Hotchkiss H39 French Light Tank Bronco 1/35

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO AFV FRANCE

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

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 BOX PACKAGEIt is Bronco’s light tank kit Hotchkiss H39. After B1bis of Tamiya, this tank is the second French AFV for me.

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 MAKINGPlastic compared considerably soft to other kits. A genuine spring has been placed to the suspension.

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 MAKINGThe 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)

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 MAKINGThe barrel was metal though it was such a small tank.
(2008/06/15)

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 MAKINGThe total length expands a little when I put up the rear sled which increases the capability of over the ditch.
(2008/06/15)

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 PAINTINGI can choose a variety of markings. I decided it standard French army tank this time.
(2008/08/11)

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 MAKING FRENCH TANK CREWThis is making of a French tank crew. I carefully shaped the body with an epoxy patty to consider the next wearing uniform step. But it looks long body…..
(2008/08/18)

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 MAKING FRENCH TANK CREWI dressed clothes to the French soldier figure. There might not be too detailed wrinkles 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 an open hand. Even the state of the clasped hand was not easy.
(2008/08/27)

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 MAKING FRENCH TANK CREWMounted in the turret as the photo.
(2008/08/27)

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOHotchkiss H39 is the armament change version of H38, from 21 calibers 37mm to 33 calibers 37mm tank gun in 1939.

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOGerman army took over many tanks after France surrendered, Hotchkiss was remodeled to the armored artillery, etc., and the kit is released from many plastic model companies. There was a vehicle used by Israeli troops, and that decal is also in this kit. I personally like the French national flag mark on the front side.

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOI followed the indication of the instruction paper that the body color is olive drab and the decal is a heart mark.

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOAfter I painted the rearview mirror in silver, lightly over coated transparent epoxy putty.

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO FRENCH TANK CREWAs the face is good, the feeling of leather coat quality is difficult.

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThe rounded form is the feature of French tanks.

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThe woody part painting was not as well as every time. Wirecutter is only rolling on the fender…

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThe exhaust tube was made to reddish and gave the feeling of burnt and rusted. I like the natural feeling of the mud on the rack of the sled.

HOTCHKISS H39 BRONCO 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOI thought the French army was able to defend the country from the German army as there were such many tanks. But the German army was good at operating the mechanized units to cover the firepower weakness of their tanks.
(2008/08/31)

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