I have been mainly painting figures to populate around the late war convoy, still working on that
but also started something new.. I've been wanting to get this one built since I bought it from Till Huber a few years ago, but had misplaced it inside a box and couldn't find it till recently.
RPM's kit of an R-35 Bergeschlepper 731 (f) which is a turretless R-35. This kit comes with a shield and MG to mount on the turret ring, as per a period photo, which seems to have been a field workshops modification.
This kit has the road wheels and tracks moulded as one piece, and really these must be the WORST tracks - thick and smooth on the outside and almost no detail on the inside, and smooth on the edges. I had no option but to carve off every trace with an exacto blade - all up 1- 2 hours work for both tracks. Then the problem of a substitute track. From pictures seems Pz I or Pz II is a close match, so went through my spares and found old ESCI Panzer II tracks, however these were useless - they snapped at any attempt to put a bend in them, due to age. I borrowed the tracks from a Revell (Matchbox) Panzer II, which though not great are close enough. It seems RPM improved the tracks with some detail for its Hotchkiss series.
I may need to add some missing bolts and other pieces to the running gear and rear body of this tiny tank. It has some nice interior engine & drive train detail, no drivers seat, though levers to control the tank have been included, which look very overscale & will be easy to replace.
Other than the awful tracks everything has fitted together very well so far.
I may actually make this as a hybrid, with a T-26 turret in axis use, as per a wartime photo. Research shows that Rumania had a lot of R-35s and captured a number of T-26s in the early war period and sought to upgun them with 45mm cannon armed T-26 turrets.
I haven't put any pictures of this build in my blog yet, am still updating the blog with other recent builds, link is below