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Merkava Almost Done!!!!
DutyFirst1917
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Colorado, United States
Joined: February 03, 2016
KitMaker: 78 posts
Armorama: 71 posts
Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 09:11 AM GMT+7
Started this kit in the spring of 2013 and the end is finally in sight. It has been a while since my last post (too much work) but wanted to send in this update as I hope to get this done this week! The color came out darker than expected but some reference photos show vehicles darker than others - honestly I just want this kit done

Tim










sgtreef
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Oklahoma, United States
Joined: March 01, 2002
KitMaker: 5,367 posts
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Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 11:35 AM GMT+7
Nice build, only thing I can say , is looks a tad dark , from the pics I have seen of the Merk's.
210cav
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Virginia, United States
Joined: February 05, 2002
KitMaker: 6,075 posts
Armorama: 4,502 posts
Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 07:31 AM GMT+7
Tim-- nice clean build, like the paint job
DJ
Ruffus
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Guatemala
Joined: April 12, 2005
KitMaker: 299 posts
Armorama: 190 posts
Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 05:40 AM GMT+7
Nice model! although a little too dark IMHO. what color is this?

Regards

Byron
stevescanlon
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British Columbia, Canada
Joined: July 05, 2011
KitMaker: 99 posts
Armorama: 42 posts
Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 02:35 PM GMT+7
Like it, a little dark as you say but still looks nice, are you able to do some tonal with a lightened shade, or have you reached the end with it?
DutyFirst1917
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Colorado, United States
Joined: February 03, 2016
KitMaker: 78 posts
Armorama: 71 posts
Posted: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 10:50 AM GMT+7
Thanks all - yeah it did turn out a bit darker than I expected but after four years of work this one is now done. Photos soon to follow!!!

Tim
DutyFirst1917
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Colorado, United States
Joined: February 03, 2016
KitMaker: 78 posts
Armorama: 71 posts
Posted: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 10:58 AM GMT+7
Ok so this is now a wrap, after four years of on again and off again work. These pics don't have the tow cables and co-ax .50cal which are still drying from final weathering. Thanks for all the feedback - I wish I had done a blog on this build but maybe on the next project!

Tim

PS- Complete accident that the darker areas actually came through very well to represent a wet surface in the process of drying - I wish I could say I planned that but once in a while the modeling karma is good!!!




























DutyFirst1917
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Colorado, United States
Joined: February 03, 2016
KitMaker: 78 posts
Armorama: 71 posts
Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 - 10:52 AM GMT+7
Byron,

It is a combination of Tamiya German Gray and the AK Interactive Modern IDF color. They mixed together very well actually, but yeah it turned out dark! Luckily the weathering process made up for it!

Tim
sgtreef
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Oklahoma, United States
Joined: March 01, 2002
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Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 08:18 AM GMT+7
A company in the UK makes the perfect sand color, I am downstairs now or I would tell you, yep to lazy to go look.
Lifecolor makes one also.My friend sent me 4 jars back 10 years ago of the UK one. Hannets Maybe.