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German Kampfpanzer Leopard 2A5 Main Battle Tank - Woodland Camouflage (1:72 Scale)
German Kampfpanzer Leopard 2A5 Main Battle Tank - Woodland Camouflage

Panzerkampf German Kampfpanzer Leopard 2A5 Main Battle Tank - Woodland Camouflage




 
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Panzerkampf PZK-12172PA German Kampfpanzer Leopard 2A5 Main Battle Tank - Woodland Camouflage (1:72 Scale) "If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"

The Leopard 2 was an offshoot of the MBT-70 -- a cancelled joint development project between the USA and West Germany undertaken in the late 1960s. Even though the US had withdrawn from the project, the West Germans, under the auspices of Krauss-Maffei, continued research and development on the renamed Leopard 2 project. In 1977, the first production vehicles were delivered and exported to the smaller Dutch Army while the West German Bundeswehr waited a couple of years before it too was equipped with the powerful new main battle tank. The Leopard 2 is outfitted with a laser rangefinder, thermal-imaging equipment, and nuclear, biological and chemical defense system (NBC), and can conduct shallow amphibious operations. Its fire control system is unusual because the cartridge cases are combustible, which can lead to internal fires. The Leopard 2 has a 30% better power-to-weight ratio than the Leopard I, which results in increased cross-country mobility and a higher survivability rate on the battlefield.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Leopard 2A5 main battle tank in a tri-color woodland camouflage pattern. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Length: 5-1/4-inches
Width: 2-inches

Release Date: October 2019

Historical Account: "He Ain't Heavy" - "Leopard 2 Improved" was a prototype-series for enhancing the A4, introducing a wedge-shaped, spaced add-on armor to the turret front and the frontal area of the sides. These spaced armor modules defeat a hollow charge prior to reaching the base armor, and causes kinetic-energy penetrators to change direction, eroding them in the process; it does not form a shot-trap, since it does not deflect the penetrators outwards to hit the hull or turret ring. The gun mantlet was redesigned to accept the new armor.

From the Leopard 2 Imp was then developed into the A5. There were also some improvements in the main armor composition. The interior received spall liners to reduce fragments if the armor is penetrated. The frontal "heavy" third of the side skirts was replaced with a stronger type. The commander's sight was moved to a new position behind the hatch and it received an independent thermal channel. The gunner's sight was moved to the turret roof as opposed to the cavity in the front armor in previous models. A heavier sliding driver's hatch was fitted. Turret controls went all-electric, increasing reliability and crew safety, as well as weight savings. The gun braking system was improved to prepare for the later mounting of the new L/55 gun tube and to enable firing of more powerful ammunition, such as the DM-53 APFSDS. The first A5s were handed over to the German army tank school in 1995 and started to enter regular service with Panzerbataillon 33 in December of the same year.

The Leopard 2A5 DK is a variant of the Leopard 2A5 similar to the Leopard 2A6 with some small modifications, used by the Danish Army.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Elevating gun
  • Rotating turret
  • Static tracks
  • Historically accurate markings and insignia
  • Includes protective display case

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