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Tamiya Somua S35
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Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 09:52 PM UTC
Jim gives us a sneak peek at this newly tooled Somua S35, a WW2 era French medium tank. The video includes a look at how the individual track links go together.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:16 PM UTC
Looks like a good enough kit to me.
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Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:23 PM UTC
Too bad the upper and lower hulls and turret superstructure are cast, with sprue attachment points.
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Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:29 PM UTC
There are some areas that the resin AM folks can fix, but it's good to see more French tanks out there!
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Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:36 PM UTC
Looks like a neat kit. Hadn't built a Tamiya kit for a long time until I did the Mk IV which I really enjoyed.

Don't quite get Matt's comment, don't most plastic hulls come with spure attachments so I don't see any issue there?

Nice texture on the armour, and if the fit is as good as the Mk IV it will be a breeze to build. Don't know much about this vehicle but it looks good to me.



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Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:41 PM UTC
That sure does look nice. The figure looks good too.

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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 12:42 AM UTC
Alan, Matt was referring to the fact that when you try and cleanup the sprue attachment points, you will damage the cast texture on the parts. However, the photos seem to show the sprue attachment points at the extreme edge of the parts, so this may not be big issue with some care taken in removing the parts. Hard to tell for sure from the photos here.
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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 12:49 AM UTC

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Alan, Matt was referring to the fact that when you try and cleanup the sprue attachment points, you will damage the cast texture on the parts. However, the photos seem to show the sprue attachment points at the extreme edge of the parts, so this may not be big issue with some care taken in removing the parts. Hard to tell for sure from the photos here.



Exactly. I was referring to the fact that several other companies have sprue free superstructures, that eliminate this problem.
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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 01:22 AM UTC

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Alan, Matt was referring to the fact that when you try and cleanup the sprue attachment points, you will damage the cast texture on the parts. However, the photos seem to show the sprue attachment points at the extreme edge of the parts, so this may not be big issue with some care taken in removing the parts. Hard to tell for sure from the photos here.



Exactly. I was referring to the fact that several other companies have sprue free superstructures, that eliminate this problem.



Matt, look at step 13 & 26 in the instructions for the upper hull and turret assemblies...Tamiya is typically very conscious of their sprue gates and how they actually attach to parts with any texture and have for a while now attached parts in this manner. They place them underneath the actual surface avoiding this issue, and appears to be the case here too.
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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 02:39 AM UTC
Pretty good looking kit. Nice texture (can't believe they even did the underside). Still going to have to buy PE, or scratch up some parts, to properly do the storage bin straps. Now, let's see how much they want for it.
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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 04:02 AM UTC
Hi Jon,

Thanks, doesn't look like it's a problem as Michael points out.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 04:35 AM UTC

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They place them underneath the actual surface avoiding this issue, and appears to be the case here too.



Yes Mike is correct. I just looked at those connection points closely and they won't damage the textured hull at all as they come off the bottom of that part.

Cheers,
Jim
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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 04:53 AM UTC
Some 26 years I've been awaiting a new 1/35 Somua and I am stoked about this release. I can live with the items discussed in criticisms of the kit. Individual track links? Surprising considering how little track will be seen. I want one of these!
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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 11:55 AM UTC
Beautiful kit !!
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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 04:22 PM UTC
Obvious from the parts layout that there will be a Beutepanzer coming. The turret sprue has another unused gate and the French specific parts like cupola and figgie are on the other easily snippable gate.

So a German cupola and German tanker sprue might even already be done.
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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 06:42 PM UTC

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Surprising considering how little track will be seen.



Any looking at the side will be able to see almost all the track links
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Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2015 - 08:01 PM UTC
there's got to be a better way with these dam tracks today !
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Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2015 - 08:36 PM UTC
Tamiya track is completely glue-able with normal cement and the suspension is such that you can get firm contact with the wheels all the way around. In most modeled situations there would be no be slack. Link to link track is therefore unnecessary.

There are kits that need them and there are those that don't. This tank doesn't need link to link.

But then for what Tamiya charges for the kit it would be nice if it had some bells and whistles like PE or indy track links. Top engineering demands top prices.
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Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2015 - 08:55 PM UTC

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there's got to be a better way with these dam tracks today !




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Tamiya track is completely glue-able with normal cement and the suspension is such that you can get firm contact with the wheels all the way around. In most modeled situations there would be no be slack. Link to link track is therefore unnecessary.

There are kits that need them and there are those that don't. This tank doesn't need link to link.

But then for what Tamiya charges for the kit it would be nice if it had some bells and whistles like PE or indy track links. Top engineering demands top prices.



Have you guys actually bothered reading the stats or even looking at the pictures?
It isn´t that hard to figure out you´re getting "Magic" seemingly workable indy links here... not rubber threads.
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Posted: Friday, March 06, 2015 - 05:08 PM UTC

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there's got to be a better way with these dam tracks today !




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Tamiya track is completely glue-able with normal cement and the suspension is such that you can get firm contact with the wheels all the way around. In most modeled situations there would be no be slack. Link to link track is therefore unnecessary.

There are kits that need them and there are those that don't. This tank doesn't need link to link.

But then for what Tamiya charges for the kit it would be nice if it had some bells and whistles like PE or indy track links. Top engineering demands top prices.



Have you guys actually bothered reading the stats or even looking at the pictures?
It isn´t that hard to figure out you´re getting "Magic" seemingly workable indy links here... not rubber threads.



- Yip!

Al
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Posted: Saturday, May 09, 2015 - 01:32 AM UTC
Anyone got a list of AM designed for this kit? I haven't found very much so far.
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Posted: Saturday, May 09, 2015 - 06:52 PM UTC

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Anyone got a list of AM designed for this kit? I haven't found very much so far.



Just posted a new article, Blast Models to the rescue.
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Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 12:48 AM UTC
I was more thinking turned or etch metal parts but I guess this set can work work fine in a absence of alternative sets to use.
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Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 01:04 AM UTC

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I was more thinking turned or etch metal parts but I guess this set can work work fine in a absence of alternative sets to use.



There is, as far as I know nothing specific made for the Tamiya kit.
You could of course use the old Eduard PE-set: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/119322-eduard-35313-somua-s-35
This could just work, not that there is much included what could cause problems.

For replacemnt barrels you should have no problems using those: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/205005-rb-model-35b79-75mm-47mm-and-7-5mm-mg-barrels
Given the price you should be fine with the left over 75mm. MG and 47mm worked fine with the Heller Somua...

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Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 07:40 PM UTC
HI.

Paul Owen at Track-Link who has very good contact at Tamiya has said that Tamiya themselves have a couple of after market items comimg for the Somua. He didn't know what these were but P/E and a turned barrel seem likely candidates.

In addition to the above, a Beute version of the S35 is on its way.

Cheers.