Canadian Leopard with barracuda question

I have a question about the barracuda netting that goes on a Leopard 2A6M CAN, what does it look like before its added to the tank? Is it a mat with the texture or is it a sort of netting? My reference pictures are pretty scarce on this so I thought here would be a good place to ask.

I bought this for making the barracuda but Looking at the one good photo I have it looks more like a mat… can anyone shed light on this?
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I believe it is a mat or cloth backing with the netting placed over it, sized and fabricated to fit a specific vehicle, in this case the Loe.
Ken.

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Thanks Ken. So would you recomend placing maybe using something like tissue, or rolled really thin apoxie sculpt to make backing then add the netting over it?

Barracuda is a multispectral camoflage that consists of an insulated sheet covered with camo netting. The material is approx. 1/4 inch thick. The easiest but not cheapest way is getting Perfect Scale Modellbau`s Barracuda kit.
https://www.perfect-scale.de/en/www–perfect-scale-de-3/Leopard-2A6M-CAN–Barracuda–213.html

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Manufacturers page on Barracuda MCS.
https://www.saab.com/products/mcs-mobile-camouflage-system

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Saab video on applying the Barracuda MCS.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2E_2kL27Fg

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https://www.trackpadpublishing.com/leopard-2a6m-can

Example with a Snatch Land Rover. A photoetch netting applied on the model (barracuda netting from Eduard, I think), I don’t know if there was a first layer made before apply the net.

https://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=222693&page=1

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Thanks guys this was really helpful! I now think I might be able to scratch build the barracuda.
Thanks for those great links @HermannB
That looks like a great book @Michael_Shackleton

original post for the land rover.

Putty, then photoetch net.

https://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=212784&page=1

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Thanks! Thats really helpful.

You’re welcome. Do not hesitate to show your work !

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Defiantly not! :wink:
I will be building this Canuk kitty in the Canadian armed forces campaign in a couple months.

Does anyone has a layout of where the Barracuda is placed on the Leo? I know generally where its placed but Is it a single mat or multiple? If so where are the seams?

I am afraid, no. You most likely will need proper reference and figure it out yourself. I can recommend the Tankograd book on canadian Leopards (Mr. Shackletons book is supposed to be a great source too, but I just do not know it, so I cannot judge). So far I think I have been able to figure out the layouts of the mats with the help of Tankograds Book (it is published bilingual - german and english). If you have time to wait I will post my interpretation in my blog. I think that the rough layout for the mats for the trunk are as such:

Two big mats covering the front (the most frontal one is not completely correct, but comes close). The one further back hides the additional frontal armor. I am quite sure, that those are two big mats.

The side skirts are covered with 9 smaller mats, that have slits where the supports of the slat armor are. Here is my basic layout - slits still missing (excuse the crappy-out-of-focus-pic. Was just a quit shot for demonstration.)

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The turret is way more complicated but I am progressing on that too. As mentioned above: this is the result according to my research - so no guarantee on that. :wink:

Note of caution: I am talking about a Leopard 2A6M. The canadians had other Leopards in Afghanistan too.

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That was really actually really helpful!
Ive been doing some searching and I found some good pictures of the Black dog Barracuda for a Leopard 2A6M CAN. I will post them later.