The German leopard I was once thought to be the world’s premier main battle tank. Meng have kitted it in 35th scale and after showing you the parts form the Japanese show last month we thought as an extra teaser they thought it would be nice to show you all of the features of this their latest heavyweight….
The Leopard 1 A3/A4 MBT
L7A3 105mm rifled main gun
Length - 9.54 m (gun forward);
Width - 3.37 m;
Combat weight - 42.4 tonnes;
Maximum road speed - 65 km/h.
It was fitted with a MB 838 CaM 500 water-cooled multi-fuel engine. The Leopard 1 A3 incorporated all the improvements of the Leopard 1 A2 but with a new welded turret of spaced armour with a wedge-shaped gun mantlet; the turret rear stowage bin was incorporated into the contour of the turret; the loader's periscope was movable in both elevation and azimuth. Leopard 1 A4 was fitted with the same turret as Leopard 1 A3, but had an integrated fire-control system, which improved the tank’s combat effectiveness and also provided a far higher hit probability. The Leopard 1 MBT became a standard equipment of European forces for its extraordinary reliability and outstanding tactical mobility, and served in over a dozen countries worldwide.
This 1/35 scale Leopard 1 A3/A4 MBT plastic model kit precisely represents the shape of German AFVs. Periscopes and lights are provided with clear parts; all hatches can be modelled open or closed; armour protection for periscope and grilles for engine compartment can be precisely presented with PE parts; track links and one-piece TPE tracks are included; three options (German Leopard 1 A3/A4 or Greek Leopard 1 A3) are provided.
Details On The Rear Leopard 1 A3/A4 Hull Are So Realistic That No Further Improvement By Modelers Is Needed.
Excellent Decals And Grousers Greatly Improve The Appearance Of This Model.
Pioneer Tools And Side Skirt On The Left Side Of Hull Are Perfectly Represented.
The PE Engine Grille Looks Very Realistic.
Turret Weld Beads, Mantlet Cover And Searchlight Are Fine And Realistic.
Details Of MG3 Machine Gun, Commander’s And Loader’s Hatches Are Rich And Fine.
One-Piece TPE Tracks And Track Links Are Both Provided For Different Needs Of Modellers.
With The Help Of The Movable Suspension, This Model Can Be Built In The Positions Modellers Like.
This Kit Consists Of Olive Drab and Brown Plastic Sprues, A Clear Sprue, A Set Of One-Piece TPE Tracks, Two PE Frets And A Decal Sheet.
This kit should be out before Christmas time so you just might be lucky..
This and other kits from MENG are worth checking their website out for..