1/700 Scale German Gilded Leopard Experimental Main Battle Tank x10. Set contains 10 highly detailed tanks.
Gilded Leopard Experimental Main Battle Tank
- 10x Gilded Leopard Experimental Main Battle Tanks
Even as the Leopard 1
was just entering service, the German military was interested in producing an improved tank in the next decade. This resulted in the start of the MBT-70
development in cooperation with the United States beginning in 1963. However already in 1967 it became questionable whether the MBT-70 would enter service at any time in the foreseeable future. Therefore, the German government issued the order to research future upgrade options of the Leopard 1 to the German company Porsche
in 1967. This study was named vergoldeter Leopard
(Gilded Leopard) and focused on incorporating advanced technology into the Leopard design. The projected upgrades added an autoloader
, a coaxial autocannon
and an independent commander's periscope. The anti-air machine gun could be operated from inside the vehicle and a TV surveillance camera was mounted on an expendable mast. The shape of the turret and hull was optimized using cast steel armour, while the suspension, transmission and the engine exhaust vents were improved.
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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