Australian Centurions in a Nutshell

…and in Vietnam too!


The release of the AFV Club Royal Australian Armoured Corps Centurion Mk 5/1 (Vietnam Version) has been a wish fulfilled for many modellers, worldwide. We understand that this is the first in a large range of Centurion variants to be released by AFV Club, in both mainstream, full production and limited edition versions.

Therefore it is worthwhile to give an overview of Centurion gun tank variants, then drill down to put the Australian versions in context, and further, to see just what makes an Australian Vietnam variant – with lots of reference images, of course. Continue reading

Lost & Found (in Iraq)

One of our members was recently deployed in Iraq, and discovered a veritable “Aladdin’s Cave” of historic armoured vehicles at the former Iraqi army base at Taji (Camp Cook).

It’s hard to imagine just how some of these vehicles found their way here, but their stories must be amazing! The “collection” ranges from Pre-War British (Mark VIB Light Tank) to modern US and British (M60 and Chieftain), the latter we suspect must have been captured during the Iran-Iraq War of the late seventies / early eighties.

Photographed: Taji, Iraq. Photo Series © the photographer via AMMS and text © Peter Hartup 2006. Continue reading

A20 Havoc / Boston Restoration

Here are some images from the final stages of the Boston/Havoc restoration that occurred at No.23 Squadron RAAF Amberley in about 1995.

The aircraft on the left of this image (facing from the front of the hangar) is an A20G Havoc #42-86786 operated by the 388th BS/312th BG and recovered by the RAAF from near Annamoin Village (New Guinea) in Sept 1984. Continue reading

Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 “Brown 4”

Fw 190 D-9 “Brown 4” W.Nr. 500647 of 7 Staffel, II./JG26 as it appeared at Hustedt, near Celle, April 1945.

Colour Profile by Claes Sundin

Photography by Mark L Tucker

B&W photographs courtesy of Eagle Editions

DML/Dragon “modified” Fw 190 D-12 1:48th Scale


This Fw 190D-9 “Brown 4” W.Nr.500647 of 7. Staffel, II./JG 26 was found by the Canadians at Hustedt airfield near Celle in mid-April 1945. It was one of 2 aircraft that had to be left behind when II. Gruppe JG26 abandoned the field on 10-11 April. Attempts by the Germans to destroy the aircraft were only partly successful.

What makes these photos special is that they provide further proof that there were Fw190D-9’s with the tail of the Ta152. Previously only one photo of such a D-9 was known, an aircraft of werknummer 500645. Continue reading