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Armor/AFV: Axis - WWII
Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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Befehlspanzer Somua S35
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Bayern, Germany
Joined: October 22, 2013
KitMaker: 380 posts
Armorama: 376 posts
Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 07:31 PM UTC
First of all, no, itīs not the new Tamiya kit... sorry if I have dissapointed you.

After the capitulation of France quite a number of French Somua S35 served now under German markings, now designated as "Pz.Kpfw. 35 S 739 (f)". An even smaller number of them (my surces point in the direction of 3, maybe, but not likely more) were converted to command tanks, fitted with an extra frame antenna over the enigne deck.
As it seems at least two of them had the modified original, and not a Pz. II or III cuppola.

So far Iīll use:
Somua S35 (Heller #81134)
PE (Eduard #35313)
Replacement Gun and MG originally for Char B1 bis (RB Model #35B79)
2m Antenna (RB Model #35A02)
Antenna Mount (RB Model #35A15)
quite a lot Mr. Surfacer and most probably Fruils.

One note before we start, I know there are quite a lot of things wrong with this kit, most of the changes will be of "cosmetic" nature. Iīll ignore most of the shape issues, as I do want to finish some day

Frist steps included removing unwanted "detail":

adding casting numbers form sprue labelings

Comparison with the original in Bovington

modification of the cuppola into a German one with the PE rim from Eduard

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United States
Joined: December 01, 2010
KitMaker: 49 posts
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 04:28 AM UTC
Great job with the casting marks from the sprue label, I have been using that technique for 35 years and have only known a few modelers that have as well... now that's modelling, great job.
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Virginia, United States
Joined: February 05, 2002
KitMaker: 6,135 posts
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 04:44 AM UTC
Fabio-- how about a quick run down on how you transfer the casting numbers
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Bayern, Germany
Joined: October 22, 2013
KitMaker: 380 posts
Armorama: 376 posts
Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 05:58 AM UTC
Thanks for stopping by guys,
@DJ No rocket science, just snipp them off with you modelling knife and fix them with plasic glue. Works best if youīve got one of the more liquid ones (Tamiya Extra Thin for example).
Make what you donīt have, my N for example is made by combining "1/1". If you want to modify something do it when itīs still attached, as itīs more likely your letter keeps its shape. So far Trumpeter seems the best way to go, as you get the letters and the Numbers in the same size, while beeing almost the right size for 1:35.

Alright, further reshaping was done on the joint of upper and lower hull:

The upper hull is supposed to be a bit recessed and the little bulges where the bolts are supposed to be should be shaped less round.
As this isnīt the way the kit is supposed to be glued together, fit is pretty bad there. Made worse as the PE fenders add 0.2mm on all the four edges. Still, after a few hours of pressing, gueing and filling, it seemed to have worked out...
The white dots are supposed to be the "sprue" attachment points of the casting process, beeing visible on all the engine accsess hatches. There should be casting numbers on some of the plates, but they are much smaller and would be barely visible in 1:35... maybe I can think of a solution for them...

Back to the turret: Well, it seems wrong, terribly wrong cpmared to the Bovington vehicle. Withouth bothering to check with plans I could make quite a list of angles, details or shapes that is wrong, simply by lookin at pics.
BUT as few of us know there was actually a different lower hull (can be indentified by a bulge in the middle of the front). As it seems it might be that there was also a slightly differnt turret, but better not quote me on that... would have to spend a few hours more on reseach...
Anyway, I cut out the turret ring to set the turret a bit lower which should slightly improve the look. But Iīll leave it like that, re shaping the turret would probably end in a desater. So: Casting texture with Mr. Surfacer, but I might do some sanding to get the suface a bit smoother again.

Thatīs it for now, Iīll be back with some more "upgrades" in the turret area next week.
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: January 21, 2004
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 06:16 AM UTC
That number transfer is AMAZING!!
You should post a picture of that on the "Rivet Counter" forum going on!