Luchs Späh Trupp (TGBX05) Luchs Späh Trupp (TGBX05)
Includes four Luchs armoured cars, resin tank commander sprue, decal sheet & Unit Card.

The Aufklärungs troops at the very front of the division’s vanguard are the Späh Truppen (reconnaissance patrols) equipped with the 8-wheeled Luchs armoured car.

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Designed by Tim Adcock and Evan Allen
Painted by Aaron Mathie

Leopard

All across West Germany divisions are being mobilised and reservists flock to their barracks for assignment to the front. With their powerful Leopard 2 tanks and panzergrenadiers mounted in the Marder infantry fighting vehicles, they fight with skill and cunning to slow the Soviet advance, determined to protect their homes and families.

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Leopard - West Germans in World War III
Luchs Späh Trupp (TGBX05)

The Luchs is fast on road, but still has excellent cross-country performance. It is a very quiet vehicle allowing its crew to advance on enemy positions undetected. If they are spotted, the Luchs can reverse at full-speed with the driver switching to a rear facing driving position. It is amphibious and is armed with a rapid-fire 20mm auto-cannon. 

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Luchs Späh Trupp Box Contents
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Luchs Späh Trupp (TGBX05)
a. 4 x Luchs hulls
b. 4 x Luchs turrets
c. 32 x Wheels
d. 4 x 20mm autocannon
e. 4 x Closed commander's hatches
f. 4 x Open commander's hatches
g. 4 x Searchlights
h. 4 x MG3 AA machine-guns
Resin tank commander sprue
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Unit Card Decal Sheet
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Assembling a Luchs
Step 1: Start by gluing the wheels in place. Take your time and try to make sure each wheel is straight and level – this is easier than it looks, because the axle is shaped to fit the recess in the wheels to help with stability and correct alignment. Below: The 8 wheels attached correctly.
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Step 2: Glue the 20mm gun into the mounting holes on the front of the turret. Step 3: Glue the closed hatch into the circular recess. Note that the mounting hole for the AA machine-gun should be at the front.
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If you want your Luchs to have a commander (a good way to identify the unit commander, or just to make the vehicle look unique), use the open hatch instead. It's a good idea to paint the commander figure separately, then glue him in place after painting. Step 4: Glue the searchlight into the semi-circular hole on the side of the turret. Step 5: Finally, glue the AA machine-gun into the mounting hole in front of the hatch. Because MG's are quite fragile parts, some modellers also like to paint them separately before attaching them.
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Below: The fully assembled Luchs.
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Painting NATO Camouflage

Painting NATO Camouflage

All the colours you need to paint the standard NATO three-colour camouflage pattern can be found in the Quartermasters Paint Set and the Team Yankee German Paint Set.

NATO Camouflage Templates...

Leopard 2 Painting Guide
In this video Aaron paints a Leopard 2 tank in the NATO three-colour camouflage scheme. You can use exactly the same process and colours to paint the your Gepards.