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Somua S35
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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 02:50 PM UTC
Alan McNeilly takes a look at the new Tamiya Somua S35.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 08:29 PM UTC
Sometimes I can't make any sense of the reviews, so I need to ask a question of Alan. Your review seems entirely positive. In the summary,you say the kit has no lows. So why did you only give the kit an 87%? What was wrong with it that it lost 13%? Thank you.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 08:30 PM UTC

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Sometimes I can't make any sense of the reviews, so I need to ask a question of Alan. Your review seems entirely positive. In the summary,you say the kit has no lows. So why did you only give the kit an 87%? What was wrong with it that it lost 13%? Thank you.



That's a very good question.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:35 PM UTC
Thank you for the comprehensive review, Alan. I have my kit on order and am eager to get going on it--especially after this review and photos.
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 03:07 AM UTC
Hi Guys,
I have the kit and there is only real error (I know there some folks really reworking the hull): one of the decals for the 4th Curassiers is backwards. According the 2nd Trackstory book on the S-35, the shields on both sides should face forward. The decal sheet only gives forward-facing shields for the driver's side of the tank
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Georg
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 09:30 AM UTC

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Sometimes I can't make any sense of the reviews, so I need to ask a question of Alan. Your review seems entirely positive. In the summary,you say the kit has no lows. So why did you only give the kit an 87%? What was wrong with it that it lost 13%? Thank you.



That's a very good question.



Hi Timothy, because no kit is perfect and if you give 100% or 87% someone will always complain about something and then you are accused of rating it too highly. Also I am not a Somua expert, I am simply looking at the kit from an average modellers point of view. Remember the review is simply my opinion; others may disagree for example I really like the separate track links, others might say well these are to fiddily to work with. Horses for courses.

Al
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 09:05 PM UTC
Nice review, Al. With Georg's AM decals, modelers can render quite a few interesting versions. Some Beutepanzer decals for captured vehicles would be a welcome addition I should think.
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 09:43 PM UTC
Hi Bill,

The alternative decals will be useful and I believe there are already some AM sets around if people want to use them. Wouldn't surprise me if Tamyia did a Beutepanzer release at some point.

Al
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Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:27 AM UTC
Yes, I expect they will have announced a Beutepanzer version before the year is out,
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Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015 - 10:12 PM UTC
I assume the German version will have a modified cupola?
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Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 05:09 PM UTC
Alan: I've read your answer, still don't understand where that number came from. Methinks 87 is low enough you might scare some people away, and I hope that doesn't happen. I'm actually building mine now and its almost scary how well it falls together and how good it looks. I can't wait to start painting it.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 07:35 PM UTC
Hi Bill,

If the kit is Highly Recommended then the percentage doesn't really matter. It's simply my opinion. What would have upped the score for me would have been a breech for the gun plus some basic interior turret detail and a basic drivers seat as many of the hatches can be modelled open, but there is just empty space.

Others probably don't care one way or another which is fine.

Al