Here are two more kits in the Revell-Germany Leonardo da Vinci range.
As with other Revell Leonardo kits, and unlike those currently available from other model companies, ‘contemporary materials’ are used, not plastic. These are mostly in wood, though both kits also employ cast-metal parts for their gun barrels.
The 1:16 scale Multiple Barrel Gun (above) is the simpler of the two models. It has 34 laser-cut wooden parts, (29 for the gun, five for the base), and ten metal gun barrels, plus one metal ‘adjusting screw’. All these kits are scaled, although some seem more speculative than others!
The 1:24 scale circular Leonardo tank (above) is one of the most complex kits in the whole Revell series, with 125 components in laser-cut wood, plus 18 cast-metal gun barrels. The superstructure can be left loose if you wish to view the interior, and the four drive-wheels rotate if you want to run it along the ground. Incidentally, there is no engine in there - had it been built, Leonardo's design would have moved under muscle power alone, with two crewmen turning crankshaft-linked handles.
Intriguingly, the kit’s 1:24 scale means that you immediately have a size comparison with other 1:24/25 scale vehicles. The most common military scale is 1:35, but Tamiya, for example, makes a few tanks in 1:25, plus there are various 1:24 scale Jeeps and other military soft-skinned vehicles. See the recent SMN article on Italeri releases.
As with previous Revell Leonardo kits, you get full-colour instructions, an explanatory booklet, and a reproduction of Leonardo’s original design on cloth. It’s ‘suitable for framing’ according to Revell.
With this pair, Revell’s Leonardo series appears to be complete, a dozen kits in all. Still, there may be more sometime in the future, for Leonardo’s ideas leave no shortage of design inspiration.
A fine pair of semi-educational kits. The tank is perhaps the most interesting for its production to a common scale.
Revell Leonardo da Vinci kits available here.
Italeri 1:24 scale soft-skin vehicles here.
Review kits courtesy Revell-Germany.