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Centurion. MK5 to Danish Cent.

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Converting the AFV Club Centurion tank (kit 35122) into the Danish version

The Centurion Mk5/2 is a version fitted with the L7 105 mm gun and a 0.30 coax MG instead of the 7.92mm one originally mounted into the Mk3. When I got the AFV Club kit, I decided to go with an original decoration to change from the quite standard green variations we often see with this MBT. After looking for reference pictures, I set up my mind on the Danish painting scheme without being aware of the numerous visible modifications made by the Danes.

What is different between the two versions?

In fact, the Danes modified their Centurions mainly by replacing the Browning coax MG by a German MG3 and deleting the tank commander cupola ring mounted MG which was replaced by a 0.50MG mounted on a pedestal mount in front of the TC station. Moreover, all the Danish Centurions were fitted with a basket at the rear of the turret. It is different from the standard type. Lastly, all the Centurions were pre-fitted to tow a fuel trailer. Depending on the vehicles, the idlers are of the 6-hole (or dish) type. The Danish Centurions were painted green and black at the beginning of the 1980s. From 1985 on, some were fitted with a night vision and firing device.

About the Author

About Olivier Carneau (bison126)
FROM: AUBE, FRANCE

I have been in the hobby for years and I'm still learning. As a modeler, I only build 1/35 modern military vehicles, mainly armored ones. I also run a website where I share a lot of walkarounds. Just click on my banner to pay a visit to it.


Comments

This is a nice straightforward conversion Olivier. I personally would have liked to have seen a few more in progress build pics, but what you have given us is clear and concise, not to mention that you ended up with a great looking Centurion as a result!
SEP 12, 2010 - 08:58 PM
Thank you Darren for publishing the article. Thanks a lot Jesper and Jeremy for the comments. Jesper I was aware of other mods made by the Danish army and more specially concerning the night vision device but I thought it was out of my skills to scratch this complicated system. Jeremy, sorry for the little amount of in progress pics. If I find more on my HD, I'll post them in this post. Olivier
SEP 13, 2010 - 12:39 AM
Olivier if you do find more pictures send them to us as well as I will add them to the feature for you.
SEP 13, 2010 - 03:29 AM
Darren, I will do so. What do you prefer me to do, sending the pics directly to you or to the feature generic email ? Olivier
SEP 13, 2010 - 04:56 AM
As it is an update send them to my staff E-mail which is in the list under staff.
SEP 13, 2010 - 05:31 AM
Some new pictures have been added to this feature. Thank you Olivier.
SEP 13, 2010 - 07:01 PM
Much thanks, very helpful
SEP 13, 2010 - 07:22 PM
Nice build. The unpainted pictures are very useful. Thanks for the tip about the idlers and the track tension. Paul
SEP 14, 2010 - 04:22 AM
Great with extra pictures. Thanks a lot.
SEP 15, 2010 - 08:47 PM
Glad you like it
SEP 16, 2010 - 08:50 AM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.