That is a really nice looking project! And in case you are interested, there is a Dutch site where someone has started this one as well, he is adding Leopard stuff to turn this into a model as it might have been had it been taken into production, and turnes it into a Belgian vehicle. You might have to use Google translate...
Hi chaps and thanks for the support . Today I added some etch, also the rear end was sorted and the side panels have been dry fitted . There's few little more bits I can add, but the hatches need to wait until the crew arrives .
Here's a word of warning to anyone who wishes to build this kit. Takom haven't got everything correct. The breech blocks are missing and the breeches themselves appear to be upside down. Also the breeches do not line up with the barrels, these mistakes are a shame as you can see them when the barrels are in neutral and negative depression. Next time i will correct this.
Chaps, thank you kindly for the kind words . I have a few pictures of the real vehicle, so that helps a lot with the details. I had planned to travel to Koblenz this weekend to get some more, unfortunately the museum is now closed to the public, and no-one knows when or if it will re-open. There was talk of doing away with all the military museums in Germany, one of those stupid peace movement things. It looks like the Wehr-Technische Studiensammelung has been hit first.
Enough ranting, it won't change anything anyway.
Today I added some optics and then had to decided if I was going to use the flat, boring PE deck lifting eyes , or use some homemade ones instead .
Okay chaps, the basic build is now done . Had a couple of issues getting the side panels on, but with a few curses and some sanding of the gun pivots it went together. Still got to clean up the grab handles, that will be done tomorrow, as sorting the running gear also.
Colour, well it's damned hard to say what the correct colour is. I have looked at my reference pictures, and not one shows the same colour twice . So I decided to use Revell Aqua no.46, Nato Olive. Once the vehicle is covered with the base coat, I shall add some tonal differences to the base colour .