The AFV Club Australian Centurion received great reviews when it was released earlier this year, and I can't really imagine AFV Club to have gone seriously wrong anywhere with this kit either. However, knowing nothing at all about Allied vehicles, and even less about the Centurion, this is a Preview
not a review
, and for a more thorough examination of the base kit, the Centurion Mk 5/1 RAAC, please take the time to look at Jeremy Wee's excellent review here!
The kit arrives with everything separately bagged up for protection, and includes eight sprues of olive green plastic, a transparent sprue, a set of vinyl tracks, a length of nylon tow rope, decal sheet, small bag containing nine individual track links, aluminium barrel, poly caps, small photo etched fret, turret halves, hull, rubber tyres and six copper springs for the suspension! Phew!
The parts breakdown is the same as for the Australian release in that Sprue I is the same sprue as in the earlier release, only the turret halves have been removed and two new ones with improved detail included in a separate bag. Sprue C containing the main deck parts is the same sprue, and sprue F is also the same. Sprue H with the fenders and drive housings on it is also the same. Sprue E holding the wheels and running gear is identical to the earlier released sprue. Sprue B, of which there are two is the same, and the transparent sprue is also the same! The vinyl tracks are the same, and the springs of course, and almmost everything else! In fact, as far as I can tell, the only differences in this release are the decals, the photo etch fret, and of course, the barrel to the main gun itself, this version carrying the 105mm. I'll leave it to those better qualified to say whether or not these differences are enough to represent the version intended!
All I can say about this kit is that the production of the parts themselves is as good as we've come to expect from AFV Club, i.e. great detail, great moulding, and I'm sure for modern fans it will have them drooling!
Rest assured, we'll have a full in-depth review out just as soon as I can find somebody suitably qualified! Any volunteers? For now I'll let you all just browse the photographs of what you actually get!