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Artitec: Somua S 35
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 03:16 AM UTC


SOMUA S 1935 BEUTEPANZER is a resin 1/87 kit from ARTITEC.

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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:01 PM UTC
Now those doing railway-scale scenes can have some armour to go with it.
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Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 06:55 PM UTC
Thanks for this interesting review Fred, both on the kit and on the real thing in wartime. If recent stories are to be taken at face value, we might also add to the mix that, unlike their German adversaries, the French troops were not high on MDMA...

Anyway, a couple of questions, just out of curiosity really.
Do you know is this Beutepanzer version different in any way from the French service version offered, other than the tiddly decal sheet? No special German tool clamps or lamps?

Am I wrong in thinking that the shape of the front of the hull where the side becomes the front as it were, especially near the driver visor, is a bit square looking when compared with the real thing, where it is clearly seen to be a curve - or is that just that the painted highlight effect is accentuating it? It's just that one of the characteristics of these is their kind of jelly mould appearance with no sharp angles, but this doesn't seem to have that so clearly.

Thanks, Matthew
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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 09:25 AM UTC

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Do you know is this Beutepanzer version different in any way from the French service version offered, other than the tiddly decal sheet? No special German tool clamps or lamps?


Hi Matthew,

Very sorry for long silence.

I do not have the French variant of the model but looking at the photos of it at Artitec, it looks like only one mold pattern was made. And looking at photos of Beutepanzer Somuas, somewhere along the line the Germans replaced that non-opening cupola with an opening commanders hatch; it appears that the Germans sliced the domed part off and bolted hatch-halves to it. Aside from that, I do not see any differences. A couple of photos show Beutepanzer S35s with a Novak lamp but most show no sign of modification aside from the commander hatch.


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Am I wrong in thinking that the shape of the front of the hull where the side becomes the front as it were, especially near the driver visor, is a bit square looking when compared with the real thing, where it is clearly seen to be a curve - or is that just that the painted highlight effect is accentuating it? It's just that one of the characteristics of these is their kind of jelly mould appearance with no sharp angles, but this doesn't seem to have that so clearly.



It is difficult for me to tell. Photos I looked at show that edge as rounded but not as gradual as I think you are asking about. My photos of the assembled model, third from bottom, left column, it does look rather sharp. Look at this Aberdeen S35 and notice how the ambient light is reflecting off that junction:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOMUA_S35#/media/File:Char_1935_S_Somua_1.jpg


Sorry I am not more helpful.