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Leopard Workshop Newsletter September

August 24 2017 at 12:49 PM
Michael Shackleton  (Login michael.shackleton)
Missing-Lynx members
from IP address 82.14.113.241

Just a short newsletter this time as Leopard Workshop has been busy releasing new stuff.

Leopard Workshop
New Releases
LW026B Leopard 1 Smoke Launchers (1-bolt)
http://leopardclub.ca/workshop/LW026B
Used on nearly all Leopard 1.
Nearly all Leopard 1s (and members of the Leopard 1 family) were equipped with these smoke launchers which had single-bolt clamps over the launch tubes. Although this set is designed for use with Leopard 1, it can be used with any German vehicle of the period pre-1980. It removes the tedium of cleaning up those fiddly plastic items with their mould seams. The chains are much finer than the ones you find on most general vehicle etch sets.


LW026 Leopard 1 and 2 Smoke Launchers (2-bolt)
http://leopardclub.ca/workshop/LW026
Can be used with Canadian Leopard C1 AND Leopard 2.
These existing smoke launchers are the same product as before, but have been relabelled due to the launch of LW026B.
Canadian Leopard C1s and Leopard 2s were equipped with these smoke launchers which had double-bolt clamps over the launch tubes. Although this set is designed for use with Leopard C1 and Leopard 2, it can be used with any German vehicle of the period post-1979. It removes the tedium of cleaning up those fiddly plastic items with their mould seams. The chains are much finer than the ones you find on most general vehicle etch sets. Also, some kit launchers are a little on the skinny side, particularly Meng.
Earlier Leopard 1 tubes with single bolt clamps are now available from the LW026B set above.

LW017REV Leopard 2 Revolution Gun Barrel
http://leopardclub.ca/workshop/LW017REV/
Designed to be a straight fit onto the Tiger Model kit. 4-part resin barrel.
The TM model has an incorrect barrel with two rings near the fume extractor. This corrects the problem and adds a fume extractor with a textured pattern, typical of Leopard 2A4 which Revolution is based on.


LW040 Canadian Leopard 2A6M CAN conversion
http://leopardclub.ca/workshop/LW040
A conversion set designed for use with the Tamiya Leopard 2A6.
The Leopard 2A6M CAN is a Canadian variant of the Leopard 2A6. Twenty 2A6M CANs tanks were loaned by the German Bundeswehr to increase protection for Canadian troops operating in Afghanistan from August 2007. These Leopards served until Canadian forces withdrew in July 2011.
To avoid any confusion about 2A6M CAN, the Barracuda and slat armour fitted in Afghanistan was removed immediately after withdrawal from theatre. It was never used in Canada.
This represents the latest version of 2A6M CAN - Canada's front-line tank alongside the 2A4M CAN (which gets all the publicity). Having gone through a thorough rebuild programme following their return from Afghanistan to Canada, modifications include mine protection belly armour (hence the 'M' designation), reinforcement strakes under the engine compartment, glacis armour plate, a crew cooling unit in the right rear hull, the option of ECM boxes mounted on the rear turret roof, 'T' antenna mounts, and mounting points for the addition of slat armour and engineering attachments at the front.
The twenty 2A6M CANs serve alongside twenty 2A4M CANs and a further forty-two 2A4 CANs used for training. There is a final configuration of 2A6M CAN - the real vehicles look different from tank to tank as most are currently at different stages of modification. It will take some time to bring them all to the same final standard.
The modifications in this set are the latest upgrades to these vehicles at the time of this set's release (August 20, 2017).
The set includes nearly 40 resin parts, three photo-etch sheets for engine deck grilles, optional ECM boxes and turret basket etch, amongst other things. Also included are LW014B turned brass antennae set and LW027B 6+2 smoke launchers.


Echelon RCAC & RCD Gagetown Leopard decals
http://leopardclub.ca/reviews/Echelon/Gagetown_Leopards/
Some of these decals will be appropriate for the new Leopard Workshop LW040 Leopard 2A6M CAN Conversion Set.
These decals are suitable for Canadian-based Leopard C2, Leopard 2A4 CAN and 2A6M CAN tanks.
They are not intended for any machines that served in Afghanistan.
Designed with the special assistance of Jason Bobrowich, the set includes markings for two specific tanks plus generic numbers to make a host of other tanks. Maple Leaf markings, A Squadron 'Sabre-Tooth Tiger'and C Squadron 'Armoured Fist' symbols are all here.

