Takom 2028, British Main Battle Tank Chieftain Mk.10. Scale 1:35. FREE POSTAGE

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Takom 2028, British Main Battle Tank Chieftain Mk.10 Scale 1:35

TK2028 - Takom

Since its introduction into service in 1966, the Chieftain was long regarded as NATO’s heavy hitter. Throughout its service life, the tank saw many upgrades. Improved ammunition, fire control systems, new radios and numerous upgrades to the flawed L60 engine. One upgrade that was over looked for a long time was the armour. 

It was long thought that the Chieftains’ armour was strong enough to stand up to anything the Russians could throw at it, but that line of thinking was reassessed in the early 80’s after information gathered from the fighting between Iran and Iraq. It was found the T-72 could penetrate the frontal armour of the Chieftain at 1km.

An armour upgrade was soon undertaken. The Stillbrew Armour Pack was fitted to just about every Chieftain in service. The new armour consisted of additional armour to the frontal arc of the turret and included extra blocks each side of the drivers’ position to protect the turret ring.  The new armour completely changed the Chieftain’s profile, giving it a sleeker and more modern look.  Any Chieftain that received this armour upgrade was then to be known as the Mk.10.

All regiments of the Armoured Corps of the British Army used the Mk.10. The Mk.10 was later phased out by the Mk.11 and the Challenger 1. That said, a small number of Mk.10’s remained in service with the Berlin Brigade right up until the end of the Cold War. This was mainly as the Mk.10 was considered to be old technology and it was felt that if the Soviets were to attack, the Berlin Brigade would have been easily overwhelmed and any new technology would have been lost to the enemy.

The Kit

This highly detailed static model kit contains 695 precision injection styrene parts in grey (194 of which comprise the tracks & 194 make up the seperate 'rubber' track pads), 22 in clear, 43 photo-etched brass parts, 1 flexible brown vinyl part for the main gun mantlet dust cover, 2 poly caps, and water-slide decals.

Markings are available for 4 individual vehicles including versions serving in A Squadron, 1RTR BATUS 1991, C Squadron, 14/20 Kings Royal Hussars Berlin 1988-91, a tank waiting on Warcop range used as a hard target, and a fictional Zombie tank. Attractive Chieftain Mk.10  painting and markings guide from AMMO of Mig Jimenez includes all 5 views.

Features include a main gun that can be elevated or depressed, optional opened/closed gun sight & infrared light, and all crew hatches (except optional position driver's hatch) & the gun travel lock are workable. 

Glue and paint are required for this model. (Not included).

This model also includes FREE postage to anywhere within Australia.

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