As the building our Tamiya 1:35 scale British Challenger 1 MK.3 comes to an end, the next build will enter the work-in-progress queue being the Israeli Merkava MK. IV LIC (Low Intensity Conflict) from Academy Models. As must of you might know, this kit does not include rubber tracks. They have been molded instead in styrene with some sections actually being single links to be assembled. Tamiya’s Sturmgeschutz III in 1:48 scale, happens to include styrene tracks as well.
Although is a highly recommended kit, I have mixed feelings towards styrene tracks in 1/35 scale. Who doesn’t love those nice metal tracks from Friulmodels? Friulmodels has a new set of tracks available for the Merkava IV, but here at Model Kits Review, we try to deliver models built out-of-the-box with little to no after market add-ons so readers can see what can they get straight from the box..
Fortunately, Academy has provided us with some nice tutorial videos to assemble the track links on their Merkava Mk. IV. After scanning the QR Code from the box, it took me to their site where besides the tutorial video below, you can also find the following videos to put together your 1/35 Merkava Mk. IV LIC:
- Track Assembly
- Etching Assembly
- Painting Track
- Painting of rubber wheels
- Complete Model