R35 French Light Tank Tamiya 1:35
My first wholly 2021 build–bought, started and finished this year. This is another great Tamiya kit. What more to say?
I included Monsieur Le Commandant de Char to give a sense of the size of this petite 2-man tank. The peculiar operating qualities of this tank was the subject of a great Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch episode (https://youtu.be/tMqbkQcDe9E) which has the most humorous military equipment commentary I’ve ever heard.
This was a fun project. It was the first time I’ve painted a 6-color French camo scheme. It seems like the exotic appearance would have been very effective. I wonder, though, if they would have fared better against the Germans if they hadn’t painted on so many bull’s eyes. I initially tried to brush paint the camo but found it too difficult to get an opaque coat of the lighter colors. So I ended up airbrushing them and then drawing on the black outline with a fine tip Sharpie and then painting over that with NATO black. This was followed by copious amounts of various shades of dirt pigments fixed in place with alcohol. I used AK weathering pencils to put the rust on the exhaust. I’m eager to do another French tank again. Maybe something bigger.
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