Israeli Centurion - Sho’t Kal C (Gimel) - IDF 1980s - Build

Postby lmcq11 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:03 am

Hi, here is my build for the next few months.

It will be a 1/16 RC Ludwigs British Centurion Mk 3 converted into an IDF Shot Kal Gimel in action in the 1980s. This is the C model of the Shot (Whip), the others being the original Shot, a standard British Mk3 or 5 with 20pd gun, then the modernized Shot Kal Alef, Shot Kal Beth, Shot Kal Gimel and Shot Kal Dalet. The term Kal means that the tank was remotorized with a Continental engine.

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Ludwigs Centurion Shot Kal Gimel

The model consist and will display the following features;

- Ludwigs Centurion base kit with Shot Kal Gimel Israeli modifications
- Engine cover, grills and exhaust for Continental engine
- Blazer ERA Explosive Reactive armour
- Tank Modellbau L7 105mm gun
- 2 FNMag machine guns on turret
- 1 M2 .50 pointer machine gun on main gun
- Clark M26 TK-22 control board with Flysky receiver
- Mato Gearbox
- Turret rotation, gun elevation, Clark recoil, main gun and coax machine gun sound and flash
- Metal tracks
- Headlights

This is an expensive model when all the components required are added up so when i saw a good deal for a started Ludwigs Centurion, i purchased it. The original builder put together the larger components of the hull and turret. I mostly disassembled them for the build because of the modifications required and also because i want to put it together my way.

Here are the main components of the kit

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Ludwigs Centurion Shot Kal Gimel


the turret

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The Ludwig Shot turret rear basket

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The expensive but superb all metal Tank Modellbau L7 105mm gun, designed for the Hooben Tiran T-55 but can be adapted to the Centurion. It is hollow, allowing for gun flash.

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Mato steel gearbox

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Superb metal Elefant tracks

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3D printed road wheels with rubber band.

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3D printed with metal sprocket and idler

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Postby lmcq11 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:22 am

The SOL models resin FN Mag machine guns. Although many Shot Kal Gimel are seen equipped with .30 Browning machine guns on the turret, most were later replaced by FN Mag.

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Ludwigs 1/16 RC IDF Centurion Shot Kal Gimel


Although a tank equipped with reactive armor is a really bad place for infantry to stick around, i will not resist showing a couple of IDF infantry riders at the rear of the turret. Here is some IDF material being assembled for modifications.

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Ludwigs 1/16 RC IDF Centurion Shot Kal Gimel


Main reference for the build are Vol 1 and 7 of the series "Centurion Tanks of the IDF" by Robert Manasherob. Well written and illustrated with graphs and walk around pictures, this is an essential reference for this build.

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Ludwigs 1/16 RC IDF Centurion Shot Kal Gimel


I will be helped by the AFV Club 1/35 kit of the Shot Kal Gimel, providing much needed dimensions and positioning for all the required scratch built modifications, Blazer tiles and details.

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Ludwigs 1/16 RC IDF Centurion Shot Kal Gimel


The well laid out AFV Club plans will provide much clarity for the build, such as for the hull extension and the dreaded suspension.

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Showing the 1/35 engine cover and grills that need to be reproduced in 1/16 scale.

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Providing dimensions and positioning for the Blazer reactive armor tiles and overall details. I always have a 1/35 kit to assist me with a basic kit. I found it to be a successful method.

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Ludwigs 1/16 RC IDF Centurion Shot Kal Gimel


This will be a rare RC tank. Let's go.

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Ludwigs 1/16 RC IDF Centurion Shot Kal Gimel


Regards, Louis

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Postby Ad Lav » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:40 am

Look forward to this one Louis, great subject :)
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Postby Black Knight » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:32 am

Yay !!! British Steel at it's finest :D I love the British tanks post-WW2 - the Centurion & Chieftan in particular. Gonna watch this biuld.

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Postby Panzerjaeger66 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:14 am

wow, that's great stuff, to see another Sho't build! :thumbup:
I like the IDF armor very well so I'll watch this build closely 8)

If you have any question about mounting parts or a reworked manual don't hesitate to contact me directly; I've designed this kit incl. the Sho't conversion ;)

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Postby BarryC » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:34 pm

This is going to be an awesome build Louis! :clap:

As all ways I'll be following along but with great interest in how you go about assembling the kit. :thumbup:

I have the Ludwig kit and plan an Australian machine as used in Vietnam.
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Let the "Show" begin!!
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Postby lmcq11 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:01 am

Hi,

For an accurate IDF Centurion with Blazer reactive armor, the modeller has to select the later Kal variants of the Shot and perform the conversion from the Rolls-Royce Meteor to the Continental AVDS-1790-2A diesel engine, the same engine as the American M48 and M60.

The start of the built is therefore concentrated on the required extension of the hull and the building of the new rear deck and engine grills which are very similar to the M60. Below pictures from the book "Centurion of the IDF" show the bulky extended rear and engine deck of the Shot Kal variants, totally different than the British Mark III.

