I made a review of Leopard Workshop’s first run of this kit a few weeks ago. In this review I pointed out that the inner wheels left a gap between the hole for the axel of the inside wheel and the attachment pin/axel from the arm of the road wheel. Michaels comment was in one word not mentionable here and then he decided to rework the set. I really wish other producers would react the same way.
This review is therefore of the new kit which replaces the first review. Buyers will not have to be afraid to mistakenly order one of the first run kits, as they are not available anymore. All kits have had their inner wheels replaced with a new and improved one.
All wheels have been computer designed and produced from a 3D printed master. They are cast in a cream colored resin with very little to clean. In my photos I’ve enhanced the details by giving the parts a wash of Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color. My samples had no air bubbles or any flaws. The resin is a little softer than I am use to; however, this is not a problem just something you have to be aware of while cleaning the parts. A very thorough instruction is included. This provides instructions for both Tamiya and Hobby Boss versions of the Leopard 2 tank. The only adjustment needed between the different donor kits is the axel hole and the instructions clearly give advice to this. Even if I haven’t tried it yet myself, I am sure one could use these on a Revell offering as well.
The wheels are the standard wheels for the Leopard 2 tank and should therefore be appropriate for most Leopard 2 tanks. The level of detail on these wheels is very high; especially compared to the Hobby Boss offering. The outside wheels have very clearly cast nuts and attachment disk and the curved shave of the rim looks very good indeed. This is particularly clear on the idler wheels. However, what really would make your Leopard 2 model stand out in a crowd are the inside wheels. You cannot find any replacement kits with a detailed inside version. Why spend money on etch, replacement barrels etc. and live with inside wheels that looks like toy “thingies”? The level of detail on the inside is the same as on the outside ones.
I am glad to point out that the “bug” of the previous run has been fixed. The inner wheels now have a longer stud and there is no gaps any more as my accompanying photo shows. I do not have an unused Tamiya road wheel arm anymore, but from the first review I know that the attachment pin of Tamiya’s kit in length is equal to that of Hobby Boss. The attachment is hence trouble free for both brands and not visible once in place.
Leopard Workshop offers a very high quality set of replacement wheels for almost all Leopard 2 tanks. The set will increase the level of details in an area mostly ignored by other AM producers. I would like to express my admiration for Leopard Workshop’s quick and resolute response to the points I made on the first run of the kit. Thumbs up for this Michael.
I highly recommend this kit for any modeler who wish to add details to a Leopard 2 model.
Highs: Clear and accurate details. Details in an area usually ignored by other AM manufactors. Lows: Sorry – can’t really find any???Verdict: A very good kit worth every euro-cent it costs. Highly recommendable.