Israeli Main Battle Tank Merkava 1

    Israeli Main Battle Tank Merkava 1

    TAKOM Plastic model kit, for the construction of Israeli Merkava 1 tank, in 1/35 scale.

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    Plastic kit from TAKOM, for the assembly of an Israeli tank of modern era, in 1/35 scale. Includes sprues with plastic parts, assembly instructions, P.E. parts, metallic parts, clear parts and decals.The Merkava is a main battle tank used by the Israel Defense Forces. The tank began development in 1970, and entered official service in 1979. Four main variants of the tank have been deployed. It was first used extensively in the 1982 Lebanon War. The name "Merkava" was derived from the IDF's initial development program name.Design criteria include rapid repair of battle damage, survivability, cost-effectiveness and off-road performance.

    Following the model of contemporary self-propelled howitzers, the turret assembly is located closer to the rear than in most main battle tanks. With the engine in front, this layout is intended to grant additional protection against a frontal attack, so as to absorb some of the force of incoming shells, especially for the personnel in the main hull, such as the driver. It also creates more space in the rear of the tank that allows increased storage capacity and a rear entrance to the main crew compartment allowing easy access under enemy fire. This allows the tank to be used as a platform for medical disembarkation, a forward command and control station, and an infantry fighting vehicle. The rear entrance's clamshell-style doors provide overhead protection when off- and on-loading cargo and personnel.

    The Merkava Mark I and II were armed with a 105 mm M64 gun, a license built variant of the M68. Each model of the Merkava has two roof mounted 7.62 mm machine guns for use by the commander and loader and another mounted co-axially with the main gun. A 60 mm mortar is also fitted for firing smoke rounds or suppressing dug-in infantry anti-tank teams. All Merkava tanks are fitted with a remote-controlled M2 Browning .50 heavy machine gun, aligned with the main gun and controlled from within the turret. The .50 machine gun has proven to be useful and effective in asymmetric warfare.

    Scale
    1/35
    Era
    After WW II
    Nationality
    Israel
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