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Centauro B1/B1-T/VRC-105/MGS

Tank Destroyer*

Italian Centauro B-1T


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Italy and Spain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1991
Manufactured by: Consorzio IVECO- Oto Melara
Crew: 4
Armament: Main: 105/52mm Cannon (Can also be fitted with 120/45mm Cannon); Co-Axial: (1) 7.62mm Machine Gun; Tertiary: (1) 7.62mm MG or 12.7mm HMG.
Engine: 6-Cylinder Turbo-Multifuel (Diesel/JP8)
Miscellaneous Info: The B-1 version is the short hull version and the B-1T is the long hulled vehicle in Italian Service.  The VRC-105 Centauro is in service with Spain.  The Italian versions are related to and preceded the "Freccia" Infantry Fighting Vehicle and the all-new Centauro 2 Main Gun System 120/105.

*This vehicle was later upgraded/ improved and then rebranded as the Centauro 8x8 Wheeled Main Gun System (MGS) 120mm/105mm.
Data Sheet Available:   Centauro MGS 120mm/105mm Sales Brochure (Consorzio IVECO-Oto Melara)

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
      Centauro MGS 120mm/105mm Vehicle Photos Consorzio IVECO-Oto Melara
Centauro Wheeled Tank Destroyer Photos Neil Baumgardner - Arlington, Virginia USA
    Centauro B1 Wheeled Tank Destroyer Photos Oto-Melara SpA
  105mm Cannon Armed "HitFact" Turret Photo Oto-Melara SpA
    120mm Cannon Armed "HitFact" Turret Photos Oto-Melara SpA
    Centauro Armed with 76mm DRACO Multi-Role Turret Photo & Sales Brochure Oto-Melara SpA
Italian Centauro B-1T Photo (Above) Moustafa Assad (Blue Steel Books)- Canada
      Italian Centauro B1 Photos (Bosnia-Herzegovina 1996) U.S. National Archives via Gino Quintiliani
Spanish VRC-105 Centauro Wheeled Tank Destroyer Photos Luis Pitarch - Spain
U.S. Centauro B1 Photos (During Testing by 2nd Infantry Division - 2001) U.S. National Archives via via Gino Quintiliani

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
"1/76 Centauro Wheeled Tank Destroyer Scale Plans"  By Geoff Lacey Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #12)
Centauro MGS 120mm/105mm Information and Photos Consorzio IVECO-Oto Melara
Centauro Wheeled Tank Destroyer Information and Photos Army Technology Website
Centauro Wheeled Tank Destroyer Information and Photos Federation of American Scientists Website
Centauro Wheeled Tank Destroyer Information and Photos Global Security Website

Printed

Reference Author
Blindo Armata Centauro - Photo File #2 Auriga Publishing
Ejercito de Tierra: Vehicles of the Modern Spanish Army (Tankograd Publications) Antonio J. Candil Munoz
Escercito Italiano: Vehicles of the Modern Italian Army In Action (Tankograd Publications) Soren Sunkler
IFOR- Allied Forces in Bosnia - Europa Militaria No. 22 Carl Schulze
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (4th Edition) Christopher Foss
Landing Zone Lebanon: UNIFIL 2006 - Blue Steel Books Moustafa Assad
UNITAF In Somalia: Vehicles of Restore Hope Forces - Concord Publications Barry Beldam
White Thunder: Centauro Inside and Out -  Blue Steel Books

Book Review by Patrick Keenan via the Armor  Modeling & Preservation Societ (AMPS) Website

Moustafa Assad

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Centauro B-1 Long Hull Model Kit(0001) Model Victoria 1/35 Resin/Multi-Media kit.
Centauro B-1T Long Hull Model Kit(0002) Model Victoria 1/35 Resin/Multi-Media kit.
B1 Italian Centauro Model Kit - Early Version (386) Trumpeter 1/35 Plastic.
B1 Italian Centauro Model Kit - Late Version (387) Trumpeter 1/35 Plastic.
B1 Centauro- Early Version 1st Series Model Kit (01562) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
B1 Centauro - Early Version ROMOR Model Kit (01563) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
B1 Centauro - Early Version 2nd Series with Upgraded Armor Model Kit (01564) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
VRC-105 Spanish Centauro Model Kit(388) Trumpeter 1/35 Plastic.
       
