Stridsvagn 122 (Strv-122) – Swedish Leopard 2 tank – Hobbyboss 1/35

This kit is what I intend to build for the Nordic SIG at Flory Models Forum.
I can’t recall building a Swedish tank since I was a young lad, in my teens or so.
Time to remedy that! 🙂

Boxart
Boxart
Inside the lid
Inside the lid
Colour call out and instructions
Colour call out and instructions
Chassie
Chassie
Turret
Turret
Turret parts
Turret parts
Tools and small parts
Tools and small parts
Wheels and suspension parts
Wheels and suspension parts
Side armor and upper hull parts
Side armor and upper hull parts
More upper hull parts
More upper hull parts
Upper hull, tracks, etch and decals
Upper hull, tracks, etch and decals

The kit looks quite nice, but it turned out the was som flash or burr to take care of.

The build starts with assembly of all the wheels.

All wheels assembled
All wheels assembled

Actually they want you to assemble the support wheels to their axels as well, but I decided to wait with that, and will paint all the wheels separately, and glue the axels to the lower hull first.

All the large wheels have hub caps that will allow the wheels to be rotated. I guess that will make it a bit easier to get on the tracks later.

The suspension arms needed a bit of putty.

Suspension arms puttied
Suspension arms puttied

All but the suspension parts glued to the chassie.

Axels and stuff glued to the lower hull
Axels and stuff glued to the lower hull

There are 2 sets of paired holes on each side, that I can’t find anything to put there.
My guess is that they aren’t used on this version, and therefore can be filled.
I’ll probably use a fitting plastic rod and some putty.

Once the putty had dried, I could sand it smooth and then glue the suspension arms in place, and I also glued the rear plate in place.

Then I went on to glue some parts to the upper hull, and while I’m trying to figure how much I can build before I need to paint, I started assembling the barrel and then I dry fitted the upper hull and turret.

Some dry fitting done
Some dry fitting done

Now I need to order some colours for the camo on this tank.

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