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  • Centurion Mk. 5 by Tongde

    I recently ordered TD's Centurion from DKLMRC and it arrived today. 8 days from posting to arrival.

    I haven't seen many (any?) threads dedicate to this tank by this company, so here we go. I ordered the metal version; wheels, tracks and gearboxes. I won't bore you with a 7 minute Youtube clip of me removing parts from a box. Suffice it to say they improved the foam packing from the earliest M60 product to Heng Long quality. As per TD practice, the battery is intended to be installed permanently and charged through the balance tabs. That will be changed quickly. Four screws hold the top and bottom together. I will replace those with magnets for quick access. I conducted the customary 2 minute test; running, traverse, elevation and main gun firing. I also tested the IR receiver, since there had been some concern that It didn't register reliably. Six shots at it, 3 at the stock mushroom and 3 at a LegoDEI. All registered. I can check further in the future.

    It's an expensive endeavor to have one shipped air freight from Hong Kong; $165 (plastic) plus $114 (metal upgrade) plus $200 shipping. Someday, maybe years from now, it will be available for less, but in the meantime I'll be driving a Centurion all around!

    So, suspension. Metal wheels with bearings on the road wheels but not on the return rollers. The Horstmann style suspension is all metal. Visible sprung suspension links are on the front and back bogies, but all wheels are sprung. The return rollers are plastic and not bearing'd.

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    Since there is no HL battery box there is a lot of interior room.

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    Here it is alongside one of its adversaries, an Egyptian T-34/85. Bigger, ay?

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    The two main color choices would be UK Europe bronze green, or an IDF scheme. I'm going for the latter.

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    Twenty six tanks, and not done yet!

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    Nice. We have been wondering if anybody was going to buy a TD centurion.
    RC tank parts and accessories I make
    www.RichardSJohnson.net/id28.html

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    • #3
      Originally posted by RichJohnson View Post
      Nice. We have been wondering if anybody was going to buy a TD centurion.
      Somebody had to! You know I like new tanks.

      I tested the IR Emitter just now. It's pretty weak, like HL's. It's mounted coaxially in the mantlet, not recessed, and its a smaller diameter. All this means it'll need either surgery on the mantlet, or the use of a Tamiya style IR bulb case. I tried out the low/high gear selection. At low, with the weight of the onboard metal it is slow and probably could barely climb a grade. Hey, we're having fun now!
      Twenty six tanks, and not done yet!

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      • #4
        Good IDF colors are Tamiya buff or the AK siani grey for the 73 date period.(AK makes 3 all are nice but not right for modern Merkavas)

        When use the sight in the mantlet for the IR bulb I just install a tube inside so there is 9mm of space in front of the high power bulb and shove it in the back side of the sight hole
        RC tank parts and accessories I make
        www.RichardSJohnson.net/id28.html

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        • #5
          Man I want one to downconvert it to a Mk1 lol. But too $$$ for me at this stage. I'm gonna be watching your progress!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tang - RC.Senshado View Post
            Man I want one to downconvert it to a Mk1 lol. But too $$$ for me at this stage. I'm gonna be watching your progress!
            With the coax 20mm? Keep an eye on the 3DP sites, that'd be a great turret conversion.
            Twenty six tanks, and not done yet!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RichJohnson View Post
              Good IDF colors are Tamiya buff or the AK siani grey for the 73 date period.(AK makes 3 all are nice but not right for modern Merkavas)
              I tried Vallejo's hemp color, and as a wise man told me, it's too green. Alright, I'll go for the '73 Sinai Grey.
              Twenty six tanks, and not done yet!

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              • #8
                This is a socket for the LegoDEI IR receiver made by Tang-RC.Senshado on this forum. Perfect height. The hatch closes flush and the receiver sits high enough to be exposed.

                Twenty six tanks, and not done yet!

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                • #9
                  I'll be bring the Centurion to the San Diego meet, but it won't be repainted or finished yet. Functional yes.
                  Twenty six tanks, and not done yet!

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                  • #10
                    Yes the hemp I recommended for faded Merkavas is only a post 2005 color. It’s the best out of the bottle color for the typical color of faded tanks once the green fades off a bit.
                    RC tank parts and accessories I make
                    www.RichardSJohnson.net/id28.html

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                    • #11
                      I'll be bringing two new vehicles to the September 17th San Diego event; the Centurion, functional not properly painted and detailed, and the M2 Bradley, basically assembled but no IR capability, not painted or detailed. Show & tell!
                      Twenty six tanks, and not done yet!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SoCalBobS View Post
                        I'll be bringing two new vehicles to the September 17th San Diego event; the Centurion, functional not properly painted and detailed, and the M2 Bradley, basically assembled but no IR capability, not painted or detailed. Show & tell!
                        Super excited and can't wait to see these two tanks👍👍

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SoCalBobS View Post
                          I'll be bringing two new vehicles to the September 17th San Diego event; the Centurion, functional not properly painted and detailed, and the M2 Bradley, basically assembled but no IR capability, not painted or detailed. Show & tell!
                          Jerry, Mike, Hugo and I will come to SD this Sunday just to check out your 2 tanks, lol. We just hope that Nova Hobby will carry these tanks soon. See you there!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DavidN View Post

                            Jerry, Mike, Hugo and I will come to SD with this Sunday just to check out your 2 tanks, lol. We just hope that Nova Hobby will carry these tanks soon. See you there!
                            Wow, that's great! Whoo, I'd better paint a more accurate color on the Centurion for it's debut!
                            Twenty six tanks, and not done yet!

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                            • #15
                              Here's what you'll see on Sunday. No dirt, no decals, no extra parts for now:

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                              Twenty six tanks, and not done yet!

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                                Twenty six tanks, and not done yet!

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                                • #17
                                  Nice
                                  RC tank parts and accessories I make
                                  www.RichardSJohnson.net/id28.html

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by SoCalBobS View Post
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                                    Fresh of the assembly line👍 Amazing what a good paint and decal job can do to basically stock tank.

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                                    • #19
                                      SoCalBobS Looks like the guys successfully lit a fire under you, NICE. Is that the hemp recommended by Rich?

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by sclui56 View Post
                                        SoCalBobS Looks like the guys successfully lit a fire under you, NICE. Is that the hemp recommended by Rich?
                                        Precisely! That, some free time and my paint arriving early pushed me. The paint is Vallejo's "IDF Sand Gray 73". I tried the Hemp and it was too green. Pretty, but just didn't look right. The tank has the original UK green, a coat of the Hemp and finally the Sand. Because of this, there is still the slightest tinge of green. That will disappear under a treatment of streaking grime in the nooks and crannies and touches of rust, dirt on the wheels and dust on top but that takes too long for our event. The tracks are just an Ace Hardware flat brown which will wear off in the correct places in the field.

                                        It's a great runner so far. The TD metal gearboxes are smooth and relatively quiet. TD designed a larger elevation range to the gun, and a larger cam wheel on the motor to take advantage of it. I'm okay with my DKLM price. When/if it becomes available here cheaper, I recommend it.
                                        Twenty six tanks, and not done yet!

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