British Chieftain Mk5 Tank

This is the 1/35 Scale British Chieftain Mk5 Plastic Model Kit from Tamiya. For ages 10 and over.

Tamiya British Chieftain Mk5 Tank Plastic Model Military Vehicle Kit 1/35 Scale #35068
 Tamiya # tam35068
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Tamiya Item # tam35068
Specifications :
  • Length: 8" (20.4cm)
  • Width: 4" (10cm)
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35068
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Spotlight Review

"A one-piece main gun would be nice."
I've been working on this kit in small doses for a quite a long time. With a few very minor exceptions, such as the not quite exact fit and the amount of flash on some parts that I don't remember Tamiya having in the past, this has been a very enjoyable kit to build. UNTIL....however, I got to the main armament. And although this seems to be an industry standard, I can't help but wonder why the manufacturers of armor models don't do one-piece molds for the main gun on tanks. With this kit, the somewhat iffy fit and line-up on the 2 halves of the gun make for a lot of time-consuming filling and sanding. I feel that a 1-piece main gun would eliminate these problems, and it doesn't seem that there is anything gained by doing it in halves. Still and all, despite this annoying issue, the kit is overall a decent build that is going to turn out a nice looking finished product. As for the gun issue? I'm considering using some lichen or model railroad tree material to drape over the cannon, a la some pictures of modern German armor that I have seen. Enjoy the build!

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  • Plastic parts molded in dark green.
  • Three realistic figures included.
  • Openable hatches.
  • Fully detailed plastic, pliable tracks.
  • Includes Jerry cans that may be placed anywhere on tank.
  • Wheels are designed to rotate.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Detailed pictorial instructions include a historical background of the British Chieftan.


  • Length: 8" (20.4cm)
  • Width: 4" (10cm)
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35068


One 1/35 British Army Chieftan Mk. 5 Tank

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"Well Liked Kit and Can Easily See Why"
Another Tamiya nice-priced kit and easily considered an easy build. Personalized paint scheme but somehow results didn't stand out. Goes together well with some very minor difficulty, never a fan of crafting my own antenna's. Still I WILL return to this kit as the perfect subject for learning 'aging' and adding realistic effects like dirt/mud and other traces of authenticity.

"model review"
Tamyia models are Excellent !! No flash..beautiful clear and informative direction sheets..crisp clear parts..just..beautiful details !! just plain old great.

"Tamiya value"
This is an older tamiya kit and so has the holes from when they mounted motors that have to be putties. I did notice a few places where there were small gaps between the pieces where I couldn't quite get them to bond even after several attempts but they are hard to notice with the hatches down. I did have to sculpt my own mantlet cover for the gun but that wasn't terribly hard. In the end it's a fun and easy to build kit and at around 20.00 great quality at a great value as is the case with most tamiya products. Sure it has it's shortcomings that are typical of older tamiya kits but it accomplishes what it's supposed to which is represent the chieftain.


  • One decal sheet with markings for three tanks
  • 1: 22C, 56, 00EB57, AF, Stripe Insignia.
  • 2: Al Capone, 56, 04EB35, 12A, AF, 3/63, Stripe Insignia.
  • 3: 00EB54, 56, 20/4, AF, Union Jack Decal, C, Stripe Insignia.


  • Keep small pieces and sharp edges away from children ages 3 and under.
  • Recommended paints are for adult modelers only.
  • Care should be taken when using tools and modeling knives.

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