The Serious Modeller’s Guide
to Canadian Centurion Gun Tanks, Canadian Armour Series Volume 1
by Barry Beldam
Distributed by Quartermaster’s Depot, ISBN 0-9734277-0-1, 180
pages, spiral bound.
This is clearly a labour of love. Barry Beldam gives a mass of information,
all absolutely invaluable to Centurion modellers. He starts with a good
listing of the various gun tank Marks, stating exactly what was changed
for each version. Next come photographs, top view layout drawings showing
their differences, and equally useful dimension plans and lubrication
charts for Marks I, II and 3, a main component layout diagram for Marks
3, 5 and 6, and basic data for Marks I, II and 3, and then dimension plans
and basic data for the Mark 11. That’s just the first 12 pages!
Next is a 12-page section on armament, with technical manual drawings
and photographs showing gun crutches, breech block, co-ax MG mounts, etc,
etc for the 17 pdr and 20 pdr guns. Drawings show all the main gun rounds
from HE to practice, with details of their colours and markings.
The following chapters go into just as much detail on turrets and their
parts, hull layouts and details, fighting compartment interiors, ammunitions
bins, the engine, engine bay and transmission, and the suspension. These
take up another 98 pages and are followed by internal and external stowage
diagrams for Marks I, II and 3 - invaluable to let you see how all the
fittings shown earlier go together. Then come 30 pages of photographs
of Canadian Centurions, both detailed shots of preserved tanks and contemporary
ones of tanks in service. Finally there’s a fold-out colour page
with camouflage pattern drawings for both the first four-colour pattern
and the 1969 NATO three-colour scheme, with FS numbers quoted for all
the paints used.
This is an excellent reference for modelers of the Centurion Marks !
to5 in any service, not just Canadian. Highly recommended! Since this
is Volume 1 we can hope for Volume 2 to cover the 105 mm Centurions not
Readers in the UK can order from Barbarossa Books, where I bought my
copy. Although at the time of writing their website seems to be offline
the telephone number is 01621 810810.