Project Complete: 1/35 MENG Norwegian Leopard-1 A5-NO
This is a follow-up article to the “WIP” article submitted last week for the MENG 1/35 Leopard-1 A5-NO. The project is now complete. The build was commissioned by a veteran of the Norwegian Army currently living in Norway. I live in the USA so this battle tank has a long journey ahead.
The model combines the MENG Leopard-1 A5 basic kit with the Legend “NO” conversion set composed of resin and photo-etch conversion parts. The build also includes a Norwegian Leopard-1 decal sheet produced and purchased from Leopard Workshop. I did not have an opportunity to review these decals in my WIP article so I will touch on them now. I had very bad luck using these decals. Many of them broke apart when sliding from the backing paper. I had to go through a few sets to get the whole set to work for one tank. The other issue was that they did not adhere well and left a lot of silvering which again required me to replace the decals on the tank for another version from this set. I used multiple decal solutions and a hair-dryer to help them adhere and conform but I still was not satisfied with the final results. As a result I do not recommend this brand of decals but then again I am not sure what your options are if wanting to build the Norwegian version of this famed battle tank.
I finished the model using all Tamiya paints for the primary base camo. I also used Black and Brown Tamiya panel liner as a pin-wash to enhance details and recessed lines. Additional weathering was provided with the use of Tamiya Pastel products and a paint-brush. The completed camo job was very bright with sharp contrasts. It did not look good so I used a very thinned mix of green orchre acrylic airbrushed as a mist to blend and reduce the brightness to a more realistic hue. I was then satisfied with the results. I usually beat up my armor with much more harsh weathering then I did with this tank. I stopped at this point because I really liked the look I had achieved and did not want to ruin it with over emphasized weathering and a lot of mud and dirt. Now I am sort of doubting the reduced weathering look and considering another go at it adding a little more dirt, mud, and dust. I believe the last matte varnish layer I used to seal the work may have reduced the effect of the weathering I did especially with the use of pastel and pigments to create a dusty look. If you think it could use more please let me know your thoughts on this?
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