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Leopard 2A5/A5NL
Leopard 2A5/A5NL
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


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Introduction

Revell of Germany has released not one but two Leopard tanks recently, the Leopard 2A5/A5NL and Leopard 1 in 1/35th scale. The Leopard Tank has a dedicated number of followers in the modelling fraternity, and so I will be restricting my comments to what I like and dislike about this offering of the Leopard 2A5/A5NL from Revell of Germany.

Review

Looking over the contents of this offering, I am pleased to say that despite a 2012 date stamp the parts are pretty much free of flash; however clean-up will need to be addressed as the gates between the sprues and parts are on the large side in some cases, but not excessively large. The common problem that Revell of Germany seems to suffer is shrink marks and I have observed some areas where this issue exists on this release. At this point I will say I am a fan of the new Revell of Germany instruction format. Releasing instructions in a colour booklet format makes following them easier for me as my eyesight gets older.

The hull of this offering is a multi-part assembly, having separate sides, bask, bottom and top parts. This approach by Revell of Germany I believe enables them to improve the moulded on detail, and of course it allows for changes to produce alternate variants while keeping tooling costs down. I am also pleased to see that Revell of Germany have supplied two support parts for the sides and lower hull panels, these will make assembly of a correctly orientated hull easier. The moulded on detail is fair for the part, but I suspect some will want more crispness to the details. Another high point for me is that Revell of Germany has supplied the engine deck openings as separate parts, and while it was not the reason for it, it will make using some after-market options easier.

The suspension units attach via a shaped pin and this will make it easy to insure that all of the wheels are level. If the modeller wants to display their finished model on an uneven surface some minor surgery will be required, but this will only take the most basic of modelling skills. The tracks are a weak link in the chain, which is a shame as Revell of Germany has put some effort into the accuracy of them. The issue is that there are quite a few and some deep ejector pin marks present and that is compounded further by sink marks being present on the road wheel side of the tracks. There are after-market tracks available for those that cannot live with the issue, or you could dirty things up to hide this issue.

The tools for this model are supplied as separate mouldings and that is something I like from an options viewpoint and the painting side of things. The hawsers I do not like as they have been supplied as vinyl rubber lines and moulded plastic eyes, this is better than string however clean-up will be a pain. Your opinion may differ and I would like to hear the opinions on this aspect. The vinyl rubber mudguards are something that I like the idea of and see how they look on the finished model. I would have liked to see clear parts supplied for the periscopes as I feel it lifts the model. I do like that the side skirts have been supplied as more than one long panel.

The turret is quite well detailed on this offering from Revell of Germany and it should meet the expectations of most modellers. The turret of course also suffers from the lack of clear parts being supplied, but otherwise I am happy. The machine guns will need the tips of the barrels drilled to improve them, but they are acceptable in other respects. The barrel is an issue with the sample of the model, and no it is not because it is split lengthways, which I donít like; the issue is sink marks present on the barrel which is very disappointing to see. Again there are after-market options available for changing this area of the model.

There are four finishing options supplied by Revell of Germany and these cover a wide period of time. While on the subject of finishing the model I really like the colour painting guide at the end of the instructions, Revell of Germany has even shown the upper hull painting minus the turret. The finishing options are;
Leopard 2A5, Bundeswehr, PzBtl 33, Bergen, 1996
Leopard 2A5, Bundeswehr, 2./Pzbtl 393, Bad Salzungen, 2010
Leopard 2A5, Bundeswehr, 5./Pzbtl 104, Pfreimd, 2006
Leopard 2A5, A Eskadron / 42 Tankbataljon, Havelte, 1999

Conclusion

It is disappointing to see the issue with the tracks, and especially so where the barrel is concerned; however it should be mentioned that these issues may not exist or be as severe as they are in this sample. Generally speaking I am quite pleased with the model and the details present, and as mentioned for those that want to spend the extra funds there are a number of after-market products available. For those who cannot afford, or do not want to spend extra money on the model, the barrel could be filled and with care brought to an acceptable standard. The tracks can only really be dirtied up to hide the issue I have highlighted.

Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit www.revell.de/en, @RevellGermany or facebook.com/Revell
SUMMARY
Highs: I like the change to colour instructions, especially so when it comes to painting and finishing the model.
Lows: The issue with the tracks and the barrel have to be the low tide mark in this offering.
Verdict: The price of this model is very competitive when compared with most other manufacturers offerings and so worthy of consideration.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 03243
  Suggested Retail: £26.99
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  PUBLISHED: Dec 09, 2015
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.04%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 83.40%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

The initial German A5s had all 6 batch hulls onwards (increased armor) ... welded front deck cover plate. All the Dutch A5/A6s all were rebuilds with their original hulls .... bolted front deck cover plate with gap. No manufacturer can get it right ... all want to take shortcuts ... Hulls from 1st to 5th batch always bolted including exports. 6th batch onwards hulls always welded ... why don't they just offer the two variants to inserts offering the correct recessed/gap possibility with the bolted version. Would make a backdate to earlier batches much easier and the OD paint option possible. With later German A6s there are suppose to be some bolted variants with additional welding ... but I haven't seen any proof of that yet ... anyone got pics maybe ? So building a correct Dutch version would dictate reconfiguring the cover plate with a gap (tricky !) and adding the bolts ... plus other changes on the turret amongst other things. Cheers Christopher
DEC 08, 2015 - 09:36 PM
The sink mark in the barrel is not really a problem - this part of the barrel is a canvas sleeve, so it is in fact too smooth anyway and some additional texturing would be needed to make it look right. But in 2A5 this part is barely visible (unlike 2A4) so it isn't worth the effort to improve it.
DEC 08, 2015 - 10:11 PM
There is no canvas sleeve on the 2A5/2A6 gun. The gun slides inside a large metal collar fixed to the mantlet. Even the large bolted collar at the base has gone. This is purely 2A4 and earlier. Revell are short-cutting here because this part of the gun is largely hidden.
DEC 08, 2015 - 11:38 PM
Ah, yes... indeed. Well, then the sink mark certainly isn't a problem
DEC 09, 2015 - 12:06 AM
Image at Prime Portal (dismantled barrel) LINK LINK The first of the index pages LINK
DEC 09, 2015 - 01:00 AM
Replacement, accurate guns (LW018R) will be available again from Leopard Workshop by the end of next week.
DEC 10, 2015 - 03:52 PM
   

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