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  1. Apparently the power pack is tweaked to align with Trojan, plus new hydro pneumatic suspension (“third generation”). No word on the number of main armament rounds carried, whether it’s compartmented (like Leo2 turret ammunition) or unprotected (Leo2 hull ammunition), and an unspecified APS (Iron Fist or Trophy are the most likely candidate). Hopefully this turret is less developmental than WCSP or AJAX; at least the main armament is proven, mature, and decent this time round.
  2. Not with the completely unprotected wine rack of death main armament stowage next to the driver. Worse ammunition stowage as a T-55 or T-72. The Leopard 2 wasn’t offered back in 2004/5, only second hand Pz.87s from Switzerland. Challenger 2 was assessed as being a technical orphan and out of production, plus the rifled gun & communications systems incompatible with the rest of the Army didn’t help matters. All candidates offered & assessed at the time were “pre-loved”. The Abramses were re-manufactured from M1A1 into M1A1 AIM SA standard, having
  3. Looks like they’re banging it in live this go around:
  4. Great looking scheme!
  5. *mooted But, yep. Been on the cards for a while.
  6. Airseeker is program, with Rivet Joint being the aircraft name, no? Of course, Rivet Joint *is* terrible, but it’s on the USAF.
  7. Would’ve loved them to name it “Raptor II”.
  8. https://bandai-hobby.net/item/4465/ Can’t confirm the scale.
  9. Cool. I’m not on Facebook
  10. Nice accompaniment to their Centurion Mk5/1 (Aust).
  11. Too easy! I’ve moved across to 1/16 scale armour, pretty much exclusively, designing & 3D printing my own kits. I’m just reluctant to get rid of them...yet.
  12. Perfect shade of brown you’ve managed there. Love the Wave kits. Have about a dozen in the stash that I need to get rid of. Watching with interest.
  13. Hello all, looking for tips/advice on whether kit rubber or vinyl tyres can or should be painted or coated to preserve them? If yes, what paints can be used? thanks.
  14. Cleaning up the odds & sods to flesh out the details. T handles/latches. Handles & latches on the bonnet. Hinges & vents for the roof. Exhaust pipe. Matted the underside. And touched up the new parts. Thanks for stopping by.
  15. I believe it’s so that the detail present between the 4 & 8 o’clock positions on the tanks can be replicated.
  16. Down to 148 tanks. Well, new turrets will be interesting.
  17. Thanks Ray. Probably finish the M1 & my M113. Considering an AS1. On the fence about Boxer, tbh.
  18. But not at the expense of having something that no other ally has. 120mm smoothbore = commonality, interoperability, & widely available ammunition. 130mm = none of that. The CR2 LEP 120mm smoothbore turret can (allegedly) be upgraded to 130mm once the gun matures. Do what the US did with Abrams. Field it with a mature gun, with the ability to be upgunned built in at service entry. With a new turret, maybe it’s time for a name change? Firefly? Churchill?
  19. Nope. Why swap one technical orphan (120mm rifled) for another (130mm smoothbore)?
  20. Details of what’s included in the £750 million contract is unclear.
  21. Finished the weekend with a quick test fit of the truck in the display cabinet. Will be a tight fit, height-wise, but will squeeze in.
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