Tamiya leopard 1 restoration / upgrade.

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Postby Uni150 » Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:17 pm

Acquired old a tamiya leopard 1 via eBay. Came in bits but included new turret parts and rear panel.
First thing is to check have all the bits and luckily most of it seems ok. . Next convert to twin motors which was pretty easy.

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Postby Uni150 » Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:23 pm

Dry run using temporary Heng long plastic gearboxes from my scrap box.
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Postby john1970 » Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:53 pm

Is this the 1 that came with the challenger 2?

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Postby Uni150 » Mon Jun 20, 2022 7:15 pm

yes ended up paying way more than wanted to but hopefully can sell some of the parts back.

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Postby john1970 » Mon Jun 20, 2022 7:38 pm

i thought what you got for the price was reasonable wasnt there a clark board in there as well

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Postby Uni150 » Mon Jun 20, 2022 7:46 pm

yes actually i was very happy when i recevied it as there was 3 clark boards but not sure if they are any good yet. it was a strange lot of items as the challenger had loads of metal parts but plastic gear boxes. but its two tanks i really wanted so i am happy.

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Postby john1970 » Mon Jun 20, 2022 7:54 pm

Leopard is a nice rare tank will be watching on

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Postby Uni150 » Mon Jun 20, 2022 10:02 pm

Progress but realised just how difficult 40 year old plastic can be. Started assembling hull will need painting still as that is how it was.
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only had one headlight so modified some taigen leopard 2 ones to fit and of course now have LEDs
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of course you need lights
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simple barrel elevation arrangement for now
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now added a heng long tiger turret rotation parts lucky i had two turrets but first attempt worked ok
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new rear panel with some repairs etc and now thinking why did i leave the switch holes there !!!

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Postby a65l » Wed Jun 22, 2022 1:44 pm

I saw that one too, and was tempted to bid. But common sense and too many other projects said no, although it never hurts to have parts lying around.

Have you given any thought to modifying the road wheels at all? I know the plastic retention caps are unobtanium and not a very satisfactory solution if you're going to run it around a lot. I see there are off the shelf solutions out there, expensive, but that's the nature of a small hobby.

But thanks for the pics and will be following with interest.

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Postby Uni150 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 11:23 pm

Thanks for that I have a full set of everything for the running gear but agree the plastic caps are pretty rubbish solution, i will run with that for now. Also realised that the plastic this old is pretty bad and seems to just crumble so easy. Love this tank so will make the effort.

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