Trackpad publishing has released a new entry in their Model Foto Focus series on the German Leopard 1A5 MBT. This is the latest in a series of walk-around style photo reference books by Trackpad, who specialize on the German Leopard 1 and 2 battle tanks. Other entries in their catalog include books on the Danish Leopard 1A5DK1, the Leopard AS1 in Australian service, the Leopard 2A4M and the Leopard 2A6M in Canadian service. Their online catalog may be viewed here.
1A5 – The Ultimate Leopard 1. This Model Foto Focusreference books includes colour full-view and walkaround captioned photos of the last Leopard 1 introduced into the Bundeswehr.
It takes a thorough look around the exterior of the Leopard 1A5. For the modeller, this is the ultimate walkaround for an accurate model. For the armour enthusiast, it describes Leopard 1A5 in great detail.
Leopard 1 was originally conceived in the 1960s to face the threat of the Soviet T-54, T-55 and T-62. By 1980, it had to face the more formidable T-64 and T-72. Fitted with a revolutionary fire-control system, it was the first to use a laser rangefinder allowing all-weather, day or night, vision. Together with an upgrade in ammunition and many other modifications, it became the Ultimate Leopard 1.