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Mk5 Iranian Chieftain

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The Chieftain tank had limited export success due to a poor power plant from the then British Leyland; however one country that did take on the Chieftain was Iran prior to the Shah being deposed. Stef De Vetter shares with us some images of his 1/35th scale Takom Chieftain Mk5, this has been finished as a vehicle during the Iran- Iraq War of the 1980ís.
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About the Author

About stef (alainvandam)
FROM: OOST-VLAANDEREN, BELGIUM


Comments

Nicely done but I believe your tracks have been mounted in reverse? Minor point I know. Keith.
FEB 10, 2017 - 02:40 AM
I really like your build and the weathering is perfectly appropriate without delving into "artistic licence" when it comes to overkill rust, etc. Great job!
FEB 10, 2017 - 10:36 AM
Thank you eveeybody
FEB 10, 2017 - 09:21 PM
*thank you everybody! Hey keith, i think they are not in reverse, when i look at reference photos.
FEB 10, 2017 - 09:22 PM
Stef: Keith is correct in what he has said. Keith am I correct that the tracks were placed the opposite way round if driving on the road to help prevent damage to the road?
FEB 10, 2017 - 09:39 PM
The rubber pads were designed to help with wear and tear of road surfaces and could be replaced if lost or worn down to the point of no contact. We understood that the battle (war) fitting was intended to be, removal of all pads and reversal of the track V so it would face the rear of the tank. This would ensure maximum cross country grip and performance. Personally I never saw this done, however that is not to say that the D & M school and or test and evaluating teams didn't try that out. On the rare occasion a crew mistakingly laid out a replacement track facing the wrong way it was quickly pointed out to the delight of other crews. Keith
FEB 11, 2017 - 02:05 AM
very nice.
FEB 11, 2017 - 06:10 AM
Hi, great work. A pleasure to view the pictures. Hope you let us see more work. Kip.
FEB 11, 2017 - 06:31 AM
Aah now i see, keith. Thanks for the advice.
FEB 12, 2017 - 07:25 AM
Fantastic finish, all the subtle variation on an otherwise uniform color really is most impressive.
FEB 13, 2017 - 02:49 AM
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