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Tamiya 1/35 Somua S35 - Now with decals 09/09/21


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How do chaps.

 

Was originally going to do a Sherman in French markings but thought i would do something that is actually French! 

Voila! 

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I've just signed up for Hobby Photo Host so i can upload from my phone. That means i don't have to faff about getting out the camera and laptop etc. I can also do 'live updates' as i go along 😉

 

Some sprue shots.

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Be making a start on this later today so stay tuned for updates. Apologies if the pics are a bit dodgy as i'm still getting used to the phone camera settings - despite having the phone for years! 🤔

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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Thanks @planecrazee and please get yourself comfy! 👍

 

Started on the lower hull and running gear. Typical Tamiya as its falling together with no issues thus far. 

 

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And some holes poked in the rear plate as per the instructions

 

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Regards,

 

Steve

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Thanks Steve - you've made a great start so far. I can feel my finger wanting to hover over the 'add to basket' button on this model 😄. I've really developed an interest in WW2 French armour and have the ICM FCM 36 and the Tamiya R35 on my wishlist too.  So many great kits - us modellers are spoiled for choice 👍

Kris

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Steve, glad you changed your mind as to which subject to do, there is something so very French about the Somua.

 

Welcome to the GB and good luck.

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How do chaps 

 

Motoring through this! More done on the running gear.

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With the running gear about done i started on the upper hull. This attaches via a couple of poly caps at the rear and a clip at the front. Really nice fit. Various side hatches and panels to be fitted along with the engine grills.

 

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Still a bit more on the hull to do then its the turn of the turret. This is building up very nicely and also very quickly. At this rate it will be ready for paint by tomorrow! 

 

Thanks for looking in and more to follow soon.

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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Looking great Steve i love the cast texture on this kit i am enjoying mine 

Looking forward to how it turns out 

 

Cheers Lee

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How do chaps,

 

Having a bit of down time in the shed with this. As Lee @BeltArmor says the cast texture is lovely.

 

Got the various stowage boxes, grab rails and tools fitted.

 

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Now these are on its turret time! Again some lovely texture.

 

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More to follow soon.

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

 

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Bonjour chaps,

 

Been a while since i did anything with this. Made a start on the turret. The cupola is moulded in 2 halves and this left a bit of a join line to sort. Quick sanding followed by a coat of Mr Surfacer 500 soon sorted this. Will need to sort the join of the turret halves too.

 

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Gun assembly added to mantlet.

 

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And now with the external mantlets fitted and in the turret. Not quite decided if i'm going to add the figure yet, but the chances are i will.

 

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Turret on the hull to see how it looks. Rather an ungainly looking beastie! 

 

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Tracks fitted. These were a bit of a faff to get on and sat right. They were a bit fragile and split a few times, that may have been due to me being a bit cack handed though 🤔 Once i had them as i wanted them, i ran some Tamiya Extra Thin over to hold them together. 

 

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Not much to do now then it will be time for a bit of paint.

 

Thanks for dropping by and comments and suggestions welcome as always 👍

 

au revoir for now

 

Steve

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38 minutes ago, Robert Stuart said:

A nice build of a nice kit.  Will you use one of Tamiya's schemes?

Thanks Robert,

 

The plan is to go with one of the three schemes in the box. A fair bit of planning and masking will be needed me thinks! 🤔

12 minutes ago, modelling minion said:

That didn't take very long!

Very nice job on her, looking forward to the paint going on.

Thanks Craig,

 

Its a smashing kit and a nice easy build 👍

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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Hey Steve looking great 

Good work with the join lines on the cupola and turret i will do the same with mine 

 

Regards

 

Lee

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On 8/15/2021 at 6:38 PM, BeltArmor said:

Hey Steve looking great 

Good work with the join lines on the cupola and turret i will do the same with mine 

 

Regards

 

Lee

Thanks Lee. Am rather pleased with the result and was a lot easier to sort than i thought it would be.

On 8/15/2021 at 8:57 PM, planecrazee said:

That's looking fantastic Steve - you've really made a cracking job of this so far.  Can't wait to see her once she get's some paint on!! :thumbsup:

Kris

Cheers Kris. Your wait is almost over! 😉

On 8/16/2021 at 4:46 PM, PlaStix said:

That's coming together beautifully Steve. :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

Thanks Stix, much appreciated.

 

Its been a while but now at the point of paint! This is the marking option i'm going for.. 18th Dragoon Regiment

 

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Sorted the black basecoat. This is Tamiya XF1 Black thinned with Self Levelling Thinner. Took a while to get a good coverage due to all the nooks and crannies.

 

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Just need to work out the paint sequence for the camo. Will be using Silly Putty to mask.

 

Comments and suggestions welcome.

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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  • fatfingers changed the title to Tamiya 1/35 Somua S35 - Now with paint 29/08/21

How do chaps.

 

Tamiya XF64 Red Brown o.

 

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And then the Tamiya XF21 Sky. The turret was masked with Silly Putty. It really helps the i can remove the upper hull 👍

 

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Next up will be Tamiya XF58 Olive Green. The brown and sky will need masking first though.

 

More soon.

 

Steve

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How do chaps,

 

More paint progress! 

 

Turret with the putty mask removed. Not looking too shabby...

 

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After a bit of masking and fine tuning the XF58 Olive Green went on ok. I do believe i've had this paint for 30 years or more! Still sprayed lovely. Some touch ups needed here and there but on the whole i'm happy with how it turned out.

 

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Now need to mask and spray the upper hull and turret.

 

More to follow and thanks for dropping by.

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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How do chaps.

 

Got the final colour on the turret and upper hull.

 

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Really pleased at how this has turned out. Few touch up's needed here and there but on the whole i think its come out ok. Need to mask up and put some green on the front and lower hulls as i wanted to get the hull top done first to give me an idea of where the green should be 😉

 

More later...

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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Thanks Craig @modelling minion Had a mate of mine get me the silly putty from the States a few years back. Only supply i could find at thr time was on ebay and seller wanted 20 quid a time for it! 🤨 Really pleased with how it's turned out and has been good practice for when i do the Renault R35 i have in't stash.

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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