Challenger 1 mk 3
I’ve been promising this one for a while! Sorry for the delay, I thought this would be finished ages ago, but you know how it is! Plus I thought I’d best leave it for a bit after Bernd’s show winning Challenger, I wasn’t in a hurry to follow that!
The kit is a Tamiya 1/35 and my first attempt at building armor. I chose to go for the heavy weathered approach with this one with it being an older tank which has seen its fair share of conflict. The kit fit together like… well like a Tamiya kit! You have the choice of building the 1990 gulf war version with the extra armor as shown, or the NATO version. I’ve included a paint pot in the last photo to get an idea of the size.
As many of you know this is the British army Challenger 1 MBT. It replaced the Chieftain in 1983 and served till 1998 when it was replaced by the Challenger 2. The Challenger 1 had a great success rate in the first gulf conflict and not a single tank was lost. Some were damaged but none were completely written off! The Iraq republican army was reported to have lost in the region of 300 tanks to the Challengers.
I really enjoyed this build and was lucky enough to receive the Tamiya Challenger 2 for Xmas from Claire, ( and also a Chinook ). I’m not going to promise a date for either! I’m definitely going to start a tank collection though, I promise you all that!
Thanks for looking.
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