AFV Club 1/35 Centurion Mk.5/1 Model Kit
Brand: AFV Club
Model Number: 35100
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AFV Club 1/35 Centurion Mk.5/1 Royal Australia Armoured Corps
AFV Club soon releases the Centurion MK5/1 Royal Australia Armoured Corps (Vietnam Version) packing a treasure trove of goodies into a single kit. In there you will find etched parts metal barrels a resin figure and more. It's almost unthinkable not to have this in your collection especially if you are a life long fan of one of the greatest ever tanks the Centurion.
The Centurion tank was first developed by the British and served as the British Main Battle Tank after the Second World War. The first batch of Centurion Mk. I were completed and delivered to the British Army in 1949. This first batch of Mk.I adopted the 17 pounder main gun was powered by a Rolls-Royce engine and had Christie suspension. However from the Mk.III model onwards; it adopted the 20 pounder main gun. The Mk.III participated heavily in the Korean War and by the conclusion of it; there had been 13 different variations of the Centurion in total.
As a Commonwealth member the Australian Army placed an order for a batch of Centurion in 1949 however due to the outbreak of the Korean War the order was never delivered until 1952. Along with the later orders and upgrades all Australian Centurions were subsequently upgraded to the Mk.5 standard by 1961. From 1967 the Australian Army once again upgraded their fleet of Centurions to the Mk.5/1 which came equipped with infrared night vision systems for the commander driver and aimer.
From 1968 to 1971 the Australian Army sent out 3 Centurion Mk.5/1 companies to provide armoured support to the troops fighting in the Vietnam War. Since then the Centurion has been adopted by many different countries Israel Sweden and Singapore to name a few. The Centurion currently enjoys a very long and illustrious 60 year career in active service becoming one of the greatest modern tanks in history.
410 parts in olive drab plastic
18 clear plastic components
1 metal barrel
1 co-ax MG
6 large suspension springs
26 individual vinyl tyres
2 vinyl tracks
1 steel cable
26 vinyl poly caps
1 piece of black mesh
1 decal sheet
1 fret of etched parts
Manufacturer: AFV Club
Model: 35100 Centurion Mk.5/1
Reviewed by Richard Kortze
1/35 Centurion Mk. 5/1
Superior quality plastic kit. Good level of detail with many finely molded parts. Metal gun barrel and photo-etch parts included. 16 page instruction booklet with good detailed drawings. Has been an enjoyable build.
Reviewed by Roger Westran
AFV club Centurion Mk 5/1
Very nice kit, It's just a pity that the mantlet cover (which by itself is not costly) comes as a seperate item which of course I didn't purchase as the box art clearly shows it.
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