Hobby Master 1/72 Ground Power Series
Australian Centurion Mk.5/1
169039, C Squadron, 1st Armd. Rgt.,
RAAC, Vietnam, 1971
Authentic Detailing
Pre-Painted by professionals
Accurate paint colors
Markings Tampo (pad) applied
Fully Assembled
Die-Cast Model
True to Scale (1:72)
Weathering and insignias
Turret turns
Metal turret and main gun
Realistic tracks
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The Centurion tank arrived too late for service in WWII but became the back-bone of the post-war
British Army because of its thick armor, adaptability of the chassis. The tank went on to serve
admirably in Korea, the Middle East, South Asia and Vietnam. The Mk. 5 with its stabilized L7
105mm gun was a huge improvement over any of the earlier marks. The L7 became the
benchmark until the L44 120mm gun was developed and used on the Leopard II and M1A1/2.

Australia had ordered the Centurion tank in 1949 but due to the Korean War these tanks weren’t
available until 1952. By 1961 the Australian Centurions had been upgraded to Mk.5 standards
and in 1967 they began another upgrade that saw the introduction of the infrared night vision
system. The RAAC sent 3 Centurion M.5s to Vietnam between 1968 and 1971 to provide armored
support for its ground troops. One of the tanks was 169039 called “Pussy Eater” assigned to C
Squadron, 1st Armoured Regiment of the RAAC (Royal Australian Armoured Corps).

Specifications Centurion Mk. 5 MBT

Manufacturer: Vickers

Production period: 1955 -1958

Number produced: 221

Crew: four

Length: Hull only - 24 ft 9.5 in  (7.55 m)
Length: Hull and gun - 32.33 ft   (9.85 m)
Width: 11.12 ft   (3.39 m)
Height: 9.87 ft   (3.00 m)
Combat weight: 111,966 lb

Power plant
Engine: Rolls-Royce Mk IVB 12-cylinder liquid-cooled petrol producing 650hp at 2550rpm
Fuel capacity: 273.9 US gal  (1,037 l)    
Range: 118 miles  (190 km)
Maximum speed: 21.12 mph   (34 km/h)

Armour: 17mm – 152 mm

Quick firing 20 pounder (83.4 mm) main gun  64 rounds
0.30 in Browning MG  belt fed, air-cooled. ROF 425-450 rounds/minute
0.30 in Browning MG  belt fed, air-cooled. ROF 425-450 rounds/minute  (commander’s
2 x 6 smoke grenade discharger's