The Academy tracks are absolutely useless for the
III, even if you want to build the prototype, and should always be
replaced, as they are (correct) tracks for the Merkava Mk. II. This is another of the major errors in the Academy
kit. This kit from Friulmodel however is simply a gem. The moulding quality is
outstanding. The kit consists of two bags of tracklinks (the tracks are
handed, left and right) and a roll of
thin wire. This wire is used to link to tracklinks together, link by
link. Is is a little tedious to drill out every link, but the result is
worth it. I have only build a few centimeters to see how the building
quality is, and I'm not disappointed. My only reservation is the price,
£23,50 (Dec. '00) Some modelers might find this a little steep, since
it equals the price of the kit. However, you get what you pay for, the
quality is very high.
The shape of the track is 100%, as can be seen
when comparing the photos above. Regarding the size, then they look
right. I don't know the actual width of the real track, but it can be
when comparing photos of the Mk. II track, and the Mk. III track, that
the Mk. III track is somewhat wider than the Mk. II track. The
Friulmodel tracks reflect this difference.
The picture of the real Merkava Mk. III
track is from the Verlinden Warmachines N. 11 Merkava Mk. II/III.