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Having recently built the Revell Leopard 2A6 and put it alongside the old, ex-Matchbox based, Revell 2A5 it's apparent that the former is noticibly larger than the latter, particularly as regards width and height. Doug Chaltry's review of Leopard 2 kits on "On The Way" - which was written before Revell released the 2A6 - suggests that the width of the old Revell 2A5 kit is about right, but the length is too short.
I'm thinking of buying Revell's newly issued Leopard 2A5 which I assume is based on the 2A6 kit, but before doing so I'd welcome any views on the dimensional accuracy of the new Revell 2A5/A6 kits as compared with the old (ex-Matchbox) 2A4/A5.
> I'm thinking of buying Revell's newly issued Leopard 2A5 which I assume is based on the 2A6 kit
I wouldn't assume that - Revell have never updated a kit that they've previously released, they continue to re-release awful matchbox-based kits (M4A1, Stug IV) time and time again. Make sure the 2A5 really is a new mould before buying.
Good point. I've just checked Revell's web site and it is clear that the newly released 2A5 is based on the Revell's 2A6 rather than being a reissue of the old Matchbox kit. From the pictures on the site it differs from the 2A6 kit in having new side skirts, new gun and new smoke discharges: otherwise it appears to be identical.
The new A5 is correct dimensionally and it is identical to the A6 apart from a few parts like the side skirts and gun barrel, great multi part suspension but naff moulded on tools. Wheels are a bit iffy too and I don't like the track, what was wrong with link and length?
Don't throw away the old A5 though as a lot of A4s are being upgraded and exported.
The tracks come in 4 lengths, 2 either side to be bent round the wheels and sprocket, they are the same plastic as the kit and it suggests immersing them in hot water first. However the suspension doesn;t look very robut so I have my doubts as to how they will go on.
sprocket or return roller. Drip the tracks in hot water or use a hair dryer(when the wife is out of course)to bend the tracks around the sprocket/return roller. I found that I could hold the tracks around the sp/rr with my fingers until cool and set. Then glue the track to the drive sprocket. run the top straight track off the sprocket to the roller and position the curved trackfor a good fit. then add the rest of the track
I have not had chance to correctly measure up the kit yet, I just did a compare on the width and length, I have not had chance to check it against any drawings yet. I have no bible for the Leopard as such and due to the variations in dimensions given by various source, I usually go for an average. That said, the Revell kit was ok in width but slightly short in length, but the hull isn't made up yet, whether that will add to the length I will wait and see. There will be a review on "ontheway" soon now that I have the Warrior out the way (for now)
as I wrote, I do not have sure datas at hand; for sure the Revell looks better, but Tamiya and Dragon are similar and different from Revell's.
Waiting for your review on OTW!
I have just spent the morning measuring the Revell kit (nothing better to do) and it is off in length, in fact the turret lines up as do the engine details the wheels intervals, turret and all, are spot on. the width is correct, tracks are about 0.3mm too thin,wheels are ok in size but of centre and the wheel nuts are too close to the hub. Where the it falls down is the rear, I am not sure if it is just at the wrong angle but the large exhaust/cooling lovers don't come back far enough. part 5 the rear plate wants to be the same distance again out.