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French Battle Group

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Dragoon Trucks resin made from Ebay,
Hotchkiss tanks from Arrowhead and resins from Ebay
Char1 bis old and new versions from Arrowhead
Panard 178s from Arrowhead and ProHobby.
Renault D2s are resin models from Ebay
25mm Pak from Shapeways.
Infantry incl support.jpg
Ambush 25mm Pak and HMG.jpg
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Pz. II in trouble.jpg
Moving Dragoons.jpg
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Ambush II 25mm Pak and HMG.jpg

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There's not a helluva lot of French AFVs in 1/144, which is a real pity. So much variety in the camo schemes on tanks like the Hotchkiss H35, Somua S35, Renault FT17, Char B1 and B1-bis. Tank heavens (pun intended) for Arrowhead. I also know of a handful of odds and sods that Fairey have released in their trademark blue resin (and yes, often with their trademark battleship-sized rivets that demand attention with the orbital sander), and I believe some of the resin ones currently on eBay are Chinese knockoffs of both Fairey and Arrowhead.

Somehow, I reckon your diorama has probably got most of the available types well and truly covered. Love it! :D
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pithead used to do a lot of French items, but they were a bit on the small side and slightly cartoon-y/caricatured in style.

looks like things have movved on since 2008, thier website is gone and they take orders via email and promote on facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/pitheadminiatures/

https://kampfgruppe144.blogspot.com/sea ... -date=true

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Pithead's vehicles are, as it states on the Facebook page, 1/150. I do have a handful of the older ones I bought on evilBay over a decade ago and there are some you could hide in your 1/144 collection without anyone noticing they aren't 1/144. Others are more obvious. The main negatives I found with a number I bought was a lack of detail, a lot of flash and some misshapen features like wheels and gun barrels.

Looking at the current releases, they have improved markedly over time, although close-ups would suggest Arrowhead's castings are still considerably more refined. Still, Pithead do numerous vehicles that aren't available anywhere else, and a little clean-up and extra detailing will bring them up to the mark just fine.
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Post by ID19 »

Nice dio and very well done! I like the buildings too!
The B1 bis on pic N0 11 - is that an authentic camo? Never seen that before
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I think it is an original camo. You can always discuss whether the yellow is the correct yellow. The lower picture is originally from Tamiya. I tried to make my models similar to one model from Panzerdepot as shown on the upper picture.
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With all due respect to Panzer Depot, your finish looks much closer to the real thing.

This French site has some amazing details on the Char B1 and B1-bis. My pick for the most stunning camo has to go to Nr.251 Fantasque ...

Char B1-bis Nr 251 Fantasque (1).jpg
Char B1 Bis - Fantasque Experimental Camo (1).jpg
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Now that IS different. :shock:
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Post by ID19 »

Namibia3011, thanks for the explanation and pictures!
Smeg, yes, that's definitely a special camo and worth a try! I guess it was dropped because the vehicle proved to be too heavy for the tree tops :mrgreen:
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I've made one of Arrowhead's Char B1-bis (the original version most likely, given when I bought it). With all those possibilities for camo schemes, very tempted to purchase a few more, as well as their Somua S35 and Hotchkiss H35. They'd all slip nicely into the current "1940" GB (says he who had three models well under way until our first lockdown in March).

Look what you're going to do to my wallet, Namibia3011! :lol:
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