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Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« on: March 17, 2012, 05:23:48 AM »
       When the IDF received its first M-109 155mm S.P.Guns, the West-German "Gepard" Tank was the latest in anti-aircraft vehicles.  Left with, now surplus, 105mm M-108 chassis, the IDF decided to convert them to AA vehicles using the Gepard turret.  These vehicles were stationed on the lead-in routes to the largest IDF air-bases to counter attacking Egyptian & Syrian fighter-bombers.

Model's chassis was an Italeri M-108 "throw-out" freebie from a friend - (a poor build that needed cutting & fixing), front 1/2 inch of the rhs is now solid bog.





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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2012, 05:32:46 AM »
Wicked! 

It certainly looks convincing. 
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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2012, 05:51:47 AM »
Great Build.

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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2012, 06:59:12 AM »
Absolutely fantastic!

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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2012, 08:08:13 AM »
Very well done.
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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2012, 08:10:36 AM »
Certainly gives one pause to consider such vehicles as the M108/M109 as a platform for such a system if there is sufficient space in the hull for the turret to fit. 
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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2012, 08:17:36 AM »
Certainly gives one pause to consider such vehicles as the M108/M109 as a platform for such a system if there is sufficient space in the hull for the turret to fit.

Certainly does.
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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2012, 08:26:56 AM »
Excellent concept and your advertisement will fool most!
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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2012, 09:34:24 AM »
Thanks guys !   actually the turret ring of the M-108/109 is larger than needed for this so a filler would be needed in 1:1 scale too.

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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2012, 09:41:26 AM »
Thanks guys !   actually the turret ring of the M-108/109 is larger than needed for this so a filler would be needed in 1:1 scale too.

Of that I have no doubt. 

I was more concerned with the depth of the Gepard turret and whether the M108/M109 hull could accommodate it.  Not that it really matters, it still looks very convincing. 
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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2012, 11:59:52 PM »
Looks most excellent. :)
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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2012, 11:30:53 AM »
Absolutely brilliant!  :)

The poster looks rather interesting, too. Don't think I would've been able to pick just one subject for this conversion. The other chassis options would've looked great and plausible as well.
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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2012, 10:35:24 AM »
Totally plausible.  I could see these being used in Lebanon during the worst of the urban battles.  Yeah, 35mm's a little heavy for street-sweeping, but the IDF have always liked big hammers.
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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2012, 05:45:37 AM »
An amazing build

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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2012, 01:24:12 AM »
Totally plausible.  I could see these being used in Lebanon during the worst of the urban battles.  Yeah, 35mm's a little heavy for street-sweeping, but the IDF have always liked big hammers.

Jason's right. And I'll add that this model would look like a seller at an arms exhibition

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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2012, 07:46:04 AM »
Brilliant. 8)
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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2012, 11:39:22 PM »
Fantastic!  Slip it onto an armor table at a show and it'd probably fool just about everyone  :)
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Re: Israeli "Prize" AA system.
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2013, 09:09:26 PM »
What a great adoption and utilization of a perfectly useful chassis - for although the 105mm gun of the M108 might be obsolete, the chassis is still a great layout for an SPAAG system!

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