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  1. CMC Leopard, pics taken at Midland Air Museum, pics mine,
  2. Canadian Leopard 2a4m of Lord Stratcona's Horse regiment on the ranges at Canadian Forces Base Suffield; Hobbyboss Leopard A4M-CAM, Leopard Work Shop - Arieal mounts, tow shackles and 'velcor' tabs.
  3. Leopard 3

    So, when will we see a kit in 1/72 or 1/35 scale?
  4. Amodel is to release 1/72nd CMC Leopard kits Source: http://www.72news.eu/2016/09/amodel-bunch-of-upcoming-releases-for.html Wikipedia CMC Leopard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMC_Leopard - ref. 72337 Sources: http://www.martola.com.pl/en306/produkty67049/cmc_leopard http://hobbyterra.com/product/cmc-leopard-amodel-72337.html - ref. 72341 Sources: http://www.martola.com.pl/en306/produkty67049/cmc_leopard http://hobbyterra.com/product/cmc-leopard-amodel-72341.html V.P.
  5. This is my finished build of the Faun Tank Transporter and Leopard 2 A5 that many have followed in the WIP section. It is pretty much 'out of the box' with just a few mods to give it some atmosphere. I hope you enjoy and thanks for looking. More photo's available HERE
  6. For those who followed this build here now comes the final pictures before the Leopard is put onto the Faun Transporter. This is my first attempt at weathering and I think I have a lot to learn, but I think I may have the basics ready for my next build. Hope you enjoy.
  7. Leopard 2A7 German Main Battle Tank 1/35 Meng Models Like many modern weapons system the Leopard 2A7 is not a brand new system but a continuing development of the Leopard 2 family. These are converted ex Dutch A6NL tanks. Using lessons learnt for the Peace support programme, and combat operations in Afghanistan. While retaining the same 120mm smooth bore gun of the earlier variants the 2A7 is able to fire the latest programmable High explosive rounds. The tanks armour has been upgraded with modular armour with frontal protection being improved as well with passive armour and underneath armour for enhanced IED protection. Internally there have been upgrades to the air conditioning system and power systems. More modern sights/thermal systems/rangefinder have been added. The German Army has ordered at present 20 units. With now talk of a Leopard 3, this could possibly be the last of the Leopard 2 line. The Kit This looks to be a new kit from Meng to bring the changes for the new variant. Some of the parts are from earlier Meng kits, however a lot in the box is new for the 2A7. The box arrives packed (more so probably than Meng thought as it is noticeable the box lid does not completely fit). Along with the main upper & lower hull plus the Turret there are six main sprues of parts, two sprues of suspension components, two sprues of wheels; and three spures of track components. In addition there is a clear sprue, three sheets of photo etch, a material tow cable, and a small sheet of decals, plus silver film for the mirrors. Construction starts with the lower hull. Holes must be drilled in the lower hull before construction starts in order to add the additional underside protective plates. The driver and idler wheels are built up along with 14 main road wheels. The suspension components plus the return rollers then need adding to the main lower hull. The rear armour assembly is constructed and added to the lower hull. Next up the bars for the working torsion bar system are added, these slot through from each side and end plates are attached to them. The wheels can now be added, ad as the hull is upside down the additional armour plate can be added on the man hull. Additional protection for the engine compartment are also added at this time with Meng providing a guide which is placed down in order to correctly position these parts. Next up are the tracks.. Unlike other Meng kits, and like the Meng Leopard 2A4 the tracks come as individual links on sprues. Each link has 3 parts; the main track, the connecting rods with end caps, and the track pads. Meng provide a jig to enable 6 links to be put together at the same time. There are 84 links to be joined for each side. Once the tracks are on construction moves to the upper hull. Mirrors, spare tack, headlights, the drivers hatch, and additional armour plates are added at the front. At threar air filter covers, tools and the tow cable are added. The tow cable supplied in the kit is poor and really needs replacing with a suitable aftermarket one, a shame as the rest of the kit is well above standard. The Cooling fan housings for the rear deck are constructed from the included photo-etch. Be careful to use the parts included on the additional fret not the main one. The top hull can now be joined to the lower one and the side skirts added. The main skirts are one part with the front areas being a multipart construction on both sides. Next up is the turret and gun. The gun barrel is a two part one and the fume extractor one part which fits to the front. The gun hen fits into a five part mantlet. I have read on the web that the gun is a