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Danish Leopard 2A5DK in Afghanistan
maximus8425
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 01:42 AM UTC
I did a search but didn't come up with anything so sorry if this is a re-post. Anyway here are a few pictures of Danish Leopard 2's in Afghanistan that I found on the net. I think they look so cool with their covering of Barracuda style cam, how fantastic (and difficult) would these be to model (well for me anyway). Anyway hope you like them, some are resized and I have them on my drive so if you want the bigger version .5 MB give me a shout.

Max






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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 02:48 AM UTC
Interesting pics, that camo could pose a problem for scratch builders.

Maybe some sort of Photo Etch, two pieces, the backing then the cam net?

Or maybe resin like Zimmerit?

cheers
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 04:04 AM UTC
I think that Echelon decals is working on the Barracuda netting.
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 04:31 AM UTC
Very interesting pictures. I have to say that the barracuda netting makes these quite unique!
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 04:53 AM UTC
That would be an interesting project. I bet there is somebody out there wondering how to do it as we speak.

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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 04:59 AM UTC
My guess is that photoetch would be the way to go. But it would be very time consuming to take a flat sheet of brass and make thousands of little bends in the camo to bring it to life. A tough detail to replicate but it would look so cool if you could do it. I've seen the Chally II with the same type of camo too.

-Matt
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 05:43 AM UTC

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That would be an interesting project. I bet there is somebody out there wondering how to do it as we speak.




Funny you should mention it....
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 06:01 AM UTC
the kind of camo nets used for covering foxholes and the like could work if made in in scale and painted the right color
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 06:24 AM UTC
That would definently become a challenge. I would make it in tin foil and then stamp the areas into the foil.

Anyway, the main purpose of the sheets are actually not to camouflage, but to reduce heat on the surface of the tank and thereby also inside the tank.

It was tested in Cordoba in Spain before deployment by two tanks. One with the netting and one without. Apparently - and surpricingly at least to me - it works very well and makes a big difference.

Below are some more pictures from the tests in Cordoba, Spain. Including the test team, a very dusty engine and a "clean" shot of the netting.













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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 06:49 AM UTC
Well for my Str 122 I was thinking of going down this route for the rolled nets on the turret.
http://www.plasticwarfare.se/?p=183
I s'pose it could be used to produce the matting for the wagon. I would assume looking at it that it's a thermal sheet with the net sheets attached. Whatever route you go down it's going to be a long process.
With or without the matting on it's a cool looking wagon in desert cam.

Max
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 07:30 AM UTC

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Anyway, the main purpose of the sheets are actually not to camouflage, but to reduce heat on the surface of the tank and thereby also inside the tank.


It's also used to reduse the tanks IR signature.

/Thord
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 04:01 PM UTC
Cool stuff... What's the camou thing made of in reality?
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 04:56 PM UTC

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Cool stuff... What's the camou thing made of in reality?



Shape shifting tiny elves with little fans.

Just kidding....Google "Saab Barracuda" and you will find info on the internet.....heat reflecting synthetic materials are the key to the system.
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008 - 11:42 AM UTC
Max--PM sent regarding my interest in the large image files.
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008 - 12:48 PM UTC

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That would be an interesting project. I bet there is somebody out there wondering how to do it as we speak.




Funny you should mention it....



Ditto! hmmmmm.........
Pretty awesome concept,design, and implimentation. The Danes Rock!
Cheers!
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 10:59 PM UTC

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Cool stuff... What's the camou thing made of in reality?


Shape shifting tiny elves with little fans.


You'll never know!