Dragon 1/72 Armor Series Kit No.
7232; Leopard 2A6
by Cookie Sewell
128 parts (124 in grey styrene, 2 black vinyl, 1 section wire, 1 screw);
price USD $8.95
Advantages: very nice, clean kit of this modern tank; great level of detail
with optional position parts as well
Disadvantages: some parts may be tricky to fill, molded on tools spoil
the fine details provided elsewhere
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all modern armor fans
Small scale is now one of the most active areas of armor modeling, and
new kits of a wide variety of subjects beyond the usual WWII ones are
now common. This is DML's offering of the new spaceship-like German Leopard
2A6, and it appears to be a very nicely done kit.
The kit actually builds up as either a 2A5 with the short 120mm gun and
basic side armor panels or the more exotic A6 with the long gun and modified
skirt panels. Both are included in the kit. The modeler has an option
for all three entrance hatches (open or closed) as well as the "flipper"
armor on the turret sides. The directions do not indicate this, but they
are separate parts and it is not hard for even a moderately experienced
modeler to make the adjustments. However, note that parts C4/5/6 appear
to be a Hoffmann main gun simulator device for training and not a smoke
grenade or flare launcher system (e.g. these can be left off.)
The tools come molded on to the engine deck, which is a shame, as DML
took great pains elsewhere providing very nicely done details. The mirrors
are near scale in size, for an example.
The tank comes with three sets of markings, all of which use the standard
NATO tri-color scheme of black/brown/dark green.
Overall this is a nice little kit and will look good with the Challenger
2s and M1A2 kits already out there.
Thanks to Freddie Leung of Dragon for the review sample.