The Costliest Main Battle Tanks

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The Costliest MBTs

For what it’s worth, I’ve seen cost estimates for the LeClerc tank ranging as high as 23 million dollars. I sincerely doubt France spent that much on each LeClerc, but all sources agree, it is the costliest main battle tank in the world.

Missing from this list is Italy’s Ariete tank, which is estimated to cost around 9 million dollars per unit.

IKEA Detolf Cabinets

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My new IKEA Detolf cabinet

This IKEA Detolf cabinet made a surprise appearance in my hobby room today. I say surprise, because I wasn’t intending to buy one just now. An outstanding bargain came my way, and I didn’t say no.

I’d been thinking, once I had enough completed kits worth displaying, I might need something like this. Last night, I spotted this Detolf listed by a local seller on Kijiji, and, bright and early this morning, I picked it up.

It’s quite a nice unit. I paid only $15, which is quite a bargain, but they’re also available, new, for a mere $60. I’d like to add an LED lighting kit to this, but I’ll probably wait a while, before acting on that idea. It’s not a high priority at the moment.

An informative Detolf forum I discovered: Detolf Fans

Iwata Nozzle Wrench

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I discovered my Iwata nozzle wrench also fits the nozzle on my Olympos airbrush (probably other Japanese brands, too). It’s not difficult to over-tighten and break these delicate little nozzles, so using this specially designed tool could save owners uneeded grief and expense.

Tank Games Could Spawn the Next Generation of Scale Modellers

I had the great fortune of being born at the end of the “Baby Boom”. That being so, hobbies which attracted me, would usually be in the midst of their “Golden Age”. By the time I came along, millions of earlier baby boomers would’ve already caused each hobby to flourish. Just because of the demographics, my entry into a hobby generally signalled the beginning of its decline. It wasn’t that I had any ominous powers, it’s just that there was never a similarly large demographic group behind me.

Scale modelling is a natural fit for a person my age. We built models as kids, stopped in our teens, and now, after all these years, we’re returning to the hobby. It’s a familiar and enjoyable pass time. On model forums, it’s a daily occurrence to hear someone, who hasn’t built a model in decades, deciding to rejoin the hobby. That’s terrific! But, I know it’ll eventually come to an end.

I wonder if we don’t have an opportunity to change this outcome? Perhaps there’s another, younger demographic group we should actively recruit into building scale models?

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The group I’m thinking of are members of the online gaming community. What if we made an effort to show players of World of Tanks or War Thunder, etc., how they can develop their interests further? I simply propose, for the continued health of our hobby, that we actively reach out to the online gaming community, and invite them to participate in scale modelling. I’ve seen many times what happens when a hobby withers away and dies. This time, we may have an opportunity to reverse the trend.

Canada’s TAPV

The Canadian Army has begun receiving their first TAPVs. These Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles will replace or supplement a variety of vehicle types previously used in the patrol and reconnaissance roles.

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“The TAPV will be delivered in two variants: General Utility and Reconnaissance. The only differences between variants are their internal design and certain pieces of equipment. The Reconnaissance variant will be fielded to armoured reconnaissance squadrons, infantry reconnaissance platoons and the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School.

A notable feature of the TAPV is its very high level of protection and survivability against enemy threats, which includes improvised explosive devices, explosively-formed projectiles, and anti-armour weapons.

In addition to offering a higher degree of protection, the vehicle will be highly mobile. It is designed to effectively travel long distances on both roads and cross-country terrain. At just under 18,597 kilograms in weight, this light armoured vehicle can perform a wide variety of roles and tasks, including reconnaissance and surveillance, security (patrolling and escort), command and control, and armoured transport of personnel and equipment.

The TAPV also comes with several innovative new features. Of particular note is the TAPV’s remote weapons station. The remote weapons station comes equipped with both a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher and a C6 flex machine gun. It offers impressive observational capabilities, allowing crews to see at distances of up to 10,000 metres.”

Canadian Army’s Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV)

In short, the Canadian Army has seen that even up-armoured Humvees offer insufficient protection against modern battlefield threats. More is needed, and that’s what the TAPV will provide: more of all the good things today’s armoured forces require.

Once these machines begin deploying with the troops, we should soon see the first scale model kits appear, and I’ll be looking forward to that.