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LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Oct 2023 6:24 a.m. PST

Now this is a long story ….a very long story so if you want to go ahead
and just skip to the pics please feel free.

I was wandering around Dominoes in Heuvelland, Belgium gob
smacked as usual by the sheer number of kits when I spotted the Vespid
Leopard 2. Now I don't do modern stuff at all but after my recent expe-
rience with the Vespid Panther which vexed me considerably I thought
this was an opportunity to mend our ‘relationship. Always liked the
Leopard 2.

At the same time as this was going on I was finishing a Citroen Avant
as a German staff car and fascinated by the AK lenses I decided to try
them out for its headlights as I was considering them for a 35th scale
project. When I bought those I saw the red ones and thought they
looked really cool and remembered that some modern tanks had red
infra red lights fitted. Couldn't resist all I needed was a vehicle to fit
them to.

Looked around and came up with the Russian T90 at this time the
Ukrainians were begriming to get some Leopard 2's so I thought Id
combine to two things.

I worked up the T90 and then made a complete hash of the paint job. I
was planning the T90 to be fire damaged and to try out something new
to me by using a chipping fluid. Oh dear it did not work out at all well
one problem after another including losing one of the turret hatches!
That situation was recovered by the kindness of a fellow Braille scaler
on here, thank you Tim.

I short I ruined a perfectly good Revell T90 so I decided to just scrap it
and get a new one…………little did I know it was now OOP.

I looked and looked and eventually with some trepidation resorted to a
Zvezda kit. I'm used to Zvezda as being fast build kits but this T90 is a
real kit, beautiful moulding , detailed and well engineered. The only
problem I found in reviews was that the road wheels had low profile
tyres unlike all the pics I've seen.

Having already done a lot of work on the Revell T90 running gear I
ended up mating the Zvezda upper hull and turret to the Revell running
gear.

So now I had the T90 sorted I turned to the Leopard 2………..some of
you are ahead of me here, yep the Ukrainians are getting the A5/6 vari-
ants not the A7 depicted by the Vespid kit.

Now this is a long story ….a very long story so if you want to go ahead
and just skip to the pics please feel free.

I was wandering around Dominoes in Heuvelland, Belgium gob
smacked as usual by the sheer number of kits when I spotted the Vespid
Leopard 2. Now I don't do modern stuff at all but after my recent expe-
rience with the Vespid Panther which vexed me considerably I thought
this was an opportunity to mend our ‘relationship. Always liked the
Leopard 2.

At the same time as this was going on I was finishing a Citroen Avant
as a German staff car and fascinated by the AK lenses I decided to try
them out for its headlights as I was considering them for a 35th scale
project. When I bought those I saw the red ones and thought they
looked really cool and remembered that some modern tanks had red
infra red lights fitted. Couldn't resist all I needed was a vehicle to fit
them to.

Looked around and came up with the Russian T90 at this time the
Ukrainians were begriming to get some Leopard 2's so I thought Id
combine to two things.

I worked up the T90 and then made a complete hash of the paint job. I
was planning the T90 to be fire damaged and to try out something new
to me by using a chipping fluid. Oh dear it did not work out at all well
one problem after another including losing one of the turret hatches!
That situation was recovered by the kindness of a fellow Braille scaler
on here, thank you Tim.

I short I ruined a perfectly good Revell T90 so I decided to just scrap it
and get a new one…………little did I know it was now OOP.

I looked and looked and eventually with some trepidation resorted to a
Zvezda kit. I'm used to Zvezda as being fast build kits but this T90 is a
real kit, beautiful moulding , detailed and well engineered. The only
problem I found in reviews was that the road wheels had low profile
tyres unlike all the pics I've seen.

Having already done a lot of work on the Revell T90 running gear I
ended up mating the Zvezda upper hull and turret to the Revell running
gear.

So now I had the T90 sorted I turned to the Leopard 2………..some of
you are ahead of me here, yep the Ukrainians are getting the A5/6 vari-
ants not the A7 depicted by the Vespid kit.

Fortunately Border Models ( a brand new to me in this scale) came to
the rescue with an A5/6 variant.Of this kit more later.

So this all started with a misspent afternoon in Dominos models and
wanting to try out AK lenses.

I hope you find the end result worth while.






L

JMcCarroll26 Oct 2023 1:56 p.m. PST

Good job!
Strange thing about the war, very few tank vs. tank battles. maybe more will happen with NATO tanks showing up.

FlyXwire02 Nov 2023 4:20 a.m. PST

Leon, that's amazing work!

Unfortunately, it's apparently lost over here on the moderns forum, because these pics should be garnering raves.

I so admire excellent modelling, but your ground work is remarkable – looks so real (the water is alive).

Grand Master Class!

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Nov 2023 9:09 a.m. PST

Thanks all,
Well TMP is mostly concerned with wargaming stuff these days so diorama stuff not exactly of the greatest interest to many.
L

Garb3n25 Nov 2023 4:07 p.m. PST

amazing looking diorama, the little details like fallen branches and leaves really make the scene

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2023 12:06 p.m. PST

I missed this completely. Pure chance find now and it is superb.

Swingfire Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2024 6:10 a.m. PST

@Leon
Don't sell yourself short
Amazing work

And yeah, I seem to be a year late lol
Regardless, crazy good work!

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