Hotchkiss began the production of Light Tanks in 1935, when the H-35 was built to the same specification as the Renault R-35. The H-35 was faster than its rival and was considered all-around a better tank. In 1938 the design was improved by thicker armour and a more powerful 120hp engine, which necessitated changes to the rear hull and engine compartment. This model being designated the H-38 by Hotchkiss, but was often known in service as the H-39. Armour on the H-38/39 was up to 40mm thick and the tank was initially armed with a 37mm short barrel gun. A longer barreled SA38 gun was mounted to later production tanks. Like all French tanks of the period, the H-39 was hampered by a lack of communications, and also by having only a 2-man crew. The German Army salvaged 821 Hotchkiss tanks in 1940 after France capitulated. Some tanks were sent out to Russia in 1941, but the majority were modified into gun tractors, ammunition or weapons carriers.
"Bronco Models continues to turn out some impressive models and this one is no exception. These kits are definitely an AMS modeler's delight. This kit is highly recommended!" Michael Benolkin - www.cybermodeler.com
"Having had the chance to inspect this kit pretty thoroughly, I know if I hadnt gotten it for review purposes, I would be buying it. I missed the whole French wave of armour recently, but have been tempted several times and this fits that bill nicely." Frank Glackin - www.armorama.com
Notes & Tips:
* Includes a scale model which requires assembly, this is not a toy.
* Ages 14 and over.
* Choking hazard: Contains small parts.
* Actual model may vary from images.
* Does not include tools, cement or paints.
* Some modelling experience recommended.