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Julien posted a topic in Reference MaterialChar Leclerc - Photosniper 19 ISBN : 9788364596353 Kagero via Casemate UK The Char Leclerc is the latest generation Main Battle Tank employed by the French Armed Forces replacing the AMX-30. The French Army has 406 Tanks with a further 388 being sold to the UAE Army. Built by GIAT and now Nexter it was at the time the most expensive MBT produced at 9.3 Million Euros each. The tank employs modular composite armour with a 120mm smooth bore main gun fed by an autoloading mechanisum. This new photosniper book is A4 softcover and 96 pages long. It is illustrated throughout with colour photographs and 5 pages of colour profiles featuring different marking schemes. As well as the main text featuring the development and use of the tank by the French Army, there is a section on variants; and a comprehensive walkaround section to aid the modeller. The printing is first class. Conclusion If you are interested in the modern French Army, or Modern Main Battle Tanks then this book is highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
Char Leclerc Photosniper 19 History The Leclerc main battle tank was developed by GIAT Industries. It's development began in 1978 and first prototypes were built in 1989. Production of the Leclerc MBT started in 1991. It is named in honour to General Philippe Jacques Leclerc, commander of French armoured division during World War II. The Leclerc is one of the best main battle tanks in the world. It is in service with France (406) and United Arab Emirates (388). Some sources claim that currently only 340 Leclercs remain in service with the French Army. It is protected with advanced modular armour system, which can be tailored to the threat. Its armour is a combination of steel, ceramics and Kevlar. Damaged modules are easily replaceable. Furthermore they can be easily upgraded with more advanced armour modules. Turret and hull roof was designed to withstand top-attack munitions, whilst the chassis of the tank is covered with wide side skirts. The main electrical systems were duplicated to improve survivability. The tank is armed with a CN 120-26 120-mm smoothbore gun, 52 calibres long. The gun is fitted with a bustle-mounted autoloader, holding 22 rounds. Remaining 18 rounds are stored in a carousel-type storage area in front of the hull. The autoloader provides a maximum rate of fire in 12 rounds per minute. It is claimed that Leclerc MBT can engage 6 targets, located 1.5 - 2 km away, in one minute with a hit probability in 95%. Gun can be loaded manually both from the inside and outside the MBT. The Leclerc has the ability to fire French or standard NATO munitions. Secondary armament consists of coaxial 12.7-mm machine gun and remotely controlled anti-aircraft 7.62-mm machine gun. The vehicle is fitted with a battlefield management system which automatically reports to the command post the tank's location, quantity of ammunition and the amount of fuel left. The tank is powered by French VD V8X-1500 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 500 horsepower. This power pack is quite a bit smaller than contemporary tank engines, a feature that allowed GIAT to reduce overall dimensions of the tank. Good cross country performance is provided by the vehicles hydro-pneumatic suspension. The Leclercs exported to the United Arab Emirates, but with a revised power pack, consisting of a 1500hp German diesel This beautifully printed soft cover book contains ninety five pages of information, photographs, and colour profiles. This book covers the almost complete history of the design and development that went into these tanks, along with the various upgrades, conversions and their usage. All the photographs are in full colour and show an excellent range of camouflage used on the vehicle throughout its life, including several deployments such as with the UN in Kosovo, The Lebanon and a five tank deployment to Qatar. These gives a surprising number of options when it comes to painting your 1:35 Tamiya/Heller or 1:72 Revell/ACE kits. Along with the operational photographs, complete with pictures of the tanks with various parts removed for maintenance, there is a very useful ten page section covering a full walkround of a Leclerc. There are then several photographs of the training vehicles, updated equipment fitted to the latest front line vehicles. The final four pages each have side views of two vehicles showing clearly the change of equipment, the various camouflage patterns and markings used. Particularly good use of the photographs can be made for when you’re weathering your model as they cover vehicles in all states, from spotless, to something that looks like it’s had a bath in mud. The line side views, all in 1:35 scale show each variant from the prototype to the last production version and are very useful in distinguishing the differences not only of the profile, but also the equipment and gun mountings used throughout production. Then there is a section of line diagrams of some of the equipment used in the tanks, ranging from the engine, gearbox and clutch brake assemblies through to the instrument panels and equipment positions in the fighting compartment. Finally, there are seven pages of three and four view colour plates which show clearly the colour schemes used, the various regiments and unit markings and their positioning. The text throughout the book is very well written and informative giving both insight and clear descriptions of the vehicles development, deployment, equipment and sundry items. Each photograph is also clearly annotated by writers who appear to really know their stuff. Conclusion This is another superb book, which is an absolute must have for fans of these tanks. Although I was aware of these vehicles I didn’t know anything of their development or systems, something which has been rectified having read this book which has also made me want to start looking out for a deal on a nice 1:35 kit to add to the collection. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
My Tamiya Leclerc as seen serving with UNIFIL in Southern Lebanon, 2006. Kit was built OOB with the omission of the extra fuel tanks as per references of UNIFIL Leclercs, and the Decals are from Echelon's set; UNIFIL Leclercs, which is an excellent, well researched decal set.