Building the Centurion Mk 5/2 AFV Club #35122 1/35 scale

by Pablo Raggi © 2009 Modeler Site

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According to my criteria, this is perhaps one of the most attractive vehicles with regard to its design. The quality of its casting is superb. The aftermarkets are excellent and superdetailed. Then, Why did it take me almost two years to get it finished? Hobby mysteries!! Here I offer you a guide of the things you don’t have to do when you buy a good kit.


When I bought this kit, over two years ago, the IDF S’hot Centurion1967 version was not announced yet. Actually this was the model I wanted to build, perhaps I acted hastily and this was my first mistake.

The Voyager 35110 etched set was excellent, it was thought for the Australian Centurion Mk 5/1 instead of the Mk 5/2 Nato, for which there was no specific PE available. This was the second mistake.

To make things worse, I bought the etched set before purchasing the kit, so I didn’t know whether I would need it or not.


Upon opening the box, I started studying to see which improvements I would like to accomplish. Actually, there was not a lot to do since the kit was very good and there were very few details to improve.

The Voyager etched set was a kit itself featuring resin parts and very small details, some of them were not necessary and complicated.

Steps 1 & 2

I started with the hull assembly, the point, here, is to be careful when gluing the bogies, since the kit supplies them to be movable, but they don’t look well, the connecting rear rods of the bogies can give problems when being mounted. I recommend to leave everything glued and fixed.

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