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Re: Centurion Tank
« Reply #99 on: October 18, 2014, 09:52:35 AM »
yay! thanks Dave.
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Re: Centurion Tank
« Reply #100 on: October 18, 2014, 07:23:54 PM »
We all understand that Tanks are weapons of war, and scale models aren't meant to glorify war in any way.
Although I think the Centurion is a technological marvel, I sure as heck don't want to be in a war, in a Tank.

We also forget about how dangerous it is just to work in one of these vehicles, whether it be in a combat situation or not.
This is what happens when a main gun does not fire properly.
I assume this was some sort of breach malfunction.
I would also assume that most of the crew did not survive...one fellow appears to get clear.
And I would advise you not to watch if you are at all squeamish.

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Re: Centurion Tank
« Reply #101 on: October 19, 2014, 12:56:24 PM »
Ouch! But pretty much any closed/armored/shielded/stationery battle environment is as lethal when things happen or go wrong. So no subs, ships, boats, helicopters, artillery or missile bases or such for me.

Gongratulations finishing this fine model Dave!

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Re: Centurion Tank
« Reply #102 on: December 01, 2014, 11:35:11 PM »
Hopefully there is some interest in a Sho't version of the Centurion?!

I have spent the last week working on an Israeli (IDF) repaint of the Centurion Tank.
It will hopefully be the first, but not the last, alternate paint scheme.
As I have mentioned before, I am also planning an Australian and British version.
Maybe a Swiss one too.

I just did a test print of a few parts, to check colours, textures, etc.
Unlike the Canadian Cent, this one will have a lot more surface colouring and weathering.

This will be a "Sho't Meteor" ...one of the very early IDF Centurions.
(Not the later "Sho't Kal" which has a number of modifications)

I would love to have the time to build one, so I could show off a built example
but you will just have to settle for the artist's rendition.

Anyone wanna build one for me? You get a kit for free.
Can ya have it done in a week?

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Re: Centurion Tank
« Reply #103 on: December 02, 2014, 09:30:42 AM »
A week????  LOL
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Re: Centurion Tank
« Reply #104 on: March 28, 2015, 10:51:28 AM »
By request, I am working on a three colour camouflage paint scheme (Centurion).
I settled on a late sixties Canadian Mk 5 (pretty much the only camo Mk5s! of that time)
and I have some first hand info about the paint scheme from a Centurion crewman
from that exact period...who also happens to be a veteran scale modeler.

Anyway, this is turning out to be an extremely frustrating effort.
Lots of hair pulling and swearing.
The layers of artwork, and number of steps involved to pull apart my existing Centurion kit
and introduce new colours and the camouflage patterns has resulted in many computer crashes.
At one point, I lost hours of work because the files did not save and backup properly.

Anyway, its a tough job lining everything up...I have to create exploded layouts of parts to
make sure the camo patterns wrap around properly...but when you have extra parts on top
of substructures, it gets even tougher.

I decided to assemble the basic Turret, to not only check the camo pattern across parts,
but also to see where Storage boxes and surface accessories line up with the base structure.

Heres a couple of photos of the bare Turret casting...gives you a look at the camo pattern.
There are a couple of errors in the artwork (of this test), but it gives you a good idea of the overall look.



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Re: Centurion Tank
« Reply #105 on: June 27, 2017, 07:52:00 PM »
Hello there Dave, having purchased and currently building the Centurion and Saladin models, I have been wondering if there may be plans in place for a Australian Mk 3/5 Centurion as used in Vietnam and the possibility of an M113A1 Armoured Personnel Carrier, again as used by Australian Army

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Re: Centurion Tank
« Reply #106 on: June 27, 2017, 08:08:59 PM »
yes...I did have plans to do an Australian Cent.

"did"...
I have moved on so much from the Centurion now, that I don't know if I can go back to it.
I don't know if I want to go back to it.

I was also considering a Swiss Centurion and an AVRE model.
And I had hoped to do at least one more Saladin variant (Desert/Tan colour)
But so many other projects in my head too!

Biggest motivation is sales potential...Centurion and Saladin have not been huge sellers.
12-18 months work on both of these models, and they just haven't sold enough copies to justify the variants.
I love the big scale kits, but they have a small market.

The M113 was of interest for a short time after I did my Easy-Build version.
But then I found other paper models (of the M113) already out there.
My interest was renewed when I found out about the use of the Saladin turret on some M113 APCs.
But once again, I question if there is enough of a market to justify the work?

Like I said...I have other projects I want to tackle.

Never say never, right?
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Re: Centurion Tank
« Reply #107 on: June 27, 2017, 11:39:07 PM »
I would hope  you  may revisit the Centurion and Saladin kits  and  produce the variants,
The Australian version would be a great stablemate with the Israeli Version,
and the Saladin desert version would be a great stablemate to the one you have released.

The Centurion Kit I am currently building, the Israeli version, is slowly coming along, and the Saladin is in the planning  stage,
like you had eluded to, I too have other priorities that take over.

For your ideas on the M113A1,  if you do go down that path, it would be great to see one as the base model M113, .50Cal Crew Commander Cupola,
then produce the turret upgrades  pack separately or as a complete update kit, with the T50 turret, Saladin Turret (FSV) and the Scorpion Turret (MRV) modifications all included

but knowing there is a lot of work involved and the rewards are limited,  I can understand your reluctance to go ahead with them