Char de Cavalerie Somua S-35

Revue de la Maquette Airfix au 1/72

Char de Cavalerie Somua S-35, 1/72 Maquette Heller 79875

Chars de cavalerie Somua S-35 changed hands several times in the period from 1940 to 1945. Les schémas de camouflage intéressants de deux et trois couleurs utilisés par l’armée française ont été retenus par les conquérants allemands pour quelque temps, jusqu’à ce que les véhicules aient été repeints panzergray ou dans un schéma de camouflage multicolore de la Wehrmacht. From 1944, chars Somua S-35 once again served in l’armée française, when captured véhicules were used to reinstate the 13th Dragoon Regiment. The Heller kit is a small yet beautiful scale model of the Somua tank which peut être convertie en Pz.Kpfw. 35S 739(f) of the Wehrmacht. Some of these converted véhicules were eventually recaptured et served avec l’armée française.


  • Choix de sujet excellent, the Somua S-35 is unique in this scale. The véhicule served avec the 1re, 2e et 3e Division Légère Mécanique française, et avec the 4e Division Cuirassée de Réserve, which was beeing raised as a reserve at the start of the war.
  • 1/72 scale model: length, width, et height are correct.
  • Les chars Somua ont été peints en schémas de camouflage multicolores français attrayants, et les instructions explique très bien comment recréer un tel dessin en miniature. The painting on the box covers shows a camouflage de deux couleurs avec des lignes noires fines séparant the green et sandcoloured camouflage patches. The instructions do not show these dividing lines.
  • Only 40 parts, the Somua S-35 is easy to build.
  • The parts are practically free of flash, requiring minimal clean-up work.
  • Compatible avec ESCI, Hasegawa, et Revell.
  • Section 3 of the instructions does not indicate clearly how to place the headlight parts No. 7, 15 et 16. The drawings in section 6 are more helpful. Proper placement of the headlights is critical to ensure that the hull will fit onto the chassis correctly.
  • The instructions suggest that the tracks should be mounted in section 3 already, but this is a mistake. The running gear needs time to dry thoroughly, otherwise the tention of the tracks will pull the return rollers out of alignment. Accordingly, the tracks should be mounted last, well after le char has been assembled completely.
  • Section 4 of the instructions incorrectly places the spare fuel tank (No. 9) at the left rear of the véhicule ou even onto the engine deck. The part attaches to the right rear fender.
  • In section 4 it looks like the exhaust pipes (No. 13) should be glued into the recess between the two engine gratings. The drawings in section 6 show more clearly that this part attaches to the top of the curved exhaust outlet.
  • The shovel (No. 12) is to be attached below the turret, avec the blade of the shovel facing up. This seems to be a mistake, because the raised shovel blade impedes the turret traverse. In this position, the raised shovel blade would collect a pool of rainwater, et it would serve to trip et injure crew members walking on the hull.
  • According to the instructions, the soft plastic tracks shall be soldered avec a hot tournevis. This is a difficult et irreversable procedure which has often led to disappointment. Beginning modélistes will find this part of the assembly process rather tricky, et there are no spare tracks included in the kit which might be used after a failed attempt. We glued the tracks of our Somua S-35 successfully using the new Pattex Blitz Plastic flüssig glue which is suitable for polyethylene et polypropylene plastics.
  • There is no tank commander included in the kit. The turret hatch cannot be modelled in the open position, et the turret armament does not elevate. The Matchbox Char B.1 tank offers better value for money, because it offers all these options.
  • The Somua turret turns, but there is no kit part to secure the turret inside the hull. The instructions recommed flattening the turret pin avec a hot tournevis to create a rivethead.

Heller’s Somua S-35 is an interesting model pour collectionistes, dioramistes et joueurs de guerre. Several model kits will be required to explore les différents schémas de camouflage et la conversion en Panzerkampfwagen Somua S35 739(f) de la Wehrmacht.

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