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Chieftain Mk 11
CMOT
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Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 02:58 AM UTC
Darren Baker provides us with a close look at the contents of the Chieftain Mk 11 from Takom in 1/35th scale.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
JimboHUN
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Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 03:24 AM UTC
Three kits in a row...way to go Darren one day I will also get one. Enjoy!
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Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 04:44 AM UTC
Just picked up one of these beauties for my own stash! The Chiefy experts will pronounce on it in due time, but it is the tastiest box of loft insulation I've bought in a long time...

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Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 06:03 AM UTC
Darren, What are the unit markings?
Thanks for these reviews.
One of my favorite Non-American tanks.
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Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 01:52 PM UTC
Here you go Alan this is what you get;
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Ė no date or time supplied, but I question an all green offering.
5th inniskilling Dragoon Guards, British Army training unit Suffied Canada X 2
Unknown Unit Batus
A Squadron, 1 Royal Tank Regiment Tofrek Barracks Hildesheim Germany 1992

I do feel that Takom has been a little preoccupied with BATUS vehicles and I would have liked to see a greater concentration on British and German based vehicles.
Removed by original poster on 10/30/15 - 10:57:03 (GMT).
ruzzaa
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Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 03:55 PM UTC
I have this Kit, and the tow cables is not a big issue. The Takom Chieftain is a great kit. Three Chieftain kits at one time, yes Please.
Keef1648
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Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 05:40 PM UTC
After market tracks and a barrel from AA or Castoff will sort things out.
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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 01:10 AM UTC
In New Vanguard, page 32, a Chieftain Mk11 called "Defiant" B Squadron 1st RTR is described as the last Chieftain to fire its gun in the British army. Would someone please confirm this
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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 02:25 AM UTC

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I do feel that Takom has been a little preoccupied with BATUS vehicles and I would have liked to see a greater concentration on British and German based vehicles.



Working at Canadian Forces Base Suffield it is always great to see some BATUS coverage. But I agree with Darren a bit more British Army of the Rhine would have been nice to see in the kits. I canít complain too much, the kits are amazing!

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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 03:12 AM UTC
Thanks Darren, Just ordered mine a few days ago, Thanks for the info
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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 04:10 AM UTC

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I do feel that Takom has been a little preoccupied with BATUS vehicles and I would have liked to see a greater concentration on British and German based vehicles.



Working at Canadian Forces Base Suffield it is always great to see some BATUS coverage. But I agree with Darren a bit more British Army of the Rhine would have been nice to see in the kits. I canít complain too much, the kits are amazing!




I think the BATUS tanks are great and from a marketing perspective it adds a pop of colour for the paint schemes. Every British armoured solider should relate to a BATUS tank as some point or another!

Perhaps a solution would be for those wanting UK or BAOR deployed Chieftain markings to contact Echelon Fine Details and provide detailed reference images in order to create a decal set of a variety of Chieftains.
Keef1648
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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 04:41 PM UTC
All three kits adorn the shelves of HobbyTown in Columbia SC.

Great pricing as well. (10% off for AMPS and IPMS club members)..

Well done them for stocking the latest releases as soon as they can get their hands on them.
And for supporting the local hobby clubs.


Keith.
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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 08:36 PM UTC
One thing that puzzles me is the option of a BATUS and two Suffield schemes - I thought they were the same thing? Or is BATUS a particular thing that can be separate from the Suffield location?
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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 09:41 PM UTC
Hi Tom,

They are indeed the same thing British Army Training Unit Suffield otherwise known as BATUS. It's a fantastic place to practice fire and manoeuvre. As long as there are no vehicles or men within your 45's (the white lines on the roof of the turret) then you are clear to fire, dependant on any local safety restrictions imposed by the safety call-signs (Redtops).

Max
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Posted: Sunday, November 01, 2015 - 05:24 PM UTC
Selling well, two kits, one Mk.10 and one Mk.11 went out the door yesterday....

Hot items indeed.

Keith.
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 09:02 AM UTC
Just got my Mk.11 kit, looks good! Were there actually any Mk.11's used in BATUS? Any photos anywhere?
LeoCmdr
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 11:49 AM UTC

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Just got my Mk.11 kit, looks good! Were there actually any Mk.11's used in BATUS? Any photos anywhere?



Yup, the Mk.11 was used at BATUS. In fact, the gate guard in Suffield is a Mk.11.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 06:05 AM UTC
Jim
Here is the gate guard that Jason mentioned and a couple other photos I found on Google.












Cheers
Todd



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Posted: Monday, May 09, 2016 - 03:06 PM UTC
Any chance of a build review of the Mk11, Mk10 or Mk5/5P at any point soon? I am interested in getting one or other - or maybe all three. Thankfully I can get them for way cheaper than £53.99 - wife "permitting" of course...;-)