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(Hebrew for Porcupine)
Heavy Armored Personnel Carrier

Israeli Defense Force
Lebanon, late 1990s

Cromwell Models

This model added to on February 18, 2013

Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
The Nakpadon is an Israeli heavy armored personnel carrier (HAPC) first introduced during the late 1990s, and it has served in southern Lebanon, Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza region.
Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model

In 1958, while waiting on the development of the British Chieftain, Israel purchased hundreds of second hand Mk3 & Mk5 British Centurion battle tanks and dubbed them "Sho't" - meaning Whip. With typical determination and skill, the IDF Ordnance Corps have continually adapted these Centurions to suit a host of other requirements including troop carrier.

Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
The first generation of Centurion-based APC was the "Nagma Sho’t" (acronym for APC-Whip), followed soon by the much better protected "Nagmachon" (acronym for APC-Belly) which had thick belly armour designed to withstand mine-blast and explosive reactive armour to counter HEAT rounds and RPGs.
Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model

In 1993, the conflict in the Lebanon led to the development of the Nakpadon (Hebrew for Porcupine). The Nakpadon represents an all new designed fighting compartment protected by 3rd generation reactive armor. The "EKE" armor side skirts are designed so the rear section can be raised or lowered to protect infantry.

Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
The Nakpadon is armed with a 6.72 MAG machine guns and/or a grenade launcher and can carry up to 10 troops.
Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model

This Cromwell resin kit is highly detailed with even the smallest of parts represented well.

Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
All six crew hatches/doors are positionable, there are no interior details but it allows for the addition of your own crew figures.
Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
My tank commander is represented by a modified pilot figure from my spare parts stash.
Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
Cleaning up excess resin around the track and road wheel areas is the most difficult part of the build. Everything beyond that is simple and straightforward.
Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
No instructions are provided with the kit so online research and trial and error is required for assembly. The most useful resource I found was images of the assembled kit posted on Henk of Holland's web site.
Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
The kit does not come with decals so I used Bison Decals "Israeli Assault Tanks" #72038 which were excellent.
Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
I glued the troop compartment roof hatches and rear door in place with white glue in case I want to go back and add troop figures some day.
Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
I used Model Master Enamel Israeli Armor Sand/Gray for my base color. A lighter shade was used for faded areas. Dark brown/gray pastel color was used as a wash but it's a bit too subtle to show up in some of the photos, I will probably go a bit further on my next project. I had a hard time capturing the actual color of the kit with my camera, the color tends to shift in each shot.
Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
It had never occurred to me how heavy a solid resin kit would be. My Porcupine weighs in at 3.7oz. (105g) about 5 times heavier than most of my injection molded kits. I guess it's not much considering the actual vehicle is over 60+ tons (55,000kg).
Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
Here is the kit fully assembled without paint. As you can see very little extra detailing is needed. The front fender of my kit was not molded properly which I chose not to correct since real vehicles are commonly damaged in the same way.
Cromwell Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
This is my first experience with a Cromwell resin kit and I must say it was a joy! The result is one of the most highly detailed vehicles I've built to date. I hope to build many more.

Cromwell Models Israeli Nakpadon 1:72 scale model
Cromwell Models
Kit: Cromwell Models #72028
Bison Decals
Decals: Bison Decals #72038
1:72 Scale Model
Scale: 1/72

Retail price is steep at about $31.00 (US) at time of writing (2013) but it's the only Nakpadon kit on the market and the quality is top shelf so the price is not completely unreasonable.


The kit consists of approximately 49 resin parts molded in light gray. Kit was packaged in a clear bag with no instructions or decals.

Cleanup is required on most parts. The hull, tracks and wheels are cast as one single piece which works surprisingly well.

All hatches can be open or closed.

Assembly was fairly simple, and I did not having any trouble figuring out where parts went.

I used Model Master Enamel "Israeli Sand/Gray" as a base coat and applied a dark gray wash.


I used aluminum foil to create the black canvas "flags" draped on the sides of the vehicle. Stretched sprue was used to create aerials. Transparent pearlized sequins were used for vision blocks.
Decals: No decals were provided with the kit so I purchased Bison Decals "Israeli Assault Tanks" #72038. Sheet includes markings for Achzarith, Nagmachon, Nakpadon, and Puma. Separate numerals are included so you can create nearly any vehicle serial. Decals are in perfect register and completely opaque. Very clear instructions are provided in black and white, color instructions can be downloaded from Bison's web site. Bison Decals #72038 Isreali Assault Tanks

This kit is fairly expensive for braille scale armor, but the high quality of molding and rarity of the subject easily justify the cost. I recommend this kit for more experienced modelers because of small parts, lack of instructions and higher difficulty of working with resin. Any fan of Israeli modern armor will love this kit.

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