Mark's Leopard

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Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Thu Jul 15, 2021 4:34 pm

I decided I'd build this one as I haven't done a partwork tank before, and this looks like a rather splendid and well featured model.

If you're interested, you can order it from Agora. Here is the link >= https://www.agoramodels.com/leopard/

I've got pack one, so let's get cracking!

The instructions are purely graphic, which makes them clear and easy to follow. However, we will miss out on the useful insights from their expert. You can download the instructions from the download centre if you want to see them. Anybody can download them. https://www.agoramodels.com/download-centre-uk/#six

Stage one gives us the barrel, a hatch and a periscope.

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The barrel is nicely painted. The colours look about right to my untrained eye, and the feathering is very even.

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Not much to do in this pack though, we just put the 'glass' in the periscope.

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Here is the hatch we get. Sorry about the dust on it. I didn't notice it when I took the picture.

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Stage 2 gives us another section barrel and another hatch.

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The base of the barrel screws on, and the camo pattern lines up perfectly!!

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A vision port goes into a hatch surround. This just clips in, but only goes in one way.

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This hatch surround is screwed on to its base.

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Then the periscopes just click in to the mount.

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Looking good, everything fits nicely.

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This hatch is held in place with a spring and rises vertically. Personally, I think the spring is a tad too strong as the hatch is a little difficult to lift, and pulls off centre a little. No big issue, but there a very easy improvement. Just leave the spring out. The hatch is then much easier to lift up, and it sits centrally in the aperture.

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From the top you can see how the hatch is pulled slightly, but the spring. It sits centrally if you omit the spring. The screw head still stops the hatch falling out.

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This completes pack 2
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Thu Jul 15, 2021 4:49 pm

Pack 3 gives us the turret! It's big and heavy!

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The commander's hatch is screwed in place (I hadn't thought about removing the spring yet! That only came to me while I was writing this diary!)

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Then the hatch from stage 1 goes in, fixed with a single screw on the hinge base, so it can be raised of course.

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Followed by the ring around it (no idea what this is for or what it's called!!)

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In its raised position.

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Finally for this stage, the periscope from stage 1. This is screwed in, but was a tight fit.

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This completes stage 3.

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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:09 pm

Stage 4 gives us some of the turret armour and the start of the tracks.

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The armour screws on nice and easily.

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Confession time - I haven't started the tracks yet.

Stage 5 gives us more of the armour.

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The handrails are fitted first. This have shaped pins and only go on one way. Don't over-tighten them as that will put a twist in the hand rails.

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The two parts are joined by a hinge. This is easy enough, if a little fiddly.
Note that this is fitted to the armour with 3 pegs (the outer pegs) and secured with 2 screws, which go in the middle two posts.

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Push the armour in place. I found that the three pegs were very tight and I needed to scrap the paint off them to get the armour to sit properly. Make sure it's fully home before tightening the screws, or you'll just strip the screws! (Ask me how I know!!)

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Stage 5 gives us the right hand side armour, track links and a gun!

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This armour fits easily.

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This vision port (or ranging device? Not sure...) clips in place.

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Tracks are being left for Ron! (Later Ron - groan... sorry.....)

Stage 7 is a repeat of stage 5.

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Stage 8 gives us the rear of the turret. (and more track links)

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This just screws in place.

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This completes pack 1. I'm impressed so far!

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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby number1 » Thu Jul 15, 2021 6:44 pm

Looks a very nice Tank, fancy doing another part work but finances are to tight at the moment :violin:
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby royjess » Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:32 am

Popcorn ready, well jel, looks like a it's going to be a great partwork :mrgreen:
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Morris » Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:27 am

Lotsa stuff in that first pack - this should be cool to see…..
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:44 am

You get a big piece constructed. It’s going to be a big model!
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Morris » Fri Jul 16, 2021 11:22 am

Spaced armour makes it big too…
Cool tank..
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby steve131 » Sun Jul 18, 2021 8:58 pm

Very nice ,would love to do this the bodies able but the purse isn't.
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby casper » Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:35 pm

Nice looking kit Mark and looks very big, the camouflage look great
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Tue Aug 17, 2021 5:13 am

Tracks! No point in putting them off any longer! However, they are a bit fiddly!!

