Hobbyboss Leopard 2A4 – A ‘perfect’ cure for AMS ?
Last year I finally gave-in to my ‘need’ for a 1:35 Leopard tank, and bought the superb TAKOM 1A5 kit… Upon opening it I very quickly realised that my limited abilities simply were’t up to the task of painstakingly assembling 712 pieces of individual tracks, so reluctantly I sold it to someone who has far more time and patience than I, and bought this Hobbyboss 2A4 kit for just £10.50GBP off an eBay seller based in China.
Within three days of it arriving, it was on the bench and just a hair over three weeks later here it is done. All Tamiya acrylics, mixed and lightened as suggested by Spencer Pollard in his ‘How to Build…’ book from a couple of years back. Weathering limited to just a little dry-brushing, an ‘oil dot’ wash and some light dusting with MIG pigments (European Dust). The (Spanish) decals were courtesy of a good friend in Holland, and come from the RoG Leo kit, as did the camouflage pattern.
The details are soft, there’s a mass of mould release marks, the wheels are at best described as ’round’ and the tracks are toy-like, however I’ve really wanted a Leopard tank in the cabinet for as long as I’ve been modelling, so… I thouroughly enjoyed every minute of this build and the answer to the question in the title, “A ‘perfect’ cure for AMS ?” – in my case, a resounding YES !
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