I have been assembling the snap-fit kit of several track sets, this time the Somua S35 was the easiest kit to assemble. Since each track is small, precision is required even more, and even so, it can fit tightly and move smoothly.
It was designated as 102 pieces per side. When I rolled it, it was not enough. I will need about 5 more. I have enough tracks, so I think I can wrap it without any problem. There is no side armor to hide, so it would be a tragedy if it wasn’t enough. Like the Sherman I made before, it has to be replicated with molding.
I ended up with 106 tracks on each side and 5 tracks left. First of all, I am glad that I could wind the tracks properly. This quality snap-fit track is welcome to apply to all of Tamiya’s AFV kits. It is also fun to make.
Using the black surfacer. This time, the boundary of camouflage painting is clear, and it’s not such a big tank, so I’m going to brush it. In the case of brush-painting, the Model Color of Vallejo is easy to paint, so I will do it with this. I will use 70826 German Camouflage Medium Brown instead of XF-64 Red Brown, 70890 Reflective Green instead of XF-58 Olive Green. XF-21 Sky because I do not have a substitute color and I have Tamiya Acrylic. The black line on the border is XF-69 NATO black, but since there is no Tamiya acrylic now, I think it is matched with the Vallejo 70862 Black Gray.
I painted the Tamiya Acrylic Sky. The belt on the Sky part is not so wide, so even if you use Tamiya acrylic paint with a brush, you can use retarder to paint beautifully. Why is Vallejo’s Model Color easy to paint with a brush? Does it contain a lot of paint retarder from the beginning?
Red-brown is also painted. Even if I painted with a brush, the unevenness didn’t stand out. I thought I wouldn’t need a black surfer, but it’s surprisingly good because it’s difficult to paint the complicated parts with a brush. It can’t be helped that the part brush cannot be reached.
I finished all the basic painting with a brush. There may be some small parts left unpainted. As for brush painting, I think Vallejo has better performance than Tamiya Acrylic. It might be difficult to understand after weathering.
The basic armor was 40 mm, and the maximum part of the turret was 56 mm. They used a lot of casting for the turret and the body of the tank, so it had a strong defense. The rounded body has sloped armor, which also contributes to excellent defense.
The 47 mm anti-tank gun was powerful at the time, defeating many enemy tanks when the Germans invaded Belgium and France. After the surrender of France, about 300 Somua S35 were captured. It is evaluated by the German army as a tank that can be used without any major renovation.
There were three crew members, but only one in the turret and the commander had to command tanks and operate main guns and machine guns, which was troublesome. This reduces actual combat capability. It can be said to be a common weakness of French tanks at that time. It is a compact and cute turret, but it is inconvenient.
Brush painting is sometimes interesting. It’s difficult to make a subtle gradation like an airbrush, so I hope I can get a good texture with weathering, but it was a little too dirty. I personally like rust and the shine of the chain on the back.
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.