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Leopard 2 Road Wheels & Idlers
Leopard 2 Replacement Road Wheels And Idlers Wheels
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by: kenneth oestergaard [ KEO ]

introduction

If a modeler wants to make a Leopard 2 of any particular mark the modeler has the choice between three producers, Tamiya, Revell or Hobby Boss. Each manufacture has its benefits in details, accuracy or price. However, whichever one you choose you used to have been satisfied with the supplied road wheels and idler wheels with details on the outside only. This is not that uncommon though and I can’t think of any standard kit that offers detail on the insides of the wheel. This kit offers just that.

review

This release from Leopard Club consists of road wheels and the idler wheels, these are detailed on both the inside and outside. All wheels are computer designed and produced from a 3D printed master and are cast in a cream colored resin. There is very little to clean and my samples had no air bubbles or flaws. A very thorough instruction is included. This provides instructions to both to Tamiya and Hobby Boss versions of the Leopard 2 tank.

The wheels look absolutely stunning they are accurate and provide highly detailed set of wheels for any Leopard 2 model. The inside wheels really show the difference between the kit supplied wheels.

Cleaning the wheels is easy and really doesn’t take long at all, but then problems start. When placed on the suspension arm a gap appears between the road wheel and the end of the axle this is clear as shown in the accompanying photographs. The problem is due to the shallow depth of the hole in the road wheel whereas both Tamiya and Hobby Boss’ are deeper and fit flush with the rim.

This could was dealt with simply by adding a spacer. I found a styrene tube that was 4.5mm outer diameter (inner 3mm) that fitted well. I cut spacer with my cutter 2.5mm in length. When I consulted my reference, however, it didn’t look quite right. I therefore started to focus on the suspension arm itself and found Hobby Boss to be inaccurate in its shape. I therefore started to reshape them to make them more accurate. This wasn’t easy as I didn’t have good references. If I managed to make it right or not is up to you the reader, however if anyone has photos of the real thing please post them as comments to this review.

I talked to Michael from Leopard Club about the issue, and spacers will be included in current sets until new remodeled wheels are released.

conclusion

I really do not know what to think of these wheels. Of course it is a serious issue that the modeller has to adjust the suspension arms connection with the road wheels and idler wheels. But those wheel really are stunning
SUMMARY
Highs: Highly accurate road and idler wheels
Lows: Serious fitting issues
Verdict: Despite a few issues these wheels really are very good and they are definitely the best replacement wheels available
Percentage Rating
75%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: LW013
  PUBLISHED: Feb 14, 2015
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 91.57%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.21%

About kenneth oestergaard (keo)
FROM: NORDJYLLAND, DENMARK

Copyright ©2018 text by kenneth oestergaard [ KEO ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

Kennth brought this to my attention before the review went out. The inner road wheels have now been remastered and should be available in 2-3 weeks time. The problem arises because Tamiya and Hobby Boss have compromised on the design of their inner wheels with large drums to contain polycaps. These drums are the same depth as the wheel rims which means neither manufacturers' suspension arms are accurate. The resulting gap is not all that visible on the model, but the new wheels will solve the problem.
FEB 14, 2015 - 11:23 AM
Excellent news Michael, please let us know when they're available and we can announce it here. As you have pointed out styrene models often have to be a compromise of what is accurate and what has to be moulded.
FEB 14, 2015 - 03:23 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
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