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Hatches on the rear of the Leopard

Leopard 2A5 DK 1/16 tankPosted by xilsoe Aug 10, 2013 14:22:31
An update on the progress on my conversion: I have almost done the hatches on the rear of the hull. These are different from the German Leopard 2A6, which has two boxes in that place. So here are some pictures of my modification at that place:

The handles in the middle of the hatches still need to be fixed and then some pain is needed.
The first two pictures show the removed handle from the set screw in the photo mount ball head.

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Leopard camera mount II

Leopard 2A5 DK 1/16 tankPosted by xilsoe Aug 01, 2013 21:01:04
Last week I got my Mobius action camera and so far I like it quite much. To try it out I recorded two videos. One in HD 1080p at 30fps and the other in HD 720p 60fps. The view field becomes smaller at 720p, so the camera should have been aimed a bit higher when I recorded the 720p video.

The 1080p video at youtube:

For comparison the 720p video at youtube. I believe youtube reduce it to 30fps:
In order to make the camera ball-head mount more easily adjustable, I removed the handle from the set screw. Then I can put a hex key in the hole in the set screw. The result is that I can adjust the ball-head mount when it is mounted on the tank.

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Leopard camera mount

Leopard 2A5 DK 1/16 tankPosted by xilsoe Jul 18, 2013 14:00:46
I have been making a camera mount for the Leopard, as I enjoy making on-board video from my RC devices. The commander's hatch can be opened and is commonly used for mounting the TAMIYA battle system. I don't imagine doing tank battles so I have decided to use this for making a camera mount point. I have found a small ball head and a Sony flash shoe converter on ebay.

The Sony flash shoe converter was flattened on the Sony side and mounted on the mounting plate inside the commander's hatch with some powerful double sided tape. Then the ball head can easily be added and removed. When the camera mount isn't being used, the hatch can be closed and the mount becomes invisible.

Here are some pictures:


I hope the pictures speak better than words. The flash shoe needs to be mounted quite far to the right and rather precise to allow the set screw in the ball head to pass through.

Now I have ordered a Mobius action camera fo mounting on this tank. More info on the camera: http://www.chucklohr.com/808/Mobius/

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Making hatches fro the Leopard

Leopard 2A5 DK 1/16 tankPosted by xilsoe Jul 18, 2013 13:38:48
The time has come for me to start making my own parts for the modification I am doing. I am starting with the hatches on the rear end. They don't seem too hard. Here are some photos taken during the process:

The hatches are 24mm wide and 13mm high. The fixation plates are about 5mm high and 4mm wide. I am using 1mm brass rod for the handle. The handle is 7mm wide. The screws and nuts are M0.8.

As can be seen, I have also put the convoy marker in place.

The next thing will be to get the hatches painted and to get them in place and then to do the top fixation plates.

I also made a camera mount for this tank. I'll write about that in the next post.

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Doing Leopard 2A5 DK modifications

Leopard 2A5 DK 1/16 tankPosted by xilsoe Jul 01, 2013 13:56:28
After I have put the gun back on and installed the gun flash light, I started doing the modifications for making a 2A5 DK Leopard. The first thing I have done is to change the rear boxes. Some pictures:

For this modification I chose to cut part P28 and P29 apart. Then I'll need to make some hatches to go on the rear.

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Making the Leopard gun

Leopard 2A5 DK 1/16 tankPosted by xilsoe Jun 19, 2013 20:16:11
As stated before I had to shorten the gun barrel to make it a L44 instead of an L55 Rheinmetall. So I did. I fixed the transparent tip of the barrel with epoxy as this doesn't put fumes on the transparent part. It was however painted afterwards so not really any reason to use epoxy.

Then I put some paint on so I could see the shapes. after two layers of paint I removed the molding edge of the tip and then I put some filler on the smoke remover and smoothed the filler.

After the filler, the barrel was painted three times and now it is ready to be put back on the tank.

Some pictures of it all:

As can be seen in the pictures, I also completed the air intake covers.

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Update on the Leopard

Leopard 2A5 DK 1/16 tankPosted by xilsoe Jun 08, 2013 16:03:02
I have been doing some progress and currently the cat is in running condition, though far from complete. I showed it to my 2½ year nephew last weekend. He was a bit scared but also quite fascinated.

Some pictures of the tank in it's current condition:

I haven't really done any DK modifications yet. The only thing so far is that I have shortened the gun barrel.

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Leopard back on tracks

Leopard 2A5 DK 1/16 tankPosted by xilsoe May 15, 2013 21:22:35
Yesterday I found some time to put the last swing arm in place and put the last track on and add some minor details. Further I replaced the spade connectors in the hull with 4mm gold plated bullet connectors. This should make it easier to take this tank apart. Then I joined the lower and upper hull and put some strips on the wires in the turret so I can put the the turret top in place.

Here are some pictures:

I have been doing some running of the tank and I must say I enjoy that smiley It is a pleasure to hear the sound module with all the sound effects.

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