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Centaur Dozer

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Armoured Engineering Vehicles are possible some of the most interesting tracked vehicles you can build. The Centaur Dozer came into the war late; based on the hull of the redundant Centaur Anti Aircraft tank. The War Office requirement was for 250 machines and these were built by MG Cars of Abingdon. Production was slow and the Dozer finally went Operational in April 1945. It also saw service later in the Korean War and during the Suez crisis in 1956.

This kit is based on the Accurate Armour Conversion Combination set CO53K, which includes the conversion set and the Tamiya Cromwell Gun Tank. It represents a vehicle from C Squadron, 87th Assault Dozer Squadron, 1st Assault Brigade Royal Engineers, 79th Armoured Division.

The kit has a scratch built interior for some illusion and shape and the No 19 Radio is from Formations. Stores were from the spares box and some home grown. Figures are from Resicast and Accurate Armour.
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About the Author

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...


Alan Another stunning piece of work from you! Your portfolio is looking rather good with all that allied armour
FEB 15, 2009 - 04:31 AM
Fantastic stuff Alan. The weathering is spot on and realistic too. Always great work.
FEB 15, 2009 - 04:46 AM
Hi Jeff and James, Thanks guys, this one was a lot of fun. Al
FEB 15, 2009 - 05:07 AM
Hey Al, As usual, an great job on your Centaur ! I really love the close up shots, I wish you would do that for all your builds !! Please don't take it as a criticism but sometimes the subjects in your pics are kinda distant and hard for my old eyes to see the details !!! Your figures are excellent too, they really add something to the build!!! Cheers jjumbo
FEB 15, 2009 - 10:11 AM
Hi John, Thanks for dropping in and the comments, appreciated. Not being David Bailey sometimes my pics work well and sometimes, especially with the smaller stuff and close ups just come out in a blur I normally photograph form about 6/7 inches away from the kit, a lot depends on the light. I've also changed the settings I use and after 3 years finaly figured out how to get the flash OFF . Quality is often dependent on the state of play with the natural light, and looking at these I can see there was a shift whilst I was taking the pics. I will endevour to do better Cheers Al
FEB 15, 2009 - 05:57 PM
Hey Al, Sorry to get but David Who ??? I'm not much of a photographer myself, knowing very little at all about focal length, F stops, etc..... It's just that sometimes the photos posted on the site are way too small or taken from too far away from the subject for these myopic old eyes of mine!!! Like I said in my earlier post, your pics of the Centaur are just great being that they get nice and close. They really help to highlight all your hard work and efforts. !!! If it hasn't already been suggested or done before, maybe some one should or could do a feature on photographing models !!! Cheers jjumbo
FEB 15, 2009 - 07:19 PM
Congrats, as usual excellent work, Alan. I think no more words are needed.
FEB 15, 2009 - 10:25 PM
Hi John, I think there is a feature somewhere, if you have a look I might turn up. Marcin, Many thanks, appreciated. Al
FEB 16, 2009 - 04:25 AM
I must have missed this one Al it looks fantastic mate you have done a super job on the painting and weathering of this unusual subject and the figures look great too, i sympathise with you on the pic taking front i too struggle with it. Ron.
FEB 16, 2009 - 07:00 AM
Hi Ron, Comments much appreciated. This is a good conversion set. Only real problem is with the winch shackle/block which comes as one part and needs drilled out. It would have been much better as a 3 piece block, easier to thread the 'wire' through. A basic interior would also have been good as with such big hatches you need to put something inside. Cheers Al
FEB 16, 2009 - 07:49 AM