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Merkava in Training by Sayanim Merkava in Training by Sayanim
Ahh it's been a while guys!!!

This is one of my latest work in progress. My goal is to capture the feel of a Merkava column traversing through sand. The only detail I care to focus on so far is the turret. Cannon barrel will be adjusted to show more perspective.

G-d bless the Zahal
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:iconbluekipod:
Simply awe inspiring. nothing more striking than witnessing such massive power plowing through the desert sands. here we can feel it. love it, keep it up ; )
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Sayanim Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you bluekipod!
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:icondrellert:
Hey :iconcodymacarthurfett:

I have much to say, but I'll make it short:
1. The Merkava on this drawing is actually Mark II. You can tell the difference by observing the turret. Here is a reference:
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2. Unfortunately, the mark IV is nearly yet to be used by all the corps. Only lately it was decided in the IDF to allow to all the brigades to use the mark IV and soon it will be used by all (with the exception of brigade 188 my most favorite one, they will stick with the Mark III).
3. Also unfortunately, the IDF still suffer from a lack in their budget, so all tanks available are in use, even the Shot-Kal (Centurions) and the Magach (M48) are still in use, though when the command will finally be completed, I suppose those will also be kept in the emergency storage.
4. Mainly, I'm happy still, very very happy to see that you also aware to Israel technology of today know it by the name!

and also, :iconsayanim: I liked this one too! Out of my experience, I can make you sure that the feeling you have once in a drill in a tank, is nearly as the feeling you expressed from this picture. It is truly loyal to the source, so way to go!
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Sayanim Nov 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow DrEllert - what you shared was incredible. I'm very passionate about sticking to the source, so to hear you say what you shared means a lot to me.
I wish I had the chance to serve in the Tzahal, but unfortunately, I'm not an Israeli (and I'm a bit old by now haha).
So perhaps some of those desires seeps into my drawings.
Thank you!!!
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:iconcodymacarthurfett:
The Merkava, best damn tank in the world, too bad about the whole cost thing. What I find interesting is that the Merkava in this picture appears to be a Mark III Merkava, not the Mark IV Merkava in service now. Suppose you can beat the classics, at least sometimes. ;)

Also, brilliant lighting. I really like the the blue-ish lighting and the blurred effects of the dust clouds that break off to reveal the exquisitely done turret. Keep up the good work, sir.
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Sep 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much cody! Semper Fi!
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:iconcodymacarthurfett:
You're welcome, sir.
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:iconjogirider:
cooool. Can't wait to see this finished. I love the Merkava turret!
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:iconshogi:
I love it. The blurred lack of detail around the turret gives a real sense of that in the moment adrenaline were other details all away and you just get laser focused on your target.
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