Tamiya’s 1/35 Leopard1 A1
Tamiya’s very ancient & venerable Leopard1 A1 completed in February 2017.
Though not a patch in terms of detail & perhaps accuracy compared to today’s kits (I’m thinking of the Revell offering) – it does to my eye still look like a Leopard1; & it’s a pretty good kit all things considered.
The kit I think first saw the light of day around 1970, though it was made at the time when Tamiya couldn’t make up it’s mind whether it was a radio controlled toy or a serious construction kit.
It nevertheless builds up well, with reasonably good fit.
The legacy from it’s radio control days are still present and the corresponding slots & holes for that piece of gear needs to be taken care of & filled.
Incidentally, I can see how Tamiya achieved it’s peerless reputation for quality.
One just has to remember the quality of kits from that era, if you’re one of those old enough to remember!
This was an old second-hand kit I managed to score as a “third place” raffle prize a good while back and to be honest I didn’t really have very high expectations. It did win me over during the course of the build.
It is out of the box and the second 1/35th tank built at that point.
I’ve kept the finishes clean as I was advised by those more expert in these matters that the Bundeswehr kept their tanks in good nick.
Light weathering only.
Thanks for looking.