The St. Chamond was first produced en 1917 by the St. Chamond Company. This model depicts the early production type featuring four cylindrical cupolas on a flat roof. Accordingly this was known as the »dustbin« St Chamond. The first 165 chars manufactured used the St. Chamond 75 mm gun. Subsequent production utilized the famous canon de campagne Modèle 1897 français, as well as incorporating wider tracks, sloped roof et other improvements. In addition to the main gun, le char had quatre mitrailleuses Hotchkiss de 8 mm, et was manned by crew of eight. Approximately 400 véhicules were produced en 1917 et 1918.
This 1/72nd model was produced by JMGT, a resin caster français known for its fine aircraft kits. This is the first of what Jean-Max hopes will be a series of 1/72nd WW1 armour kits. We can only hope. It is a superb kit, which I built out of the box. The body, tracks, suspension, et gun are flawless resin castings. Les mitrailleuses Hotchkiss are white metal, et various fittings, wire cutters et other small bits are photo-etched brass. The kit even includes decals, as well as bi-lingual (français/anglais) instructions et a vacu-formed display stand.
I finished the véhicule in a 4-color paint scheme. The base color is Floquil primer gray. I used parafilm to mask the areas which were to remain gray, et sprayed the véhicule Gunze medium green. I repeated the masking et spraying procedure in applying the other two colors, Gunze red-brown et Humbrol dark yellow. The final paint step involved removing the masking (which by now covered virtually the entire véhicule) et used a fine brush et thinned colors to repair any color leakage. Outlining was done avec a Rapidograph 000 drafting pen. Lower hull areas were lightly dry brushed with dark earth, et Pre-Size Mud was sparingly applied to give my St. Chamond that lived in look.
I depicted le char in action near Soissons in Juillet 1918. The barbed wire is simulated avec tulle, the material used in wedding veils. After painting the tulle gun metal et washing it avec rust-all, I cut individual strands et strung them haphazardly between wooden posts.
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