Hobby Master 1/72 Ground Power Series
British Centurion Mk.5
"Nasser's Nightmare!"
6th Royal Tank Rgt., Port Said, December 1956
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.

In October of 1956 an Anglo-French invasion of the Egyptian Suez Canal region was launched
when the Egyptian Government decided to nationalize it. This waterway was a vital link for
international shipping and for the British to maintain their interests in the region. The invasion
began October 31st and the 6th RTR (Royal Tank Regiment) landed in support of the Royal
Marines but the operation fell apart when England declared a ceasefire without informing France
and Egyptian President Nasser became more powerful and respected by other Arab countries.

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