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Leopard Club/Trackpad Newsletter August 2017

August 5 2017 at 3:55 AM
Michael Shackleton  (Login michael.shackleton)
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from IP address 82.14.113.241

Trackpad Publishing
It has been over 6 months since the last Trackpad title was published, Danish Leopards in Helmandhttp://www.trackpadpublishing.com/danish-leopards-in-helmand which has proved very popular.

Our next book is a companion volume to the Helmand book. Danish Leopard 2A5DK and QRF is a Model Foto Focus book which takes a very detailed look at the Danish 2A5DK, both in Denmark and in Afghanistan. Written by Bobber Moller (who will be well-known to many modellers) and Carl Schulze, it provides nearly 500 photos in a 134-page full colour extravaganza of Danish armour.http://www.trackpadpublishing.com/danish-leopard-2a5dk-and-qrf. This will be in stock next week. pre-orders are very welcome.


Leopard Workshop
New Releases
Since the last newsletter, we have released:

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.

Other recent releases have been:
LW041 - Broadband Aerials for Leopard 1 and Leopard 2
http://leopardclub.ca/workshop/LW041/



Leopard Club Shop
New products in the LC Shop come from RMG Resin in the shape of two types of tow cable to equip Leopard 1 and Leopard 2. You may ask what the differences are? Take a look at the review here and all will be explained:http://leopardclub.ca/reviews/RMG/TowCables/

Legend have released an update set (LF1342) to detail your Canadian Leopard 2A4 CAN from HobbyBoss:http://leopardclub.ca/reviews/Legend/2A4M-CAN_update/ This includes the latest replacement commander’s sight which many people are still not aware of.


Product Reviews
Reviews have included a new product specifically to reproduce Non-slip Panels on Bundeswehr vehicles from Modelscale Brigade Bruchsal. Available in both 1.35 and 1.72 scale:http://leopardclub.ca/reviews/ModelscaleBrigadeBruchsal/anti-skid/

Modellbau-König were very gracious in sending me the latest Revell Leopard 1A1 to review. This is based on Revell’s previous (early) Leopard 1 kit and includes parts to model the first modification of the original production Leopard 1 battle tanks for the Bundeswehr. As a bonus, Norwegian decals are included as well as German.http://leopardclub.ca/reviews/Revell/1A1/

Another recent release of a somewhat esoteric Leopard version has been the Leopard 2 Revolution from Tiger Model.http://leopardclub.ca/reviews/Tiger_Model/Revolution// This is a demonstrator vehicle built by Rheinmetall AG which originally appeared at the Eurosatory defence show in Paris in 2010. It is designed as a major upgrade package for Leopard 2A4 to bring it up-to-date with the latest armour around the world. What is the kit like? Really, really nice!!!!! My favourite kit of the year.


In our In the Fieldhttp://leopardclub.ca/InTheField/Canada/LdSH_2016/ and Spotlighthttp://leopardclub.ca/Spotlight/Canada/2A4M-CAN/DH-1/ features we have new photos from Dan Hay of the Canadian Leopard 2A4M CAN. The Spotlight details the new sight mentioned above, available now from Legend and our shop.

Readers Models
Harald Fitz has contributed his wonderful build of the Takom Gerardhttp://leopardclub.ca/ReadersModels/Harald_Fitz/ Also featured is a small diorama by Simon Price of the Meng Leopard 2A7 in an amusing little scenehttp://leopardclub.ca/ReadersModels/Simon_Prince/


Coming soon
Legend Leopard AS1 conversion - final AS1 conversion of Meng Leopard 1A3
Leopard Workshop Canadian 2A6M CAN conversion - the most up-to-date version based on Tamiya’s 2A6
Echelon Fine Details Gagetown Leopard decals to accompany the above
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


Leopardmania
https://www.facebook.com/groups/798668223575193/
This FaceBook page started life to support an Armorama Campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leopard 1 entering service in 1965. The Campaign was won by Bob Wiber with his lovely Dutch Leopard BARV, a very unusual and daring subject to build.
Now that the Campaign is over, I have decided to carry on the page on FaceBook as a general modelling focus for Leopard 1 AND now including Leopard 2. So, if you would like to share your latest, or older projects, pop along to the page and add your models. If you are going to load more than one photo, please try and use the Album feature to keep thing neat and tidy. Thanks guys!!

Have fun!!

Keep on Leopard modelling:-)

Best regards
Michael Shackleton
Author Leopard 1 Trilogy

www.leopardclub.ca
www.facebook.com/leopardfibel
www.trackpadpublishing.com/
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