AH-1 Cobra Assembly (TUSAB2)

Merkava Assembly

How to assemble your Merkava Tanks

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AH-1 Cobra Assembly (TUSAB2)
Assembling the Merkava
Step 1. Begin assembly of your Merkava by glueing on the tracks. There are different spaced notches to ensure you don't put them on backwards. Below: The two tracks in place
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Step 2. Next attach the rear plate of the tank to the main hull. Step 3. Now place the upper hull peice on the main hull
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Below. The hull in place.

Step 4. Next glue the side skirts onto the main hull.
Note: Be sure to make sure you have the correct peice on each side.

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Below: The right side side skirt in place. Note that the side skirt has a gap for the engine exhast. Below: The completed Merkava tank hull.
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Step 5. Now we can assemble the turret. Begin by attaching the main turret hull to the bottom plate.
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Step 6. Glue the 105mm barrel to the hull. Take note of the orientation of the barrel shown below as there is an machine-gun mount that needs to face upwards.
Below: The 105mm gun in place.
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Step 7. Attach the Machine-gun. to the turret hull.

Below: The Machine-gun in place on the turret

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Step 8. Now we can add the loader and comander machin-guns to the hull. Note that the smaller machine-gun goes on the comanders hatch.
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Step 9. Now place the comanders hatch. Alternatively this can be left open for a comander to be placed. Below: The universal parts of the turret are now complete. If you are building a Merkava 1 continue directly below. If you  are building a Merkava 2 scroll further down
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Assembling the Merkava 1 turret
Step 1. The biggest difference between the two turrets is the rear turret bustle rack which we will now assemble. First attach the right side being careful to line it up with floor. Repeat this for the left side
Step 2. Now attach the rear piece to rack. Note the correct orientation
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Below: The Merkava 1 turret is now completed. Simply insert a peg or magnet into the slot underneath and you're good to go!
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Assembling the Merkava 2 Turret
Step 1. The Merkava 2 has improved armour on the turret as well as anti-rocket netting underneath the stowage rack. Begin assembly by attaching the armour and stowage pieces to the left and right sides. Note these fit snugly over the buldge in the location below.
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Below: The Armour in place and aligned with the rear stowage rack. Step 2. With both peices in place you can now attach the rear stowage rack peice to the turret.
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Step 3. Now place the right side armour peice in the loaction shown below. Note that there are grooves on the bottom of this to help you place it correctly.
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Below: The completed Merkava 2 tank.
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