Centurion Mk. III 'Korea' (Elephant House)

Diorama 1:72 / Building Stages:

Centurion Mk. III 'Korea' (Elephant House) Diorama 1:72 Building Stages


Stage 1:


Yes, you saw right - braille scale... freshly built via eBay.

Why? Well it's not so much to do with the tank but more about a fortification for it mentioned in this book:

Centurion Universal Tank 1943-2003 (New Vanguard, Band 68) by Simon Dunstan

To build this in 1:35 I'd need a small pool table as a base, and as I do not live in castle, I'd thought it better to 72-it into position.

As I had no inkling as what this fortification looked like, I began thinking about all the weird and wonderfull overhead covers and additional armour for A.F.V.'s. throught history. Wondering if this thing just MAYBE nothing more than a pre-fabricated, half-static make-shift effort.

After drawing a blank after months hunting for evidence of anything Centurion bunker-like, I decided to ask at the Missing-Lynx forum. Alas, a couple of members did not share my interest, paitience or humour in the matter even after repeating the fact that I was generally seeking a static fortification. Make of  it  what you will … tenacity pays off.




Stage 2:


I'd never thought I'd see the day when a 72 job would be on the Bucket List.

Strange kit. Plastic turret, metal hull. The ACE kit is a lot better but this will have to do for the moment -  you won't be seeing much of it anyway. I've removed the decals and changed them to a R.I.D.G. Vehicle (1st British Commonwealth Div.).

Centurion Mk. III 'Korea' (Elephant House) Diorama 1:72 Building Stages
Centurion Mk. III 'Korea' (Elephant House) Diorama 1:72 Building Stages


Righto, that's the easy bit. Bring a sticky bun and a sense of humor for the next staging … we're off to the Zoo.




Stage 3:


The tough part about this one is that I have only two pictures of the rear to go by. It would have been great if I could get some of the front … there again this alone would have been an act of sheer faith on behalf of the photografer. Here's the build-up:

Centurion Mk. III 'Korea' (Elephant House) Diorama 1:72 Building Stages


Now, my interpritation of the rest of the bunker ... It has been stated that the R.E.'s built this without enough headroom, making entry and exit difficult for the crew. Perhaps this was intended so - to drive into position 'buttoned-up' and then to open the hatches underneath the roof. The commander must have observed under the mass as in this position he'd have nothing to look at except the face of the joist, and this without overhead cover.

Centurion Mk. III 'Korea' (Elephant House) Diorama 1:72 Building Stages

This being so, the front must have been slightly higher to enable allround vision.

I know this is turning into a 'what-if' job, but without hard evidence it's up to logic and imagination. Which are, on times, a lot more fun than working off actual measurements.



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