Book Review
Merkava IV in IDF service
Merkava Siman 4 Merkava Mk IV in IDF service
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by: Olivier Carneau [ BISON126 ]


The third volume of the IDF armor series from Desert Eagle Publishing is dedicated to the latest version of the Merkava tank. Written in English by two experts in the Israeli armor, it includes 80 pages illustrated with over 200 color photos and 5 drawings.

The content

The book comprises six parts:
Merkava, Names and Derivatives
The Merkava Siman 4 in Action
The Man & the Machine
The Merkava Siman 4 in detail
Power pack
Tactical signs

The introductory section briefly recalls the history of the Merkava with each version and variant, from the Merkava 1 to the Namer APC, described in a short paragraph. Even abandoned projects such as the Sholef SPG are mentioned.

The section devoted to the tank in action has many photos of the Merkava 4 in training as well as in operations. This chapter also provides an opportunity to see some accompanying vehicles: D9, M113, tank transporters.

The Man & the Machine section is very interesting and is enhanced by the numerous photos of them during maintenance operations. It particularly shows, in two pages of photos, a sequence of the track replacement. They enable the reader to see the details of the running gear and the suspension as well as the skirt brackets. The various crew uniforms are particularly visible.

The first 13 pages of the chapter dedicated to photos of detail are devoted to the turret. They are complemented by three technical drawings (2 of the 12.7 mm machine gun and 1 of the turret basket). The chassis is shown in the following 6 pages. Two technical drawings show the rear basket and the skirt brackets. This chapter concludes with two pages of views of the interior.

The MT883 engine of Merkava is the subject of 4 photos in general view.

Finally, the book concludes with a series of photos of tactical markings. The authors also provided a drawing with the dimensions of the turret markings.


This book is particularly well documented and shows the Merkava 4 from every angle. It will be as useful to modelers eager to detail their model as to those seeking ideas for their dioramas.

However, we may regret the absence of a special chapter for the LIC version whose photos are scattered throughout the book. It is also unfortunate that the various versions of the Namer be treated so quickly in the introduction.
Highs: Numerous pictures obviously chosen with the modeler in mind.
Lows: Absence of a specific chapter for the LIC version.The Namer being addressed only as a teaser in the introduction.
Verdict: Definitely a must have for those interested in the latest version of the Merkava family. Written by, and for, modelers.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:1
  Mfg. ID: ISBN 0-9788844-3-7
  Suggested Retail: 35 USD
  PUBLISHED: Mar 09, 2012

About Olivier Carneau (bison126)

I have been in the hobby for years and I'm still learning. As a modeler, I only build 1/35 modern military vehicles, mainly armored ones. I also run a website where I share a lot of walkarounds. Just click on my banner to pay a visit to it.

Copyright 2021 text by Olivier Carneau [ BISON126 ]. All rights reserved.


Thank you James for your help with the review publication.
MAR 09, 2012 - 08:38 PM
G'day gents , I already own this book !! It is simply one of the best if not the best!! You will not be disappointed !! Cheers, Andy
MAR 09, 2012 - 10:19 PM

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