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Australian SVN Centurion ARV Mk-2
Standard British produced Centurion ARV Mk-2 vehicles were modified by the Australian Army (RAEME) for use in South Vietnam from 1968 to 1971. The basic ARV’s had trackguards re-worked, fittings removed and protection added to allow the vehicles to operate in dense jungle. Extensive crew protection armour was added to the hull rear, and ACAV armour shields and additional weapons fitted for the commander and operator, hence the Australian Army South Vietnam (AASVN) designation.
We would like to acknowledge the assistance of Paul Handel and the Royal Australian Armoured Corps Memorial and Army Tank Museum in the development of this project.
This very comprehensive 1/35th scale resin conversion set by Derek Hansen and Rob Tearle converts 1/35th scale AFV Club Centurion tank kits* to depict one of the AASVN modified ‘short’ hull ARV’s Mk-2, and features full recovery equipment, cables, rear anchor spade, spade frame jib and all standard stowage, bumper bar, snatch blocks and gun planks. All the AASVN modifications outlined above are also provided along with comprehensive ammunition and jerry can stowage.
Two extensive etched brass detail sets are included for the extra AASVN plate armour and shields and the standard ARV mesh stowage trays, and many other fine details. A set of full colour AASVN decals with marking options for several vehicles is also included. Brass main winch cable and towing cables are also included with resin end fittings.
The conversion can also be enhanced with other AA details. Pictures of the painted model show AA track and wheels.*Note: Any of the AFV Club Centurion kits (Meteor engine versions only) serves as a suitable donor for this product, images show this conversion fitted to a typical AFV Club kit (not included).
Completed model dimensions (approximate over cupola armour):-
Inches/mm Length 10.5/267, Width 3.75/95, Height 4.0/102
This product is a Conversion set and a donor plastic kit is needed to make the vehicle shown in the images.