Friday, November 3

MENG's heavy metal models in 35th scale scare or shift everything else off your workbench...

So we had already done our story of the day - but when something as tempting as these two come out what's another story to add to the mix? MENG has released news of two heavy metal machines that are on their 35th scale release schedule. Well researched with the help of experts, we look at what is to come in the detail we are given so far in our preview...

Two new kits from Meng are looking mighty fine so far...

Israel Main Battle Tank Merkava Mk.4m w/Trophy Active Protection System
From Meng Models
1/35th scale
950 parts
Kit No#TS-036 
Merkava, a well-known name to military enthusiasts, is a unique main battle tank. By now, this IDF tank which has a strong survivability has reached its fourth generation. The latest variant is designated Merkava Mk.4M. Thanks to the experience gained by IDF from the conflicts against terrorists and guerilla, the Merkava Mk.4M is greatly different from the previous variants. The most outstanding feature of the Merkava Mk.4M is the excellent advanced Trophy active protection system. This system can neutralize threats before the crew members are aware of them. This system proved to be effective and reliable in recent IDF combat operations.
MENG has been working hand in hand with Lt. Col. (res) Michael Mass who’s the curator of the Latrun Armored Corps Museum. Thanks to the hard work of both parties, MENG has released a series of accurate and enjoyable model kits of IDF subjects. The latest product will be the TS-036 Israel Main Battle Tank Merkava Mk.4m w/Trophy Active Protection System that will come out soon. This model is 231.86mm long, 113.75mm wide. This kit contains a total of 950 parts. This product has the standard features of MENG tank kits like movable suspension, workable tracks, clear lights and optical parts, and fine PE parts. What’s most important is that it is the first time that the most advanced Trophy active protection system has been replicated as a part of a scale model. 

M911 C-HET (8X6) & M747 Heavy Equipment Semi-Trailer
From Meng Models
1/35th scale
Kit No#MENG SS-013 
843 parts
Many people are crazy about the rugged look and strong cross-country capability of the Russian heavy cross-country trucks. However, the most outstanding heavy trucks are from the U.S. Now, you can see heavy trucks carrying tens of tons of goods running on the roads and their cumulative mileage has reached hundreds of thousands of miles. The Heavy Equipment Transport System (HETS) is a behemoth among the U.S. military equipment. In 1977, to meet the need of the U.S. military, Oshkosh released the M911 heavy tractor. It can haul the M747 semi-trailer for road transportation of heavy equipment, with a maximum payload of 68.95t. Before the M1070 tractor was put into service in 1993, the M911 was one of the most important HETS in the U.S. military service.
The MENG SS-013 M911 C-HET (8X6) & M747 Heavy Equipment Semi-Trailer model is 571.2mm long and 99.9mm long. This kit contains 843 parts. It features complete cab and power system interiors. Some wheels are connected by metal axles with fine details. The trailer loading ramps are movable. The tractor’s front wheels can be made in a steering position. Precision PE parts, reflective foil and mask stickers for cab windows are included in the kit. 
No news on release dates as per yet - but expect these in the new year one would think
Check out the Meng Website for more info on their kits