Review of Neucraft Models Renault R35 tank

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The latest addition to my 28mm WW2 colonial French army is this diminutive Renault R35 light tank. This resin model by Neucraft Models is a little beauty.

This was a relatively well-armoured infantry support tank, but slow (only 12mph) and lacking in good antitank-capacity, being fitted with only a low velocity short-barrelled 37 mm gun.

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The model is really crisp and detailed, as you can see in the picture. I chose to paint it in camouflage scheme of ‘milky coffee’ and two shades of green. The decals are by Gaso-Line.

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The model is made up of several parts, including the body, separate track units, turret and about a dozen small detail pieces, which all fit together absolutely perfectly.

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The hatch at the back of the turret can be opened and closed.  I added a French tank crewman by Warlord Games.

Comparing the size of this figure with the vehicle, you can see how small the two-man R35 really was – not that much bigger than a modern four-wheel-drive!

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The model comes with two interchangeable turrets, so you also use it as the later type R35 with the long-barrelled SA38 37mm gun.

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So that completes the vehicle fleet for my army. Next task – painting the French Foreign Legion infantry to accompany them into battle on the table-top.

7 thoughts on “Review of Neucraft Models Renault R35 tank

  1. That’s a superb little model and your painting has done it full justice! Looking forward to seeing the next step – those infantry. I have a story about one time when Bernard Freyberg ran into Free French forces in the North African campaign. He spoke a little French from his time in Picardy 25 years earlier but I have no info (yet) as to how well…

  2. I am looking forward to seeing the Legion figures painted. I stood aside an R35 in a museum in China…go figure…and you are right, it is no bigger than a family car.

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