LW043 Leopard 2 Turret Basker Mesh and Chains
http://leopardclub.ca/workshop/LW043
For Tamiya Leopard 2A5 or 2A6
Tamiya supply a rather nasty, and completely inaccurate, plastic mesh in both of their otherwise excellent Leopard 2 models. This is a straight replacement with the added bonus of the four chains that secure the baskets in place on the real thing.


Don’t forget these other recent releases:-)

LW034B German SEM93 Comrod Aerials
http://leopardclub.ca/workshop/LW034B/
This set replaces the previous LW034 which had a 1-piece turned brass mast. LW034B is now a 2-part brass antenna mast plus a real spring for more realism. 2 per set.
This is the latest SEM93 aerial equipment for Bundeswehr vehicles. It is standard equipment on Leopard 2A7 and Boxer, and is being introduced on Leopard 2A6 and many other Bundeswehr vehicles. The VHF30108VM or VHF3088VM is a VHF antenna, more commonly known as Comrod after the Norwegian manufacturers of the masts.

LW042A Australian Leopard AS1 Double Turret Stowage Baskets
http://leopardclub.ca/workshop/LW042A/
To backdate Legend LF1354 Leopard AS1 conversion set
A large variety of turret basket designs were produced by different Australian Army workshops over the years. No two baskets systems were the same. This double turret basket set has been prepared for use with the above-mentioned conversion. It backdates the Legend set - which represents a final standardised design of basket.
These two baskets were slightly different sizes, the left slightly wider than the other. They would either be made from angle-iron or square tubing (parts 10, 11, 14~16). Some were more sophisticated, for example, the left -side basket was sometimes hinged onto the right-side basket allowing easier access to the built-in turret searchlight box. Baskets could be mixed with those from LW042B and LW042C.


LW042B Australian Leopard AS1 Angled Turret Stowage Basket
http://leopardclub.ca/workshop/LW042B/
To backdate Legend LF1354 Leopard AS1 conversion set
A large variety of turret basket designs were produced by different Australian Army workshops over the years. No two baskets systems were the same. This angled turret basket set has been prepared for use with the above-mentioned conversion. It backdates the Legend set - which represents a final standardised design of basket.
This angled basket was one of many designs that were conceived. It would be hung from the left side turret rear. On the right would either be two jerrycan holders, or possibly another basket, quite likely to a different design. Baskets could be mixed with those from LW042A and LW042C.


LW042C Australian Leopard AS1 Tall Turret Stowage Basket
http://leopardclub.ca/workshop/LW042C/
To backdate Legend LF1354 Leopard AS1 conversion set
A large variety of turret basket designs were produced by different Australian Army workshops over the years. No two baskets systems were the same. This tall turret basket set has been prepared for use with the above-mentioned conversion. It backdates the Legend set - which represents a final standardised design of basket.
This tall basket was one of many designs that were conceived. It would be hung from the left side turret rear. On the right would either be two jerrycan holders, or possibly another basket, quite likely to a different design. Baskets could be mixed with those from LW042A and LW042B.

LW044 - Leopard Chains
http://leopardclub.ca/workshop/LW044/
Also available in the LW004, LW005, LW026, LW027A, LW027B and LW027C sets, these photo-etch chains are now available separately.
These are primarily intended for mantlet plugs or smoke launchers, but can be used in other locations around any Leopard such as tow cables and tools.

Coming soon
Leopard Workshop Finnish Leopard 2 Marksman conversion - mating the Marksman AA turret to a Leopard 2A4
Trackpad Publishing The New Evil - one tanker’s story of two tours in Afghanistan on Leopard C2 MEXAS and 2A6M CAN
Legend Leopard AS1 conversion - final AS1 conversion of Meng Leopard 1A3

Have fun!!

Keep on Leopard modelling:-)

Best regards
Michael Shackleton
Author Leopard 1 Trilogy

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