Aftermarket/Detail Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information

B1 "Centauro" Sagged Wheel Set (DW35012)

DEF Model

1/35

Resin; For Trumpeter Model Kit.

Italian Centauros Decal Set (D356096) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 Decals.
Spanish VRC-105 Centauro RCV Decal Set (D356080) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 Decals. For Trumpeter Spanish Centauro Model Kit (000388)
Centauro Vision Block and Light Treatment (D356081) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 For Trumpeter Centauro Model Kits

Centauro Mirrors (357133)

Echelon Fine Details

1/35

For Trumpeter Centauro Model Kits;"Peel and Stick" Series.

Wheels set for Spanish army VRC-105 Centauro (EGD35004) Egys 1/35 For Trumpeter Spanish Centauro Model Kit (000388)
Decals/PE Set "Italian Centauro UNIFIL Early & Late Version Missione LEONTE - LIBANO" (EGD 35007); Egys 1/35 For Model Victoria & Trumpeter Italian Centauro Model Kits
Decals for Spanish Army VRC-105 Centauro Brigada de Caballeria Castillejos II RCLAC "Numancia 9" & "Espana 11" (EGD35006) Egys 1/35 For Trumpeter Spanish Centauro Model Kit (000388)
Centauro Early Series (IBIS Mission) Conversion Set (PE35008) Egys 1/35 Resin & Photo Etched Brass; For Applicable Trumpeter Model Kits
IFOR Centauro Conversion Set (PE35009) Egys 1/35 Resin & Photo Etched Brass; For Applicable Trumpeter Model Kits
Centauro (ROMOR IBIS Mission) Detail Set A (PE35010A) Egys 1/35 Resin & Photo Etched Brass; For Applicable Trumpeter Model Kits
Centauro (ROMOR IBIS Mission) Detail Set B (PE35010B) Egys 1/35 Resin & Photo Etched Brass; For Applicable Trumpeter Model Kits
Centauro (ROMOR IBIS Mission) Detail Set C (PE35010C) Egys 1/35 Resin & Photo Etched Brass; For Applicable Trumpeter Model Kits
Italian B1 Centauro Tank Destroyer Detail Set (E35-006) ET Model 1/35 For Trumpeter Italian Centauro Model Kit (000386)
B1 Centauro (3rd Series) Tank Destroyer Basic Detail Set (E35060) ET Model 1/35 For Trumpeter Centauro Model Kit (000388).
B1 Centauro (3rd Series) Tank Destroyer Machine Gun Detail Set (E35061) ET Model 1/35 For Trumpeter Centauro Model Kit (000388).  This set looks more like a detail set for the entire top of the vehicle turret.

Centauro Weighted Wheel Set (ER35-013)

ET Model

1/35

Resin; For Trumpeter Model Kits (000386 and 000388

Spanish Army VCR-105 Centauro RCV detail set (ET35-003) ET Model 1/35 For Trumpeter Spanish Centauro Model Kit (000388)
Centauro Tank Destroyer Turret Spatial Armour Plate (E35-009) ET Model 1/35 For Trumpeter Centauro Model Kits
Centauro Tank Destroyer Weighted Road Wheels (ER35-001) ET Model 1/35 For Trumpeter Centauro Model Kits
Centauro 8x8 RCV Resin Tire Set - Battle Style Lion Roar 1/35 For Trumpeter Spanish Centauro Model Kit (000388)
Centauro B1 Wheel Set (0005) Model Victoria 1/35 For Trumpeter Centauro Model Kits (000386 & 000387)
Centauro APC Road Wheel Set (RE35-156) Panzer Art 1/35 Resin.
Centauro 105mm L/52 Barrel (35B70) RB Model 1/35 Aluminum Barrel with Brass PE Details
Wheel set for Centauro with bulge (RMA 35201) REAL Model 1/35 For Trumpeter Centauro Model Kits
Italian B1 Centauro - Early version detail set (PE35305) Voyager Model 1/35 For Trumpeter Kit (000386)

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Centauro VRC-105 Wheeled Tank Destroyer Model Photos (1/35 Trumpeter) Wayne Cassell - Littleton, Colorado USA