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Leopard 1 1A5 Turret in 1/16

Old 04-06-2020, 07:10 AM
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I finally received the turret today. I can definitely can say that it is very high quality. I got the production sample, so it is just as you see in the pictures posting by Dragunov.
The barrel is hollow so the flash unit can easily be installed. The base for it is direct fit to the Tamiya tank and can be removed to fit the turret ring for the Leopard 2.
The ammunition hatch functions as do the range finder covers. The commander and loaders hatches are closed but appear to only need to be cut out and replaced with the Tamiya hatches.
Breech assembly doesn't seem to be any problem to fit a servo for recoil or elevation. There is plenty of room inside.
The turret stowage basket is very fine construction and can be replaced with wire.
Considering that this is the only cast turret on the market ( Perfect Scale no longer makes one ), combined with the very good quality, this is a good buy. The only thing that would make it better is if it was injection molded.

If anyone is still considering buying one, you won't be disappointed. Quality comes with a price.


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Old 04-06-2020, 07:40 AM
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$650 for a turret? Is it made of silver? That's absolutely ridiculous, I don't care what anybody says. I've been saying for years, there's a difference between making a fair profit and ripping people off.
Old 04-06-2020, 08:16 AM
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Things are worth what people are willing to pay for them. If no one buys it then I guess it's over priced. If you are the only game in town then you can do what you want. It's the whole basis of capitalism. This is a hobby and if a $650 turret makes you happy then go be happy. If it doesn't than don't buy it. Glad you like the turret Don. If I added up my hourly rate in all the time I've spent on my tanks, my tanks would be worth way more than anyone would ever pay for them in a million years.
Old 04-06-2020, 09:38 AM
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Tankme is right. If you can budget 650 for just a turret and you need it great for you. I still need to buy a m51 kit which is nearly the same cost. I just cant spend 650 for a turret, no matter how good it is, i dont think its worth 650, im sorry, and Ive spent big money on tank parts before, im not a cheapskate.

My view of looking at it is price point for marketing. If he dropped his price to say 200-250 how many more would he sell and would he make a bigger profit than selling 2 at 600 bucks.

Ive decided to not open my Leopard 1 kit at this time and keep its value. Sadly i bought a custom ETO tranny already that was geared for 40 mph scale speed. I will just look for a PS turret someday or sell the kit and tranny. I cant put that kind of money into a tank when it will still have bad axles and wheels that roll their way to death. I had intended to hope to be able to convert the leo 1 to bearing wheels, as hard as it may be i think i could have done it. The aftermarket brand are just way too costly. You would have 2k in your tank and not even any electronics yet.
Old 04-06-2020, 10:28 PM
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Default The Tamiya Leopard 4; rare and highly collectible model.

The turret asking price seems steep, but it is also appropriate for a Tamiya rc Leopard 1A5 build, when using a Tamiya 1A4 Kit for the custom conversion.

Opinion, the asking price for the after market turret works for me, if I was spec’ing a Tamiya Leopard 1A4 f/o kit custom conversion build to a 1A5. Unfortunately, I am not building anymore Leo’s. I understand pretty well from my build experience and reading about other modeler’s fine builds, that it is expensive to build the Tamiya Leo 1A4 Kit as a f/o model. Adding the 1A5 turret upgrade makes the build a more interesting model.

The Tamiya Leopard 1A4 rc kit, new in the collectible, old stock, first generation box; the much later Tamiya re-release Leo 4 static display kit and any well built full option Leo 4 model from either kit are all very desirable, collectible and valuable. Fun to own, collect/display and or run. A well done Tamiya Leo 1A4 full option finished model will easily fetch over $3500.00.

I have built three. Two were Daryl Turner custom collaborations and one I kept and the other I sold on to one of Daryl’s friends. It took more than a year before I finally gave in and let it go. The Tamiya rc Leopard A4’s have a long established reputation as prized, unique, models.

My third build, a Tamiya Leo 4 NATO camouflage f/o using 100% Tamiya JS2 f/o rc gear, plus Tamiya Panther G gearboxes, was built for a friend for actual cost; it is just a cool hobby for me. With all the typical bells and whistles, the third Leopard 1A4 was a $1500.00 RTR build. FYI, it used the kit idlers, which certainly work better than the HennTech Leo 4 idlers, if running Kenny Kong heavy Leo 4 metal tracks, just saying.

Be safe and well, John

Daryl Turner custom engineering and fabrication.

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Old 04-14-2020, 02:20 PM
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Looks like AFV-Model is now offering the Leopard 1A1 Turret for 400 Eur.

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