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Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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Best Somua kit for German Beute panzer
GregCopplin
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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 06:59 AM UTC
Iíve seen the heller kit for the German Somua but how is the taniya kit, would i need to get any aftermarket kits to make it a German S35 ?
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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 07:01 AM UTC
The Tamiya one is much nicer. Def Model makes the German Cupola for it.
Frenchy
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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 07:49 AM UTC

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Def Model makes the German Cupola for it.



and Blast Models makes it as well (along with MR Model - item #35483 ). The set from Blast includes better-looking engine cover grilles :





H.P.
GregCopplin
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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 09:25 AM UTC
Perfect doesnít look like itís be too big of a conversion deal. Cuirdently building Ironsides abstoswagen and trying to find the right S35 to get for it.
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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 10:29 AM UTC

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The set from Blast includes better-looking engine cover grilles

H.P.



I have to disagree with you on this. The grilles on the real Somua had slats that were cast like angle iron, not flat or round bars and therefore the view through the grilles was obstructed. The Blast grilles, as well as those from Hauler, do not replicate this at all and are basically missing the bottom/inside half of the grilles. As your picture shows, you can see right through them. In my opinion, the Tamiya parts do a better job of replicating the obstructed view.

Here's a pic:

Frenchy
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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 10:33 AM UTC
I stand corrected Jon. Should have compared them to the 1:1 ones before posting...

On a side note, some Beute S35's retained the original cupola






H.P.
GregCopplin
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 02:51 PM UTC

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I stand corrected Jon. Should have compared them to the 1:1 ones before posting...

On a side note, some Beute S35's retained the original cupola






H.P.


In that last picture, the walls protecting the S35, do those appear to be wood or a type or metal?
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 04:38 PM UTC

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The Tamiya one is much nicer. Def Model makes the German Cupola for it.



Concur... Use the TAMIYA kit as a base.
Frenchy
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 08:31 PM UTC

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In that last picture, the walls protecting the S35, do those appear to be wood or a type or metal?



I guess the sides are made of armor plates.

H.P.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 11:00 PM UTC
I would add also that aeridale castings made replacement turret for Heller kit that included German cupola as well. Their resin turret was a solution for Heller-s main issue, and i have purchased resin trackks as well.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 11:44 PM UTC
Go with Tamiya and the DEF Model Set. It comes with decals, and a bunch of other stuff (makers marks for the hull as resin decals, PE, the replacement cupola) Great set, and the only one you need for this. Voyager does an upgrade kit as well, which addresses the basic S35, not the beute.