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Char B1 bis Preview

Tamiya , 1/35 scale

by Steve Zaloga



I received a test-shot of the Tamiya Char B1 bis last week for a forthcoming review article in Military Modelling magazine. It is a splendid kit and a lot of fun to build. I did a scale plan of the Char B1 bis many years ago based on measurements of the Bovington vehicle, and a quick comparison showed it to be spot on.



I made a few minor changes like swapping a Hornet head for the kit crew figure and some small detail improvements. I did my own markings as I wanted to depict a tank from the 41e BCC at the battle of Stonne in 1940, but the kit comes with decals for at least four French tanks.



The tracks are a change for Tamiya as they are individual link. However, they come pre-cut-ready-to-assemble in a little bag and are an incredible bit of molding technology. I snapped together both sets in about 10 minutes after a bit of clean-up.



Click here to see Steve's earlier images and impressions of Tamiya's forthcoming 1/35 scale Char B1 bis kit from the Paris Model Show

Model, Images and Text by Steven J Zaloga
Page Created 08 May, 2006
Page Last Updated 07 May, 2006