AMX 13 IDF
This was my return to the hobby after 30 years away (girls, college, work, new family...).
The evolution of the kits and the tools and supplies surprised me... Here in Brazil we have few options of stores (physical or virtual), and most kits available are through the internet (via ebay or websites of stores abroad) or in whatsapp groups, where fans exchange experiences, make sales and organize events throughout the country.. As I have special admiration for the IDF, I decided to start by assembling one kit that represented one remarkable period of its history.
We can say this about the AMX-13 because it was the first armored vehicle purchased brand new by Israel government. In 1956, with the acquisition of about 180 units, complemented in 1967 by the purchase of another 400, forming 3 battalions that had a large participation in the six-day war (between 5 and 10 June 1967). Even with excelent performance in the field, the losses of these battalions were significant, mainly due to the light armor and weak cannon used as main weapon, against russian vehicles, used by the arab coalition, with superior construction (better armor and powerful main gun).
After the end of the six-day war, Israel began a process of replacing this equipment, selling it to the Singapore Army between 1968-1969.
I used one Tamiya kit 1/35, brazilian paint Tom Colors (automotive paint), filters, whash and pigments by Ammo. The terrain was made with clay and the acessories (wood boxes and trench bags) are made by Black Dog.
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