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Hobby Boss Leopard 2A6M CAN w/ PSM Barracuda - Build Log

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Posted by GreySnake on Saturday, November 7, 2020 7:00 AM
 Nice work on the tools and anti-slip. Look forward to seeing more pictures.   

 
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Posted by Gamera on Monday, November 2, 2020 11:27 AM

The tools and the anti-skid textures look really good! You're doing a great job on her! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by L.Boehm on Saturday, October 31, 2020 3:54 PM

I actually bought the Hobby Boss kit on a whim and immedately knew it was a waste of money at regular price. I've had my eye on the Barracuda conversion for many years and decided to make the plunge and pay the 70 euros for the kit. Blackdog makes a conversion as well, but I just specifically had the Hobby Boss kit. 

 

Today I also worked on some of the upper hull details. I found some old 1/48 PE for German tools and figured the buckles could be used to add some more detail, and it seems they work rather well. 

I also added the anti-slip texture to the hull deck using Migs anti-slip paste for 1/35 scale. I will need to wait for it to fully harden and sand the burs away from masking. But overall, the texture came out pretty nice. 

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Posted by Jon_a_its on Saturday, October 31, 2020 6:10 AM

Amazing work here.

Was the PSM kit specifically for the HobbyBoss donor, or were there othere reasons for your choice?

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, October 30, 2020 9:04 AM

Looks good! And I wouldn't worry about the insignia being a little off, I'm certain some guys didn't get them perfect when they sprayed them on. And like the idea on the road wheels, gives the tank more personally.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by L.Boehm on Friday, October 30, 2020 2:33 AM

So there is still a fair bit to do before I get there though. I still have to apply the darker brown camouflage pattern on the barracuda. I took a break from the turret, other than putting a crew sprayed maple leaf on the side of the turret as I saw on at least one tank from 3rd troop in Afghanistan. I think that effect came out pretty good, all though I sprayed it about 1.5mm too low. 

I also did some work on the road wheels, and they are ready for weathering now. I took some artistic inspiration from the Tankograd book, in which I saw a Leo with a few green wheels and tan hubs. I suppose this is from replacing the road wheels with new ones which were based in green. Wheels came out good I reckon. 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 29, 2020 8:37 AM

Ohhhhhh, that looks so cool! I agree with Mike, a little brown wash should make the detail pop. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by L.Boehm on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:36 AM

That was my thought too. I need to finish the periscopes and some other details before I gloss coat and wash. I am also concerned the green I took is too dark, and may need to repaint the green with a ligther shade. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, October 26, 2020 8:42 PM

I can imagine a nice med brown wash with a dark brown wash in selective areas would really bring this to life.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by L.Boehm on Monday, October 26, 2020 8:08 PM

Well, I am still working on painting the turret details, and still lots of work to do. Periscopes have been a bit tricky due to the fact that they are just resin with no transparent parts from the Hobby Boss kit. But I think it’s not that bad so far. 

I am thinking what way to go about applying a wash over the entire turret to add more shadows to the barracuda. I think I might just apply it over the entire surface and wipe away excess in the high spots. 

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Posted by GreySnake on Monday, October 26, 2020 12:20 PM
Very nice progress very interested to see how it looks when completed.

 
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Posted by RBaer on Saturday, October 24, 2020 11:28 AM

How did I miss this? I've always been curious about the PSM conversion too. Looks like a lot of good, old fashioned modeling skills are required.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, October 24, 2020 2:23 AM

I can't wait to see how this comes together. This is a really cool build.

Fabulously done thus far, sir. Big Smile

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Keyserj on Friday, October 23, 2020 7:21 AM

The barracuda texture looks amazing. Can't wait to see this build finished.

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John

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Posted by L.Boehm on Thursday, October 22, 2020 11:31 PM

Well, the base coat was laid down with AK Sand, and I think the color is an excellent match. It will be toned down and darker after weathering. I ended up masking off the non-barrcuda parts and airbrushing the base. I will have to clean up any overspray as it wasn't 100%. 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:08 AM

You're making great progress, she looks good! Yes

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Posted by L.Boehm on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:00 PM

Everything from a build perspective is mostly done, except the PE slats (I am waiting for a new PE bending tool which is in the mail). I did remove the Hobby Boss provided leitkreuz in favour of a 3D printed one which should arrive soon. Won't be painting the lower hull until that arrives and I can install it. 

