The Hotchkiss H35 or Char léger modèle 1935 H was a French light tank developed prior to World War II.
Despite having been designed from 1933 as a rather slow but well-armoured light infantry support tank, the type was initially rejected by the French Infantry because it proved difficult to steer while driving cross-country, instead being adopted in 1936 by the French Cavalry. From 1938 an improved version was produced with a stronger engine, the Char léger modèle 1935 H modifié 39, that from 1940 was also fitted with a longer, more powerful 37 mm gun. It was intended to make this improved variant the standard light tank, to be produced in a number of at least four thousand to equip new armoured divisions of both the Cavalry and the Infantry, but due to the defeat of France in June 1940 total production of both subtypes remained limited to about 1200 vehicles
So far I have two of these blisters and each contains three tanks.
You can make them up either as the H-35 or the H-39. As well as the resin hulls and turrets you get metal tracks and rear engine covers.
The resin hull and turret.
In order to fix the tracks to the hulls, I scored the hull sides and the tracks.
The tracks were then glued to the sides of the hull.
As you might guess from the page title, I have decided to make these up as the H-39 model. Battlefront are very good in marking the rear decks with H35 and H39 so you know which is which. They fit very easily onto the resin hulls. Here are the three hulls.
Having made up the hulls, the next stage was to sort the turrets out. The metal components were fitted to the turret.
Having made up the models, the next stage was to give the models a white undercoat.
The next stage was to basecoat the models. In order to add shadow I gave the underneath of all three models a spray of Warpaint German Armour.