The Challenger Mk.I was the main battle tank of the United Kingdom and Jordan in the eighties and nineties. In the UK the Challenger Mk.I is replaced by the Mk.II variant. In Jordan the Mk.I's are also upgraded, the most remarkable about the Jordan upgrade the is fact that the new turret is a robot turret! It's called 'the falcon' and is designed by the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau. Apart from the turret of the Stryker MRGS it's the only robotic turret I'm aware off. Here a picture of the Falcon turret:
The turret looks a bit like the turret from the M60A2 'Space ship' (which had one crew member by the way). But back too the original Challenger I. The most noticeable about the Challenger Mk.I was it's Chobham armour, strangely enough this british product was used in the American M1 tank for the first time.
A Challenger Mk.I at tankfest Bovington
Revell released there model of the Challenger Mk.I earlier this year. This model is from a mold bought from Matchbox and is one the oldest 1/72 models in the Revell range. (the models from their 1/76 range, also from Matchbox molds, are even older). Currently not released by Revell is the version with extra armour added on. It is availible in a 'ACE' boxing at hlj.com.
Boxart of the release from this year
The fact that this is a model from an older mold means it has fewer parts as the models engineered by Revell them selves, about 90 instead of 120 too 160. There are also fewer small parts and especially the smaller parts are less detailed as those in later releases. The lagere parts are very well detailed however, the upper hull a true master piece! The only thing that has to be redone are the baskets on the turret. On the real thing these are made out of steel frames with a mesh, the plasic parts don't even look like this. My replacements didn't turn out the may I liked but even these are large improvement over the kits parts. I painted mine in the two tone camouflage standard for armoured vehicles of the british army.
The picures (click on them for a lrger version as always):
Recommended for everyone wanting to make a model of the Challenger Mk.I. The relatively low number of parts make this a project that can be finished fast although the turret baskets can be a challenge(r) if you want to upgrade these however.