1/600 Scale Modern German Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank.
Contains 10 highly detailed tanks.
Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank
- 10x Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks
The Leopard 2
is a main battle tank
developed by Krauss-Maffei
in the 1970s for the West German Army
. The tank first entered service in 1979 and succeeded the earlier Leopard 1
as the main battle tank of the German Army
. Various versions have served in the armed forces of Germany and 12 other European countries, as well as several non-European nations, including Canada
(Leopard 2A4m can), Chile
. The Leopard 2 was used in Kosovo with the German Army and has also seen action in Afghanistan
with the Danish and Canadian contributions to the International Security Assistance Force
, as well as seeing action in Syria
with the Turkish Armed Forces
against IS and the YPJ.
There are two main development batches of the tank, the original models up to Leopard 2A4
, which have vertically faced turret
armour, and the "improved" batch, namely the Leopard 2A5
and newer versions, which have angled arrow-shaped turret appliqué armour
together with other improvements. All models feature digital fire control systems
with laser rangefinders
, a fully stabilized main gun and coaxial machine gun
, and advanced night vision and sighting equipment (first vehicles used a low-light level TV
system or LLLTV; thermal imaging
was introduced later on). The tank has the ability to engage moving targets while moving over rough terrain.
Some part cleanup will be necessary. The 3D printing process uses a waxy substance to support certain part features during the printing process. Although the parts are cleaned by Shapeways, some waxy residue may remain. It can be safely removed with water and a mild aqueous detergent like "Simple Green" using an old, soft toothbrush, Q-tips or pipe cleaners. During the printing process, liquid resin is cured by ultraviolet light. Microscopic bits of resin may remain uncured.
Let your parts sit in direct sunlight for a few hours to fully cure the resin.
Water-based acrylic paints meant for plastics is strongly recommended. Other paints, especially enamels, may not cure on Frosted Detail 3D-printed plastics.
Use dedicated model sprue cutters to remove parts to minimise the risk of damage to parts.
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