CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AUSTRALIAN ARMY AFV CLUB 1/35

I’m just beginning to mess around with WordPress and I’m not quite sure, but for now, let’s organize the finished work of the past in a posted article. Let’s arrange it on the fixed page as it accumulates. The second piece is the Centurion of the Australian army. It is built from February to March 2007.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 BOX PACKAGEThis time, Centurion tank in the Australian army. Australia dispatched one infantry regiment, one armored regiment and one missile destroyer to Vietnam and the number of totals was about 7,700 people.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThe lower side of the body assembly. These rubber tires were attached to the road wheels with glue. Because R3 parts had not fit straight, I sliced and adjusted it in length with the cutter. Upper idler wheels were not well fixed tightly so I poured glue and instant adhesive by force and now strength is enough, I suppose. The joint of parts is excellent as a whole.  (2007/02/17)

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThe belt type caterpillar of the kit attachment was installed. I feel it is enough quality, though a movable caterpillar is put on the market by the optional. It was not effective to use plastic adhesive, but good adhesion by use instant adhesive. There were a lot of parts attached on the back of the body and it’s confusing me. But after jointed upper armor plate, the inside is not so seen well and all right. The chassis seems very good when the caterpillar was installed.  (2007/02/24)

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGBody lower side assembly was completed, though it is unsightly after the glue. The front side of the body might be equipped with a spare trank roller and caterpillar and defense power was increased a little. (2007/02/26)

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGBecause the wire of the kit attachment was hard and had had difficulty in handling, I substituted it with stainless wire. If the sagging condition was changed with a right and left wire cable before the assembly, it might have been better. The attachment of the wire cable was difficult. The wire of the kit attachment should have been annealed. I lost one knob on the engine room and made in the brass line.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThe metal barrel of 20-pound artillery seems quite reliable. Because space had been caused when smoke ejector parts were installed, I filled in the space for use patty. (2007/03/03)

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThe cloth mesh is used for a back rack, it seems real.  (2007/03/03)

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGAll hatches were made a movable type by using a thin brass line. It is because the tank soldier might board on this tank later. Typing out the pin mark on the back of the hatch was all removed. Clear parts of this kit were too elastic and materials like the vinyl.  (2007/03/03)

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGMolding the toolbox of this kit is sculptured in detail. The cooling cavity of the barrel of the mount machine gun was opened by the drill and emphasized. The appearance was improved, wasn’t it?

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGAt last, it shaped. It will be necessary to renew the antenna, it is too thin and unsteadiness. After the glue mark on the surface is cleared away, I can do a basic painting. The proportion is quite good-looking. It’s a violent image without side skirt.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThe Back of the tank is a little unlikely? Tanks had piled up the ammunition case of the machine gun, the jerrican, etc. in the actual combat. Well, it will be good this time for the practice of painting. By the way, a big box in the back is an extra armor of the fuel tank. Actually, I threw out one or two AFV club kits on the way, though accomplishment in old times. It’s my first-time completion of the AFV Club kit.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGI expressed the canvas cover on the front side to contain the melting patty on the tissue. I wrinkled the canvas cover to shape. It seems to be real after painting.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 PAINTINGI also added the power supply code that had come out from the back of the searchlight by the extending runner. I made an antenna using the brass line of 0.2mm because there was no strength made by the extending runner. Parting lines of smoke discharger were highly visible, I have to remove them later…..
(2007/03/04)

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 PAINTINGBase painting completed with olive drab. Taking a picture with too much light, but the model is actually darker. It’s my pleasure if you can see my finish work of Centurion Tank.  (2007/03/10)

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOAt last, I completed the Centurion tank. Because the image of the Vietnam war was a mud bath, I made the chassis exaggeratedly dirty weathering.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOA great 20-pound gun gives a massive image. The searchlight was installed in preparation for enemy’s (North Vietnamese army) night attack. Because this Centurion has the reserve fuel tank in the back, the total length is almost the same as Abrams.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOI distorted a left fender a little. Washing technique easily leaves spots on the surface of the armor and it is very difficult to clean. I suppose it’s a risky technique for me… It might go well by controlling the timing of wiping off and the flow condition of paints.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOShot from back. Red fire extinguisher stands out, and I think it is a good accent. I airbrushed to look dirty the lower side of the body and the made the gradation mud and dust. I should have hung the wire rope downside more.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOMarking was in the kit, and it is one of the Australian army first armor regiment C company in 1971. The mark of the left has been distorted. It’s hard to re-adjust after sticking by mark softer. The decal on the right was shattered when I dipped it in water. I managed to set them straight on the body, like solving a puzzle.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOI use the mini drill to make many holes on the machine-gun barrel for more detail up. I can’t close the commander’s hatch, which I made it movable because of the machine-gun interferes it. I forgot to remove the typing out pin marks on the machine-gun ammunition box.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOI had painted the pickaxe handle and others in brown, after that I finished in clear mixed the orange. It’s a little shiny and I made it half gloss by brushing. I felt it’s difficult to make reality to paint wood parts. It’s not easy painting wood shafts after assembled.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOI managed to make the canvas on turret made from the melting patty on the tissue. It began to melt easily when I did washing with the enamel thinner on the searchlight and the periscope of the driver’s seat made of transparent parts. The periscope cover has become notched. Perhaps, it might be a vinyl chloride material because it is softer than usual plastic parts. Because parts of the searchlight had become tattered, I flattened it and painted clear to fix.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOI misunderstood the parting lines on the exhaust muffler is the real line. When finishing it up, I noticed some parting lines remains on the body. I painted the shade on the back of the body because it’s monotonous.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOI made the chassis dirty with washing and dry brushing like mud. So I did not do metallic on the caterpillar.

CENTURION MK5/1 VIETNAM WAR AFV CLUB 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOThe shot of the turret to the left. I suppose that it has good atmosphere like a real tank, though I did not do the chipping.
(2007/03/18)

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