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1/35 Military Miniatures Series No.282 (ITEM 35282)
B1 bis

Overall length: 192mm (Image shows assembled and painted model)

Defender of the Republic
In May 1940, B1 bis tanks stood in the way of German armies determined to strike a crushing against France on her own soil. Introduced as an upgraded version of the original Char B1, which was developed in the nineteen twenties, the B1 bis entered production in 1937. The rivet-joined hull mounted a short-barreled 75mm howitzer, while a small, one-man turret carried a longer-barreled 47mm tank gun. The B1 bis was one of the most heavily armored tanks of its time, with plating that was 60mm thick in places, more than capable of defending against anti-tank fire such as that from 37mm PAK guns. The B1 bis could more than hold its own against individual German tanks, and was greatly feared by enemy soldiers who encountered it.

About the Model
1/35 scale assembly model of the French B1 bis
Realistically depicts tank's tall profile, 75mm gun and side armor panels covering suspension mechanisms
Hull parts are made using slide molding and feature accurately depicted hex bolts
Newly-designed track parts require no cement to assemble and snap together easily by hand
Commander's and driver's periscopes are moveable, as is the 75mm main gun
Choice of two types of fenders and exhausts, combined with 4 sets of markings allows construction of each possible combination
Includes realistic metal tow-chain, and 1 tank commander figure
Comes with colorful painting guide and four types of marking decals
Reverse side of painting guide features exciting article about the exploits of B1 bis tanks facing German Panzers

4-Color Camouflage Painting Guide

Between the outbreak of WWII in 1937 and the fall of France in 1940, the B1 bis tank was produced by a number of different makers, and featured a variety of camouflage patterns. Here we will offer detailed instructions on how-to paint one of the schemes illustrated on the color painting guide included with the kit.Click for More

Excerpt from kit included article

B1 bis tank at Stonne
On May 15, 1940, the German invasion of France was in its 5th day. This story takes place at the town of Stonne, in northeastern France, south of Sedan, and involves a clash between units of the Grossdeutschland Regiment and B1 bis tanks from the French 3rd Armored Division. Lieutenant Beck Broichisitter of the 14th Anti-Tank Battery, who was there that day, directly experienced the fierce French counterattack.
With enemy gunfire erupting from all sides, conditions in the German lines turned to chaos. Grenadiers from various companies had been left scattered and leaderless, with disabled and destroyed vehicles littering the area along the village street. Still the attack did not let up, and soon 6 B1 bis tanks, accompanied by numerous infantry, bore down on the German lines. Hurrying the 37mm anti-tank guns into position, commanders issued orders to fire, but the powerfully armored French tanks were very difficult to stop...
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First Shown at Paris International Model Show!

Salon International de la Maquette
The Tamiya booth at the 2006 Paris International Model Show was the scene of the surprise first showing of the 1/35 B1 bis French Battle Tank model. As the much anticipated newest 1/35 MM release from Tamiya, and being based on a French vehicle, this item drew large crowds of eager viewers. Tamiya's model is also the first ever 1/35 scale plastic injection model of the Char B1 bis, which further guarantees the interest of military modeling fans around the world.

The Paris Model Show was held from April 13th to 17th at the exhibition park of Porte de Versailles. For 5 days, more than 25,000 square meters of exhibition space, including over 200 booths, were devoted to presenting a huge variety of hobby industry products, including railway, military, naval, automobile, air, figurines and industrial models. The show also featured radio/control and electric models as well as board games and miniatures. With over 10,000 models on display, the Paris Model Show is one of the major European hobby shows currently open to the general public.

A number of interesting demonstrations also be took place during the show, including an area completely devoted to spotlighting the latest developments involving robots and their applications. There also were a number of attractions and performances for the entertainment of those attending the show. These included light and sound spectaculars in the air, on water and on land, and were definitely must-see events.

In addition to all manner of demonstrations, races and tournaments, there were modeling workshops, competitions and awards for the most inventive products and concepts issued by the hobby press.

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