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Meng's Leopard 2 A7
mazyen
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Singapore / 新加坡
Joined: June 21, 2007
KitMaker: 112 posts
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 03:32 AM UTC
My completed Leopard depicting a live firing exercise. Didn't dirty it up too much or else it'll hide the camo paint job.
Have to add the firing simulator just because it looks too good to be omitted.

P9300662 by mazyen, on Flickr

P9300643 by mazyen, on Flickr

P9300640 by mazyen, on Flickr

P9300642 by mazyen, on Flickr

P9300652 by mazyen, on Flickr

P9300653 by mazyen, on Flickr

P9300658 by mazyen, on Flickr

Cheers
Lee
bill_c
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MODEL SHIPWRIGHTS
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New Jersey, United States
Joined: January 09, 2008
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 11:03 AM UTC
Very nice. Meng kits are my favorite.
redcap
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England - East Midlands, United Kingdom
Joined: November 06, 2005
KitMaker: 743 posts
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 11:53 AM UTC
Excellent build, nice and clean with just a hint of weathering; just how a modern high-tech MBT model should be as my preference.

Gary
ptruhe
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Texas, United States
Joined: March 05, 2003
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 01:28 AM UTC
Looks great!
pod3105
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Waterford, Ireland
Joined: August 08, 2010
KitMaker: 463 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 01:35 AM UTC
Very nice
agriamodeling
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Budapest, Hungary
Joined: March 09, 2018
KitMaker: 187 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 04:31 AM UTC
Very nice kit, congrats!


Tamas
ivanhoe6
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Wisconsin, United States
Joined: April 05, 2007
KitMaker: 2,002 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 04:48 AM UTC
Nice looking Leo Mazyen ! How was the kit to build ?
Thank you for sharing with us.
mazyen
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Singapore / 新加坡
Joined: June 21, 2007
KitMaker: 112 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 08:57 PM UTC
Only major issue with the kit is that the rear of the turret is scrapping the rear deck. What I did was to raise up the turret by adding plastic card spacer around the turret ring. It also has individual workable tracks which is very nice.
Cheers
GazzaS
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Queensland, Australia
Joined: April 23, 2015
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 09:03 PM UTC
Very nice!
mshackleton
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England - South East, United Kingdom
Joined: December 16, 2007
KitMaker: 554 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 09:16 PM UTC
The problem is not the turret ring. The rear hull is a big moulding and it sags naturally. It has also lost some of its strength weakened by leaving out the engine hatches. Even with the hatches moulded in place (on other kits) this is a perpetual problem with Leopard 2.

There are two solutions. Add your own bulkhead (Revell supply this in their latest kits) to support and level out the rear deck immediately behind the ring. OR Take a suitable length bolt or cut one to length and adjust the height using a nut. No glue necessary and micro adjustments are easy. Bingo!

Another common problem with the Meng kit are the toy-like torsion bars. I have seen a few builds where the ride height of the hull is too low, either because of track tension, or weak, unglued torsion bars. On the real machine there is a very definite, visible gap between the bottom of the skirts and the tops of the wheels. Please beware of this problem.

This particular model here suffers from this problem, but not as bad as others I have seen. The bottom rails of the footsteps should be at the same level as the inner rim of the tyres on the road wheels. Take a look at photos of the real machine with a quick Google search.
RobinNilsson
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 - 02:37 AM UTC




mazyen
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Singapore / 新加坡
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Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 - 04:33 AM UTC
Ride ht will be easy to adjust.
mazyen
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Singapore / 新加坡
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Posted: Sunday, May 05, 2019 - 05:59 PM UTC
Ride ht adjusted.
P9300742 by mazyen, on Flickr
P9300771 by mazyen, on Flickr
mshackleton
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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Sunday, May 05, 2019 - 10:07 PM UTC
Well done. That looks much better. What was the actual problem - the torsion bars?
mazyen
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Singapore / 新加坡
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Posted: Monday, May 06, 2019 - 12:22 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Well done. That looks much better. What was the actual problem - the torsion bars?



Yes, Micheal, it looks much better now. Its the torsion bars. Just hv to cut them & glue the swing arms at the correct ht. Thanks for pointing it out.
Cheers
Lee
scubatwo
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Alabama, United States
Joined: January 07, 2017
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Posted: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 - 08:54 AM UTC
Great looking work!
mazyen
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Singapore / 新加坡
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Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 06:25 PM UTC
Here's an update of my Leo with crew & remote weapons station added.
Leopard 2 A7 by mazyen, on Flickr
Leopard 2 A7 by mazyen, on Flickr
Leopard 2 A7 by mazyen, on Flickr
Leopard 2 A7 by mazyen, on Flickr