DesTROYers 1/35 Meng Leopard AS1

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Re: DesTROYers 1/35 Meng Leopard AS1

Postby TiG » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:35 am

Lovely - she's really taking shape! I don't envy your task of making up those linkages for the tracks.
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Re: DesTROYers 1/35 Meng Leopard AS1

Postby DesTROYer » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:53 am

Thanks. Honestly the tracks took around 5 hours over two days. No biggie.
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Re: DesTROYers 1/35 Meng Leopard AS1

Postby Brett Gibson » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:34 pm

Looking good there. The turret basket looks the bomb. Yep, track bashing is a pain
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Re: DesTROYers 1/35 Meng Leopard AS1

Postby DesTROYer » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:42 am

After my porterhouse steak dinner last night, I was feeling quite energetic. Surprising after a day chained to the desk, so I popped into the office and started masking up the Leopard. The Panzer Putty and Blutac techniques were not working out for me, so instead I decided to attack the next two colors free hand. Low pressure, minimum needle retraction, two airbrushes. 2.5 hours later I was feeling very happy with myself as the camo was looking exactly how I wanted it. The SMS range of paints are amazing and the colours spot on compared to the paint chips I have of the real things. Dinner at my folks place tonight, but I'll be back at the workbench Thursday night to paint up the tracks and start on some detail painting.
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Its amazing the difference in the colours when shot under different lighting conditions. the first two photos were shot under cool white LED's, these next few outdoors in the early evening dusk.
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Had to get a pic with the painted up bustle rack on to.
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Re: DesTROYers 1/35 Meng Leopard AS1

Postby RayS » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:13 am

I'd be happy with the camo as well Troy. Nicely done.

Your Leopard is coming along really nicely.
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Re: DesTROYers 1/35 Meng Leopard AS1

Postby bell209 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:50 am

I'd be very happy with that.
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Re: DesTROYers 1/35 Meng Leopard AS1

Postby DesTROYer » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:44 pm

Detail painting is underway and the tracks have been assembled and fitted. I decided to model, C Squadrons call sign 33 "Cunningstunt" The only problem being that the decals that are available from Mouse House for this tank, don't match the photos I have found of this tank and until I put a call out to the Leopard AS1 facebook group for someone who was in C Squadron 1st Armoured Regiment in the time period I was modelling, I did not know the ARN. A guy came along and said to the best of his recollection 33 of C Squadron was ARN 27742. Good enough for me. I didn't have a decal for this ARN, and the decals I did have were not in the correct format colours. On top of that, the decals for chevrons on the side were not the correct dimensions going by the photos I have. So out came the silhouette cutter and I made up new chevrons, call sign numbers for the turret, and the ones I'm most happy with the ARN numbers and bridge classification rating, which in all the decals I have (which are a lot) are yellow circles with the number 44. In their later career, the bridge classification number is subdued and painted in the same colours as the ARN.

Anyway, enough chatting, here are photos of my progress to date. I'll hopefully get a gloss coat down tomorrow morning, so I can get the Leopard head, Christmas tree and 1st Armoured regiment badge decals on tomorrow night. Stowage and tools will follow after that.

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Re: DesTROYers 1/35 Meng Leopard AS1

Postby enfield38 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:32 pm

So, the Silhouette cut fine enough for the ARNs? Good to know, I still haven't used mine. I like the open Rangefinder Aperture - nice touch! Don't forget the power cable to the Searchlight.
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Re: DesTROYers 1/35 Meng Leopard AS1

Postby DesTROYer » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:02 pm

I cut multiple copies and used the best sets. You're the second person tonight to mention the cable lol. It will be going on when I do the aerials near the end of the build. It's easier to put it on later than work around it now.
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Re: DesTROYers 1/35 Meng Leopard AS1

Postby DesTROYer » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:35 pm

I didn't get the gloss coat on, but I did get a lot done on the stowage gear. I modified a fridge left over from an ASLAV kit to fit in the left basket and painted up some fuel and water jerry cans for the right. I also found I had one of Mouse Houses milk crates and gas bottles tucked away in a box, so on they went too. I need to make up a sandbag sack to have the bottle sticking out of in the crate, but haven't figured out I'm going to portray that yet. I'll need to order a set of Mouse Houses carbon fibre antennas and bases, as I stuffed up the two bases I had trying to drill them out.
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