HISTORICAL MINIATURES BY GEORGE GRASSE
WORLD WAR 1 ARMY VEHICLES

 

FRENCH WW1 SCHNEIDER CA.1 TANK (Early), 1917

by George Grasse

HOBBY BOSS 1:35 SCALE INJECTION KIT OF THE FRENCH SCHNEIDER CA TANK 1917

HOBBY BOSS SCHNEIDER CA BOX ART

 

SCHNEIDER TANK PHOTO
 
A Chatillon Panhard K13 hauling an ammunition wagon and a Canon de 120mm.  Photo from Osprey Campaign Series First Marne, page 17.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #1
RUNNING GEAR BEGINNINGS: The left and right running gear sub-assemblies shown represent the first two pages (nine assembly panels) of the instruction manual.  The top rollers are self-explanatory but their long side plates were difficult to figure out.  As it turns out, the the smaller round bars on the inside of the front and rear top rollers fit into the long side panels with their pin holes on the lower side.  This is evident in the upper photo, where the left front round bar fits in the hole on the lower part of the side plate; so it is critical that the plates be arranged with these holes on the lower side of the plate with the rivets facing outward.   

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #2


UNDER SIDE VIEW RUNNING GEAR ATTACHED:  The completed running sub-assemblies are attached to the hull with the large idler wheels to the front. 

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #3
LEFT SIDE VIEW RUNNING GEAR ATTACHED: Note that the rear drive wheel supports have been added to the rear. 

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #4
 
BODY & CHASSIS - LEFT SIDE: The body was glued to the chassis frame and allowed to dry thoroughly.  Details added at this stage are the driver's compartment pedals, steering wheel, brake, and horn.  Also added to the rear of the body is the rear light fixture.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #5
 
BODY - LEFT FRONT: The wheels and spare tire were painted separately and are positioned on the axles but not glued at this time.  The front end has the engine hood glued to the chassis and radiator.   The fenders/running board were glued to the projections out from the body.  One of these had broken off and could not be glued for lack of strength to support the running board.  So, I made a support from brass rod.  The model is ready for priming.

 

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REFERENCES:

Cooper, Bryan.  Tank Battles of World War I.  Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK: Pen and Sword Military, 2014.

Gale, Tim.  The French Army's Tank Force and Armoured Warfare in the Great War - The Artillerie Speciale.  Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge, 2016.

Gale, Tim.  French Tanks of the Great War - Development, Tactics, and Operations.  Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK: Pen and Sword, 2016.

Zaloga, Steven J.  French Tanks of World War I (New Vanguard 173).  Botley, Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2010.

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