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Leopardmania 50 replacement campaign
barkingdigger
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ARMORAMA
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Posted: Friday, April 01, 2016 - 10:41 PM UTC
Wow - everyone else's Leos are coming on a treat! (Bob, I'm lovin' that BARV...)

As for me, the dreaded "Real Life" has been plaguing me since New Year, and I am now woefully behind schedule. I grabbed a few hours in early January to do some of the basic hull assembly on my Artillery Observation vehicle, but then stalled until last weekend! So here is where it sits now, with the hull under way.


First big task was cutting off the tail lights, blending in the exhaust grilles, and making a new engine intake grille for the rear deck. This last one could have been bought as PE, but I relished the challenge of drilling scads of tiny holes!


While at the rear I added some welds where the grilles meet the hull, and replaced the undersized infantry phone box with one I 3D printed at Shapeways. I still need to add spare track links, but this pushed me into assembling the Meng set just to make sure there were enough spares left over because the box does not say how many you get. Turns out I have plenty, but there are fewer of the outer blocks than inner ones or linking bars - go figure!


Then came the joy of filling in all those scribed tool outlines on the hull. I plan to add some of the more visible bracket details from scratch.


And since I can't really get behind the side skirts to paint or add wheels/tracks, I had to modify them for more "positive" mounting after everything is painted and assembled. I attached the front guards to the sides, added a strip of Evergreen 0.100" angle stock to the back, and hey presto! I can glue them on as an afterthought. Note that I opened up the foot-holes - of course I did it AFTER gluing on the ends, just because modelling isn't complicated enough...

I seriously doubt I'll finish in time, but at least I'm moving again!
LTMike4208
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Posted: Sunday, April 03, 2016 - 04:24 AM UTC
Here's an update on my UN 1A5DK. Construction is complete and I have done the first layers on the white paint job. I primed with Mr. Surfacer 1000 then did some black pre-shading. For the base coat, I mixed a few drops of Tamiya Buff into the Tamiya White to make the color a little less pure white. I'm still nervous about how I'm going to pull off this white paint scheme! I haven't decided exactly how I'm going to do the weathering. Next - tracks and detail painting...















BlackWidow
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Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 01:36 AM UTC
Very nice, Mike! I like it.
flugwuzzi
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Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016 - 12:38 AM UTC
Excellent buil of your UN-Leopard Mike. Great Detailwork and very nice beginning of painting stage.

Keep up the good work.
cheers
Walter
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Posted: Monday, April 18, 2016 - 05:19 AM UTC
Hi Everybody
I'm calling my Leopard complete. This has been a fun campaign and the kit was mostly a straight forward build, even the tracks went together with no cursing


Love the tanks being built and hope to get my skills to to those levels someday

Ron
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Posted: Monday, April 18, 2016 - 04:29 PM UTC
Hi, Im going to beging this campaign with an Italery Leopard.
Some photos of the begining,







mshackleton
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Posted: Monday, April 18, 2016 - 04:37 PM UTC
This is a Leopard 2. The campaign is for Leopard 1 I'm afraid. The rules are on the first page.
dcandal
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Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 07:41 PM UTC
Yes Michael, sorry, I saw that after I had put the photos.
dexter059
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Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 08:11 AM UTC
Hi people, I must say that the Orange Hobby PE parts are too much for me to tackle, so I took a lazy path and covered the main gun with a camo net. All parts are now ready to paint, I couldn't resist to take some pics with everything hold with tape to see how it looks...






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bwiber
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 12:41 AM UTC
Definitely some nice Leopards being built here.... this campaign thread is definitely one I will be referring back to when I start in on another Leopard... Congratulations to all working on their big cats....

As for the BARV..... well, even though the color is a bit to brown (I think it depends on the photo you are looking at, but that is me) and a couple other little things I think I am declaring it complete. After all, this one only took 9 years, countless photos/emails/discussions and a couple headaches. However, I learned a lot and ended up with a model that actually looks a bit like a Dutch BARV! Which I count in the plus column.









Later,
Bob
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 01:30 AM UTC
Bob, this is awesome. It is a very brave subject to tackle. It may have taken you 9 years but you got there in the end. You should be very proud.
bwiber
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 02:23 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Bob, this is awesome. It is a very brave subject to tackle. It may have taken you 9 years but you got there in the end. You should be very proud.



Michael,

I am not sure that it was bravery, I think it was more just not having any idea what I was getting myself in for.

Thank you for all your help, encouragement and the photos that allowed me to get as close as I did. Definitely will be giving other scratch built conversions a try in the future.

Thank you again, Bob
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 03:23 AM UTC
Bob, I'm seriously impressed! Looks great - I just wish I had one to tool around in...

My own build is getting little if any bench time at the moment, so won't be anywhere near ready in time. Of course, we can always convince Mike to run a "son of Leopardmania" campaign where entries from the previous campaign are accepted!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 09:26 AM UTC
Finished my C2 last week, in time for a show. Got a silver at the IPMS Winnipeg Valourcon this past weekend.









Cheers,
Jim
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 10:24 AM UTC
Fantastic job Jim! Congrats on the Silver medal!

I really like the chipping and the finishing on the pioneer tools and rusty grousers.
Armored76
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 11:15 AM UTC
Bob: You did a superb job! Chapeau!

Jim: Fantastic job! Really makes me want to finish mine
Armored76
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 11:37 PM UTC
I finally got around to put the camouflage on my 1/72 Leopard 1:



I free-handed the camo and it's the first time I'm kind of happy with the way it turned out. I had two previous trials with two other models where the black was constantly spitted on the model.
LTMike4208
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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 04:59 AM UTC
I finished up my UNPROFOR 1A5DK today. I think I may have over done the weathering a little but I'm happy with how it turned out overall. This was the most complicated build I've attempted and I think I learned a few things over the last few months. Thanks for a great campaign!













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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 06:28 AM UTC
Nice work Mike!

I don't think the weathering is overdone at all. Road dust was very common in Bosnia due to the ever present destruction.
dexter059
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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 07:13 AM UTC
I'm struggling to meet the deadline, for now I've done first step of painting (camo done). I addes a Hoffmann device from old Tamiya set. Now for the details and after that weathering. I hope to do 2 crew figures as well. Now I'm begging to get a couple of weeks extension to finish...



Cheers
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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 12:59 PM UTC
You are nearly there Karl. Keep at it. I can't change the deadline as rules are rules, but you still have some time. Don't worry about the figures. Add them after the competition if they are going to slow you down. I've given up on my competition builds as I simply don't have the time!
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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 03:16 PM UTC
Some good work being done, alas it looks like I won't be able to play this time around. A couple of commitments just took a lot longer than expected and I have one more to take care of. Nice to see so many people on board with this one.

Kimmo
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Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:02 PM UTC

Im calling it done, Ill keep on working on figures but entry for the campaign its ready.























Cheers
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Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:20 PM UTC
Looks great, Klaus. I really like the mud effects.
dexter059
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Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:59 PM UTC
Thanks Mike