The Hotchkiss H38/39 was re-designed from her family H tank series for the French Army Cavalry in 1938-39. The H39 was armed with the longer L/33gun and 120PS motor.A large number of this tank fell to the Germans in 1940. Many of these H tanks,after modification were issued  to the German units from 1941. 24 of these H38(f) were rebuilt to observation vehicles by German’s Panzer Artillerie Regiment 155 of the 21st Panzer  Division,saw service in the Normandy area,and were in action during the D-Day Invasion.

This release from Bronco sees their previously released French H38/39 Hotchkiss kit converted into a German Belehlpanzer38H(f) observation vehicle, with the addition of new superstructure and detail parts to make the German version. The design and molding of the parts is excellent and includes the hull interior. The suspension bogeys that characterize this unique French design are included with metal coil springs. Tracks are of the separate link type (non-workable) made of injection plastic. A metal tow chain is also included, as is a fret of photo-etched metal detail parts and a very gaunt German crew figure cast in tan resin. Decals are by Cartograf.

In this article with pictures,I am going to show the construction process from beginning to the finished project.

 

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