Leopard 2A5 question, tool or no tool

Hi Armoramans,
I am currently building an old 1/35 Revell Leopard 2A5 “KFOR” kit, and was wondering whether I should add some tools on the hull or not. They’re missing from this particular kit but they are included in pretty much all other Leo 2A5 kits I have in stash.
Please excuse my ignorance. What are they? Should I scratch build them and add them to the kit to depict a KFOR Leo 2A5?
This is what I am talking about:



I have seen many reference photos without the tools so I am wondering if it’s worth the effort:


Thank you for your help.

Kind regards,
James

OK, one question, are the brackets (shown in pic 3 and 4) present in the kit? If not you will need to add something!
Those appear to be the gun cleaning rods. Some photos show them missing, some show them in place. It looks like it may by up to you, unless you are building a specific tank.
Ken



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Thank you, Ken for the reply. Yes, the brackets are included in the kit. I’ll probably leave it empty.

My first thought was gun cleaning rods also but they should always be on the tank and would probably have its own storage location. Given the number of rods (looks like 12) my thought is they are for a camouflage netting system and that would make more sense for sometimes not being on the tank.
Would be nice to hear from a Leo expert.

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Not a Leo expert but from my experience of peacekeeping operations in contact with crowds most of what can be stolen during riots is removed and secured elsewhere.

Olivier

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According to the caption of this picture :

https://www.panzer-modell.de/referenz/in_detail/leo2a5/011.jpg

these brackets are indeed used with the gun cleaning rods ( = "rohrwischer " ).

H.P.

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Hi Frenchy,
I knew that you’d provide a reply with a reference photo! You do not disappoint. Thank you! :slight_smile:

You’re welcome :wink: A picture is always worth a thousand words (whatever the language ! )…

The full walkaround is here

H.P.

When I translated the page to English, it called the rods “pipe wipers”! :laughing:
Ken