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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 08:52 PM UTC
Hi folks!
Thanks to Photobucket my old thread on Amorama was destroyed sometime last year. Although I mainly build WW 2 aircraft, from time to time some tracks and wheels find their way on my workbench.

Just finished earlier this month is my new Leopard 1BE from Revell Germany in 1/35 ....

oh ... uhm .... it's this one ....


.... I've built a tank from the 4. Lancers Reg., 16. Tank Div., BSD, based in Soest/Germany in 1969. The BSD were the Belgian Forces in Germany and were based in the southern sector of the British Zone from 1946 until 2004. If you like to know more about our allied friends in Germany I can recommend this Wikipedia side for some brief informations. Though the german language side is far more detailed ....



.... Belgium was the first NATO partner to buy the new Leopard tank. Between May 1968 and March 1971 a total of 334 Leopard 1 tanks were delivered to the Belgian Army. Shortly afterwards followed the Netherlands and Norway. Belgium used their Leopard 1 tanks until 2014 ....



.... building this kit is very easy. There are no major issues. My Leopard is build completly oob, except for the antennas and the flag. The antennas come from Modellbau Schatton and are made of brass. With a little bit of ethylacetate they stick strong to the turret. The belgian flag is printed 2 x on normal paper and glued togehter. Luckily I did not need any glue to stick it to the antenna The vinyl tracks are also taken from the kit. They look fine to me. Okay, if you are more into building AFV than I am, you'll sure find some nicer AM tracks but for my requirements the kit parts do it well enough ....



.... Revell offers 4 decal versions for this kit, 2 x Germany, 1 x Netherlands and this belgian one. For the main painting I used NATO Olive (Revell No. 46), which is a bit more brownish than RAL 6014 Gelboliv, which goes more into green. The tracks are painted with a mixture of Steel (Revell 91) and Black (Revell 08). I have used only a bit of different pastel chalks for weathering. I'm not a big fan of it. All my aircraft have no weathering at all. But on a Leo 1 the exhausts must look dirty (don't they?) and I think I did quite well here.

So I thank you for stepping in and having a look on my latest work. I hope you like what you see. Feel free to comment. From time to time I will add another build to this thread. Over the last few years I have build some more Leo 1 and 2 plus some other animals. For today I leave you with this great video clip of some of the last belgian Leopard 1 on exercise in Germany 2011. Probably in Bergen/Hohne, a place I knew well during my 4 years army time in the 1980's ....

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 09:31 PM UTC
Looks good

If I had build it I would have made the edges between the different colours in the camouflage a little more distinct.
More like this:
https://www.militaryimages.net/media/leopard-1-be.31535/full

Another minor improvement when using flexible tracks is to put the joint over the idler in the position where it is best covered by the overhang/little track skirt.
In this image:

I would have placed the joint in the 11 o'clock position on the idler. The tension in the track forces the edges of the joint closed by stretching the track against the idler.
Another option is to have the joint under one of the road wheels.

/ Robin
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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 09:32 PM UTC
Thanks for your feedback, Robin!

Concerning the camouflage, please remember that this is one of the first Leopard tanks from the late 60's. You can easily see it by looking at the early chevron-shaped rubbers on the tracks. Most NATO tanks had a one-tone camo in those years. The well known three-tone-camo came in the late 70's/early 80's. So it would be not correct here. I think, I did quite well with this brownish camo. Bundeswehr vehicles had RAL 6014 all over until the early 1980's. Thanks for your advice about the joint of the tracks. I'll try to remember it with my next build. Actually this is my first tank without skirts so I was thinking about that problem, too. All my other Leopards have skirts to hide the joint. On this build I've put the joint under the 4. road wheel. If you look close enough you'll see it. Maybe I just need a bit more pastel chalk to hide it ....

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Monday, November 12, 2018 - 07:47 AM UTC
It has been rather quiet in this thread in the past months. That's caused by the fact, that I'm busier at Aeroscale building aircraft. But finally I want to show you my latest AFV, finished earlier this month. It's the Spähpanzer 2 "Luchs" from Revell in 1/35 ....





.... the Spähpanzer (SpPz) 2 "Luchs" was introduced into the German Bundeswehr in 1975 where it was used in the tank reconnaissance units. The Luchs was produced by Thyssen-Henschel and its all-wheel-drive made it highly manoeuvrable in all terrain and it was powered by an extremly low running noise Daimler-Benz 10 cylinder engine with 389 hp. It could reach a top speed of 90 km/h forward and backward. The Luchs was armed with a 20 mm machine canon and an MG 3, calibre 7,62 mm. With its movable propellers in the back it was fully amphibious. The crew of 4 consisted of 2 drivers (1 forward and 1 backward), a gunner and the commander. 408 Luchse were build and the last one was taken out of service in 2009. Some were given to museums all over Europe but most of them were scrapped. Germany was the sole user of the Luchs. The successor is the Spähwagen "Fennek", which is so far not only in use in Germany but also with the Dutch Army ....





