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Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01)

Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01) Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01)
includes two Centurion Mk 5 tanks, two Tank Commander figures, four Rare earth magnets & one Centurion decal sheet.

Of the many nicknames that the tankies of the 1st Armoured Regiment acquired from the infantry, the most unkind was probably ‘koalas’ (a reference to koalas being a protected species, not to be sent overseas, and not to be shot at), a reference to them not being sent to Vietnam until 1968. The ‘turret heads’ dealt with that nickname in their first battle, and after that the infantry requested tank support whenever contact with the enemy was expected.

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The Vietnam War defined a generation, whether it was through service in Vietnam or opposition to the war. The war in Vietnam remains one the bloodiest wars since the Second World War.

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What's In The Box:
Centurion Tanks!
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This is one for all you tread-heads out there! Warren and Gareth have a sit down to look at the mighty Centurion Tanks for Flames Of War's Vietnam setting.

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The regiment’s flag bears the colours brown, red, and green, based on the Royal Tank Regiment’s motto: 'From Mud, Through Blood to the Green Fields Beyond.’ They certainly found plenty of mud and more than enough blood in Vietnam, although their losses during their rigorous training were higher than their losses in Vietnam itself.

Designed by Tim Adcock
Painted by James Brown

Below: The Centurion Mk 5 decal sheet shown at 150%. 

Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01)
Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01)
Anti-tank Ammunition
When the Australian Army sent their Centurion tanks to Vietnam, the last thing they expected them to do was shoot at enemy tanks, so they did not issue them with APDS super-high velocity anti-tank ammunition.

Had the North Vietnamese invaded South Vietnam with tanks while the Australians were still in the country, there is little doubt that the Australians would have quickly sent APDS ammunition to Vietnam. The option to upgrade the armament on your Centurion tanks reflects this scenario and allows you to see what effect a continuing Australian presence might have had.


Upgrade the OQF 20 pdr gun to OQF 20 pdr (APDS) gun on all Centurion Mk 5 tanks for +15 points per tank.
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The Centurion Mk 5 in Flames Of War Vietnam
      Armour
   
Name
Mobility
Front
Side
Top
Equipment and Notes
Weapon
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
 
Centurion Mk 5
Slow Tank 12
6
2
.50 cal co-ax Ranging MG, Co-ax MG, AA MG, Infrared Searchlight, Protected Ammo, Tank telephone, Wide tracks.
OQF 20 pdr gun
40"/100cm
2 15 3+
Beehive, Smoke, Spotting Rifle, Stabiliser.
OQF 20 pdr (APDS) gun 40"/100cm 2
17
3+
Beehive, Smoke, Spotting Rifle, Stabiliser.
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Spotting Rifles
The Australian Centurion tank had a .50 cal spotting rifles fitted for long-range accuracy. This allowed the gunner to fire single tracer rounds from the spotting rifle until they hit the target, then fire the main gun for effect.


Guns with Spotting Rifles that did not move in the Movement Step do not suffer the +1 to hit penalty when shooting at a platoon with all visible teams more than 16”/40cm away.
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Stabilisers
A stabiliser is a device fitted to the tank’s gun that keeps it level so the gunner can stay on target while moving.


A moving tank fitted with a Stabiliser can fire a main gun with ROF 2 or more at its full ROF, but adds a penalty of +1 to the score to hit. If the main gun has ROF 1, it ignores the normal +1 penalty to hit when moving instead. Before shooting, a tank can choose not to use its Stabiliser and fire at the normal rate.

Tanks firing Beehive ammunition cannot use Stabilisers.
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Beehive Ammunition
A vital round for tanks and artillery in Vietnam was the devastating, ‘beehive’ canister round, named for the sound of more than a thousand pellets whizzing past.


A gun equipped with Beehive ammunition may fire this instead of normal ammunition. A tank firing Beehive ammunition with its main gun can still fire its machine-guns as it would if the main gun fired any other sort of ammunition. In addition, it can fire any Cupola MG when firing Beehive ammunition as no sophisticated aiming is needed.

Beehive ammunition has the characteristics listed below. Unlike normal ammunition, the ROF of Beehive is not reduced when the firing team moves or is Pinned Down. Instead it suffers a +1 penalty on its To Hit rolls.

Name
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Firing Beehive
8"/20cm
5
1
6
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The Centurion Mk 5 Supporting The ANZAC Infantry
Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01)
Contents of the Centurion Mark 5 Box Set
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Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01)
Description of Components

a. 2x .30 cal AA MGs.
b. 2x Loader turret hatch.
c. 2x Right-hand side rear mudguards.
d. 2x Left-hand side rear mudguards.
e. 2x Right-hand side front mudguards.
f. 2x Left-hand side front mudguards.
g. 2x Closed turret cupolas.
h. 2x Open turret cupolas
i. 4x Rare earth magnets.
j.
2x .30 cal ammunition can stowage pieces.

k. 2x Jerry can stowage pieces.
l. 2x Tank commander figures.
m. 2x Main guns.
n. 4x Spare road wheels.
o. 2x Additional fuel tanks.
p. 2x Turret stowage racks.
q. 2x Left-hand side tracks
r. 2x Right-hand side tracks.
s. 2x Resin hulls & turrets.

Centurion Mark 5 Decal Sheet
Also included in the Centurion Mark 5 box set is one Centurion tank decal sheet.

Right: An example of the Centurion decal sheet included in the box set.
Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01)
Assembling The Centurion Mark 5
Step 1. Begin assembly by attaching the tracks to the hull of the Centurion.

Note: Each track has been keyed to correspond with a particular side of the hull; this aids in ensuring the correct orientation of the tracks when assembling the miniature.
Below: The correct alignment for the left-hand side track. Below: The correct alignment for the right-hand side track. Below: The left-hand side track attached to the hull.
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Tip: When referring to left or right-hand side in regards to a Flames Of War miniature, the orientation is determined as if looking at the vehicle from the rear.
Below: The right-hand side track attached to the hull. Step 2. Next, attach the front mudguard to the front of each track. Below: The left-hand side front mudguard attached to the track.
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Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01)
Below: The right-hand side front mudguard attached to the track. Below: Both front mudguards successfully attached to the tracks.
Step 3. Next, attach the rear mudguards.
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Note: The left-hand side rear muguards has a small cylinder on it. Below: The right-hand side rear mudguard has a plane surface. See the examples below.
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Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01)
Below: Both rear mudguards successfully attached to the tracks. Step 4. Next, attach the additional fuel tank to the rear of the hull.
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Step 5. Attach the main gun to the front of the turret.
Step 6. Next, attach the turret stowage rack to the rear of the turret.
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Step 7. Attach the loader's hatch to the top of the turret. Step 8. Attach the commander's cupola to the top of the turret.
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Step 9. Attach the .30 cal AA MG to the mount on the cupola. Below: The fully-assembled Centurion ready for the painting table.
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Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01)
Adding A Tank Commander
Step 1. Replaced the closed commander's cupola with the open cupola.
Step 2. Add a tank commander figure to the open cupola. Tip: The .30 cal AA MG will need to be attached on a slightly different angle with a tank commander. Below: The fully-assembled Centurion Mark 5 complete with tank commander.
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Adding Rare Earth Magnets
Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01)
Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01) Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01) Simply glue a rare earth magnet into the recess in the hull and to the bottom of the turret and you have a safe and secure way of attaching the turret to the hull.

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Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01)


Last Updated On Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront