A quick update on alot of work.
As a refresher...I'm building a Testors boxing of the Italeri Leopard 1a4 as a what-if vehicle used by a "privateer" styled mercenary unit. The setting is a word where the West and Soviets have decided to focus on conventional proxy units to fight their wars to lessen the chances of nuclear war. To be fair, the superpowers use these privateers to test equipment and train.
The basic assembly is done. A quick review of the what-if additions to the Leo 1a4...the rest is pretty straightforward. This is a customized privateer styled force so I want a mixture of equipment. I was going to use a loader's 7.62mm MG from an old Tamiya M1 but went with a 50cal from a Trumpy JGSDF Command vehicle. I swapped out the kit's spotlight for a US version from the spares. The German smoke launchers were left off in favor of an armored set from the spares. I like to use the German style launchers on privateer M113s.
I was going to add reactive armor but it really didn't look right. The front of the turret just throws averything off. I did add some styrene armor to the gunner's sight and left off the kit's guards for it. I used the alternative front fender sections. I think they look "faster" than the larger sections you usually see.
Since I am using storage boxes instead of mouting all the tools to the side, I left alot of them off. You can assume they are in the storage boxes. I am going to mount some on the rear deck...tools that are too large for the boxes. I also put the gun cleaning rod on the rear of the turret.
Gray and dark green is the scheme I use for this unit. The lower hull and road-wheels are left dark green. The first coat is a light-med gray...which also serves as a primer coat. I masked it off and shot the dark green. And that's where she stands now...she's drying.
I still have to add the roadwheels and tracks, weather & drybrush it. Add stowage. Wire the spotlight. Add aerial mounts...the kit ones are garbage. I'll probably give the commander a M60. And of course the crew...if time allows. For markings, I have a set of Jolly Rogers and Skull & Crossbones made by Archer. I'll add some other markings...like vehicle numbers and maybe some art.
So the next update will probably be the last one.