Leopard 2 A6
It's a Tamiya so this is very much an out of box build.
Markings are for an example used by the 5th Company, 203rd Panzer Battalion of the Bundeswehr sometime in the early noughties.
As you'd expect from a kit made by Tamiya, the fit and engineering is very good.The words shake & bake spring to mind...
There are a few places however where I suspect there's been a bit of penny pinching from Mr Tamiya...
...The turret baskets are one example: Made from a plastic mesh with a paper mask guide on the instruction sheet which needs a bit of care to get right. Meh!.
A photo-etch fret would have been a better choice, though I suspect this is where a certain aftermarket provider would step in..
The tow cable is another example of penny pinching, being made from a cotton twine type material. It looks Ok once painted but again it's a case of...Meh!
It is a minor gripe since both items look ok once painted.
The other curio, which had me think...why did Tamiya do that?... is their choice of clear styrene sheet for the periscope glass. Something a bit more substantial and injection moulded would have been better.
Nevertheless don't let my comments above put anyone off from making the kit.
These a minor quibbles and it is a good kit, and out of the box it's perfectly fine.
It was also my first go at doing a three colour camo scheme and I used Vallejo's Nato Armour Colors set, which I can recommend to all...(Providing you like using acrylic paints).
As it's a Bundeswehr machine I've only given it very light weathering, concentrating more on highlighting and modulating the colours here & there.
Once again comments are always welcome, but for now thanks for looking.