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Unboxing Takom's Leopard C2 MEXAS

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About the Author

About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...


Comments

Nice in box overview of the kit and parts. Just to clarify very clearly for the record...the credit info in the instructions is incorrect. I was never a Leopard C2 commander and I never served in Afghanistan. I was a Leopard C1 commander in Canada. I am not sure why Takom printed the information incorrectly. I have contacted Takom regarding this error. As well, there were 15 x Leopard C2 MEXAS in the first tour Squadron with an additional 2 x Leopard C2 MEXAS brought over as spares...so a total of 17 x Leopard C2 MEXAS went to Afghanistan.
MAR 26, 2014 - 10:48 PM
Nice to see that you found the barrel this time without using up your 'phone a friend' Looks like a very nice kit indeed, nice and crisp, am I right in guessing that the suspension is workable?, with the suspension arms moulded onto the torsion bars, if you just glue one end then the arms are free to move up and down a little, or is it all just designed to be glued in place?
MAR 27, 2014 - 10:04 PM
The suspension arms do articulate. They are attached to a torsion bar that clips into the inside of the lower hull. You don't need any glue at all...the fit is excellent. In order to get the suspension to sit realistically on a static display or diorama you'll have to do one of a couple of things... 1. Assemble the suspension, articulate the suspension, and glue the suspension arms in a position you want them to be in. 2. Weight the inside of the lower hull so that the suspension will articulate and site realistically on an uneven surface. You could also use a screw system through the bottom of the hull and slowly tighten it to have the suspension fit the uneven ground. If you just pose the tank on uneven ground you might get a bit of suspension articulation but it may look a bit contrived due to a lack of weight of the overall model.
MAR 27, 2014 - 11:18 PM
Thx for that info Jason, I was thinking about using some very thin twist plates, to account for the less weight of a scale plastic kit, that's what kinda sparked my interest.
MAR 27, 2014 - 11:31 PM
My pleasure Matt, If you look at my review of the Meng Leopard 1A3/A4 kit you will see how the Meng and Takom suspensions are essentially designed and how they articulate... http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=9991
MAR 27, 2014 - 11:36 PM
mines in the mail
APR 26, 2014 - 03:49 PM
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