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Chieftain Mk 5/5P
Chieftain Mk 5/5P
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]

My wife picked up all three of the Takom Chieftain models today and while I am not going to write a full review, I thought you would all like to see what is in the various boxes. These are the very first Takom Models I have looked at and I am quite pleased with the moulding quality. There are no obvious faults in respect of the plastic parts from my initial inspection. I like that the individual track links are supplied removed from any sort of sprue, with only the track pads needing to be removed from a sprue. The barrel is split along its length which I do not like, but I suppose the intricate detail on these barrels and requirements of mass production make this a necessary evil. I will say I am very disappointed to see that Takom Models has not supplied metal cables with separate eyes due to the reasonably high cost of the models; instead you get it all as an injection moulded part.
SUMMARY
Highs: I like the tracks supplied with these kits and the good quality moulding.
Lows: I do not like the tow cables in the offerings.
Verdict: We have waited a long time for new Chieftain offerings and these look very worthy offerings.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 2027
  Suggested Retail: £53.99
  PUBLISHED: Oct 29, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.16%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.31%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

Well I'm working on this one and I'm disappointed by the non workable tracks, they are difficult to put in place imho and can hardly be painted before being placed. they look like Dragon magic tracks.
OCT 29, 2015 - 11:44 AM
One other thing to mention about the kit, the marking provided for the BATUS scheme, vehicle reg and call signs are from a MK11. I found a photo on one of the RTR forums and the photo sniper book shows the colour profile of the same wagon which is labled a MK11, the still brew armour gives it away. I'm also pretty sure that the MK5s were not serving in BATUS in 1991. Small detail I know but it's not correct. LINK Dan
OCT 29, 2015 - 01:32 PM
If you look up in the forums about using magic tracks this, it may help with your issue. Thank you for the info Dan as I am sure it will be of help.
OCT 29, 2015 - 01:35 PM
My only minor gripe is regarding the raised lip/rail that runs around the entire hull and drivers hatch. This lip/rail should have a "U" shaped profile (at least in the area surrounding the hatch), whereas on the kit is solid. Like I said, I minor gripe, otherwise loving these kits.
OCT 29, 2015 - 04:57 PM
With three Chieftains to choose from, which one looks like the "best" kit?
OCT 29, 2015 - 08:01 PM
Hi Darren, It says '2 in 1' on the box ? What are the differences ? / Robin
OCT 30, 2015 - 02:30 AM
British MK5 or Iranian MK 5 Persian ... Those are the 2 versions in the box. Dan
OCT 30, 2015 - 03:35 AM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
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