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Takom 1:35 Chieftain Mk.2 British Main Battle Tank


Takom 1:35 - Chieftain Mk.2 British Main Battle Tank - Plastic model kit #02040

The Chieftain was the main battle tank of the British army between the 1960's and 1980's and is still in service today with Iran. Due to its powerful armament and effective armour the tank quickly became known as one of the most formidable tanks in the world (Source: Janes Defence). Based on the Centurion, the Chieftain design was remarkable for the supine (upward facing) driver position which allowed for a heavy slope of the hull resulting in reduced height of the vehicle. The tank road speed was 48 km/h which was higher than the speed of its predecessor. 

The Chieftain Mk.1 was the initial model of the series. It was used as a training vehicle by both the 1st and the 5th Royal Tank Regiments. The next, the Mk.2 became the first service version.

The Chieftain front armour was 388 mm on the glacis (sloped armour plate) and 390 mm on the turret. The turret was constructed without a gun mantlet in order to make it possible for the vehicle to recline up to ten degrees. The armament included one L11A5 rifled gun and two L7 machine guns.

The tanks of the series first saw combat in the Middle East. They were widely deployed by the Iranian troops during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980's and over a hundred of units served with the Kuwaiti army at the time of the Iraqi Invasion in 1990.

The Chieftain was successful on the battlefield and had potential for further development. The series underwent continuous updates during its service until it was replaced with the Challenger 1 in the early 1990's. Nowadays the tank is still used by the Iranian army.

Kit details:
- Detailed static display plastic model
- Individual tracks
- The gun can pitch
- Photo Etched and clear parts included
- Three types of markings
- All hatches can be built in open and closed positions

Collections: All, British, Middle East (Modern), Modern, Vehicles

Category: Takom Tanks

Type: Tanks

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