Well, that week (my first back at work) has just spun by, and this is my first chance to update the blog. This week I've got some more pics of my Cromwell Models Chieftain Mk 5 Armoured Recovery Vehicle.
According to the web, the Chieftain ARV was manufactured by Vickers at Elswick and was based on the chassis of the Mk 5 Chieftain MBT. The main double-capstan winch with electrohydraulic controls is provided with 122 m of 28 mm diameter cable. The similar auxiliary winch is hydraulically operated and provided with 260 m of 11 mm diameter cable. Power for both winches is taken from a PTO on the main engine. Mounted at the front of the ARV is a hydraulically operated earth anchor which, when lowered, allows the vehicle to exert a pull of up to 90,000 kg.
The Chieftain ARV has a crew of four and a loaded weight of 56,000 kg. Armament consists of a cupola-mounted 7.62 mm machine gun and smoke grenade dischargers. In total, 257 ARVs were built at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, of this figure Iran ordered 73 (of which 41 were delivered) with Jordan taking a further 30 vehicles.
This was a pretty nice resin model by Cromwell, for which the main problem I had was the fact that there were no instructions. I was also missing at least 1 part - but that can be the nature of picking up models second hand. Also like many resin kits the tracks were slightly bent, nothing a lot of very hot water couldn't deal with.
Like all cromwell models, I had to remove excess resin and this caused some problems with the tracks and I lost some track teeth. The earth anchor also has excess resin, some of which I beleive would be next to impossible to remove, that that is for the most part unseen.
I had to create a new drivers hatch from scratch so don't look to closely at that!
Once I'd found a bunch of photos of someones very nice 1/35th equivalent kit online, it was relatively straight forward to work out what went where - and so for there the build and paint job was very easy.
So here is my version of the Chieftain Mk5 ARV:
and here is a comparison shot with a Altaya Chieftain Mk 5
OK - that's it for now