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Best 1/35 Leopard 2 A6 kit out there
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Alberta, Canada
Joined: July 20, 2006
KitMaker: 706 posts
Armorama: 665 posts
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 05:29 AM UTC
[quote]Hello all,

Quick question here :

I bought a complete conversion to bring a tamiya 2a6 up to a canadian 2a6m (without the cage armor) from leopard club..

There might be some extra work needed to add the conversion to the Border 2A6 to being it up to the Canadian standard, plus if you do plan on doing it, make sure you have the best reference material, as the 2A6M's have gone through a few modifications since their service n Afghanistan.

Cheers Anthony
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Florida, United States
Joined: September 04, 2009
KitMaker: 153 posts
Armorama: 152 posts
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 03:35 PM UTC
For those who have built the Meng 2A7 as well as the other LEO 2 kits, how does the Meng compare?

If you were not picky about building a 2A5, 2A6, or 2A7, and could only build one, which is best (detail, fit, etc.)

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Joined: March 14, 2013
KitMaker: 251 posts
Armorama: 251 posts
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 05:33 PM UTC
I am currently building the Border Models kit, and I really appreciate it for its ease of building and for the details.
Pieces are particularly easy to cut from the sprues, workable tracks and suspensions are easy to do, all fits well, the transparents don't make waves on their surface...
The only difficulty is in the fitting of photo etched plates behind the turret, I guess that a jig to bend them would have been good without risking to break the excellent tube frame bending the pieces on it. Besides the fit of the metal plates was not perfect once bended, I suspect that the angle of their profile is a bit too strong and it could fit better by shortening the lower plastic tubes about 0.1-0.2 mm to give a slightly increased angulation to the rear.
Besides I see that the inside caps of the wheels seem made by some rubber, not polyethylene, so I will paint their vanes into the wheel by acrylic paint or a thin layer of cyanoacrylate to avoid the possibility of any future chemical reaction with the plastic. As an alternative, I could omit them and glue the wheels to their pins.
I've read that the painting instructions contain errors and some research should be made to avoid to copy them on the model.
Anyway I am very satisfied with this model, I think that I'll buy their Pz.IV too just to have another good build.
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Warszawa, Poland
Joined: March 26, 2003
KitMaker: 4,303 posts
Armorama: 3,900 posts
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 06:53 PM UTC

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I've read that the painting instructions contain errors and some research should be made to avoid to copy them on the model.

The biggest error I think is in the Polish version, which in instructions is presented as 2A6 version with early smoke grenade launchers configuration, while Polish tanks are 2A5 with late launcher configuration...
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England - South East, United Kingdom
Joined: December 16, 2007
KitMaker: 542 posts
Armorama: 502 posts
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 09:42 PM UTC
Border review here: http://leopardclub.ca/reviews/Border/2A5-2A6/
Also here are reviews of most of the latest Leopard 2s from various manufacturers. I would rate Meng's versions as the tops but they only do 2A4 and 2A7 as current service versions (plus 2A7+ which was a one-off demo machine).