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The structure of the Ludwig hull kit is the same as the AFV Club 1/35 model and scale dimensions between the two are also consistent. This is a good starting base.

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Ludwigs 1/16 RC IDF Centurion - Shot Kal Gimel


The lower rear extension is made the same way as the Israeli did on their real tanks with the addition of welded armor, with the weld lines replicated.

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The Mark III engine deck is discarded. Too bad, it looked good.

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The new M60 style engine deck is a good challenge. Intimidating at first, my method is to plan ahead, get the right material and then build it in a telescopic fashion, one area at the time. Below is a view of the AFV Club Shot Kal.

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The base of the engine deck is prepared, measured, and parts are methodically created.

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The side grill at the rear. I reuse sections of the Mark III grill.

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The base for the front grill are created.

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Postby lmcq11 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:17 am

To create the grills, which would be very difficult to scratch build with my simple tools, I use JTT 97413 Clapboard Siding to simulate the grills, these sheets are easily cut and glued to their base. I would never be able to do grills that look better and as strait.

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The main section of the engine deck is designed and created using a ruler, a pen, a knife and a calculator.

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Individual components are being installed.

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The new 1/16 Centurion engine deck compares well to the 1/35 kit. The operation is a success, a 15 hour task.

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The Mark III grill hinges are reused and modified to fit the need of the new rear grill. A brass M1x8mm bolt is used.

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WIP on a fuel cap for the rear plate.

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More views of the Shot Kal Gimel engine deck. Note the multitude of angles but at least all parts are strait and can be made using plasticard sheets of various thickness.

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Postby BarryC » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:19 am

Hi Louis,

This build is going to be so fun to watch! :clap:

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Postby lmcq11 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:29 am

Some close up pictures of the elements

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Overall view of the model at this time.

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Some more smaller fine details, such as grill handles, need to be created. But as these are very fragile and would be lost in the manipulation of the model during construction, they will be added only at the end of the build.

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Postby tomhugill » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:56 am

One of my favourite centurion variants, great to see you turning your prodigious skills to this one!! Following along!
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Postby Panzerjaeger66 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:33 pm

wow, you‘ve made a fantastic job at the engine deck and rear!!
So detailed and scratch made! :clap: :thumbup:

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Postby BarryC » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:11 pm

Hi Louis,

Fantastic work and again accomplished in an amazingly short time span. :clap:

A question though, looking at the photo of the actual deck area and the AFV model. On the forward "angle shaped" vents, shouldn't the louvers be facing forward?

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Postby lmcq11 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:29 pm

Hi, thank you for your encouragements. They make me want to do a better job...

BarryC wrote:A question though, looking at the photo of the actual deck area and the AFV model. On the forward "angle shaped" vents, shouldn't the louvers be facing forward?


Yep, thanks Barry, I noticed it too after the glue was dry... For a while, I thought I would get away with it but since you noticed it so fast, it made me find the necessary courage to redo them. When painted and with dark pigments applied at the bottom of each louver, it should not show that they are not perforated and should look very good.

Below are the corrected front engine grills with the vents facing forward.

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Here you can see the exhausts coming out of the armored horns at the back, done in brass.

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Good pictures are available of the exhaust arrangements in my reference book.

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I used M0.6 bolt and nuts , these were the smaller bolts i had to replicate the working mechanism. They are quite small, looks ok.

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Postby BarryC » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:20 am

Keep up the great work! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Postby Eastern Front » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:42 am

This really looks awesome, wish I had the Shot Kal !!
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Postby Ad Lav » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:15 am

Quick work already, everyone’s gonna love this one :D
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:01 pm

Its a credit to you indeed when after all that louvre work-backwards- would have sunk most souls, but you Sir just take it on & make things right :crazy:
I'd have made an excuse & covered the deck in stowage !! :shifty: :shh:
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Postby lmcq11 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:53 pm

Hi,

The fenders have been re-installed. It is critical for the success of the build to take a lot of care in preparing the parts for a good fit. In this case, the fender's joint with the hull need to be given an angle to fit the hull.

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It is also critical that the fenders be made and kept horizontal. The fenders have a natural tendency to fall at the front where there is limited support with the hull.

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Many Shot tanks were given a thick supplemental armored plate on the front glacis, some do not so be careful in selecting reference pictures.

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I replicated the armored plate, I want my Shot Kal to have all the cool stuff.

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There is a lot of equipment on a Shot Kal, it is difficult to find good pictures of the front brackets for the fenders. Yeah, those headlight guards will be fun to reproduce...

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Brackets are done in brass with Meng SPS005 nuts and bolts, a must for this build.

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The build is creating a lot of plastic and metal dust everywhere, it can easily get out of control. The model need a good wash and I also need to remove glue residue. Can't wait for the summer to come to do my modelling on the patio deck.

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Happy Easter !

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Postby Eastern Front » Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:18 am

Louis,

This is awesome! Great attention to detail..

Watching this build with alot of interest!

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