)?

(WW2 AFV builder, knows zero about IDF)

Thanks

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Most of the brands have premade IDF colours - for my project I’m going with Mr.Color C530 - IDF Grey 3 (modern), but lots of other brands have something similar - look for IDF Sand, IDF Grey, IDF Sinai Grey or something similar in your favorite paint brand.

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AK Real Colors makes an IDF set, Real Colors Paint Set 15, RC5015.

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The colour you want is Sinai Grey, Ammo do a set.

However, i’ve found that photographs show Mk IVs anywhere from a light sand colour to almost black green, you seriously can’t go wrong anywhere in between.

My Mk IV was base painted Sinai Grey but i found that Golan Earth pigment achieved an effect more like most of the photos i’d seen. Here’s mine.

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H.P.

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Vallejo 71.023 Hemp is my go to for IDF armour colours.

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Are all Israeli Armor Units now Merkava? if so, are all Merkava 3 and Merkava 4? Are any reserve units still Magach? Just wondering. Also, are there individual Brigade insignia to look out for when looking at photos and trying to ID units?

Finally, is this orbat from wikipedia current? Yes, yes, I know not to trust Wikipedia but I just did a quick search, dont have time right now for a deeper dive.

Thanks in advance…

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For those seeking the correct colors for these vehicles.

Replicator came up with a mix formula for all colors used by the IDF since 1948.

I used it to mix the colors for my M51 build 1967 Sinai Tan).

Also found the mix combination recommended by Tiger Models for their Nagmachon heavy APC works as well.

Still, Vallejo and AL Interactive released their own paints.

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Iron Dome near Sderot

H.P.

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I like to use Vallejo Model Air 71.044 for my modern IDF armor. It was a great match for a paint chip I was given once.

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According to various sources, by 2006 all Magachs in regular units had been replaced by Merkavas…

H.P.

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Im in the U.k and on our BBC news bulletins ive seen lots of Humvees,Landovers,M113 command version,Namers,Merkava 3 and 4 and ive seen Gal Batash.I guess these are the reserve units that have been called in to await further orders.
Richard

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H.P.

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when you have over 300K Reservists being pulled into duty, you will need to pull vehicles from stocks everywhere, so don’t be surprised that we see a random Gal Batash or Gimel being trucked to the front.

Like I said before, this is an “ALL HANDS ON DECK” moment for the IDF.

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Black Dog offers a myriad of 1/35 figures that will compliment the armor.

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And supporting Infantry…

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I wouldn’t be surprised a Tiran showing up for duty.

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