1/35 British Chieftain Mk 5 by Tamiya
The Chieftain main battle tank was the successor to the Centurion, with the Mk 1 entering service in 1963 after a protracted development period. The Mk 5 was introduced in 1970 and was the main type in service during the mid 70s, the biggest improvement being to the engine bringing the power up to 750 bhp. The Chieftain was compared with the French AMX-30, the West German Leopard and the US M60A1, all of which are lighter in weight and boast better speed and mobility, they are, however, inferior in firepower to the Chieftain. Many overseas countries expressed in buying Chieftains, although the expense (100,000 British pounds each in 1967) limited its appeal.
The Chieftain is a relatively old Tamiya kit, showing its origins with mouldings designed to accept motorising parts in the hull. I think it still represents an accurate model, and I’ve finished it in the rather smart (I think) overall dark green livery as seen on these machines while posted to West Germany. The kits comes complete with a crew of three, who have wisely disappeared in some of the pictures, their hatches firmly closed! I prefer to keep my armour fairly clean (although I admire those people who produce extreme weathered finishes), so it has only received a gentle wash of Tamiya XF52 matt earth. I have added some antennae, and a little detail to the barrel lagging.
Thanks for looking, George.
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