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Leopard 1A5DK
keo
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Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 06:00 AM GMT+7
Leopard 1A5DK

This represents my build of a Leopard 1A5DK from the Danish Forces in Kosovo (KFOR) in the early 2Ks. The base is an Italeri Leopard1A4 which is without any comparison superior to Tamiya’s kit. I have used Accurate Armour’s update kit for a Danish Leopard 1A5. This kit gives all the basic parts in resin but also includes new wheels, some PE parts and a wire. The parts for the dozer and those to update it to DK-standard (the two rear boxes) are from DanScale, a company now sadly out of business. Finally I replaced the barrel with one from Perfect Scale Modellbau and the tracks from the same company.
Hope you like it.






The finished model




flugwuzzi
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Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 01:18 PM GMT+7
wow,
kenneth your cat looks really great.
the dozer and the good paintjob plus fine weathering makes it a winner.

cheers
walter
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Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 04:29 PM GMT+7
Excellent work Kenneth,

Your KFOR Leopard 1A5DK-1 turned out excellent.....that is exactly what I have planned with all my conversion parts!
haribeau44
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Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 05:51 PM GMT+7
Hallo, Kenneth,

oh yes, I like this Leopard very much! The whole thing is very impressive: conversion work, colours and aging, simply excellent!

It makes me sick that Dan Scale is not longer and else nowhere available.

I still hope that somebody is willing to give away his second or third dozer and the conversion. 'Hope is the last that dies!'

Harald

p.s.
Could you, please, give us a close up picture of the additional rear boxes?
Thanks in advance.
Logan
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Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 06:54 PM GMT+7
HI

Really nice job !!! Makes me want to dig out my long dormant 1A5DK project :-)

Tom
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Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 08:32 AM GMT+7
Very nice. The AC unit on the turret rear is scratchbuild right?

Paul
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Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 11:15 AM GMT+7




Here are two close up of the APU box (on the right) and the tool box (on the left). Both parts are from DanScale; unfortunately I was not able to buy a complete set so some minor things had to be scratched. But in all they are more Danscale items than scratched ones.

If you study the pictures of the completed model you’ll noticed two changes I had to make after the initial paintjob. First I had forgot to make the shield between the turret and the APU box, and secondly, a set of brackets for a searchlight had to be removed (I discovered that they were not applied until the Leopards formed part of the SFOR).

To all you who have commented my build: Thank you all guys – nice to have positive feed back.


ptruhe
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Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 12:09 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Here are two close up of the APU box (on the right) and the tool box (on the left). Both parts are from DanScale; unfortunately I was not able to buy a complete set so some minor things had to be scratched. But in all they are more Danscale items than scratched ones.



Doh. As I re-read the first post I see you mentioned they were Dan-Scale. It's a shame those parts didn't make it to the Accurate Armour rerelease. Do you know the approximate dimensions on the APU and AC boxes?

Thanks for the closeups. The jerry can straps look very realistic.

Paul

Paul
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Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 12:20 PM GMT+7
If you can wait the weekend over I can take some measurements on the boxes. We have one at our local museum.
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Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 01:06 PM GMT+7
Kenneth,

Nice build. Like the before and after pictures. Interesting how you did some of the markings.

Tony
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Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 08:12 PM GMT+7
Hallo, Kenneth,

thanks a lot for the close pics!
They show once more your excellent work!

I am looking forward to the measures. That will help very much.

Thanks again

Harald
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Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 01:14 AM GMT+7
Nice work Kenneth, as allways - hope it finds its way to Esbjerg this november ?

Cheers/Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 06:55 AM GMT+7
Great job on the Leopard, Kenneth. Looks just perfect compared to pictures I have seen. The weathering is also spot on.

Thanks for sharing
Panzer-Ole
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Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 01:41 PM GMT+7
Hi Kenneth

That Leopard is very well done

Makes me wanna do one as well

Ole
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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 07:53 AM GMT+7










As promised, here are some basic measurements of the boxes of a Leopard1A5Dk-1. Hope they can help.

I would like to direct anyone interested in modeling one to Barbarossa Books’ Leopard 1 trilogy. The volume with foreign users contains a 1/35 scale drawing of a Danish Leopard 1A5Dk-1. It’s not entirely accurate though; the APU bow is a bit too long compared to my measurements (AND compared to DanScales kit).

ptruhe
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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 09:17 AM GMT+7
Thanks for the pictures and measurements.

Paul
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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 05:39 PM GMT+7
Hi Kenneth, like all the others said before: this is a great Leo, and it is really a shame that these parts of Dan-Scale are obviously lost. Does anybody know or remember who was behind Dan-Scale and if the masters are still existing? Would be a great deal to bring them "back to life". I got a good contact to a German resin enthusiast and I am sure that dozer and Danish parts are a still a good subject for a re-release.

Hey, master modeller of Dan-Scale! If you are reading this, please get in touch :-)

Cheers / Stephan
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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 06:25 PM GMT+7
I agree they are great conversions.....I was fortunate enough to get the complete Leopard 1A5DK-1 conversion, dozer blade, and a great set of modern Danish tank crew figures.....it would be excellent to see the conversion parts back on the market.

haribeau44
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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 09:46 PM GMT+7
Kenneth,
thanks for the pictures with measures. That's just what a modeller needs, great!

Stephan and Jason,
I underline every word you said about the conversion and repeat:

"master modeller, get in touch with Stephan and give your creativity a new life!

Harald
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Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 03:18 AM GMT+7
awesome Leo! really nice work on the "extras" too. Love those Leo 1's.
Terry
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Posted: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 09:27 AM GMT+7
Hi Kenneth and the others who participate in this thread. Does somebody know the modeller who was "DANSCALE"?
I found an old brochure of DANSCALE with a telephonenumber on it, but this is not the correct contact anymore.
I would really like to contact this modeller and check if the masters are still available.
Especially the masters for the dozerblade, for the turret rear etc. (all these which are not with AcAr today).
It seems to be a good idea to release them under other brandname.
I am sure that there is a market for these parts.
Hoping that someone is able to help me I remain...
Cheers / Stephan
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Posted: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 01:15 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Hi Kenneth and the others who participate in this thread. Does somebody know the modeller who was "DANSCALE"?
I found an old brochure of DANSCALE with a telephonenumber on it, but this is not the correct contact anymore.
I would really like to contact this modeller and check if the masters are still available.
Especially the masters for the dozerblade, for the turret rear etc. (all these which are not with AcAr today).
It seems to be a good idea to release them under other brandname.
I am sure that there is a market for these parts.
Hoping that someone is able to help me I remain...
Cheers / Stephan



let us know if you have any infos, for retrieving contact of the ex owner of danscale

i would be interested by the dozer blade too, i don't know if this company had other products like that

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Posted: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 01:32 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

i would be interested by the dozer blade too, i don't know if this company had other products like that



Mouse House makes one but it's lacking the extensions found on the Danish dozer blade. Here is the review:
http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=3310

Paul
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Posted: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 02:28 PM GMT+7
I’ll try to contact him with your requests; whether he’ll comply or not is a bit uncertain though. Niels only did this as a hobby for some years and I think he became a bit worn out about the immense work that it involved. As most of you know he sold the parts for the Leopard 1A5 and the PNMK to Accurate Armour. It baffles me too why AA did not accept all of the parts for the Leopard A5DK1 and the parts for the dozer, but they may have thought that it would not give a satisfactory turn over – who knows.

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Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2010 - 03:58 AM GMT+7
kenneth,
thanks a lot for the detailshots and the measurements.

@dozer blade:
why not scratchbuilding one when needed? we are modeler aren´t we?

cheers
Walter