As for the upper hull, I put down a black coat to add depth to the barracuda texture and then proceeded to paint the green and NATO camoflauge scheme on the smoke launchers. I will paint the tan barracuda layer soon, but this is the to date progress now.

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Posted by L.Boehm on Sunday, October 18, 2020 5:38 PM

Me too, this is my color chart for the barracuda color, because none of the instructions call it out. I think I will be going with AK Sand. I expect that I will have a lot of sanding and touch up work to do once I finish the assembly and lay down a coat of primer. We shall see. 

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, October 18, 2020 5:30 PM

Oh that's cool! Really looking forward to seeing what the barracuda covering looks like with paint. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by L.Boehm on Sunday, October 18, 2020 12:29 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. Tonight I finished up the rear plate with some photoetch and the mud flaps. I had three choices of mud flaps, being the PSM rear plate upgrade, the barracuda conversion and the Hobby Boss kit provided ones. The Hobby Boss ones fit the best, and the details were negligible between the three so used I those. Hobby Boss also provides the PE for the middle bit, which is nice. 

Other than that, I added a counterweight to the front of the turret, so it sits level. There is so much solid resin towards the rear, that it doesn't clear without a counterweight, you can see there isn't a lot of room. Some brass wire handles were added to the engine deck and the upper hull as they are not molded on the PSM kit, and the Hobby Boss kit just provides square moulded blocks. In my reference photos, all these handles build up heavily with sand, to the point where it is raised above the paint, so I used Tamiya white putty thinned with their thin cement to create this texture so I don't have to build it up with a ton of pigments later. This also helped to fill in any of the hole the wire diameter didn't fill from drilling the holes out. 

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Posted by GreySnake on Saturday, October 17, 2020 10:33 AM
You are doing some very impressive work.    

 
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Posted by Gamera on Friday, October 16, 2020 8:37 AM

Very cool! Love the barracuda covering and great job fitting everything around it. 

 

And where the heck is everyone? I know Second World War subjects are more popular but you're doing a fantastic job here! 

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Posted by L.Boehm on Friday, October 16, 2020 2:32 AM

Tonight I worked to finish up the turret. That entailed the smoke launchers, gunner's sight, commander's sight and the barracuda camouflage that hangs off the front of the Leopards famous hollow turret cheeks. First issue tonight was that the PSM conversion does not have the smoke launcher attachment plate as seen in the Hobby Boss kit. Not only is this helpful for the correct positioning, but I want detail, so I cut these pieces off of the Hobby Boss turret and sanded them down paper thin to re-use them.

The Hobby Boss kit has you assemble a Bundeswehr variant of the smoke launchers, with 4 launchers on the top and bottom. The smoke launchers should actually have 6 on the top row, and 2 angled on the bottom row, and thankfully the kit does actually include these on the B sprue. They have a nasty mould line right down the middle, so I worked to smooth that out. I assembled them onto the plate I cut out from the Hobby Boss turret and glued them to the PSM turret. Also, the turret I got from PSM has a moulding issue under the smoke launcher hanger that needs to be resolved with more putty.

Surprise, surprise. I looked all over for the primary gunner's sight covers, as the Hobby Boss instructions yet again do not indicate to assemble this in the instructions. I found what looked to be the right shape, but it was moulded in the closed position, so I had to cut it in half with a razor saw, and sanded it down as it was too thick for scale and didn't fit with the PSM conversion. The Hobby Boss kit does include a nice bit of PE for the gunners sight, however. For the commander's sight, PSM includes a nicely moulded sight with PE, wrapped in barracuda camouflage that replaces the Hobby Boss part.

The barracuda coverings for the turret cheeks required a bit of sanding to somewhat fit, then required putty. I used tamiya thin cement mixed with their white putty to take advantage of capillary action to fill these gaps so that I would not destroy the barracuda texture, and sanded smooth. The entire turret is going to require more putty and sanding yet. They do look good though!

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 15, 2020 11:32 AM

Hmmm, great look on the baskets- she's coming along great! 

