Inside the standard sized Legend Productions box, you're presented with only two resin parts, both on pretty stout casting blocks. The two mantlets are different between the two variants, and thankfully Legend Productions has accommodated the differences between them. For anyone looking to build a Canadian Leopard out of the box, their mantlets had two additional inspection panels attached, which Takom missed on their kit. This little upgrade covers that wonderfully, with beautiful molding and shaping on the resin pieces.
Since both pieces are drop-fit replacements, all that needs to be done is to remove the rather large casting blocks, and drop the pieces in. I would suggest washing them before assembly, just to make sure that all of the mold release agent is gone. After that, it should paint up beautifully with careful highlighting of the folds and cords.
Important Note: For anyone that has the Takom Leopard C2 MEXAS kit, I would highly recommend you get this set. The MEXAS also requires the two inspection panels, so it's either make them yourself, or get this handy little replacement set. And no matter which version of the kit you make, you get a nice spare mantlet cover for another kit, or to share with a buddy.
Highs: Beautiful casting, drop-fit assembly, includes inspection covers for Canadian versions.Lows: Rather stout casting block will require careful removal.Verdict: Great little upgrade, and an easy way to perk up the otherwise highly detailed Takom Leopard kit.
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