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WindBreaker Protection System
IDF Merkava MBT III/IV WindBreaker Active Protection System
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by: Seb Viale [ SEB43 ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction

ET Model is a recent Chinese AM. They are currently producing PE and resin upgrading kits.
In this new release, ET Model decided to work on active protection system as seen on Merkava III/IV. They misnamed it Windbreaker system since the Windbreaker system or Trophy developed by Rafael does not look like the "Droid" shape found in this kit.

This anti-missile active protection system is currently in use with the IDF. This anti-missile device developed by Rafael is designed to give extra protection, and is mounted on their main battle tanks. The unit is comprised of a camera with multiple vision ports (9 in total mounted).

Content of the kit

The kit is well packed in a clam-shell transparent plastic box and the kit parts are further protected with plastic bubble film.
The content of the kit is as following:

• One resin part
• One PE fret
• One transparent film
• A4 sheet instruction set

The kit is a pretty easy kit compared to the Voyager one. The PE has only 15 parts and only 4 building steps so rapid build is expected.

The main part of the kit is in resin and all of the other details are PE. It was difficult to obtain good information to clearly address the accuracy of the kit. From the couple of pictures found, the kit seems to be accurate and the build is pretty straightforward. To complete the build, it will be necessary to used copper wire and some plastic rods.

When compared to the similar item found in the market, this kit is easier to build for the same level of details.

Like most of the ET Model, it can be tricky to find where to buy it, so far Hobby easy is the only place where to find it. Surprisingly, it is more expensive than the Voyager counterpart.

Conclusion

I rank 80% on the intrinsic quality and engineering of the kit (easy build), regarding the accuracy, maybe people will comment on the review. Please check the pictures for further information.
SUMMARY
Highs: Easy and quick build, accuracy.
Lows: Since accurate information was difficult to find, I cannot address the possible discrepancies of the kit.
Verdict: Easy build, clearly close to the real one, strange price found on the internet. A must have if you don’t want to waste your time in alternative delicate PE/Resin kits.
Percentage Rating
80%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: EA 35-066
  Suggested Retail: 8 $
  Related Link: Manufacturers product link
  PUBLISHED: Jan 14, 2012
  NATIONALITY: Israel
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.06%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.07%

About Seb Viale (seb43)
FROM: PARIS, FRANCE

Back to Europe, I am living in Paris since december 2011 with my Wife. We have a nice 6 years old daughter, and a 3 years Baby boy. I am doing AFV modern era. I started when I was a teenager , back to business after 10 years of break due to Sport (Baseball, yes european plays baseball) and Unive...

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Comments

Mario Thanks for the editing job and I would like to thanks ET Model for the review sample. Cheers Seb
JAN 13, 2012 - 08:50 PM
Thanks for the review of this very useful accessory for IDF modelers. It will be nice to see this put to use - any plans of building a Merk IV?
JAN 13, 2012 - 09:04 PM
Thanks Mario Building the Merkava only for the Droid is ok but I rather prefer build with a complete PE set. Cheers Seb
JAN 13, 2012 - 09:33 PM
Hi guys, Does anyone knows the real name for this device ? it's NOT the Trophy system, but what is it ? I have NOT seen any Merkava tanks equipped with it ? Gé
JAN 16, 2012 - 12:12 AM
Ge', for the "official" name I cannot help you much (check here for possibly some details: http://www.supervideo.com/MXCD-ROMOS.htm ). As for pictures, there are plenty around from the last operation "Cast Lead" of a while back. Here are a couple of examples:
JAN 16, 2012 - 01:02 AM
   

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