AF35100 AFV Club. Centurion Mk 5/1 Royal Australian Armoured Corps. Scale 1:35

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Centurion Mk 5/1 Royal Australian Armoured Corps, 1:35 scale

AFV35100 -AFV Club

In 1943, the British Army started designs of a 40 ton cruise tank with the ability to withstand a direct hit from the German 88mm gun. This tank, now known as A41, would adopt Rolls Royce engine and Christie suspension. However, it was quickly found that A41 would exceed 40 tons. Eventually the requirement was withdrawn. Two kinds of 17 pound main gun was fitted for testing - one was what was used on the Firefly tank, the other the shorter barrel as fitted to the Comet tank.

After evaluation, the A41 with slight modifications weighed in at 43 tons and was now formerly designated Centurion. Only 6 prototype tanks were completed before the end of the second World War.

The Australian Army ordered a batch of Centurions in 1949. However, due to the outbreak of the Korean War, the delivery was not made until 1952.The Australian Centurions had become the Mk5 variant by 1961. These were upgraded to Mk5/1 from 1967. These were equipped with infrared night-vision systems for Commander, Driver and Aimer. From 1968 to 1971, the Australian Army sent 3 Centurion Mk5/1 to Vietnam.

Model features:

  • Workable suspension with metal springs
  • Clear parts for search light and vision blocks
  • Rubber rims
  • Aluminium barrel with rifling
  • Aluminium coaxial machine gun
  • Photo Etched parts included

Paint and glue are required and not included.

Flat Fee Postage of $12.00 to anywhere in Australia using Australia Post. Spend $75 for FREE postage.

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