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Thursday, January 05, 2017 - 08:49 AM UTC
On pre-order status for some months, Amusing Hobby has now announced that the kit is now available through its distribution channels.
From Wikipedia: The FV 214 Conqueror, also known as "Tank, Heavy No. 1, 120 mm Gun, Conqueror" was a British heavy tank of the post-war era. It was developed as a response to the Soviet Joseph Stalin IS-3 heavy tanks; its 120 mm gun was larger than the 20-pounder (83.4 mm) gun carried by its peer, the Centurion. The Conqueror's role was to provide long range anti-tank support for the Centurion.

Rendered in 1/35 scale, Amusing Hobby’s FV 214 Conqueror Mk. I (35A006) comes with individual link tracks and photo-etched details.

Amusing Hobby would also like to inform everyone as well that its website, www.amusinghobby.com has been re-launched and in test-run mode. Everyone is encouraged to visit, and provide comments on how to further improve the site.
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Couple of pics. AFV Club Centurion turret base, ring is actually bigger in diameter that opening in Conqueror: LionMarc turret: These are just tentative pics, I have couple of other projects before I'll start this one. But all basic stuff is now there.
JAN 10, 2017 - 07:28 PM
Dude! That looks really badass! Can't wait to see you get this underway. Paul
JAN 11, 2017 - 08:52 PM
I was just reading a review on Cybermodeler that says this kit has no transparencies so that's at least one advantage the Dragon kit has. Transparencies for lights etc should be standard on new kits now. Plus even though the Dragon kit has those damn DS tracks and I much prefer indie links the sprue attachments on the AH tracks look a bit obtrusive.
JAN 12, 2017 - 07:09 AM
For what its worth, the previous morser 38d didn't have any clear parts either, though said tank had much less visable lenses than the con.
JAN 12, 2017 - 04:03 PM
Yes they're quite visible on the Con. Why they decide to do lights in non transparent plastic in 2017 I don't know. Ridiculous!
JAN 13, 2017 - 07:21 AM
You can buy the Voyager bright series set for better looking lights, though.
JAN 13, 2017 - 05:26 PM
I'll start forum topic as soon as I really get this going, million things to do... You know how this goes
JAN 20, 2017 - 01:50 PM
Hey Guys, Amusing Hobby must have made a change, I just received mine today, and the tracks are not the 2 piece ones that are in the review, but some beautiful one piece clickable/workable links that snap together easily! I just put together 5 links in about 2 minutes, the attachment points are on the flat side of the link so they are easy to remove and clean up, they seem sturdy but I'll have to wait to see how a full run stays together when I get to building the kit. WAY TO GO AMUSING HOBBY!!!
JAN 24, 2017 - 05:18 AM
Amusing Hobby Conqueror Tank Some observations on the finally released Amusing Hobby Conqueror Tank. Based on the old Mk 1 eyeball, lot's of photos and the excellent Chris Meddings review of the Dragon kit on PMMS. It is certainly not a perfect kit but I think it scores over the Dragon offering in many ways: The main gun is not split lengthways. The turret shape is better, but I can clearly see differences from the real thing. Really nice tracks that click together and are articulated. Rear deck looks better to me Correct glacis for Mk 1 Alas if you want clear parts or something to replicate the canvas cover, you won't find it here! At least AH include PE strips for the cover, so you aren't totally thrown to the wolves here. Now of course the AH kit is the Mk 1. So what are the (external) differences for a Conqueror Mk 1 vs Mk 2? I tried to come up with a list. Feel free to add to this is you know/can spot something I've missed. Mk 1 ---- Glacis slope, hatch 3 driver vision blocks Main gun - no fume extractor No turret basket Fuel filler caps on side on engine deck Mk 2 ---- Glacis slope, hatch One driver vision block Main gun has fume extractor (sometimes retro-fitted to Mk 1) Turret has basket (sometimes retro-fitted to Mk 1) Fuel filler caps relocated from side to top of engine deck Exhaust pipe and cover look different I'm convinced AH will one day come out with an extra sprue to make the Mk 2. Interestingly the box art for the Conqueror is dated 2012 and the FV215B (183) is dated 2013, so AH has been planning these for a while. Behind the Mk1 is a Mk 2 on the box art. Hinting, perhaps? I also have the AH FV215B (183) kit which I am building first to uncover any problems :-) So far so good. I am using the 'real' spring option though the wire ia rather under-scale. The other option is a solid piece. I've put the FV215B (183) into the Tank Hunters campaign. Strangely for a vehicle that never made it to service AH have 2 different designs of gun clamp! The turret I plan to reshape slightly and give a new, rougher, cast finish. Front 'cheeks' still need to be flatter, with a less pronounced lower edge. The curve of the round off behind the commanders cupola should be less sharp. There should be a slight build up of the casting below the RH turret side hatch.
JAN 24, 2017 - 07:46 AM

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