slightly weak point of the kit, the fume extractor being a little skinny and short. It is noticeable that the fume extractor on some vehicle has a fibreglass texture to it, Meng have tried to replicate this, but as the part is split down the middle this will no doubt be lost sanding any seams down. The vision blocks can be added to the upper turret and then the two parts can be joined making sure the gun seats properly between them. The upper surface of the turret has sections which feature a rough texture for walking on and Meng have reproduced this on the part. Once the turret is together work can start on adding all of the additional armour pieces to it. These are V shaped and fit to the front and sides. The base plates are made up along with the armour parts. The base plates being fitted first, followed by the armour. Grab handles are then added to the outside. For the rest of the turret the commanders periscope is made up and added, along with the gunners hatch and machine gun. Smoke dischargers are added to both sides along with antenna mounts and the gunners sighting system. Lastly to the rear of the turret the large AC system and main stowage boxes are added, along with additional stowage boxes at each side. The last part to be fitted on top of the turret is the gunfire simulator and its control cable. The turret can now be fitted to the main hull. Decals As there are still not many of these in service decals for one German Army tank only are included. Conclusion This is a great looking kit from Meng and their attention to detail is to be commended. Overall Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Hi For those who have followed the build of my Faun Tank Transporter here this is the chosen tank kit which I hope to use with the Faun. I have also bought the photo etch kit which is really for the Tamiya build but it seems to all match up with the Revell kit. I have made a small start cutting out some openings:
  9. Built this for the 80s GB that's been going on for a while now. The kit was relatively easy to put together except for the applique armour panels on the turret as they had no guides to assist in placement. It was painted with Gunze acrylics and weathered with oils, enamels and pigments. Hope you enjoy the photos. Mark
  10. Leopard 2A4M CAN (Canada) 1:35 HobbyBoss The Leopard 2A4 models were the most widespread of the Leopard 2 family to be built. Featuring an all digital fire control system, and an improved turret. Following the end of the cold war the Dutch and German Armies had large stocks of these tanks which were now not needed. The 2A4M CAN is an upgraded Tank purchased by Canada from Holland. The Tank was upgraded for use in Afghanistan where the Canadians have played an important, if often overlooked part of NATO operations in the region. It was originally planed to upgrade these tanks with the longer L55 gun as used by Canadian 2A6M tanks, however it was found the shorter barrelled gun was more suited to use in Afghanistan. To improve armour protection applique armour such as that found on the new 2A7 tanks was applied along with slat armour to the rear of the tank. Unlike the 2A6M Tanks the slat armour is only on the rear of the 2A4M CAN. The Kit The kit arrives from HobbyBoss in sturdy box with the main hull and turret parts in a segregated end compartment. In addition to the two part main hull and two part turret you get 10 sprues of plastic, 22 small sprues of track links, two photo-etched frets and a 300mm length of brass wire. All the parts are crisply moulded with no sign of flash or mould defects. Of special note is the slat armour provided. This has been moulded quite thin and HobbyBoss actually protect this sprue in a foam layer to stop it being damaged. Construction starts with the wheels. Two return/idler wheels, two driver sprockets and 14 road wheels need to be built up. Each are two part with a poly cap being sandwiched in the middle. In addition four inboard and four outboard return rollers need to be built up. . Once the modeller is finished with the wheels attention turns to the main lower hull. what look to be additional armour plates are added to the lower sloped are and the vertical sides. A large additional armour plate is attached to the bottom. Both sets of return rollers are also added along with the mounting arms for the idler wheels and drive sprockets. The torsion bar ends for the road wheels are also added. The rear of the tank is then added along with all the remaining wheels. Next up the tracks are built. Each side consists of 80 links. The track sprues here contain 8 links per set. According to the instructions the track centres are removed and clipped together with a central linking part. Then the end caps are added while still attached to the sprue. Once attached they can be cut from the sprues. The instructions indicate no glue to be used. The tracks can then be attached to the lower hull. While this all sounds great in reality after completing 8 links it is not that straight forward. The small links which join the track