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Leclerc T6 in Lebanon, 2006 ...
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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 12:34 PM UTC
I have read that all Leclerc T6 tanks deployed as part of UNIFIL (Lebanon, 2006) had black/white striped antennas.Evidently, the crews wrapped white tape diagonally around the antennas to create a 'corkscrew' effect. I am hoping that this was not carried out on all of the tanks, because trying to recreate this on a 1/72-scale model is proving to be near impossible. I have seen 1/35-scale examples, where the effect has been recreated by wrapping cotton diagonally around the antenna to form a mask before spraying with the second colour ... a clever technique, but not easy in small scale.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 01:21 PM UTC
All of the Leclercs in Lebanon definitely did not have the striped antennas. I built a UNIFIL Leclerc several years ago and all my references of the initial deployment showed solid green antennas.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 01:27 PM UTC
Jason,

That certainly makes life easier ... and you mention green ... so the antennas were not black (as most modellers show them)?

Paul
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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 02:53 PM UTC
Correct....dark green....like NATO green.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 07:55 PM UTC

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All of the Leclercs in Lebanon definitely did not have the striped antennas.



Indeed

http://olivier.carneau.free.fr/photoengins/france/famille_leclerc/leclerc_liban/index.htm

H.P.
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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 04:57 AM UTC
I`ve seen images with both variants. Striped antennas in the beginning and dark green later in the deployment.

In 1/72 I would wrap around a EZ-Line oder very fine fishing line instead of masking tape.


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All of the Leclercs in Lebanon definitely did not have the striped antennas. I built a UNIFIL Leclerc several years ago and all my references of the initial deployment showed solid green antennas.



In the book "Landing Zone Lebanon by Moustafa El-Assad" you can find several images which show striped antennas ;-)

For my UN Leclerc build with striped antennas (which I did in 2010) I used reference images taken by Patrick Winnepenninckx. You can find these images also in the modelling magazine Abrams Squad No.8, page 71

Another image with striped antennas http://i.auto-bild.de/ir_img/1/0/1/5/0/3/1/LeClerc-729x486-1d53505b9cd05032.jpg

cheers
Walter