Israeli Merkava Main Battle Tank

This is a Plastic Model Kit of the 1/35 Scale Merkava Israeli Main Battle Tank from Tamiya. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Tamiya Israeli Merkava Main Battle Tank Plastic Model Military Vehicle Kit 1/35 Scale #35127
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Specifications :
  • Length: 7-3/4" (19.5cm)
  • Width: 4-1/4" (10.6cm)
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35127
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"Great kit"
This is a great kit from Tamiya given the age of the kit. The instructions are fairly good, they could use some work. The parts don't need too much clean up and all fit together as they should. The details are good, but some after market items can really set this kit off. I highly recommend.

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  • Plastic parts molded in tan.
  • Accurately detailed tank comes with a commander figure.
  • Movable turret.
  • Mesh netting.
  • Choice of open or closed hatches.
  • 105mm main gun with thermal jacket.
  • Open or closed headlamps.
  • Pliable and plastic tracks.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Detailed pictorial instructions include a historical background of the Merkava.


  • Length: 7-3/4" (19.5cm)
  • Width: 4-1/4" (10.6cm)
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35127


One 1/35 Merkava Israeli Main Battle Tank

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"This is an excellent model for the initiated modeler"
jimwoodward1943 (Broken Arrow, OK)
It is a Tamiya, what else can be said? Well the decals were not well located on the instruction sheet and some of the numbered parts on the sprues are difficult/impossible to read. The small decals have a tendency to fold over and once that happens you are out of luck. I left the skirts off and the tow cables could have been designed much better. The MG on the turrets are flimsy and I broke both barrels cutting them from the sprues. I liked the hot rod design of this tank however.

"Great kit, but dated"
WyoGunfighter (Cheyenne)
This Merkava kit is pretty old, but it is up to the usual Tamiya quality that one comes to expect. Nice addition to your collection.

"nice older kit, the detail is not up to today's standards"
This is a nice older kit, the detail is not up to today's standards. It assembles easily with no major problems. The detail is not as sharp as the newer kits. It is easy enough to assemble that a beginner could handle it easily. I have mine on a shelf with newer kits and it fits right in. The tracks are the rubber band type that most glue won't stick to. You can follow the instructions and melt the posts to join the tracks. I also put a couple of staples across the join. To install the track, leave the drive sprockets off until you are ready to install the track. Place the track over all of the wheels, fit the drive sprocket into the track and press the sprocket into place on it's axle. That way you don't have to stretch the track to get it around all of the wheels and drive sprocket.


  • One decal sheet with markings for two tanks
  • 1: 820035, Arrow Decals, 10.
  • 2: 837522, Arrow Decals, 4.


  • Keep small pieces and sharp edges away from children ages 3 and under.
  • Recommended paints are for adult modelers only.
  • Care should be taken when using tools and modeling knives.

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