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Posted by L.Boehm on Thursday, October 15, 2020 1:48 AM

Tonight I was able to work on the antenna brackets and the turret baskets. The turret baskets use the Hobby Boss provided side and lower frame and also PE. You have to cut the frame pieces so that they can be attached to the PSM part which has moulded frame supports and barracuda camouflage. When using the Hobby Boss PE, there will be a gap where the PE part 6 would normally attach to PE part 4. You won't use PE part 4 for the inside of the basket because it is technically supposed to be moulded into the PSM part (mine is shotty at best, but you can't place the PE on the outside of the frame supports and the inside of the barracuda, because it is moulded as one piece obviously).

The antenna brackets aren't entirely accurate straight from the kit. The support structure is round in the Hobby Boss kit, where in reality it is hexagonal (but who is ever going to notice that anyways). I wanted to add some wires to the brackets to better detail the piece, and this was the smallest wire I had... it is probably a little bit out of scale, but whatever. I used the Leopard Workshop Canadian Aerials add-on parts for the mount, which also come with springs and brass turned antennas.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 12:21 PM

Oh wow that's cool! Personally I think the Leopard II is the best looking modern tank. Really nice to see you building one! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by GreySnake on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:13 AM
Excellent work thanks for sharing looking forward to seeing the next update.

 
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Hobby Boss Leopard 2A6M CAN w/ PSM Barracuda - Build Log
Posted by L.Boehm on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 7:22 PM

As there isn't much online about this kit/conversion for builds, I figure I will document my build here for anyone else interested in the Hobby Boss and PSM Barracuda conversion set. I'm no professional, so let's see how it goes. To this kit, I am adding:

  • Friulmodel Tracks
  • Real Model "Short" PE Slat Armor
  • PSM Leopard 2 Rear Grille
  • Leopard Workshop Canadian Aerials
  • Real Model Canadian Tank Crew Nr2
  • Karaya Models Leopard Tow Cables
  • Legend Productions Leopard C2 (MEXAS) Stowage Set

I started with the Friulmodel Tracks, and this was my first time using metal tracks. The Hobby Boss kit comes with simple rubber band tracks and mine had a lot of flash, so this replacement was much needed. They came out really good, and will be burnished later on. The rubber pads will be glued in after, but as you see, they can be chunked up to give a really great, in scale appearance. 

For the lower hull there are actually two extra holes for the return rollers, which you probably can't see when the side skirts are on, but nonetheless I filled them with stretched sprue and putty and sanded smooth. Minor annoyance. The provided rear plate, part K14, is not accurate and I replaced it with the PSM Leopard 2A4M CAN "Heckplatte", which is accurate for the 2A6M CAN, sort of. Let me explain...

As you can see, compared to the Canadian 2A6's that served in Afghanistan, the part is all wrong. and the details on the rear exhaust are shallow and just generally bad. In place of the boxes (for which a decal must go) are those little oval ports (no idea how you add the decal onto that), and the backup camera is on the big box in the centre, which is also wrong. The updated piece from PSM is much better.

 

The rear grille is molded onto the upper hull of the Barracuda conversion kit, and also molded onto this PSM part too. There is far too much resin to remove from the conversion kit, so I opted to remove the rear plate from the grille. This was the better idea, because those 8 flat mounting points on the grille needed to be removed (see on the very top right, I started removing one of them and it was tricky to re-scribe the slanted grille slots). The slat armor adds them to the grille later on in the build, so no need for them. By bashing these two parts together, I used a fair amount of putty to fill the gap between the upper and lower hull. At the moment, the upper and lower hull are not connected, so there are still gaps on the left and right, of course.

This looks much better. However, dumb me broke the little resin hinges off of the left box, so I had to try (and I say try, because the left hinge looks... meh) and scratch build some new hinges. I also had to remove the supports that connect the boxes to the upper hull, which I will add later once I fit the upper and lower hull. Another pitty with the Hobby Boss kit is the backup camera provided, it is literally just a blob of styrene. I can't find any stand alone PE to fix this, so I'll just leave it alone for the minute. 