.... the mould of this Revell kit is now 20 years old and surely cannot compete with the 2017 Takom kit when it comes to detailing. So, e.g. the compartment for the jerry cans on the right side is only adumbrated here. But the fitting is very good and the biggest advantage of this kit compared to Takom is the price. It costs less than the half of it. I paid 20 Euros for a month of fun. The tyres are made of rubber, not of plastic, which is not liked by many modellers, including me ....





.... for painting this vehicle I have used Bronce Green 65 from Revell, NATO Brown 71249 and NATO Black 71251, both from Vallejo. The tyres are painted with Anthrazit 9 from Revell. The kit offers 4 different decal versions, 3 in the well known 3-tone NATO standard camo and 1 in the old 1-tone Gelboliv (RAL 6014). I have decided for the version of the "Multinationale Brigade Süd" during the KFOR engagement in 2000. The kit is build as usual out of box, I only added antennas made of brass form Modellbau Schatton and a small german flag, printed on ordinary paper. For weathering I only put on some pastel chalks to give my Luchs a slightly dusty look ....





... this beautiful Lynx and I thank you for stepping in and hope you have enjoyed the little walk around the latest member of my plastic army. If you like, have a look at this video of a SpPz Luchs at the German Tank Museum Munster, where you have to listen carefully to hear the engine sound. Very quiet indeed!
Any comment on my build is welcomed!

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 04:03 AM UTC
Recently I finished the Logistic Campaign, my first campaign on Armorama. Today I would like to show what I've built. It's the MAN 5 to mil gl of the German Bundeswehr. The kit is from Revell Germany in 1/35 ....





.... from 1977 trucks of the so called "Kat 1 Folgegeneration" ("1st follow-on-generation") entered service in the Bundeswehr. The vehicles have excellent cross-country mobility and are still in use after 40 years, though they are slowly replaced now by more modern trucks. Just recently the german government signed a deal with Rheinmetall-MAN Military Vehicles for nearly 2300 new trucks for the Bundeswehr. In their long career they have seen several NATO- and UN-Missions, like UNSOM, SFOR, KFOR and most recently in Afghanistan with ISAF. The MAN 5 to mil gl is powered by an 8 cylinder Magirus-Deutz diesel engine with 256 hp. It has an (official) maximum speed of 90 km/h and a range of up to 750 kilometers. Another user of these trucks in Germany is the THW (Technisches Hilfswerk). It's further used in the forces of Austria, Estonia, Greece and Luxemburg ....





.... I have build the truck Y-276245 of the Transport Group (TrspGrp) of 1./PzBtl 83 in Lüneburg as I drove it for 3 years in the late 1980's ....





.... Revell Germany came out with this kit in 2001 and this is the re-release of 2017. Though meanwhile it's 18 years it's still a very good kit which is a pleasure to build. There are only minor fitting problems, not really worth to mention. While I built it many memories came to my mind, as I spent countless days and nights in it and drove about 13000 kilometers with it. For 25 Euros you get a good kit. Hobbyboss recently came out with the "Fünftonner" and probably it's more detailed but on the other hand it costs up to 3 times more, which is not a fair price in my opinion ....





.... I painted the truck in the usual 3-tone NATO Standard Camouflage and have used Revell and Vallejo paints for it. NATO Green is Revell 65, NATO Brown is Vallejo 71249 and NATO Black is Vallejo 71251. The exhaust is painted with a mix of Revell 83 Rustbrown and Revell 91 Steel. The covered orange warning signs for dangerous goods on front and rear side are not included in the kit so I made them from Evergreen profiles and a piece of tissue, soaked in water and white glue and painted with Revell 67 Grey Green after it had dried again. To give the truck a slightly dusty look I used some pastel chalks, for the tyres a bit of brown and grey and for the body a bit of grey and green. That's just the way my truck looked most of the time I drove it ....



.... this photo was made at the Bergen-Hohne Training Area (yes, that fellow is me 30 years ago ....) some time in 1987 or 1988. Here I wait on a shooting range with the cargo area full of empty wooden boxes for 120 mm shells for our Leopard 2A4. If the shells would still be in in the boxes, the orange warning signs would be uncovered.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed walking around "my" truck and if you have comments I would love to hear them.

