LionMarc Model Designs
Centurion Mk.5 NATO Replacement Turret
w/Canvas Mantlet Cover

LionMarc Model Designs 1:35 Set No.33002
Review by Terry Ashley

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While most aftermarket mantlet covers for the AFV Club Centurion kits have been the “conventional” resin or other material mantlet cover which is added to the kit turret, Lionmarc have taken a different approach and provided the complete turret shell with the mantlet cover included with three different turrets in the series.

The second turret is again a complete resin turret with the “standard” full canvas mantlet cover included as used on the British, Canadian, Danish and the initial IDF Sho't Centurions as well as others.

The set has three parts, the full turret and separate left side port and linkage arm and the standard of resin casting is again excellent without any blemishes such as air holes or warping with the only cleanup required being small remnants of the casting block on the lower edge of the turret and some fine resin film in the hatch cut-outs and periscope aperture.

The turret is cast hollow like the kit turret and the advantage of having the complete turret in one piece is all the join seams for the upper roof (kit part I18) and rear bracket (kit part I37) and underside bustle fillet (kit part I29) have already been eliminated for you saving a bit of work.

The lower turret ring (kit part I28) is fitted inside the resin turret the same as for the plastic kit turret and this fits perfectly with the rest of the turret assembly for the hatches, side storage boxes and other details is as per kit instructions.

The detail on the mantlet cover has excellent contours and includes the canvas seams and the bolted strips around the edges as well as the bulge for the co-axial cover with the kit metal barrel fitting perfectly into the mantlet opening.

The side port can be positioned open or closed as you wish with the inner support provided.

Resin turret and hatch parts
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Underside of turret with perfect fit of kit turret ring
and blended in detail under the bustle.

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As with the first set providing the full Centurion turret with mantlet cover included as well as doing all the hard work of filling join seams provides a quick and easy update for the applicable AFV Club Centurion kit.

Some may wonder about reproducing the entire kit turret in resin but you still need to buy the full kit to use this on so no one really looses.

Highly recommended 7.5/10

See the Centurion Subjects page for other Centurion related reviews.


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Thanks to LionMarc Model Designs for the review set.

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