IDF Centurion Shot Cal
This is my build of the 1/35 scale AFV Club Centurion Shot Cal – one of my favorite armor subjects. I did it as a vehicle serving in the Golan in 1973. A number of Centurions lost their side skirts in that intense action. I prefer the look of the centurion without the skirts in spite of the fact that this is unusual for an IDF tank.
I went for a fair amount of dust and dirt build-up with EZ Mud around the suspension. Weathering this model was a long meditative process, starting with an oil wash, then applying and dusting off many layers of pigments, pastels and graphite. It paid to look at ii in different light conditions as I went until it settled in to something that looked realistic The tracks are built up from the AFV Club single link snap together set, bought separately.
I haven’t seen many of these AFV Club Centurions finished online. I think it came in for some criticism from the IDF aficionados. Personally, I think it’s a well-designed kit and mostly well molded, apart for a few annoying skink marks on hard to fix parts e.g. some hatches and ammo boxes. I really like the look of the turret basket out of the box. I crammed it full of stuff, including a couple of different kinds of paper IDF ration boxes. Antennas are stretched sprue and apart from those, the mantlet dust cover and the stowage, everything is OOB. Actually the add ons are all AFV club. The mantlet cover was tricky to attach (particularly since I wanted to make it rough looking) . I also had to work to get the gun barrel to depress to the angle I wanted underneath the vinyl cover, which was very tight.
Painted with MM Acryl Israeli Armor Sand, darkened and faded in places for weathering effect.Once again, not a masterpiece done with high tech filters but I think it looks like the tanks I see in pictures and video of the period.
Hope you like it.
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