Challenger I Main Battle Tank Revell in 1/72 scale
October 23, 2014 in Armor
Challenger I Revell in 1/72 scale
Hi here comes my newest roll out from my small world of tanks. At first some facts:
The British main battle tank Challenger I was developed from a design for the Iranian Army.
It was introduced into the British Army in 1983.
It was very well armoured for its time and was a response to the newest soviet armour piercing grenades fired from the T-62/T-64 tanks and newer soviet tanks as well.
The key behind the armour was a new developed Chobham type, a mixture between steel and ceramic materials.
Armament: One 120mm L11A5 gun from the Chieftain tank, the ammunition was separated, this was considered as a disadvantage, because this reduced the speed of fire, compared with other modern tanks of its time.
Two L8A2 7,62mm MGs, one coaxial with the main gun, another on the commanders cupola acting as an anti aircraft gun.
A full 360 degree turnaround from the turret lasted 13 seconds, firing the gun on the move was possible.
Engine: One 1200 h.p Condor V12 Diesel engine
Speed: 56 Km/h /35 mls on the road
Length: 11.5 m /37 ft 9 in gun facing forward
Widht: 3.51 m / 11 ft 6 in
Height: 2,95m /9 ft 8 in
The Challengers finest hour was Operation Desert Storm/Shield in 1990, some vehicles were damaged but no losses at all. This was possible because the enemy had no up to date armor piercing ammunition and Iraqs tank units were largely out of order due to countless air strikes.
The Challenger I was replaced with the Challenger II in 1998.Production reached 420 tanks.
The sources for this data comes mainly from Wikipedia and the instructions.
Revells Challenger is a very nice kit to build, fit is good and no real problems, except mine were discovered. The “baskets” around the turret were replaced with photo etched parts from Extra Tech.
Here comes the injected plastic moulding technique to its end. That was VERY fiddly, it didn t help, that the assembled turret falls out of my hand during detailing, this was a moment the heart stands still for a second. The front baskets suffered a highly visible dent, so we have combat damage:-)
The tracks are built from the usual single links/length tracks systhem. It is always
exciting to close them, and see they get together (works not every time)
The green was sprayed on, the black paint was hand brushed with thin layers of
black, a dark wash a lot of dry brushing followed on.
A major set back were the decals, the “SFOR” markings were black, should be white,i didn t find Royal Army markings, so the side skirts were sprayed with a lot of dirt/n/mud making the missing markings nearly invisible(hope so).
These 1/72 tanks, posted here on iModeler are part of a long time running project, to do a
most complete military vehicles collection on small space.There is a “compare “picture, with the recently posted M60 and a soviet T-80, both kits in 1/72 from RoG.
I hope you like it.
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