Thursday, November 11

Preview: Takom's Leopard A27 in 72nd scale shines on its own merit...

The lil' leopard 2A7 was featured in a dual boxing only recently from Takom. The other kit inside the box being the heavy German transporter truck. this kit is just the Leo, some masks for camouflage and a few more features. We look at this little 72nd scale cat in our preview...

Preview: Takom's Leopard A27 in 72nd scale shines on its own merit...

Leopard 2A7 Limited Edition Kit
From Takom
1/72nd scale
Kit No # 5011X
The Subject: The Leopard 2A7
The Leopard 2A7 is fundamentally different from the KMW variant 2A7+ and is not optimised for combat in urban terrain. A total of 20 vehicles are provided for converting. It involves former Dutch A6NL models returned by Canada to Germany. The last tank remains as a reference vehicle at KMW. A upgrading of the whole tank fleet of the Bundeswehr to A7 standards is planned for the future.

Leopard 2 A7, German Army Training Centre, Munster 2015
The original upgrade to A6M has been extended in coordination with Canada and includes a crew-compartment cooling-system from the Leopard 2 A6M-HEL series, a new 20 kW auxiliary power unit based on the Steyr Motors M12 TCA UI engine, the Saab Barracuda Mobile Camouflage System (MCS) with Heat-Transfer Reduction (HTR CoolCam) system, a field trial proven combat management and information system (IFIS: Integriertes Führungs- und Informationssystem), onboard network optimization with ultracapacitors in the chassis and turret, a SOTAS IP digital intercom system, a renewal of the fire suppression system in the crew compartment, and the retrofitting of Attica thermal imaging module in the commander optics. The weapon system is adapted for firing HE ammunition. It is also fitted for, but not with, additional passive side protection armour. 

The Leopard 2A7 main battle tank of the German military participates in exercises during a media day at the Bundeswehr training grounds Oct. 14, 2016, near Bergen, Germany.
The first Leopard 2A7 was handed over to the German Army in Munich on 10 December 2014. A total of 14 vehicles were produced for Tank Battalion 203, plus four more going to the Armoured Corps Training Centre and one vehicle at the Technical School for Land Systems and School for Technology of the Army. The last tank remains as a reference vehicle at KMW. The tank also features a completely new armour package that features Tungsten, Titanium as well as Nano-Ceramics. The estimated armour protection for the hull is around ~620 mm RHAe KE and near ~1000 mm RHAe KE for the turret.
The Danish Armed Forces received its first Leopard 2A7 main battle tanks upgraded in Germany from the Leopard 2A5DK version at the Dragoon Barracks in Holstebro. The Danish Army will receive a total of 44 Leopard 2A7 vehicles by 2022.

Danish Leopard 2A7 MBTs in a firing line...

The Kit: Takom's 72nd scale Leopard 2A7 Limited Edition Kit
We originally saw the Takom Leopard 2A7 in a combo kit with the German heavy transported truck earlier this year. This kit comes in a single kit inside the box. There are a few features of note in this kit, however.
Kit Features:
Masks for camouflage included
Link & length tracks included
Two marking variants included in the box
Photo-etch parts included

That is all we know about this release for now. You can see more about Takom's kits on their website or on their Facebook page