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Here is a Chieftain MK 5 in NATO colors. Some dusty but not really dirty.

 

Then my Chieftain collection. A MK 5 in NATO scheme and a MK 11 and a MK 10 both in the BATUS schemes. That's about

enough of these. The old Chieftains look like a real tank, just a real "tankish" look to them.

 

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Nice trio there 👍

I think the searchlight should have a black lens though.

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Posted (edited)

Chieftain-MBT.jpgThanks Ivan

 

Dunno about the light as some pics show it clear and some show it black. Takom said paint it clear gloss.

 

 

Edited by BlackMax12

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a nice collection of chieftains i do like the batus ones , could the black lens ones be infra red ?

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It’s an infra red search light light so it would have a black filter over the lens, the main gun sight would have an imagine intensifying element to it to see the invisible to the eye beam that the filtered light would cast.  Works well but anyone with a IRR night sight can also see the beam so it would also give away the tanks position, not ideal if the enemy has the same capability.  

Being an active system it does give the firing position away of the Chieftain and that’s why the MK11 Chieftain had the TOGs system installed as its passive rather than active, this followed on to the Challenger 1 and 2, TOGs is a thermal system and doesn’t rely on illuminating the target with IR light. 

 

HTH 

 

Dan 

 

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Thanks ijs302

 

Yes I rather like the BATUS scheme too. BATUS is only about 50kms West of here but the only Chieftain

is the one on display and I believe it's a MK11.  I tried to get in to take some pics but it's a closed

base so no civies allowed....rats!!!

 

Thanks Dads

 

That explains it but the black filters fell off all of mine.  Fairly rough out there on the prairie.

 

Take care all,

 

Lloyd

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From the dim and distant recesses of my I think the lens over the searchlight was switchable to allow IR or white light operation. Could be (and probably am) wrong about this.

 

Cheers

 

Phil

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Thanks Bigfoot

 

Thanks Phil

 

The spotlight is an interesting question but it's good as is. (on all three)

 

Take care,

 

Lloyd

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Snow is gone for now so here are some pics in the dead grass, sort of looks like the prairie in October.

The Inspector General is in the window observing, doesn't miss much.

 

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Thanks Widow

 

The Chieftain is from back in June, finally did some more work on it.

 

The cat acquired us in about Sept 2016, he's been running the show ever since.

 

Take care,

 

Lloyd

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Oh yeah,

 

Ive just looked back on WiP and seen it.  I managed to get a Mk11 at a decent price, not sure whether to build it yet or not.  Ive just finished a Trumpeter BMP 3 Early.  Looking to the next one I fancy something without tracks-Boxer, Dingo or Hummer, decisions decisions...

 

Take care

 

Nick

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Hi Nick

 

If I remember correctly the tracks weren't bad on the Takom Chieftain kits. Indy links that

glue together easily and then 2 track pads per link to glue on later. Nothing like the 6 piece

per link on the Rye Field Abrams or some of the Meng tracks, ie Panther with the mega number

of teeth to attach and flash galore to clean up.

 

All three of these Takom Chieftains were good kits so go ahead and build it. You shouldn't have

to do the Berlin camo on a MK 11 which is a relief.

 

I didn't see the BMP, where did you post?

 

Take care,

 

Lloyd

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love the chieftain, these are great builds!

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Really like the chieftain tanks, it was one of my first model builds. Great finish and the BATUS schemes look great 🙂

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Thanks noeyedears

 

Thanks Yetifan

 

Thanks Phil

 

Yes the BATUS schemes are the best.

 

Take care,

 

Lloyd

 

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Whatever the rights and wrongs of the lens, the Chieftain looks great.....and so does the cat!

 

John.

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Thanks John

 

He's a little monster some days but well loved anyway.

 

Take care,

 

Lloyd

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