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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"The Chieftain tank-- one that says I want to kill the enemy"
Sure, there's a lot of trash talk about the Chieftain's power pack, but forget that, this is a tank that looks like a tank. Tamiya's version is the earlier one before the elimination of the side searchlight and addition of Stillbrew armor, but it's a great kit. Fits well together with plenty of options. The long barrel hangs out far ahead of the tank and I especially like the figures. The guy resting, cross armed on the hatch is basically saying Yup, we're bloody bad arse... Highly recommend for a collection.

"Great Model at a Great Price"
edjankowski55 (Meriden Ct.)
I mostly build military armor and Tamiya kits are my favorite . Although this is one there older kits it is still a nice build with minimal flash and pieces that fit together well. The track is the one piece variety which I prefer over the individual piece track that take forever to assemble . Like another reviewer wrote the barrel for main gun needed to be finnesed ( glue it, clamp it, file down the seams, and 2 coats paint ) and it will look good . All in all this was a really fun model to build, very reasonably priced, and a great addition to my cooection.

"Excellent tool and die makers"
jimwoodward1943 (Broken Arrow, OK)
All parts fit very well - no surprises with this kit. Very happy with the outcome and would recommend thid model to all skill levels. May build this one again!


  • 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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