links in the centre are difficult to handle, with tweezers they just ping off an become fodder for the carpet monster so I found its better to do them by hand. It is then best once the centre part is on to lie it flat and join to the next link. The outer end caps are best done one pair of links at a time as its nearly impossible to line up more than one set at a time. While frustrating to put together they do look the part once done. Next up the side applique armour panels are constructed along with various PE parts. Attention then moves to the upper hull. The rear part is added along with various tools on the rear decking. A large applique armour plate is added to the front surrounding the driver copula. The drivers hatch along with light fittings and mirrors are added. The upper and lower hulls can now be joined, and the side armour added. A tow cable utilising the brass wire can be added. Next the rear slat armour is added to the hull. Attention now moves to the turret. The gun, and gun mantle are built up and these are added to the lower turret part. Once in the top and bottom of the turret can be joined. The rear turret bins are made up and added, along with the side mounted smoke dischargers. The side applique armour for the turret is built up and added, along with the rear sections of slat armour. The hatches are added long with various fittings and the machine guns & mount. Lastly the aerial mounts are added. Once complete the turret can be added to the main hull. Decals There is a small sheet of the minimal markings these tanks carried, plus a larger sheet of black rectangles which seem to be all over the tank. Conclusion The quality of the kit is first rate. Although not a widely used variant of the Leopard family it is great to see this one kitted. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Hi Guys Here is a Leopard 2A4 NL that is just finished. It's the 1/35 Revell kit with different tracks (Bronco). The netting is made from some bandage soaked in wood glue and painted after drying. Decals are from various decal sheets. Here are the pictures Cheers,
  12. From their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/195290177250981/photos/a.200850930028239.42784.195290177250981/910396289073696/?type=3&theater
  13. Leopard 2A5/A5NL 1:35 Revell The Leopard 2 was developed in the 1970s as a replacement for the Leopard 1 MBT then in service with the West German Army. Throughout its service life, this highly capable tank has been upgraded through A1, A2, A3, A4, A5 and A6 variants. The most modern variants, such as the A5 presented here, are easily distinguished from earlier versions as they feature heavily sloped armour on the turrets. The A5 was the last variant to feature the short barrelled, but still highly effective, Rheinmetall L44 gun. The Kit This kit is a re-boxing which dates back to 2012. The kit comes on seven main sprues of plastic, with 4 sections of rubber band tracks and a wire for use as an antenna. The moulds seem to have held up fairly well with little flash present. The sprue holding the main upper part of the tank did seem a bit distorted but was able to be bent back into shape. Construction starts with the lower hull of the tank. The sides are built up, two internal bulkheads are added along with the rear of the tank. Once the lower hull is complete, the top deck can be added along with the engine cooling fan grills. The next area for construction are the suspension components. 5 top parts are added to each sides along with 7 torsion bar parts. The main road wheels of two parts each, along with the drive sprockets and idler wheels are made up. The single part top idler wheels are also added at this point. The kit instructions have the modeller add the tracks now, these are of the rubber band type with each side being two sections. The rear of the tank then receives some attention. Various fittings, lights, mud guards and tools are added to the back, and the rear engine deck. The front of the top deck then receives the same attention with hull fittings dependant on the nationality of vehicle being built. The drivers hatch is also added at this point. Following this the main hull is finished off by adding the side skirts. Construction then moves to the turret. The bottom section is built up along the gun and its breach. The completed gun/breech is then fitted in. The top of the turret is then constructed and added to the lower section. The side sections then finish the main part of the turret. Additional armour, the rear turret area, machine gun mounts and sighting system are added, along with turret baskets and smoke grenade dischargers. Last items to be added are the mounted machine guns. . The completed turret can then be added to the hull, the last items to be added are a few parts on the engine deck, and the drivers mirrors. Decals Markings are small and in some cases only consist of the vehicle number plates. Markings are provided for three German Army tanks, and one Dutch Army Tank. Decals are produced in Portugal, and standards seem to have slipped from the usual Italian printed decals in other Revell armour releases. Conclusion It is good to see this kit of an important modern MBT re-released. