This is the first Bronco kit I made. Built from June to August 2008.
It is Bronco’s light tank kit Hotchkiss H39. After B1bis of Tamiya, this tank is the second French AFV for me.
Plastic compared considerably soft to other kits. Genuine spring has been placed to the suspension.
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.
The barrel was metal though it was such a small tank.
The total length expands a little when I put up rear sledge which increase the capability of over the ditch.
I can choose variety of markings. I decided it standard French army tank this time.
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…..
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.
Mounted in the turret as the photo.
Hotchkiss H39 is the armament change version of H38, from 21 caliber 37mm to 33 caliber 37mm tank gun in 1939.
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.
I followed the indication of instruction paper that the body color is olive drab and decal is the heart mark.
After I painted the rearview mirror in silver, lightly over coated transparent epoxy putty.
As for the face is good, the feeling of leather coat quality is difficult.
Rounded form is the feature of French tanks.
The woody part painting was not well as every time. Wire cutter is only rolling on the fender…
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.
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.