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Possible new Tamiya 1/16th scale British Centurion

Old 11-20-2021, 05:54 PM
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Default Possible (confirmed) new Tamiya 1/16th scale British Centurion

A set of ten photos emerged on Facebook showing what appears to be a Mark 3 Centurion. I initially thought it might be a 1/25th scale model as it looked a little small next to the M26, but it has provision for a TBU mount in the commander’s cupola. It could also be a scratch build too, but the plastic tracks are typical Tamiya and look bespoke to it. Exciting times indeed……












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Old 11-20-2021, 08:36 PM
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I seen the same photo's on facebook listed as Tamiya's next tank wondering if it's true myself in 1/16 .
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Old 11-20-2021, 10:15 PM
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If it's not too good to be true I have just seen my first tamiya tank kit. That's one I'll buy and build for sure.
Old 11-20-2021, 10:51 PM
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Nice to see Tamiya is still going to make new 1/16 scale tanks if it is indeed 1/16. Bad news for Haya who has one in the works also. Not sure which MK version the Haya is though.
Old 11-20-2021, 11:21 PM
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Looks cool, even with rubber tires... but why Tamiya always makes the tracks with open pins? It makes them super fragile and looks bad.
If they were old molds from the 70s, OK, I can understand it, but as today?
Old 11-20-2021, 11:23 PM
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More photos here, including internals https://m.facebook.com/groups/239566...spmo&ref=share
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Sharing the additional photos from the link - it runs Sheridan-style electronics, I guess it is goodbye to the old DMD/MFU setup.








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Old 11-20-2021, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by tankme View Post
Nice to see Tamiya is still going to make new 1/16 scale tanks if it is indeed 1/16. Bad news for Haya who has one in the works also. Not sure which MK version the Haya is though.
This looks like an early production MK3, with MK1 style top opening stowage bins on the hull and MK2 style turret casting with 17 pounder access hatch at the rear and loaders periscope on the hull roof. Good for the first 500 of 3500 production. Haya's will have the MK3 top opening bins and option parts to convert to MK5 turret roof, B type barrel with fume extractor, search light and .30 Browning for the commander. Some video of it running here...
https://www.facebook.com/groups/239566719526550/permalink/2079789045504299/

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Old 11-21-2021, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by king_tubby View Post
The way the Japanese react to the tank crossing some obstacles is priceless. Watch at 8:35-8:55
They resemble minions
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Old 11-21-2021, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by EugeniRUS View Post
The way the Japanese react to the tank crossing some obstacles is priceless. Watch at 8:35-8:55
They resemble minions
Maybe the minions were inspired by cultural group reactions, you'd never know
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Old 11-21-2021, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by cleong View Post
Sharing the additional photos from the link - it runs Sheridan-style electronics, I guess it is goodbye to the old DMD/MFU setup.







It appears to be using the DMD11 from the Sheridan tank. By far one of the better DMD systems Tamiya has produced.
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So, whos going to make the IDF conversion kit of rear deck and 105 gun and other bits?
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Old 11-22-2021, 02:52 AM
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Sorry, Rich, but it won't be me. If they do release this, I will buy one and build it straight out of the box, mainly because it would be my first Tammy tank so let's see what they have first before I start making modifications. Does that make any sense?
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Old 11-22-2021, 02:57 AM
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Originally Posted by RichJohnson View Post
So, whos going to make the IDF conversion kit of rear deck and 105 gun and other bits?

Oooh ye
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Old 11-22-2021, 03:21 AM
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Good choice from Tamiya. Centurion have long history of use from Korea to Gulf War and beyond. Tons of variants and modifications.
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Old 11-22-2021, 08:20 AM
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I can see two rear decks original and someone will do a plastic card or 3D printed one of the IDF and a 105mm upgrade have two upper hull's one for original and one for IDF would be nice maybe someone will do a conversion kit hint hint I do realize the rear end needs changing for the IDF version also this is a start very nice .
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Old 11-22-2021, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by bowlman View Post
I can see two rear decks original and someone will do a plastic card or 3D printed one of the IDF and a 105mm upgrade have two upper hull's one for original and one for IDF would be nice maybe someone will do a conversion kit hint hint I do realize the rear end needs changing for the IDF version also this is a start very nice .
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Haya's !/16 Centurion is already planned to have a choice of versions available.but it won't be on sale before late next year,
It just might be cheaper than the ever expensive Tamiya 1/16 Tank range.
Old 11-22-2021, 08:56 AM
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I wonder if the Meteor and Continental engine would sound the same though
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I wonder if the Meteor and Continental engine would sound the same though
Don't forget the Morris 4 cylinder engine in the rear that was used for the radios and charging the Batteries.
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Old 11-22-2021, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by cleong View Post
I wonder if the Meteor and Continental engine would sound the same though
Try comparing Youtube video's of a British Cent (Meteor) and an M60 (AVDS1790). Fundimentally they are both 60 Deg V12's so have a similar exhaust cadence, but to my ear the M60 sounds harsher, with a hint of Turbo whistle to it - which is not suprising as an air cooled Diesel should always radiate more combustion noise than a water cooled Gasoline motor.
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Old 11-22-2021, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Ex_Pat_Tanker View Post
Try comparing Youtube video's of a British Cent (Meteor) and an M60 (AVDS1790). Fundimentally they are both 60 Deg V12's so have a similar exhaust cadence, but to my ear the M60 sounds harsher, with a hint of Turbo whistle to it - which is not suprising as an air cooled Diesel should always radiate more combustion noise than a water cooled Gasoline motor.
In person the M60 has a very pronounced turbo whistle as it is a twin turbo pack.
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Looking at the open rear deck that shows the DMD11 and battery it appears that Tamiya is possibly using the same or similar “low profile” gearboxes as those in the Sheridan. The Sheridan uses a similar layout with its DMD11 sitting on top of the gearboxes. I suspect they are or the electronics would not fit with their traditional twin gearboxes in the current location.

Personally I like the Sheridan gearboxes they are supper smooth, durable and quite. So if they are indeed using them that is a huge plus in my book.

On another note there is a Pershing in some of the photos. Hopefully the rumored demise of it are just that rumors and it will be back.

Below no visible gearboxes and the electronics sitting where the traditional Tamiya gearboxes would be located. Layout similar(but not exact) to the Sheridan.



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Old 11-22-2021, 06:15 PM
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Hadn't built a Tamy 1/16 kit in years so this one is calling me. Considering I built their 1/25 Centurian way back in '73, this one is a must.
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Old 11-22-2021, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Fsttanks View Post
Looking at the open rear deck that shows the DMD11 and battery it appears that Tamiya is possibly using the same or similar “low profile” gearboxes as those in the Sheridan. The Sheridan uses a similar layout with its DMD11 sitting on top of the gearboxes. I suspect they are or the electronics would not fit with their traditional twin gearboxes in the current location.

Personally I like the Sheridan gearboxes they are supper smooth, durable and quite. So if they are indeed using them that is a huge plus in my book.

On another note there is a Pershing in some of the photos. Hopefully the rumored demise of it are just that rumors and it will be back.

Below no visible gearboxes and the electronics sitting where the traditional Tamiya gearboxes would be located. Layout similar(but not exact) to the Sheridan.
If you look at one of the hull bottom photos you can see it has a housing that probably contains reduction gears as well.
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Old 11-23-2021, 06:41 AM
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