Hi chaps, I've a slight change of plan for this group build . I have now decided on the Canadian Leopard C2 Mexas , I think it's rather more fitting for this one. Not many marking options, either 1st, 2nd, 3rd troop A Squadron, or HQ Squadron of the Lord Strathconas Horse. All in Afghanistan, 2007.
Well I made a start earlier. The lower hull and sussies are complete, the bandie tracks are certainly a huge improvement to the other Meng kits, upper hull and rear deck in place. I'll see how far I get tonight, but I can say at this speed and with the good fitting, it could could all be built by Sunday
A little more on the Mexas fellas . The optics are all clear plastic, so I thought I would try something different for a change. Instead of painting them after being blasted with the hull colour, I masked the clear part first. The base where the optics go into has been painted silver, the optics themselves have been painted with Vallejo Panzer Aces 309 Periscope colour. What I hope is after the main colour has been added, I can remove the masked bit and have a decent looking optic without having to paint anything. We'll see if it pays off or not later. I also had some fun with ole foe Mr.P.E., the optics covers for the driver are a real PITA to bend. Just for fun I have done a dry fit of the turret armour too .
Tomorrow I'll some colour on the turret sides, then I can fix all the rest of the turret stuff and move on