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  14. Leopard 1 1:35 Revell The Leopard project started back in the mid 1950s with the goal of producing a modern tank to replace the M47 and M48 tanks which where then in use by the recently reconstituted Bundesehr (German Army). The specification called for a tank weighing no more than 30 tonnes capable of surviving 20mm rapid fire cannon and having a power-to-weight ratio of 30hp per tonne. The tank had to be capable of surviving on a nuclear/chemical contaminated battlefield. Armament was to be the then standard NATO 105mm gun. For this design Mobility was the primary concern with firepower secondary, and armour being seen as low down the list as it was envisaged there was little possibility of standing up to modern hollow charge weapons. Three design teams competed for the Tank contract from Porsche, Rheinmetall and Borgward. The Porsche prototype was eventually selected as the winner. Production was set up with Krauss-Maffei in Munich and deliveries began in late 1965. As well as the German Army the Leopard 1 would go on to serve with the Armies of Belgium, Holland, Norway, Italy, Denmark, Australia, Canada, and Turkey. The Kit The kit is a welcome new tool from Revell of an important cold war tank.. The kit arrives on 10 sprues of plastic, one set of rubber band type tracks and a length of aerial wire taped to the instruction booklet (Revell seem to do this for every kit now). Construction starts with the lower hull of the tank. The sides are built up, and an internal bulkhead is added along with the rear of the tank. The next area for construction are the suspension components. 7 top parts are added to each sides along with 7 torsion bar parts. The main road wheels of two parts each, along with the drive sprockets and idler wheels are made up. An additional 7 parts add to the original torsion bar parts at this stage. The single part top idler wheels are also added at this point. The kit instructions have the modeller add the tracks now, these are of the rubber band type with each side being one section. The drivers vision blocks are fitted to the upper hull and then this can be fitted to the lower hull. The track side skirts are then added. The side mounted engine cooling louvres can then be added to the hull along with side lockers and various hull fittings and tools. The rear of the tank then receives some attention. Various fittings, lights, mud guards and tools are added to the back, and the rear engine deck. The front of the top deck then receives the same attention with hull fittings dependant on the nationality of vehicle being built. Construction then moves to the turret. The bottom section is built up with the gun mounting area, the top of the turret is then added. Various fittings are then added to the turret including the mounts for the machine guns. The gun can then be assembled and added to the mantlet, this assembly is then added to the turret. The turret baskets are made up and added, machine guns added to their mounts; and smoke grenade discharges are added. To finish of the turret the mantlet cover is added, the front mounted light is assembled, then added; and lastly grab rails are added. The completed turret can then be added to the hull, the last items to be added are a few parts on the engine deck, the travelling gun mount, and the drivers mirrors are added. Decals Markings are small and in some cases only consist of the vehicle number plates. Markings are provided for two German Army tanks, one Belgian Army Tank, and one Dutch Army Tank. Decals are produced in Italy and up to the usual stands for these, they are crisp in register and have no colour issues. Conclusion It is good to see a new tool of an important first generation modern Main Battle Tank. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  15. Hello fellow modelers! I have completed the Revell's 1/35 Leopard 2A6/A6M. It was a wonderful build and Revell can be really proud of this kit. Everything was a perfect fit, except a few minor detalis. The whole WIP can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234979652-135-revell-leopard-2a6-help-needed/. Built OBB, except for the markings and the tow rope which were a disaster and were replaced. I decided to paint my tank in finnish colours with finnish markings. I know Finalnd does not have this version of the tank though. For the weathering I used artists oils and pastels, aswell as filters from Mig. Every picture shows this tank new and clean, so I decided to go with something different. The mud os from Mig washes and the splashes are made with a toothbrush and a grinded pastel chalk. I believe this is my best model yet, unfortunately I don't own a good camera. Last but not least, I would like to thank the community and especially IgorS, for all the help provided during the build. Cheers, Jaka
  16. Latest news from Meng is their kit TS-016 German Main Battle Tank Leopard 2 A4
