Builds Simmerit’s British MkV Centurion build in 1/35

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Ok so I’ve got a few bits of armour on the go but WTF. This is an iconic piece of British Armour and it just has to be done.

It’s one of those pieces of kit that takes me back to my childhood as it was featured in one of the Victor book for Boys Christmas albums that you got with your stocking. I also had a soft plastic airfix one in 1/32 that I used to play with with my Airfix soldiers. Me and the lad next door used to often battle - me with the Brits and him with boxheads.

To the kit.

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This caused a bit of a stir when released as the only option on the market was a very old Tamiya kit and and InAccurate Armour kit/upgrade which is resin. Since it’s release, AFV club have released one also.

I’m told its a complete rip off of the Australian AFV club cent. I’ve got one but I’ve not looked at it - it’s gathering dust upstairs waiting to be built.

The kit is pretty straight forward with not a lot of spruces, so it should build quickly. I’ve not read up about it at all, so this is suck it and see as I go.

I’ve picked up some after market brass for it, but more of that later. I believe there are issues with all of the Cent kits on the market with wheels of all things. The rims are wrong! Not sure why I will do about that yet. For now, I’ve gone with the kit wheels.

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Suspension is working.

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A nice touch.

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and this is where I’ve got to, which is the left land running gear largely complete.

It’s taken me about 4 hours to get this far, which is pretty quick for me!!
 
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Quick on on the brass so far.

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as you can see, the fenders have moulded in tool boxes. They have to go!

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these will replace the plastic. Plastic skirts need to go as well!

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Few shots

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so the Mk5 was around 1964. I need to do some digging into colour scheme. I’m sure there will be enough info around.
 

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so the Mk5 was around 1964. I need to do some digging into colour scheme. I’m sure there will be enough info around.

Great photographs. Number 3 and 5 are Canadian Centurions.

The Mk5 was merely the Mk3 with the Besa coaxial machine-gun replaced by the .30-cal Browning tank version. The Canadians were using Mk5's when their tanks were acquired in 1952. I don't know when the British Army made the change from Besas to Brownings.
 
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Great photographs. Number 3 and 5 are Canadian Centurions.

The Mk5 was merely the Mk3 with the Besa coaxial machine-gun replaced by the .30-cal Browning tank version. The Canadians were using Mk5's when their tanks were acquired in 1952. I don't know when the British Army made the change from Besas to Brownings.

the model looks like a straight Mk5. I need to check the turret out to see which one it is as I may stick an L7 on it which came in the the Mk5/2

Great work so far, of course you could always honour the only Centurion to be nuked and then went on Ops!

This Atomic Tank survived a nuclear test, then went to war

yup. I have an Australian Mk5/2 but the plan is Cent, Chiefy, Chally 1 then back onto planes for a bit
 
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Rivet counting mode ‘on’

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these are the correct wheels. Note the reenforced rims.

rivet counter mode ‘off’.
 
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Looking with interest

I’ve just pulled the RAAC cent down from my collection of unbuilt kits - it’s a Mk5/1.

The AFV club Cent is identical to the Amusing Hobby Cent. The only difference is when Amusing Hobby ripped off the model, they cast the tool box in the fender. I guess that was to stop them being sued by AFV Club.

It’s going together really quickly. As I am currently basically incapacitated with the hip, there’s bugger all else I can do other than model - much to the amusement of the Mrs. I should finish the hull today.

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the workable suspension is a gimmick - I’ve ended up gluing it as bits pop off when you work it. You’d have to screw the tank to a base to hold it in position and maintain the position of the running gear if you had it running over something. The alternative is building it without the springs. That would work I think.

The wheels are from Sovereign models by the way. Not sure how OCD you will get about your build as it was your old man’s tank, but looking at the aftermarket, you could get quite a custom build done if you were up for it. I’ve not got that sentimental attachment. My old man was on HMS Myngs which was a destroyer and the nearest he got to the army was marrying my old woman who was a reg - did 9 years before coming out to get married. I should be grateful I suppose!
 

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I'm not too OCD on it, just as long as it looks the part, mine has a similar suspension set up so that's good to know.
 
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Cracked on a bit.

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none of the upper hull plating is fixed yet but the lower hull is now complete. It’s about 6 hours to get to this point.

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turret is nicely done. I know we had the conqueror and briefly the tortoise but what’s striking about the Cent is it’s big. It must have been a big step up for anyone coming out of the likes of a Cromwell - assuming the went from Cromwell’s to Cents, which Not being a tankie, I’d assume they would have. A Mk3 took out a Chinese captured Cromwell in Korea.

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you do t really get a feel for the size difference in this shot but it must be 20% ‘bigger’ than the Cromwell. The Cent is strikingly large in comparison.

the debate now is why to model from a colour scheme perspective. Reading up, I’ve got a couple of options - straight US olive drab, good old bronze green or NATO(ish) green and black.
 

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Cracked on a bit.

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none of the upper hull plating is fixed yet but the lower hull is now complete. It’s about 6 hours to get to this point.

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turret is nicely done. I know we had the conqueror and briefly the tortoise but what’s striking about the Cent is it’s big. It must have been a big step up for anyone coming out of the likes of a Cromwell - assuming the went from Cromwell’s to Cents, which Not being a tankie, I’d assume they would have. A Mk3 took out a Chinese captured Cromwell in Korea.

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you do t really get a feel for the size difference in this shot but it must be 20% ‘bigger’ than the Cromwell. The Cent is strikingly large in comparison.

the debate now is why to model from a colour scheme perspective. Reading up, I’ve got a couple of options - straight US olive drab, good old bronze green or NATO(ish) green and black.
Via the Comet in my old man's case I believe
 
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Is there an escape hatch molded on the rear of the turret? Early Centurion turrets had one.

I think it went on the Mk5. I’m 99.7% certain it did anyway! I’ll have a look. Just on the easiest track bash in the world.

Amusing Hobby tracks. Doddle. Just saying
 

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My Dad was an ex tankie 9/12 R/Lancers, 1964-1976 & served on Centurions, he loved them. One year my 1st wife (now ex) did this cross stitch of a Centurion & framed it to give as a Xmas present. I've inherited it since my Dad died 2015, I still quite like it, got it hanging in my daughters bedroom, they like it too.
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My father started in Centurions in the Scots Greys in 1959.

Best I can help with is a brass shoulder slide saying Greys!
 
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@exspy - no escape hatch at the read of the turret.

cracked on a bit. 30 minutes and both tracks done

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very mixed views on these tracks. They went together really easy but they are very delicate and they literally clip together. I reckon I’ll be going for master club or friul.

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It’s starting to look like a Cent now. Really glad I cracked on with it. Back on the Berlin Chally tomorrow. I need to get to the tracks on the Cromwell and Centaur next week too.
 
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If anyone wants to pick up aftermarket to improve their build, here is the shopping list:

Cent Wheels with the correct rims


Tracks


I picked mine up at Historex, but they now are out of stock for the Cent, but this lot have em in stock

L7


Skirts


Other



 
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Not that I keep banging on about being unemployed, pale and male and over 50 or anything, but as I’m unemployed, I’ve done another ten minutes on the Cent.

This is a bit of a ‘no win’ for amusing hobby and AFV club, which is dealing with the joins on the turret, which aren’t great

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its a shame as the casting detail is on the model and it’s quite nice as well. I’ll address this with Mr Surfacer when I’m ready to prime it.

quick shot as it’s an ace tank!

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