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ESCI 1/35 Leopard 2, So. Cal. AMPS 12 Hour Build Challenge - Finished 3/27


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So. Cal. AMPS is doing a 12 hour online build challenge. It’s not so crazy as it sounds- build a model over the course of three four hour build sessions during zoom meetings, one session per month. Previously we had done four hour build challenges, but that limited the choices of kits one could reasonably take on to complete within a four hour window. 
So for my build I chose the ESCI 1/35 Leopard 2 kit, 

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I will be doing mine as a Dutch Leopard 2, since they had a nice overall Gelboliv scheme

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Trying to cram a complete build into 3 four hour sessions meant no time to stop and take photos during the first session this past Saturday, so I took the photos this morning due to a busy weekend.

I was able to complete the suspension, one side of the link and length tracks, and most of the second side’s tracks

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I added most of the major add ons to the upper hull, just left off a few bits that would easily be broken during assembly handling...

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And the turret is about 95% complete. I was not happy with the bore of the main gun tube, so I replaced it with some appropriately sized tube styrene.

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And here it all is fitted together... looking like a Leopard 2 to me for the most part

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Not bad for four hours work. Next progress update will be after the February session. We are on the honor system not to work on our projects during the intervening weeks between sessions.

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Thanks Mark. Can’t wait to see what sort of rabbit that you pull out of your hat for this one.

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1 hour ago, Mark Deliduka said:

Yeah, it should be interesting. I need to start looking...

Im sure that it’ll be a good one. 

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That’s my usual pace Chris... 😉

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  • 5 weeks later...

Session 2 finished up a little while ago, and it was mostly smooth sailing. There were no major surprises along the way, and even my planned modifications and additions went without trouble. At 3 hours in to the session I had all construction completed. The gray parts are Hobbyboss, from a sprue that I bought online to provide missing detail items

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And 45 minutes later I had a nice coat of Mig One Shot Black Primer on... and my airbrush cleaned!

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I have four hours left in the next session to paint, decal, and weather. I just might pull this off!

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  • Stikpusher changed the title to ESCI 1/35 Leopard 2, So. Cal. AMPS 12 Hour Build Challenge - Updated 2/27

Thanks Mark. This is a fun project. Having the time between sessions to order stuff for improving the kit helps a lot. I could focus on the build during the session and not worry about the empty spaces of missing details during this phase.

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  • 4 weeks later...

And it is now finished!

I built this in a bit under 12 hours, divided up into three four hour sessions for So.Cal.AMPS 12 Hour Build Challenge. It won’t win any contests, but it felt good to finish another build! 

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And all things considered, I’m pretty satisfied with how it turned out. This is my first time using AK Real Color paint thinned with Gunze Mr Leveling Thinner, and I really like how the paint airbrushed. Last time that I airbrushed I used Tamiya thinner, and it was a much grittier finish.
 

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  • Stikpusher changed the title to ESCI 1/35 Leopard 2, So. Cal. AMPS 12 Hour Build Challenge - Finished 3/27

Thanks Mark. You know our clubs... tough crowds! But sometimes you can get lucky in spite of yourself. I suppose if I fine tune a few things on this, post twelve hours, this could be a contender... 😉

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  • 1 month later...

Thank you Dennis. I really enjoyed building this old kit in the time limits involved.

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Thank you Chris. As far as the paint goes, AK Real Colors thinned with Gunze Mr Levelling Thinner airbrush beautifully! If you haven’t tried them yet yourself, do so as soon as you can. You won’t be disappointed.

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