Leopard 1A4

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Leopard 1A4

Post by Jeffrey Goff » Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:04 pm

It has been a while since I last posted, most of my builds are finished, but I did find an early all metal tank, 1/10 scale, and probably from the 1980s it was in a sorry state that I have rebuilt
Now I am not sure if this qualifies for off topic so before I post anything I will wait for Kian to let me know
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Re: Leopard 1A4

Post by Bodo Langbehn » Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:19 pm

Hi Jeffrey,

maybe the Leopard was manufactured by Michael Pakolicz in Germany.

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Re: Leopard 1A4

Post by Jeffrey Goff » Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:27 pm

Hi Bodo, that’s interesting it would be good to know it’s history, if I get the ok I will post some pictures
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Re: Leopard 1A4

Post by Adrian Harris » Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:32 pm

Sounds like this is the ideal place.

Can't wait till this tank makes it to the top of the list :wink:

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Re: Leopard 1A4

Post by Stephen White » Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:20 am

Adrian, agreed. I understand it comes just behind the Chieftain in the list. By the way, we used to say the Leo was a good tank as long as you didn't have to go to war in it. The armour was so good, you could go through it with a Black and Decker drill. Made a nice noise though. S

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Re: Leopard 1A4

Post by Jeffrey Goff » Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:49 pm

Well I have not had any adverse comments, so will try to post some pictures and describe the renovation, all major pieces cast from alloy and welded, torsion bar suspension, deck with a multi circular copper track with electrical brush pickups in the turret, a novel way to provide power to the turret without getting wires twisted, overall dimensions were good to scale but fittings were naive, electric motors driving rear sprockets, each unit could be adjusted for track tension, tracks were duel pad in a hard wearing plastic / nylon with steel pins, but rusted stiff, this is what it looked like
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if this is of interest to anyone let me know and I will show its progress
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Re: Leopard 1A4

Post by Frank Breitenbach » Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:47 am

Hi Jeffrey
I have three Leo from Michael Pakolicz at home. So I can say your Modell is definitely not from him. There are two other producers in the past: Veroma and Mr.Müller. Witch your manufacture was? – the tracks and the gearbox are looking like Veroma.
If you need spare tracks:
https://www.veroma-modellbau.eu/shop/te ... kette.html
kind regards
Frank

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Re: Leopard 1A4

Post by Armortek » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:00 am

Jeffrey Goff wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:04 pm
Now I am not sure if this qualifies for off topic so before I post anything I will wait for Kian to let me know
Fine with this being in the Off-topic section.
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Re: Leopard 1A4

Post by Jeffrey Goff » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:01 pm

Thanks Armortek,
thanks Frank, I managed to get some replacement track links from Veroma last year.

There were a couple of visual discrepancies on the tank, no side skirts, main deck with cast front mudguards, and the rear of the tank with a square telephone box, the 1A4 had a round t/box, so mudguards and t/box sawn off, and replaced, I also put in the armoured side sights in the turret and the engine decks cut out and hinged, some pictures to show progress
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Re: Leopard 1A4

Post by Jeffrey Goff » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:30 pm

Just a few more pictures of the build, I wont bore you with all the details, but I wanted to be as accurate as I could, when researching the tools for the sides of the tank, there was one I did not recognise, it turned out to be the jack for lifting the engine decks and was housed in its bracket on the side, and the only way to make it was to see how it worked
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Re: Leopard 1A4

Post by Robert E Morey » Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:41 am

Awesome Jeff, Great restoration. You are getting quite a collection in the room there.
Bob

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