Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Revell 03199 Strv 122A/122B Swedish Leopard 2

Updated March 9th2013! see the last two photo's

When Revell released the Leopard II A6/A6M late 2011 I hoped the Swedish version would also be released since this version looks quite different due to it's extra armor. Luckily Revell planned to make such a model and two days ago I saw it for sale at revellspecialist which obviously means it is released! Time to take a look

I like the picture on the box:

The main difference between the Swedish and German versions of the Leopard are the smoke grenade launchers and the extra armor. These and some other new parts are all located on a single new sprue, a small sprue contains the barrel identical too the A5 version of the leopard. (The Swedish version of the leopard is an A5 with extra armor)

The new sprue, click on the photo for a larger version:

The main part with the extra frontal armor, additional parts make up the full frontal arc:

The most noticeable difference is the turret which not only features extra armor but a whole different rear compartment aswell:

The back of the Swedish leopard has some slight differences from the German version:

The rest of the model is the same as the Leopard II A6/A6M, reviewed here, and completed here.

Now this is a great model of one of the most modern versions of the leopard. The Spanish and Greek army's have a leopard with the same armor but the longer L55 gun. Combining the gun and smoke grenade launchers from the A6/A6M allows you to build a Spanish or Greek version, enough possibilities!

I finished the build (apart from the side skirts I will attach after the wheels and tracks are painted). The fit of various parts is excellent. The extra armor and rear of the turret are made up from several interlocking parts but it all goes together like lego! I had no difficulties assembling the model at all. Unfortunately I lost the tip of the barrel so I made an extra one from modified return roller so be aware the kit part is a lot better then my replacement. The extra photo's:

Highly recommended.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Interesting news from ACE

UPDATE 15-4-2013 the Pak 44 is now in production and should appear at retailers soon I was browsing the web and noticed that ACE has posted news on a model to be released this year. It's the german 12,8 cm PaK44 heavy AT gun mounted on the carriage of a french M1918 fieldgun. The german build 12,8mm gun itself was also used in the jagdtiger. The kit will have number 72521. More news here, on the ace website.

Highlights from other manufacturers include but are not limited to:
  • Zvezda kit.5003 Topol ICBM launcher (fast build model)

  • Italeri kit.7070 Leopard I A3/A4
The Italeri kit is the old ESCI model but there are no better models of this Leopard I version available. Other releases are some M113 variants from Italeri and a T90 and IS2 from Zvezda.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Polish Leopard II

In 1999 Poland joined the NATO and as time progressed the Polish army received more western equipment. In 2002 Poland bought 128 Leopard II A4 tanks from German stocks in the context raising of a German-Polish army division. (The estimated market value of these tanks was €380.000.000) The German army also trained 420 crew members as an additional contribution to the division. All Polish Leopard's feature the standard NATO three color scheme, sometimes added with white in the winter.

An 'eastblock' T-72 in NATO colors with it's 'western' counterpart, the a Leopard II A4 in the background. Both serve in the Polish Army now.

The tanks are basically the same as the German leopard II A4's so there are models availible from Revell, Hasegawa and Dragon. I build the Hasegawa model which I reviewed before. This time I build it as an A4 type instead of an A2 type. This basically means I omitted the 'central antenna' from the model. I also have two a few pictures from the build that might be of interest; The track 'module' containing all the wheels and track in one part per side and a picture of the improved handles on the turret. The 'track modules':
The handles:
I painted my model in the standard NATO three color scheme. The Polish vehicles are identified by a four digit number on the turret and an emblem representing the 'wings' of the 'Polish winged hussars', the legendary Polish cavalry who played an important role in many battles. This is the emblem of the 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade in Świętoszów where the vehicles are based. On to the pictures!