  17. New Finnish colours from AKAN

    Hello! Here they are, paints for Finnish Defence Forces. Since 1981 virtually every ground vehicle has been painted with these colours and now for the first time they are available for scale modellers! These are water-based acrylics, enamel and lacquer versions will be available in the future: AN11 Tumman vihreä (Dark Green) AKAN 77088 AN22 Vaalean vihreä (Light Green) AKAN 77089 AN33 Ruskea (Brown) AKAN 77090 AN44 Musta (Black) AKAN 77091 3-colour camouflage scheme with AN11, AN22 and AN44 is the most common scheme (see 2nd & 3rd picture below), but on some vehicles all four colours are used (as in 4th pic). Some pictures were taken from: http://www.puolustusvoimat.fi/
  18. Whilst practicing with the airbrush for the chieftain build, I started to get construction withdrawal, so I started the Tamiya M1A2 SEP. However I reached a point of cutting the clear sheet for driver periscope and started to get a bit nervous about how I'm doing the build and how I plan on painting it with all the clear parts that are included, so I thought I'd put that one on hold and start the Meng Leopard I've had come through. Here's the obligatory box shot This is the hull with the torsion suspension fitted Rear bulkhead with most parts fitted, I'm using Mr Cement S for a lot of the fixing and that's the blume you can see in the photo. Upper hull with the supplied PE in place. I was given the tip of using Nailene glue and it seems to be a good contact adhesive. As you can see the PE has to be bent after fixing, it was pretty simple using the plastic craft knife handle. You'll notice it wasn't aligned correctly but trimming the resulting overhang was simple using a craft knife. So now some observations about the kit. The plastic used for this model is almost a mix of standard material (abp?) and the material used for polycaps. I've got to admit I'm not a fan as it's a bit of a pain to cut. Also when it comes to sanding it seems a bit on the soft side, so some times needs a scrape with knife blade to get a clean edge. There are a lot of parts for mounting on the upper hull that require painting individually (tools etc) so I'm using this as first foray into masking fixing points prior to paint to allow a decent fix after hull painting is complete. Will be using masking fluid for this. One of my reasons for buying the kit was having the option of rubber band type tracks AND individual links, however I didn't realise that the individual links have to be built using cement and so are not workable. I did think about trying to link by drilling 0.3mm hole and using brass rod, but the effort didn't make sense, however I might give that a whirl in the future. This has "made" me buy my first after market add on, so I have the adventure of constructing the below which I picked up on eBay for £8 This is now going to be kit number two in the build queue and I'll probably get back to the M1A2 after this one. Anyway thanks for looking and any comments would be welcome. Ian
  19. Leyland Leopard

    Leyland Leopard chassis with a Midland Red bus body, pics thanks to Rich.
  20. New figures

    These look rather nice, the future release list looks rather good too, including cold war German tank crew as well as IDF. https://www.facebook.com/valkyrieminiature Regards Dan
  21. Duple Dominant body on a Leyland Leopard chassis. Pics thanks to Rich Ellis.
  22. Atlantic Models 1:350 HMS Leopard

    HMS Leopard 1:350 The Type 41 or Leopard class were a class of anti-aircraft defence frigates built for the Royal Navy (4 ships) and Indian Navy (3 ships) in the 1950s. These ships were designed to provide anti-aircraft escorts to convoys; as a result they were not built for fleet speeds and made only 24 knots (44 km/h). They shared a common hull and machinery with the Type 61 or Salisbury class aircraft direction vessels. HMS Jaguar and HMS Lynx were sold to the Bangladesh Navy in 1978 and 1982 respectively, and were still in service in 2007. They were armed with two twin 4.5" guns in Mk6 turrets, one twin 40mm STAAG mount and one squid three barreled anti-submarine mortar system. The Leopard class was also fitted with an early type of hydraulic stabiliser system consisting of two fins that could be extended outside of the main hull to port and starboard, from a compartment between the two engine rooms. Gyro controlled with a relatively simple control system, they proved very effective in use. During testing every 3 months at sea, the ship could be easily driven into a 20°+ roll from the manual control on the bridge. Prior warning had to be given to allow stowage of loose items over the ship's tannoy system before testing was carried out. Slight reduction in top speed was also noticed when in use. HMS Leopard was built at Portsmouth dockyard; she was launched on 23 May 1955 and commissioned on 30 September 1958. The ship, first commanded by Commander R.G. Gaunt, was to serve in the South Atlantic and South America upon commission. In 1961, HMS Leopard sailed