Start with putting the pins through 2 track links. Follow the instructions carefully to make sure everything is the right way round!

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Add the centre link with tweezers.

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Then push the pins the rest of the way through.

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The instructions say to use a hammer to secure the remaining link. This works OK, but I prefer an alternative approach.

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I prefer to put the link in a smooth jawed vice and squeeze the links together. I find this gives me a bit more control.

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This is the end result.

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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:39 am

Pack 2!!

Stage 9 and we continue with the barrel.

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The LED pushes into the tip of the barrel. I assume this is to 'fire' an infra-red shell if you want to have battles with a friend. Either that or a flash when you fire the gun. Time will tell.

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Feed the cable down the barrel and then the tip pushes into the barrel.

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Then the barrel base just slides on.

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I won't repeat construction of the tracks and it's all the same as before.

Stage 10 gives us the servo that presumably 'recoils' the barrel.

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Slide the white nylon peg into the barrel, making sure that the cable goes in the slot.

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Screw the barrel in place with the HP screw.

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now screw the servo in place with the CP screws.

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Finally add the two plastic washers.

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Stage 11 gives us the cover that covers the top of the barrel where is hinges in the turret.

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The LED is fitted to the cover and held with a bracket. Perhaps this the the IR LED for 'firing' at an opponent, or perhaps this is a light. Not sure. Time will tell.

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Then the hinged cover is fitted. The pins just push in, but they need a bit of force. I did actually resort to a gentle tap with a small hammer.

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Screw the side piece in place.

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Put the spring in place, then fit the barrel assembly with the 2 brackets and 4 screws. Don't be tempted to push the hinged cover in place as it's very difficult to remove!!

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Getting big now!

Stage 12 i the barrel elevation servo, but this isn't fitted just yet.

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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:51 am

Stage 13 gives us the smoke dischargers.

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These screw in place easily

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Stage 14 gives us some stowage baskets.

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This little detail is pushed on.

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This detail is pushed onto the basket.

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The baskets are kept to be fitted later.

Stage 15 gives us turret details. I guess this is the camera for aiming the big gun? Possibly range finding as well? Is there a tank expert in the house?

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The aiming gadget is assembled and ends up looking like this.

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Then it's fitted like this.

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Now the elevation servo bracket can be fitted.

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Followed by the servo itself.

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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Tue Aug 17, 2021 8:05 am

Stage 16, we move to the back of the turret.

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These details fit to the rear of the turret.

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Then these brackets are pushed on.

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I guess this is a cable reel of some sort? It pushes in place. This one is tricky as it's quite tight in the holes, and it's in a recessed space. Can be done though.

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Finally, the turret rear base is screwed into place.

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Here's a gratuitous 'it looks like this!' shot. Sorry, it's not a great photo. I'll do better next time! Promise!!

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That's it until Pack 3.
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Morris » Tue Aug 17, 2021 11:14 am

Cool stuff, Mark. Looks an awesome kit. Attended Armourfest at Norfolk Tank Museum this past Sunday. We watched a Centurion and Chieftain chew up a field, crush cars and fire blanks…noise, smells and sites were awesome…
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Tue Aug 17, 2021 2:59 pm

Sounds like a great day out Morris. I’d like to visit there or Bovington sometime soon.
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Morris » Tue Aug 17, 2021 4:18 pm

Yes, Bovington is on my bucket list ….hopefully on a day Tiger 131 is making an appearance….
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:56 pm

Morris wrote:Yes, Bovington is on my bucket list ….hopefully on a day Tiger 131 is making an appearance….


23rd April next year. See you there?
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Morris » Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:18 pm

Mark wrote:
Morris wrote:Yes, Bovington is on my bucket list ….hopefully on a day Tiger 131 is making an appearance….


23rd April next year. See you there?


Sounds good! Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I will be there ….
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby steve131 » Wed Aug 18, 2021 6:40 pm

Great work Mark welljell. You won't regret Bovington guys totes awesome and a cracking collection don't forget they own Fury as well and they got a Brough superior.
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