Saturday, June 20

A new British Centurion Mk.5 in 35th scale from Amusing Hobby

Amusing Hobby are giving us some of the best of British with their recent release schedule - this time around we have a new-tooled kit of the Centurian Mk.5 for eager modellers. We have a little info on the Mk.5, with some kit artwork, marking choices and CAD drawings in our preview...

Amusing Hobby's new 35th scale British Centurion Mk.5

British Centurion Mk.5
1/35th scale
Kit No #35A028
released kit in July
One of if no the best tank of the 50's, 60's & 70's, the Centurian is widely considered to be one of the most successful post-war tank designs, and it remained in production into the 1960's, and seeing combat in the front lines into the 1980s

A Dutch Centurian 5 and crew
The Centurion was designed during World War II to provide a tank that could do the work of both the Infantry and Cruiser tank classes. It was designed to have firepower and protection that would allow it to survive with the latest German types of tanks and self-propelled guns seen during the war. The first Centurions entered service too late to see action in World War II. Initially, they were equipped the 17-pdr (76.2-mm) cannon which was one of the best tank guns used by the Western Allies during the war. By the time Centurions saw combat in 1950 during the Korean War, they had been up-gunned to the more powerful 20-pdr (83.4-mm) cannon. This remained the standard gun on Centurions until the early 1960s when they were up-gunned with the 105-mm L7 cannon.

A British Centurion tank drives through the streets of Berlin
The four-man crew of the Centurion was well-protected with armour up to 6-inches (152-mm) thick. Stowage bins mounted on the turret sides provided standoff protection from HEAT rounds while skirts along the suspension helped protect against anti-tank rockets. Various upgrades throughout the years allowed the Centurion to stay in service with many countries well into the 1980s. 
The Centurion has been exported to numerous countries including Canada, Denmark, Israel and South Africa. They saw action in numerous wars including the Indo-Pakistani Wars, Arab-Israeli Wars, the 1956 Suez War, and various conflicts in southern Africa between South Africa and Cuban forces
Centurion Mk 5
Browning machine guns fitted to coaxial and commander's cupola mounts, turret rear escape door deleted, turret roof reshaped, deletion of 2" bomb thrower in turret roof, extra stowage bin on the glacis, the addition of guide roller in track run, vehicle weight 51 tons. The Centurion Mk 5/1 a.k.a. FV 4011 had increased glacis armour, two coax machineguns: one.30 Browning & one .50 calibre Browning for ranging the 84 mm (20 pounder) main gun. Lastly, the Centurion Mk 5/2 was up-gunned to 105 mm.

An Australian Centurian 5/1 in Vietnam

This kit from Amusing Hobby
This new kit from Amusing Hobby will have a few features that many of us who have made their kits feel at home. Little, if no photo-etch will be needed, there will be opening and closing hatches but no interior. So if you pose the kit with open hatches you will have to fill it with a British tanker.

Some CAD drawings of the kit
The decal choices of the kit - the UK 4th Royal Tank Regiment.
The kit is due for a July release, you can pick it up then from Amusing Hobby's Distributors Worldwide...