Panlos 632003 – Leopard 2 – Speed Build Review

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As one of the most modern tanks in the world, the Leopard 2 is a popular model that has been implemented by several brick manufacturers. How is the new version of Panlos doing?

Manufacturer: Panlos
Set-Number: 632003
Theme: Military
Release: 2020
Parts: 1747
Figures: 0
Age: 8
Building Time ca.: 9 Hours

This set was sent to me by yourwobb.com

Instructions

The sticker sheet that is included in the instructions can go straight to the corner, as it has absolutely nothing to do with the model. The instructions from Panlos show new construction steps in color and all construction steps in pale colors. With this set it is not always easy to recognize the colors, as the green and gray are represented almost identically. The 1047 components are divided into 6 construction phases with a total of 390 construction steps.

Construction

The Leopard 2’s hull is a rather wobbly collection of small plates at the beginning. Due to the slightly higher mounts for the axles, it cannot be built flat on the ground. Only after the substructure has been covered with large plates has it become stable and can also be built on the table. The side armor of the hull is pulled up with bricks and the fighting compartment gets its interior.

Before we continue with the hull, we turn the tank over and put all the rollers and pull the tracks on. They don’t run particularly well on smooth surfaces, but as soon as you take a surface that is a little more grippy, they roll well and make a nice sound. Now it goes on with the upper hull and the engine is built.

After the actual hull has been completed, various add-on parts are built, some of which are attached with just one stud. These are somewhat susceptible to further handling. So that you can get to the inside at any time, the tub is only covered by built-in covers. These are not attached to any studs and are simply placed on top.

The last big step is the turret. Here, too, a number of details are built in that give the whole thing a nice look. In my opinion, the turret is a bit too small. It should be significantly longer. I also don’t really like the way the turret is fitted. The whole turret wobbles happily. That could have been solved better.

The barrel is reinforced by rods and technical pins and is therefore very stable. After it has been attached to the turret with a ball joint, the Leopard 2 can be completely finished.

Conclusion:

Basically, the tank looks pretty good, apart from the somewhat small turret and some weak fortifications. As a result, it is not really suitable for playing, even if the inner workings and the removable covers invite you to do so. Since the brick quality is very good, the construction was fun.

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