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given the age of the original Esci's kit now re-issued by Italeri, still today is a fairly good replica of a lebanon 1982 Merkava I. It has the typical problem of the old ESCI's modern tank kit. The solid wheels and no inner detail on the tracks, but good armory and modell miniature wheels are avaible, and the latter firm also provided a really good set of tracks.
As fot the MkII, is not a "real" MKII, but simply a MkI with new side skirts ad add on armour on the the turret, but the same old hull wich is basically incorrect. It also lacks chian armour on the turret basket.
As for the REvell, is a superb but incorrect kit. It depict a very early MK III that saw very limited operational service and has incorrect suspension, the springs must be reversed. A correct turret to depict a Mk III Baz is avaible from Modelltrans. to me, the best Merkava avaible in braille scale are the resin Cromwell.
I'm currently trying to cross kit an old Esci with a revell to obtain a MkI Hybrid, so I'll be able to give you more accurate feedback in the future, if you need...
Hi Mike: Esci only produced the one Merkava and it is the early variant with solid road wheels that need to have the road wheels either replaced or a center grove added to each wheel to simulate two wheels and not one thick roller type bearing. The Revell kit is beautifully molded and is the later variant that can be a pleasure to build out of the box in a couple of evenings. I have built this eight years ago and had no issues with the build.