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Centurion Mk.5/2 Armored Side Skirts

Eduard 1/35 Centurion Mk.5/2 Armored Side Skirts Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2007 Manufacturer Eduard
Subject Centurion Mk.5/2 Armored Side Skirts Set Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35983 Media Photo-Etch
Pros Adds even more detail to the AFV kit Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $22.95

First Look

Centurion Mk.5/2 Armored Side Skirts
Centurion Mk.5/2 Armored Side Skirts

AFV Club recently started a series of kits covering the British Centurion series. The first release was the early Mk.I while the second release rendered the Mk.5 up-gunned with the 105mm main gun (reviewed here). Straight out of the box, the kit offers some beautiful detail notcaptured by earlier offerings of this subject.

Of course you know that Eduard won't stop at the level of fidelity of details that are rendered in styrene. The magic of photo-etch will really turn a great model into a very detailed scale replica.

This detail set is rendered on two frets of photo-etch and one panel of color instructions.

The sole purpose of this detail set is to replicate the armored side skirts and their mounting provisions in scale thickness. This set is very straightforward on that mission.

Each side has three skirt panels. The lower hull mounting frames are provided in photo-etch as well as the upper mounting brackets. You'll only need to make your own bolt heads or use your favorite aftermarket bolt heads to replicate the bolts used to hold the shields in place.

The details in this set are small and will require patience, experience with photo-etch, and be made easier when used with good tools.

This set is definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!