Tamiya 1/35 Centurion Mk III tank, 4th RTR
This model depicts a Centurion Mk III of the 4th Royal Tank Regiment of the British Army, circa 1950s (?). This has the 4th RTR “Chinese eye” marking (dating back to WWI) on the front and rear of the hull. The tank’s name is “Pine Hill”. The markings are from the Tamiya kit decals and instructions, which were pretty clear, but didn’t give the location the tank was stationed at. I at first assumed Korea, with the white star marking. But in looking up the 4th Royal Tank Regiment, it looks like they were never in Korea!
So, I guess I have a Centurion with no home. Berlin? The Middle East? The 4th RTR and the 7th RTR were “amalgamated” with each other, and the 7th did serve in Korea. Maybe some day I will figure it out. Or maybe one of the iModeler folks in the UK can shed some light?
The Centurion was a late WWII design, with strong influence from the German Panther. It was introduced in 1945 (but did not fight in WWII), and was the primary British main battle tank of the post-World War II period. It was a successful tank design, with upgrades, for many decades.
The engine of the Centurion was the Rolls Royce Meteor, a V-12 developed from the famous Merlin aero engine. Its armor protection was extremely strong for the time. The Centurion Mk III was armed with the 20 Pdr gun, a potent and accurate weapon.
Between 1946 and 1962 4,423 Centurions were produced, consisting of thirteen basic marks and numerous variants. In British Army use it was subsequently replaced by the Chieftain.
References used were:
- Osprey Vanguard book “The Centurion tank in Battle” by Simon Dunstan
- Osprey New Vanguard book “Centurion Universal Tank 1943-2003” by Simon Dunstan
- The Squadron book “Centurion in action” by Stephen Tunbridge
- The recent Crowood book “The Centurion Tank” by Bill Munro, who incidentally is a London taxi driver!
All these books have a lot of info in them. But, unfortunately I was still not able to identify where the tank I made the model of was stationed.
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