Centurion Mk3 (long hull) Conversion

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This comprehensive 1/35th scale conversion set by Jon Bottomley & Rob Tearle converts the AFV Club Churchill kit* into the Armoured Recovery Vehicle Mk-II which served towards the end of WW2 in British units equipped with the Churchill tank and variants.British “ARV’s Mk-II” were far better equipped than the original ARV Mk-1 recovery tugs (C064) and featured a very high capacity internal winch and rear spade. Also carried were spares, tools, welding equipment and all basic recovery, towing


This comprehensive 1/35th scale conversion set designed by Derek Hansen converts the AFV Club Centurion kit* to depict one of the very early prototype A41 vehicles. Under the codename ‘Operation Sentry’ six A41 prototypes were sent to Germany in May 1945 for extensive troop trials, and this conversion represents a typical vehicle from that trial.


Replacement 1/35th scale semi-flexible resin track for replacing the ‘rubber band’ or poorly detailed injection moulded track supplied with many Centurion model kits, such as Tamiya, Academy or Legends etc. This set contains lengths of pre-assembled links.If you are making an Israeli Centurion, or Centurion variant you may with to consider our IDF modified set T70 ‘Golan’ track as an option

This set provides the parts and materials to convert an AFV Club Centurion (most versions*) to a Mk3 with the early long hull. This set does not include the AFV Club donor kit, this must be purchased separately.

After successful troop trials during and after ‘OP SENTRY’ with Centurion A41, further recommendations were made that culminated in the Mk2 with one piece cast turret incorporating the 17pdr Gun. This turret and its stowage arrangement gave the shape of what was to become one of the most successful and widely exported tanks. The next logical step was to up-gun to the proven QF 20 pdr. 83.4mm. Ammunition stowage was modified and the gun mounting changed to accept the larger gun.

The turret had a raised lip with gutter slots on both sides and the hatch arrangement for the loader was later rotated some 160 degrees for the Mk5. The BESA Coaxial machine gun was used that was later replaced with the Browning .30cal MG in the Mk5. The gunners sight was also of the earlier style without the glass shield and wiper of the Mk5.

The master model by Rob Tearle and Derek Hansen contains super-detailed turret and hull fittings, comprehensive and easy to fit etched brass, turned aluminium gun barrel and full colour decals with an easy to follow colour instruction manual for assembly. Based on the AFV club Centurion as a donor kit this great value set builds up to an accurate and unique model of the early stage of Centurion development.

Cam net stowage is provided along with cable drum and smoke discharger mountings for the turret sides, and an etched brass set includes bin padlocks, rear track-guards, drivers visor, wading fittings and other small details.

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