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Book Review
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Danish Leopard 1A5DK1
Model Focus Danish Leopard 1A5DK1
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by: Brian O'Donoghue [ BRIAN638 ]

Introduction
Trackpad Publishing will need no introduction for some modellers they are known for publishing high quality photographic reference titles. Once again this title is no different this release covers the Leopard 1A5DK.
Background
Denmark began to upgrade its ageing fleet of Centurions with an order to purchase 120 Leopard 1A3 from Germany in 1974. Over the following 30 years these vehicles were upgraded to the 1A5DK standard.

The vehicles saw operational deployment to the Balkans with UNPROFOR and on to IFOR and SFOR it was during this period that they received APU’s and a number of upgrades too aid their operational effectiveness.
Review
Presented in a softcover A4 landscape format this is a book seriously aimed at the modellers and those with an interest in modern armour. Comprising of 100 pages this book certainly delivers value for money the maximum number of photographs on any one page is four and all of them in colour. The book is broken down into 11 chapters each with a distinct focus.
Chapters
  • Introduction
  • Hull Front
  • Hull SIde
  • Hull Rear
  • Powerpack
  • Running Gear
  • Turret Generator
  • Turret Danish Features
  • Interior
  • In the Field
  • Attachments and Variations

This walk around is based upon Tank number: 62.446 this vehicle has been preserved by AKVPK – Aalborg Kaserners Veteran Panser- og Køretøjsforening (the Aalborg Barracks Veteran Armour and Vehicle Preservation Society), who have restored this vehicle to its present condition.

Each of the chapters is well focused on its respective title. All of the chapters contain clear photographs of particular aspects of each vehicle. For the modeller these images will provide to be very useful as they show all the areas that are often missed by the kit manufacturers. On reviewing this book I feel that we must thank the author Kenneth Østergaard and all the other photographers for supplying all of these fascinating photographs of this long serving vehicle.

Conclusion
This really is a first class book on the subject, the photographs are first class and and it also provides a fascinating insight to this very Danish tank.. All of the photographs are truly breathtaking and this book has been clearly designed for the modeller but the modeller.

Thank you to Michael Shackleton of Trackpad Publishing for supplying this review copy.
SUMMARY
Highs: Far too many to mention
Lows: No Danish Leopard 1A5Dk in styrene.
Verdict: A stunning book, it would be possible to use this book to convert one of the more recent Leopards to a Danish vehicle.
  Scale: 1:1
  PUBLISHED: Aug 31, 2016
  NATIONALITY: Denmark
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 80.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 94.50%

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About Brian O'Donoghue (brian638)
FROM: ENGLAND - WEST MIDLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM

I began modelling way back when Matchbox appeared on the scene with their new range. It began an interest in a hobby that has spanned 40 years.... and has seen the greatest resurgence in recent years. The only breaks in the hobby have been for the usual reasons that most modellers experience; caree...

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Comments

I've followed Kenneth's work during the making of this book and also seen the finished version, and I totally agree with Brian. It's a must have for all modern AFV builders. Several veterans have provided private photos for this, including myself, so my guess is that around all the pictures are never seen before ones. The only issue I have with it is that I haven't received my copy yet 😉 Jacob
AUG 31, 2016 - 08:28 AM
one of world's top tanks the german-made "leopard".
AUG 31, 2016 - 09:06 AM
Jacob. The books only arrived from the printer on Friday. Kenneth doesn't have his yet but you will get a copy:-)
AUG 31, 2016 - 09:17 AM
Michael Ha ha, I know, but since when are modelers supposed to be patience Jacob
AUG 31, 2016 - 06:01 PM
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