Yes and no. Based on the building and the snow that shot is probably taken in Canada. I don’t have a caption for it other than it being taken in ‘67. The basic Mk 5 that I’m building were used in Canada as training tanks. The Mk 5/1 and later Mks were used in Germany.
That can scheme was used from ‘62-‘69 both at home and in Germany.
Gap is even less on the other side. Pretty sure I can build that up with some two part putty and you’ll never (really) notice the difference. Nice thing about the cast turret is it can be a little rough on the surface.
On the plus side, this DEF mantlet cover is gorgeous. Shame I can’t find a solid Canadian distributor because I’d buy more of their stuff in a heart beat.
What you’ll need to establish is what Mk your build is based on. If it’s 5/2 or later you’ll need the mantlet that accommodates the ranging .50 as well as the .30 coax. I’m pretty sure DEF make 3 different versions to cover various eventualities. This was completely worth the money though. The AFV Club vinyl one pales in comparison.
Installing it from the get go will also be substantially easier than having to butcher things with a Dremel.
Just for what it’s worth (which may not be very much at all!) making one’s own mantlet cover from Milliput isn’t as difficult as one might believe. Roll out as flat as you can, apply in small pieces - you can always blend it together with water later - and just work your way into it. Obviously you’ll have to note apertures for MGs and sights so good references are essential. I haven’t tackled it on a Cent but did manage it on an M41, which is probabaly equally complex.
On the comments about stash size, just after New Years, I hit kit number 600 in the stash. Now to keep my reply relevant to the post, I do have one Centurian in the stash. An Airfix 1/76 kit. I do want to someday get a Aussie Cent in my stash.
Putty corrected the worst of my ham fisted surgery to get the mantlet cover on. Man was that thing worth it.
Ran some new conduit for the smoke discharges and commo wire spool. Had to fill in the backs of the brackets for the smoke discharges because AFV Club made them hollow…. Looks alright though.
Also kills me that they give you half a dozen snap link tracks for spares but rubber bands for the tank. No matter because I bought some metal ones, but I’d have paid the extra money for them if a full set were included.
I have plans to build a Mk 11 in the future and I’m defiantly going to invest in one of the Voyager PE sets. It’s a shame they only make them for the IDF variants, but I think I can salvage a fair bit, especially for the stowage bins which are lacking in detail compared to what that set will give you.