Good to see the updates fellas. I've been working on reconditioning an old electric guitar of late and started a Saturn V Revell kit, but I can post something so far.
I seem to be getting into the minutia of how the Leopard is put together, and while that can tend to get things bogged down, I'm more interested in getting to really know this tank than get something done quickly.
So starting off a few weeks ago I decided to use the Meng screen in conjunction with the under-screen with the oval cut-outs from the Tetra PE set. I have the Eduard set and their screen is not up to snuff.
In doing this I felt some work was needed to make the screen fit better as the Italeri opening is a little smallish, (but not by much). So I ripped out the fan thing, (needless to say in hind sight would have better to have done all this before gluing the top to the bottom!)
I usually like solder brass parts together rather than using CA glue, so I carefully attached these two parts together. Then, looking at reference photos of the back deck it seemed to me that the four corners of this screen area was not as accurate as it could be, the thickness of the frames and I really want to make the two longer rectangular spots 3 dimensional as they are in real life. The way these are portrayed in the Italeri kit, as well as other kits, they are kinda just solid pieces. There is a rod of some sort that goes from one side to the other. Some kind of lifting lug? The corner square area don't appear as deep as they need to be as well.
Also it can be seen once the MENG screen is in place the round filler port above the screen is too close to the screen.
This will have to be cut out and moved.