The upper hull has great detail, the PSM Barracuda conversion really is the only reason you should be building this Hobby Boss kit. If you want to build a Leopard 2A6M CAN, do yourself a favour and get the Leopard Workshop 2A6M CAN Conversion for the Tamiya Kit. Anyhow, the tools were an issue here. According to my reference photos, the shovels were too short and didn't line up with the clamps molded onto the hull. Because I don't have any PE or 3D printed clamps, that meant increasing the length of the shovels. I had to add a few mm to both shovels. I also noted that in my reference photos, the tool on the rear behind the engine fans (I don't actually know the name) was often incomplete (i.e the handle was missing from the metal piece). This was good news for me, because it was also too short. So it was cut up, and modelled as such. The PE from the Hobby Boss kit is actually really nice, and fit perfectly on the upper hull fans. Take note that on the upper hull, the anti-slip patches are void of any anti-slip texture. I will try to correct this later with MIG Anti Slip paste. Lastly, the support for the gun barrel is also incorrect, but I couldn't be bothered on this.. The mount where it is hinged should be wider and welded the fan shrouds (like in the Meng 2A7 kit). 

For the front of the upper hull, the instructions were not helpful. The lights on the Hobby Boss kit are a three piece assembly. But on the conversion set, the barracuda covers all of the light mount. So part M2 was useless and I only used part B51 and B21. Part B51 needed to be cut and sanded to fit, but in the end i think it came out decently. Same goes for the tow hooks, part B39, they need to be modified to fit, and the pre-moulded spots on the upper hull needed to be adjusted with a file.

 

The mirrors, I modelled in the closed position, and looked at far too many reference photos than I want to admit. I think I got their placement accurate and I had to cut away most of the mounting bracket. The PSM instructions have you model the drivers hatch open (perhaps for clearance issues with the turret?), but this is going into a diorama, and that just won't work. The spare track placement is correct, but it is missing the bracket the track actually attaches to, which is odd... The tracks just magically float on the hull. I will have to see about fixing that when I get there.

Now, onto the turret. I must say, assembling the gun was a complete pain. The barracuda conversion set comes with a great looking flap that replaces part D23 on the top of the gun mantlet. It needs to be sanded almost paper thin to actually fit and work though (PSM notes this in their instructions). Here you can see I have it all taped together while it was glued. The side brackets of the assembly, parts D8 and D4, have nothing to insert into, or really grab onto when gluing, as they would normally attach to part D23. If you glue the resin conversion piece (the T shaped piece on the top) to the assembly, you will not be able to attach the gun to the turret. I just tapped it all up to ensure the lower part of the gun assembly dried straight so that it would line up later (which it did). 

Here it is assembled to the turret. You can see how the top flap on the gun assembly bends as the gun is raised or lowered (hence why it needs to be so thin). Now, with the turret the Hobby Boss kit really has made some big mistakes. Without reference photos or some knowledge of the Leopard 2, you will be out to sea.. The instructions have you assemble the loader and commanders hatch in place of each other. The commander cupola is provided in the PSM kit and replaces kit part D22. The machine gun rail for the loader, kit part B8 is not replaced but is accurate from the Hobby Boss kit. Kit part B12 needs to be moved over to the loaders hatch, and kit part B10 needs to have the moulded detail removed (if you want to be accurate). This was important for me, because I am modelling both hatches open. I then used kit part B9 and the loaders hatch provided by PSM (which is actually the commander's hatch, verified through reference photos). For one reason or another, the Hobby Boss kit has provided a place to put the opening mechanism for the commander's hatch, but I could not find that part on the sprue, nor is it labelled in the instructions. So I just used a piece of sprue and "scratch built" a very simplified version. The commander's hatch opens up and out and sits above the cupola, whereas the loader's hatch flips open.

 

On the rear half of the turret is the basket and stowage. This is a big chunk of resin that needs to be fitted and I had to do some serious cutting and sanding to make it fit correctly (i.e not sag) and most importantly not interfere with the deck of the upper hull. That being said, the turret is rear heavy, because of the resin. I will have to add weight just under the gun to ensure it sits level on the hull. You also will need to fill a pretty decent gap, which is really an awkward spot to sand. Because the barracuda camo does not fully cover the gap, I left a panel line here, as my reference photos indicated that is accurate. The Hobby Boss cooling units are decently accurate, but I wouldn't call them amazing (so i used them anyhow). 

So this is where I am at currently. I am a slow builder, so bit by bit it is coming together. I will keep posting here to update the build as I go, and most importantly point out the issues with the kit and conversion set for anyone else who is interested in getting this kit. 

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