I just finished the Meng 1/35 Merkava Mk.4M, one of those kits that I just had to build. One of the things that challenged me with modelling the Merkava has been the ball and chain curtain under the turret and bustle. Not a challenge with this kit, since Meng did a great job reproducing it. Another has been the prominent anti-slip texture. While Meng reproduced this as well, it is too subtle, so I had to add my own. There are several ways of doing this--stippled Mr Surfacer, hamster sand over glue, baking soda over glue, etc, but I found a great way:
1. I spray Tamiya AS-12 as a primer, something for the anti-slip adhesive to grab;
2. I paint Vallejo Surface Primer as the adhesive to a section at a time;
3. I sprinkle aluminum oxide over the wet primer, then blow away the excess;
4. I seal with another coat of AS-12.
I am very pleased with the results--easy, fast, controllable, and strong. After this assembly was easy. I just used aftermarket pre-assembled metal tracks purchased from a Chinese vendor on E-Bay (they fit perfectly), and the Meng aftermarket cargo covers. Painted with Tamiya paints, weathered with AMMO washes, pastels, and oils. Hope you like it.