FRENCH LIGHT TANK HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35

This is the first Bronco kit I made.  Built from June to August 2008.

Box package of Hotchkiss H39 Bronco Models 1/35

It is Bronco’s light tank kit Hotchkiss H39. After B1bis of Tamiya, this tank is the second French AFV for me.

spring has been placed to the suspension, Hotchkiss H39 Bronco Models 1/35

Plastic compared considerably soft to other kits. Genuine spring has been placed to the suspension.

The assembly of the non-movable caterpillar is difficult, Hotchkiss H39 Bronco Models 1/35

The assembly of the non-movable caterpillar is difficult. It was easy to assemble avoiding the distorted parts in advance. It remains caterpillar parts in front of the tank.
(2008/06/14)

barrel was metal, Hotchkiss H39 Bronco Models 1/35

The barrel was metal though it was such a small tank.
(2008/06/15)

rear sledge, Hotchkiss H39 Bronco Models 1/35

The total length expands a little when I put up rear sledge which increase the capability of over the ditch.
(2008/06/15)

build and painting, Hotchkiss H39 Bronco Models 1/35

I can choose variety of markings. I decided it standard French army tank this time.
(2008/08/11)

French tank crew scratch build

This is making of French tank crew. I carefully shaped the body with epoxy patty to consider the next wearing uniform step. But it looks long body…..
(2008/08/18)

French tank crew scratch build mold of uniform

I dressed clothes to the French soldier figure. There might not be too detailed wrinkle because it is a leather coat. I added the hair a little and the jaw string to the helmet. It was too difficult for me to make open hand. Even the state of the clasp hand was not easy.
(2008/08/27)

French tank crew on the turret of Hotchkiss H39 Bronco Models 1/35

Mounted in the turret as the photo.
(2008/08/27)

Hotchkiss H39 is the armament change version of H38, from 21 caliber 37mm to 33 caliber 37mm tank gun in 1939.

Hotchkiss H39 is the armament change version of H38, from 21 caliber 37mm to 33 caliber 37mm tank gun in 1939.

Hotchkiss H39 Bronco Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

German army took over many tanks after France surrendered, Hotchkiss was remodelled to the armored artillery, etc. , and the kit is released from many plastic model companies. There was a vehicle used in Israeli troop, and that decal is also in this kit. I personally like the French national flag mark on the front side.

heart mark decals,  Hotchkiss H39

I followed the indication of instruction paper that the body color is olive drab and decal is the heart mark.

rear view of Hotchkiss H39

After I painted the rearview mirror in silver, lightly over coated transparent epoxy putty.

French tank crew in the leather jacket

As for the face is good, the feeling of leather coat quality is difficult.

Hotchkiss H39 Bronco Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

Rounded form is the feature of French tanks.

sledge and heart decals, Hotchkiss H39 Bronco Models 1/35

The woody part painting was not well as every time. Wire cutter is only rolling on the fender…

rear upper armor and muffler, Hotchkiss H39 Bronco Models 1/35

The exhaust tube made to reddish and gave the feeling of burnt and rusted. I like natural feeling of the mud on the rack of sledge.

Front face of Hotchkiss H39 Bronco Models 1/35

I thought French army was able to defend the country from German army as there was such many tanks. But German army was good at operate the mechanized units to cover the firepower weakness of their tanks.
(2008/08/31)

 

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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