1/16 Scale Centurion Mark 5 Main Battle Tank Israeli IDF Shot Meteor Paper Model

1/16 Scale Centurion Mark 5 Main Battle Tank Israeli IDF Shot Meteor Paper Model

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1/16 Scale Centurion Mark 5 Main Battle Tank Israeli IDF Shot Meteor Paper Model

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This model features a 1/16 scale "early version" Mk.5 version operated by the Israeli Defense Force.
The model can also be built as a retrofitted Mk.5.1. or Mk.5.2 variant.
Both 20pdr (86mm) and L7 105mm Guns are included in the kit.

In the mid1960s, Israeli armed forces were already using (with great successs) Centurion Mk3s and Mk5s. Mk.3 Centurions with 20pdr guns were still in use, but the IDF made every effort to upgrade all Centurions to M5.1 and 5.2 modification by 1967.
In 1966 an offer was accepted to purchase all remaining Centurion surplus Tanks from the British...but these Tanks were immediately modified with armour and weapons upgrades including an the L7 105mm main gun. Renamed "Sho't kal(cal)" these Centurions also had a completely different powerplant and rear body modifications, making them very very visibly different to the earlier "Sho't meteors" (Metoer being the name of the original Rolls Royce powerplant).

The Centurion Main Battle Tank was first conceived in 1943 to supercede the successful Cromwell and Comet tanks.
However the Mk.1 Centurion was not produced until mid 1946, too late to be used in WW2.
By 1948, the Mk.3 version with its 20pdr Gun had become one of the most successful British Tank designs.
Proving its worth in the Korean conflicts, the Mk.5 version became the standard for main battle tank design.
The Mk.5 version actually being a modified version of the Mk.3, most notably fitted with a 30 cal. coaxial Machine Gun and 50 cal MG upper mount. Variants of the Mk.5 version were the 5.1, fitted with extra Glacis Armour plate, and the 5.2 with the L7 105mm Main Gun (retrofitted from the Mk.7 Centurion in 1959). By 1958 more than 14 countries operated the Centurion Tank as their main battle tank.

The Centurion weighed over 51 tons when battle loaded, carrying a crew of four.
It was 10 ft high, 11 ft wide and over 24 ft long.
32 ft long with the main Gun forward.
Powered by a Rolls Royce, Meteor Mark IV...the same engine as the Spitfire, without the supercharger.
There was also a four cylinder Austin engine that was used just to run the Electrical Generator.

Final production of the Centurion was in 1962, but the Tank was used well into the 1990s by many armed forces around the world.  Considered to be the most widely used and most successful tank design to date, almost 4500 Centurions have been produced in 13 different versions and numerous variants and some variants are still in use today.

The kit contains over 2200 parts on 60 printable pages (some pages require multiple printings).
Also: 15 pages of detailed assembly instructions and diagrams.
And Full colour cover and Information Pages.
Pages are A4 and Letter Size print compatible.

The model features a complete Drivers compartment interior, Turret interior and fully detailed Engine and Drivetrain compartments, removable Engine hatches, operating personnel hatches, rotating Turret and elevating main gun.
Track is scale 3D and partially articulated.
Final assembled model is 24" long, 8" tall.

See more photos of the Centruion model (Canadian version) at https://flic.kr/s/aHsk4ghR8Q (copy and paste)

Designed and produced by Dave Winfield [Dave's Card Creations]
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