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Ariel lengths for AFV's

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Chris Smith 320/03/2017 22:14:45
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Hi All

I'm getting to the finishing stages of building my Merkava BAZ 3 and want to add an ariel to the turret but I've no idea of the length to use.

Does anyone know of the correct length in 1/35 or if not is there a general rule of thumb to use?

It appears modern 'whiplash' aeriels are longer than the WW2 aeriels used but a guide to either would be helpful.







Edited By Chris Smith 3 on 20/03/2017 22:27:23

Simon Hammerton21/03/2017 10:51:02
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This area is quite substantial in terms of length of aerial, but also if it's a rigid, whip, straight, or tapering aerial.

I have been moving over to modern AFV modelling in the last 18 months, and I'm still trying to work out the specifications for the different types of aerial.

I'm as curious as you are regard this.


Paul Eberle21/03/2017 13:50:12
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I'm unfamiliar w/that type, but most photos I've seen of IDF show flexible antennae built up in sections depending on radio requirements. Refer to photos of your type and look for how many sections of each antenna. They are usually painted white, so the sections are visible. I guessed how long the sections were on my IDF efforts. Usually there is a rack of sections somewhere on the vehicle to give you a hint on length. Hard antennae were short fixed length (like sensors, GPS, etc.) or extensible (long range), these could be up to 40' I think. HTH. PaulE

jimbo21/03/2017 14:41:57
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I didn't think size mattered face 20 thinking face 22


Chris Smith 321/03/2017 16:34:12
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Simon, Paul - if you guys aren't sure then I guess the best thing to do is 'guesstimate' it thanks.

Jimbo - he, he, snigger...


Simon Hammerton21/03/2017 18:10:32
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I was wondering when the wheels were going to fall off this thread.

I blame Jimbo, with Smith as a willing accomplice

John Race21/03/2017 18:59:15
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Simon. that is why I offered no help at all, in fact I don't know either.smiley Was hoping MrT might come up with the answer.


Edited By John Race on 21/03/2017 18:59:28

Steve Jones 1221/03/2017 20:01:47
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Ditto Johnlaugh

SimonT21/03/2017 22:18:39
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Well it seems that they use a Tadiron VRC-120 comms system


According to the spec it is VHF 30-88Mhz

Now this lot LINK make this military spec whip aerial that operates at 30-80Mhz VHF

I think it is a fair assumption that these aerials are fairly similar for a given performance spec so 2400mm would be a good guess

Just my best guess of course as I can't find any specific detail for actual IDF aerials


Chris Smith 322/03/2017 15:34:19
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Thanks Simon, so.oo...If I divide 2400 by 35 (for 1/35 scale) it works out at 68.5 mm or 2.69 inches (2 5/8" or thereabouts for those of us of a certain age).

Can it be that easy? Sounds about right tho..🤔

And holding a tape measure on top of the aerial mounting, it looks about right too...

I think I'll give this a try when I get my bench time next week.

Thanks for the help,


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