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Somua S35
French Medium Tank Somua S35
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by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]


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SUMMARY
Highs: Well produced injection molding. Clean crisp details and includes a figure.
Lows: No photo etch which is typical of Tamiya armor releases.
Verdict: This will most certainly build into a nice niche WW2 armor subject.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35344
  Suggested Retail: TBA
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  PUBLISHED: Feb 27, 2015
  NATIONALITY: France
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.91%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 82.61%

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

Copyright 2017 text by Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of TankRat's. All rights reserved.


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Comments

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.
MAY 10, 2015 - 07:48 AM
There is, as far as I know nothing specific made for the Tamiya kit. You could of course use the old Eduard PE-set: LINK This could just work, not that there is much included what could cause problems. For replacemnt barrels you should have no problems using those: LINK Given the price you should be fine with the left over 75mm. MG and 47mm worked fine with the Heller Somua...
MAY 10, 2015 - 08:04 AM
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.
MAY 11, 2015 - 02:40 AM
No offense to Tamiya but in my experience, having gotten a few of their sets, they tend to be small, of marginal usefulness, and expensive. I'd hold out a bit for Voyager or ET Model. I can't imagine them NOT releasing a set within a very few months.
MAY 11, 2015 - 03:15 AM
The Tamiya Somua is priced at a paltry $27 at HobbyEasy!
MAY 11, 2015 - 03:18 AM
Nice tank from Tamiya! Just wondering why they do not include the PE set from the beginning? But what intriges me is the blue commanders cupola. Had it identification purposes or was it intended as camo?
MAY 11, 2015 - 03:42 AM
I expect they are primarily catering to casual modellers who will not want the extra work involved with the PE material.
MAY 14, 2015 - 01:34 AM
I am currently working on decal set for the French-crewed vehicles. Also, The set will fix the 4th Cuirasseirs marking (both should face forward).
JUN 30, 2015 - 03:08 AM
Just wanted to note has just announced a PE update set for this kit that will include tool box straps and barrels, no detailing for the grills though:
JUL 01, 2015 - 12:55 AM
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