IPMS (UK) is pleased to confirm that 2014 will see an ex-British Army Chieftain Tank on display at Scale ModelWorld – and not a standard Chieftain either.
The tank in question is a very rare Chieftain AVRE (Willich) owned by Peter Cordwell of the Cordwell Collection. Towards the end of the cold war it was decided to replace the Centurion AVRE (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers) With a Chieftain based vehicle that could keep up with Chieftain and Challenger 1 tanks on the battlefield. As ever the MOD wanted the vehicle as cheaply as possible and the project was given to the Royal Engineers based in Willich West Germany. 12 vehicles were produced from Chieftain MBT’s. The vehicle attending Scale ModelWorld is believed to have served in the first Gulf war.
Pictured is Richard Farrar, Scale ModelWorld Show Manager (left), shaking hands with Melvin Cordwell to seal the deal.