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Voyager Leopard 2A6 Upgrade Set For Tamiya - Scale Model World
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Dec 13, 2006 at 09:43 AM

Roderick Lenz A.K.A. MightyRhinox brings us this review of Voyager's full tilt upgrade set for the Tamiya Leopard 2A6

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Voyager PE 35026 Tam Leopard 2A6

Upgrade Kit For Tamiya Leopard 2A6

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Even before opening this set makes an impression, with it’s slick black video game style box and lovely photos on the back. Reading the text on the back of the box does bring up the first of the sets little inaccuracies, the box states the PE side skirts provided (shows the feature of actual combat Leopard 2A6) this is incorrect, the lightweight skirts provided in the kit are the ones used on training exercises to prevent damage to the heavier armoured ones. Upon opening the box we find: 

14 sheets of PE with Approx. 160+ PE parts

1 Turned Aluminium L/55 120mm Gun Barrel

16 Turned Brass Smoke Dispensers
35 Parts in Creamy Resin
3 Rods of ABS plastic
12 Brass rods
Copper Cable
Plastic Tube

 

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I found the resin parts were completely free of flash and air bubbles, but (quite oddly) the resin replacements for the forward skirt (the heavier part) are missing the hinges along the top edge. Apart from this, everything was excellent.

The instructions are fairly clear and of a professional standard, although the recommendation of “Super Clue” got some giggles (“But I haven’t got a clue!”). Construction begins with the engine deck and once again some problems appear. First of the PE engine screen structures are very odd, they appear to be modelled off of the walkaround on http://www.panzer-modell.de/ (which actually appears to be of at least two Leos) But I cannot find any pictures of any other leopard 2 with this configuration, indeed some of the engine deck shots in the walkaround show the more usual configuration, if anyone knows anything more about this, it would be nice to find out. The best solution is to either open up the kit parts and only use parts 53E and 51G or get your hands on the Leo2a5 engine decks, which are correct (you could also just use the kit parts straight).The latches and padlocks for the side stowage compartments (parts 16A and 14D+15A) are hugely over scale, but don’t look too terrible when installed. The Chains on parts 5LC and 5RC are very delicate, mine disintegrated when I attempted to remove them from the sheet, be very careful. The latches on the towing hooks don’t appear on all Leo2s (in fact some have different hooks all together) but this is not a big issue. Also the etched grab handles are way too flat so use 0.5mm brass wire or stretched sprue instead.

The next step moves onto the tools and their clamps as well as the front of the hull. Most of the details here are fine, but a few things such as the turn screws for the cleaning rod holder and the heads of the pivots on the big hinges for the frontal track skirt section are again massively over scale. Parts 30D and 150F are only needed if you want to depict your Leo with ice grousers removed. The lengths given for the sections of ABS rod are off, I’m not sure about 0.3mm pieces for the tools, that could be correct, but I thought they were unnecessary and didn’t make them. The correct lengths should be 30mm for the fender hinges and 2.5mm for the lock on the spare track. If you choose to use the Parts for the spare track holder, you’ll have to file the back of the kit track piece down to get it to fit. Once again the guards around the indicator lights don’t appear on all Leos so this is optional. As a bonus Voyager have provided some spare parts on the sheet for the workable tool clamps, so you can make a couple of mistakes. Quite happily I actually managed to get my working clamps working after a few goes.

Moving on we add the last few details to the hull, including a few chains, holders for the tow cable and the auxiliary fuel line, as well as putting all the tools in place. Thankfully everything here is fine.

Now that the hull is finished we can move on to the rear of the turret and here is where the set finally comes into it’s own. Everything is wonderfully done here, from the new hinges on the stowage to their 5 part latches and transport wedge holders. The only notes here are that the instructions show the track end connector holders empty (which is okay but I’ve not seen many photos with them like this). Also the kit wedges will fit nicely in the PE holders once the moulded in ones are shaved off.

Next is the top of the turret and once again everything is good here, with a new panel for the Peri-17 showing lovely embossed technical data. The new frame for the gunfire simulator as also a lovely little piece that goes together beautifully. You will need to remove a couple of bolts from the turret armour to get it in place, but this is accurate (even if left out of the instructions). The Smoke dischargers go together perfectly and look lovely. The only two complaints are on the wiper for the CITV, which again seems a little over sized and that the clear parts for the commanders armoured window wont fit in the PE part 147D (not a big issue).

Lastly are the track skirts and barrel, for which the PE straps and resin LRF fit perfectly, unfortunately there is no locating point on the barrel making it tricky to position carefully. Also note that you will need to remove the locating ridge from kit part C11 to get the barrel to fit. The track skirts are a little tricky, but can be made workable with a little care. As mentioned early the resin replacements for the forward section of the skirt are missing their hinges, I had intended to simply remove the hinges from the kit part and use those, but found it easier to cut off and clean up the kit sections than to remove the casting block from the resin parts.

In conclusion, this isn’t a bad detail set and voyager have been kind enough to provided numerous spares, but a large number of over scale parts and some odd things owing to the set being based on an “odd” Leo let it down a little.

Verdict……73%

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