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Ian Foulkes
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Tamiya 1/35th Challengers – Working at getting my own Squadron together!

March 17, 2019 · in Armor · · 2 ≡

Here are some images of various Challengers I've built over the years. The Mk1 is the original moulding. This has been reissued as the 1 Mk 3, with a few extra parts over the original. With the side mounted water jerry can holders lack a bottom ledge for the cans to sit on! They must just be held there by pure thoughts... The thing that does annoy me is that the kit lacks a "solid" hull, obviously at one time they planned to motorise the kit. In fact, a company called Hypa have released a motorised Challenger 1, the moulds look like a direct rip off from the Tamiya one's. Even the instruction sheet is the same as the Tamiya one, just a poor facsimile copy with Hypa where Tamiya should be. Hey-ho.

The Mk3's with their extra parts offer a wide variety of options in various camouflage schemes/markings. The has the same basic hull components with a new turret and various other bits. Sadly, as it comes, the Tamiya Challenger 2 can only be made in the desert version. I think Tamiya missed a trick here, for the want of the un armoured side skirts would have offered a greater flexibility with markings. As you would expect, all the Tamiya mouldings and engineering is superb, they all went together like a dream. The first Challenger kit I made when I was in BAOR just after it came out. So that would have dated it late '85 early '86

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  1. A nice looking squad!

  2. It looks like you are well on your way to assembling your very own tank company... 🙂


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