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Leopard 1 Early Batches
wedgetail53
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 09:09 PM UTC
Darren Baker reviews Perfect Scale Modellbau''s resin and etched kit which enables modellers to make up kits of early batch Leopard 1s.

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Thanks!
LeoCmdr
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 02:44 PM UTC
I think the key with this kit is for modellers to remember that Batches 1 to 4 can be built with the parts but modifications are required to make each Batch accurate and unique.

For example...

"From the mid point on the sides of the turret there is a ridge travelling around the rear of the turret, this ridge is damaged on the turret and going by the Leopard 1 at Bovington Tank Museum should not be there and may be a result of the casting process."

If you are referring to the ridge that runs along the bottom of the turret that is the rain gutter that was added to Batch 3 onwards...it is correct if a Batch 3 or 4 Leopard 1 is built...sand it off for Batch 1 and 2.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 03:26 PM UTC
I quess this needs to be a batch 1 or 2 then; thanks Jason

As I said in the review this is a great product with excellent casting, but that excellent casting is reliant on the post office taking care of packages in their charge. What I was not so aware of is that due to the time the Leopard 1 has been in service there are a host of slight modifications which are not always picked up from reference you may have
retiredyank
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 04:48 PM UTC
Fantastic! I'm looking to going over to modern kits and this looks to be a winner!
mmeier
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 09:00 PM UTC
Tankograd has two booklets out about the Leopard 1 covering it from the prototypes to the A5 and the experimental 120mm version. Those have quite a few pictures, drawings and comments on the changes between batches and versions. May be helpful