for the island of Tristan da Cunha after a volcanic eruption. Her crew assisted in the relief effort, as well as the recovery of personal belongings left behind by the island's inhabitants. In 1963, HMS Leopard suffered serious damage when she collided with the South African minesweeper Pietermaritzburg during exercises off Cape Point. In 1968, she was diverted to Bermuda in response to civil unrest. During Britain's fishing dispute with Iceland in 1973, Leopard was accused by Iceland of threatening to fire on the patrol ship Ægir. The British government refuted the claims, accusing the Icelandic ship of trying to cut the trawling wires of the German fishing vessels Teutonia and Dusseldorf, and of firing several shots. The government further stated that HMS Leopard had only warned the Ægir that she would fire back if more shots were fired.HMS Leopard provided further support for British trawlers during another fishing dispute with Iceland in 1975. She was decommissioned in 1975 and left Portsmouth for scrapping in Spain in 1977. The Model The model comes in a sturdy cardboard box with a picture of HMS Leopard on the top and its specification on the front. On opening the modeller is confronted with a load of polystyrene chips. On top of the poly chips is an envelope with the etch sheet inside. Carefully emptying the box will reveal to ziplock bags, one with the metal parts in and the other with the resin parts. Well wrapped in bubblewrap is the main hull, which is in two parts, split ate the waterline so that either a full hull or waterline model can be built. At the bottom of the box are the instructions and a small, but very welcome decal sheet. The casting of the resin hull is nothing short of exceptional with no sign of even a pinhole bubble. The amount of detail on the upper hull has to seen to be believed and must have taken the moulding to the edge of what is possible. There are some small moulding pips, all on the join of the two hull parts, so easily removed without damaging any of the detail, and there were the smallest bits of flash on the front of the bridge, again easily removed with a swipe of emery cloth. The lower hull not only has the propeller shaft fairings moulded in to the stern, but also some very fine strakes and the two stabiliser fins in their recessed housings. The rest of the resin parts consisting of the two Mk6 turrets, their associated director, director platform, aft fire control director, STAAG mounting, ventilator junction box, bridge, 25' fast motor boat and 27' whaler, are equally well moulded with crisp details throughout. The metal parts also very well moulded, the majority of which are fixed to moulding stubs. There is quite a bit more flash, as seen in the photo below. The flash shouldn't cause any problem experienced enough to take on a kit such as this. The metal parts provided are the fore and aft diesel exhausts, squid mounting and barrels, 4 x 4.5" barrels, STAAG 40mm barrels, Type 293 radar antenna, rangefinder sight bars, 6 x stack vents, rudder, ventilator exhaust, deck winch, 3x small and 3 x large mushroom vents and finally 2 x propeller hubs and A frames. Etch Sheet The single etch sheet contains all the finer detail parts. These include both the fore and main lattice masts plus their associated platforms, yardarms, auxiliary steering platform and supports, ships boat davits, life raft racks, 974 and 960 radar antenna, masts and dipoles, RAS gantry, cable reels, propellers, Mast squadron numbers, jack and ensign staffs, inclined and vertical ladders, anchors, squid mounting hand wheel and loading trolley rails, a complete set of railings, each designed to fit into their respective positions, and ships nameplates for all four ships of the class. Decals This is the first kit of this type that we've had to review to have decals included which is a very welcome addition. The decals appear very nicely printed, in good register and quite opaque. The do seem to be rather matt and Peter Hall has told me that they are rather thin, so will have to be applied direct from the backing sheet. Included on the sheet are the ships numbers for both sides and stern for HMS Leopard and HMS Lynx, bridge windows, depth markings, nameplates for the two ships, standard White Ensign, Union Jack and smaller battle ensign complete the sheet. Conclusion Peter Hall is renowned for designing kits and etch parts for White Ensign Models. With Atlantic Models he is able to bring this expertise to models of ships that White Ensign will probably not have released. Maritime modellers have long regretted that Royal Navy ships of the 1950's and 60's seem to have been ignored, yet with this release that's no longer true. The model is a stunning example of the resin kit designers art, long may Atlantic continue releasing ships of this era. If you're interested in Royal Naval frigates, or their ships in general and are of intermediate or an experienced modeller, then get this one, you won't regret it. This will be part of a build review shortly. Review sample courtesy of Peter Hall of