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Ian Foulkes
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Australian Trials Leopard Tank

August 26, 2021 · in Armor · · 6 · 2K
This article is part of a series:
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  2. Leopard 1A5 Bundeswehr
  3. Weathering, the Belgian Leopard Conversion Continues
  4. Leopard AS1 Aus Cam Update
  5. Leopard AS 1 Olive Drab Lusterless Update
  6. Dutch Leopard 1
  7. Australian Leopard AS1 Dozer
  8. Danish Leopard 1A5DK
  9. Takom 1/35 Canadian C2 Leopard Mexas
  10. Australian Trials Leopard Tank
  11. Australian Leopard AS1 with drivers and engine compartments.
  12. Leopard AS1 Engine, Engine Bay and Drivers Compartment Latest Progress
  13. Unfinished Business – Finishing Off the Belgian Leopard
  14. Trying New Techniques On Tamiya Leopard A3/A4
  15. Revell Leopard 1 A1A4 Weathering And Camnet
  16. Leopard 1 A1A1 With Peddinghaus Turret
  17. 1/35 Camouflage Nets
  18. Camnet Construction continued...
  19. Schutzenpanzer Marder 1
  20. Meng C2 Mexas with Dozer Progress
  21. Meng Leopard C2 more progress

One of my 1A1 (, latest mould) has been re-tasked to a new purpose! I had planned on making one of the two Leopard 1A1's that were rented by for comparative trials against the American M60.

The Leopards were named "Blitzkrieg" and "Barbarossa". Although delivered in , all the tanks in the trials were resprayed in Olive Drab lustreless for a press day.

The trials Leopards were delivered in standard 1A1 configuration with factory side skirts as issued from the factory, hence the change in the skirts.

This is just the "concept" set of side skirts, I'll be making a master mould set soon so that I can cast some extra ones...

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  1. Another very interesting Leopard project, Ian! Nice job on those side skirts!

    • Thanks Spiros. I've just found out that there should be a very strange shaped box to the right of the drivers hatch, so I'll be doing some scratch building later today!

  2. Nice subject, Ian @ianfolk96
    This Leopard with side skirts.

  3. Hi Ian, how did you go with moulding the side skirts?
    Wondering as I am looking to do one of the trail versions using the Tamiya kit, however it came skirt-less!

    • Hi Mick,

      I'm still working on the masters. It's the curve at the front end of the skirts that is proving to be the problem. I wouldn't recommend using the Tamiya kit for a whole bunch of reasons. I'd go down the route of using the new mould Revell Leopard 1 A1. I'm away from home at the moment, but I'll be back there tomorrow. Let me see what I can do about the side skirts...

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