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Heller 1/35 Somua S35, 18e Dragoons, May 1940

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Heller 1/35 Somua S35, 18e Dragoons, May 1940
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, November 21, 2020 4:08 PM

This was an old shelf queen that I barely started at least 10 years ago and then sidelined due to a screw up in early alignment on the build. At the end of July I pulled it back out, tore apart the error and got back to work on it. I finished it up a few hours ago.

This is the old Heller S35 kit originally released in 1977. I replaced the turret machine gun barrel with some Albion tubing, added cast armor texture with Mr Surfacer 1000, and a tow chain on the rear tow hook and shackles. Paints are Humbrol enamels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boche are that way!

 

 

Comments and critiques are welcome...

 

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Posted by RBaer on Saturday, November 21, 2020 4:34 PM

I like it!

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:44 PM

That's some great weathering Stik!  I've always liked these old Heller kits.

Chad

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, November 21, 2020 9:10 PM

RB and Chad, thank you. 

Chad, Heller kits are not for beginners, nor “shake and bake”, by any stretch of the mind, but they can look good with some extra effort. This is only my second Heller 1/35 armor build completed out of three starts. 

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, November 21, 2020 10:15 PM

This is flat out gorgeous to me. I love that last picture. Those figures are beautiful.

Fantastic! 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, November 21, 2020 10:37 PM

It looks good to me. You know those Heller kits were pretty decent with some patience. I didn't start messing with their armor kits until I was stationed in Germany in the late 80s, the AMX-30 specifically. Over engineered, yes, but it was an enjoyable build. And I also did their Jeep copy.

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, November 21, 2020 11:17 PM

Mike and Rob, thank you. 

Mike, the figures are more for scale and practice for painting than anything else, but based on some comments here and elsewhere, an idea is forming for a base.

Rob, you are quite right about patience a requirement on Heller kits. Focus is another... lol. I built their CCKW Deuce and a Half many years ago and that turned out nicely. Fiddly, but worth it. I started the AMX-30 years ago as well, but it has been severely damaged while sidelined. That is one that I’d like to add to my collection. 

 

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Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:21 AM

Great work! I have this wee beastie in the stash somewhere. Love the paint job.

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, November 22, 2020 3:01 PM

Thank you Dodgy. And go build your beastie! It’s a fun kit.

 

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, November 22, 2020 4:37 PM

The paint scheme came out perfectly--and that's not an easy thing with French camo.

Outstanding job by every measure.

That French armor is pretty unique, near addictive (despite Heller, sometimes Smile)

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:27 PM

Thanks Capn. The French camo is enjoyable to do, even if a bit challenging. I think that, along with the designs of French armor does make it addicting. 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, November 22, 2020 10:32 PM

Very nice paint work indeed. Hard to believe that’s a 43 year old kit.Beer  

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Posted by TigerII on Sunday, November 22, 2020 11:45 PM

Hey Stik, excellent work on this tank. The camo is outstanding as everyone else has commented. Question: Did you airbrush the enamel paint or hand brush. BTW the Mr. Surfacer really gave it a realistic rough metal finish and the figures look great.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, November 23, 2020 9:50 AM

PJ and Tiger, thank you.

PJ, ‘77 was indeed awhile ago. But not exactly the dark ages for armor modeling with kits of that era. 

Tiger, the enamel paints were airbrushed on using Silly Putty as a mask for the color demarcations. I then used a Sharpie enamel ultra fine tip paint marker for the black borders to get a fairly constant width line.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, November 23, 2020 11:37 AM

She turned out great SP! I did the camo on my Char bis years ago the same way- Silly Putty and a Sharpie!! 

Nice work!!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, November 23, 2020 12:02 PM

Thank you Gamera. Simple techniques like the Silly Putty and Sharpie paint pen are great for challenges like the French AFV camo.

 

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N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by GreySnake on Saturday, December 5, 2020 7:26 AM
Amazing work on the old Heller kit and the camouflage is spot on.

 
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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 5, 2020 10:10 AM

Thank you Grey. It’s funny how much you read of these Heller kits being “dogs”, yet the few that I’ve built so far are not bad at all. They may not be super detailed like Dragon or AFV Club, or shake & bake like Tamiya, but they are worth a go. Especially if you want the French subjects that no one else makes.

 

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N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by GreySnake on Sunday, December 6, 2020 8:41 AM
I built the R35 by Heller a number of years ago and remember it fondly. This was around 2003 or so and I was just happy to have a French tank.  On online forums back then the biggest criticism against a lot of the Heller armor kits were the dimensions were off on a lot of kits.

 
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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, December 6, 2020 9:34 AM
Like the subtle dusting,I like the exhaust. and the figures round it out nicely

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, December 7, 2020 11:52 AM

Very nice work. It feels really nice to get one off the shelf. Well done.

BK

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, December 7, 2020 4:58 PM

Thank you Brandon. It feels great to get something finished! 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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