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 05:56 AM UTC
Nice kits thanks for showing them..
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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 08:20 AM UTC
Thanks Håkan for your feedback! I'm glad you like them

Torsten
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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 07:06 AM UTC
After working 5 months on it with some interruptions today I can finally show you my new Self Propelled Howitzer K9 "Moukari" from Academy in 1/35 ....



.... the SPH K9 "Thunder" is a south korean development and in use with the ROK Army and Marine Corps since 1999, produced by Hanwha Land Systems. The main armament is a L/52 gun with a calibre of 155 mm. Nearly all 155 mm NATO ammunition can be used with this gun. The firing range is between 18 and 42 km, depending on the propellant. Baptism of fire for the K9 was on the 23. November 2010 during the bombardment of Yeonpyeong, when six K9 were engaged against a surprise attack of North Korean Artillery. Only three K9 were able to counterattack because two K9 were damaged by north korean fire and one K9 had loading problems. About 80 shells were fired. In South Korea the K9 operates together with the K10 Ammunition Resupply Vehicle. Meanwhile also some NATO countries use the K9, that are Estonia, Norway, Poland and Turkey so far. The Finnish Armed Forces bought 48 used K9 in 2017 and call them "Moukari", which means in english something like "Sledgehammer". The K9 is powered by a 8 cylinder MTU diesel engine with 1000 hp and has a maximum speed of 66 km/h. The K9 has a weight of 47 tons and a crew of 5 soldiers ....




.... I have built vehicle Ps 522-29 which was presented to the public in June 2017 at the Finnish Tank Museum in Parolanummi near Hämeenlinna ....




.... Academy came out with this version of the K9 already in 2017 and being a fan of the scandinavian countries I had to get this kit. In March this years I started the build and was enthused how easy the parts went together. This kit is a dream to build. If you like you can still check out my build blog. The challenge is the three-tone splinter camouflage. Before I started I had to check which parts I can glue to the build before painting and which have to wait until the camo is painted. So it was a lot easier with the masking, which is the main job on this build. You can see many yellow markings I made in the instructions. All these parts were glued to the build afterwards. The paints I have used come Vallejo and Revell Aqua. As I don't have modern finnish colours I had to use some which came close to the real tones. So I have used 71017 Russian Green and 71095 Pale Green from Vallejo and No. 6 NATO Black from Revell. I think I came pretty close with that. There is only a small decal sheet with 2 options, the other one is a vehicle shown to public in June 2017 in Helsinki on the Flag Day. The only extras on my "Moukari" are the antennas from Modellbau Schatton, made of brass. Actually they are Bundeswehr antennas, which look a little different to the finnish ones, but they are far better looking than the plastic parts from the kit. Another little extra is the finnish flag on one antenna, which is a "must be" for a vehicle during a "Day Of The Open Door". I didn't weather my build at all, first because the tank was bandnew in 2017 and of course cleaned for this event. Usually I use some pastel chalk to give it a slight dusty look but not here. The only thing I'll try to do better next time is the paint of the tracks. I used Steel for the outside and Aluminium for the inside but at least the outside should look a bit rusty. Well, better luck next time. The rubbers on the tracks (182 per side) are handpainted with Anthracite No. 9 from Revell ....



.... I say "Kiitoksia!" for stepping in and hope you've enjoyed walking around my latest build. If you have any comments I would love to hear them.

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 07:25 AM UTC
Thank you for posting and showing us all your wonderful work, please carry on, it goes to show you don't have to spend lots of money to get good builds and more so lots of enjoyment
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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 05:54 AM UTC
Keith, thanks for your kind words! I'm happy to hear that you like my works. If I remember correctly the price of this kit was something between 30 and 35 Euros here in Germany. Little money for lots of fun. And that's what it's all about in our great hobby.
Of course, I intend to continue this thread, no worries. Over at Aeroscale I have started a thread like this in 2011 and it's still running fine, meanwhile I'm on page 15. Still have some Leopards from the last couple of years which I want to post here. So if you like, subscribe to this thread and you'll be informed every time I post something new here.

Have fun!
Torsten
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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 02:31 PM UTC
Very nice neat build Torsten, I love the splinter scheme!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 05:35 AM UTC
Thanks D! Yes, the splinter camo was quite a challenge for me, more than I expected and more difficult that on my Henschel Hs 129 lately. But I'm really happy how it finally came out though I made 2 small masking mistakes. Did you find them? But now on to another wingy thingy ....

Have fun!
Torsten