Another ARL44 from Amusing Hobby or a parallel instruction with painting technology development

There is no point in laying out a review of the box - it is on the network. There is no point in describing the assembly process either. It is on the net, it is also on this forum: Bison126 has already assembled this model before.

Below is just about some aspects (for fresh memory) that it is better to know before assembling. The material is formed taking into account personal jambs or excessive body movements, as well as according to the jambs of the instructions. There are no complaints about plastic.

A non-alternative 1/35 scale model of a very strange prototype. That is what attracted him.

The strangeness of the prototype is also reflected in the strangeness of its model: here there are only half as many rollers as there are tracks!

The strangeness of the prototype is also reflected in the strangeness of its model: there are only two times fewer rollers than trucks: 84 rollers against 160 trucks!

So you won’t get bored. But there is good news: the rollers are small and you won’t see them at all, so you don’t have to bother with processing.

On the contrary, the tracks are huge! And still bitten off, and not on sprues. What well. And again, good: there are 20 extra pieces! You can break and lose as much as you want.

In principle, there are few details at all and the product can be recommended as a weekend model.

So from a personal note:

1. The mobility of the rollers is a completely optional thing (I did).

2. It is not necessary at all to putty traces of pushers on parts C24 and C25 - they are completely closed in the future (I closed it).

  1. It is not worth gluing carts with rollers before installing the fenders.

And they hold up really well even without glue.

These trolleys are hard to put into place and there is a risk of accidentally pushing the structure of the support rollers in (this happened to me).

They fall into a closed box structure. You can’t get them, because from the inside. It is necessary to pull out the subassembly with rollers (if it is not already glued).

4. It seems to me that even before gluing the bottom at stage 4, it is necessary to glue the ventilation holes from the inside.

The holes themselves are large, the etched mesh on them is coarse-meshed. Nothing can be seen through them, but the darkness is not thick enough. (I didn’t and I regret it, but not fatally).

5. When assembling a very intricate muffler, you need to pay attention to the fact that there are rectangular protrusions on one side of the A12 parts. These sides should be facing each other (I re-glued one part).

6. In the same place: I got distracted and did not glue parts A17 and A23 in a timely manner. I glued it already on the assembled and installed muffler and only outside. In my opinion, it will.

I read from someone that it is easier to replace them with wire. An alternative is a pulled sprue. Painfully, they are fragile when biting off the frame and stripping.

7. If you want to make a tank with a barrel in the transport position,

then parts B7 and B19 do not need to be glued at this stage

Please note that in the photo of the prototype, the barrel in this position is not lifted up proudly, but looks a little down. And it is much shorter, since in order to reduce the dimensions in the stowed position, the gun could be pulled back

Compare this photo with the previous one.

How much better is the last one! We’ll have to give up the traveling position.

8. Do not attempt to glue the periscope armor (parts A34) in the indicated places. You are being deceived!

You yourself will quickly understand this - they do not get up there. Plus, on the diagram of the next stage, they are drawn in the right place.

  1. I didn’t even think to bother with mobility and the internal (very meager) interior of hatches.

You can’t make them open - inside the case is completely empty.

10. There is no need to hurry with gluing the cable thimble. According to the instructions, they must be glued separately in steps 7 and 9

And only then to assemble into a single structure

As a cable, the company gives a rope!

As a result, I was left without a cable. I bought the cable myself, but it did not fit! This is a heavy tank, so you can’t put a thin cable, but they don’t fit under a thick thimbles.

11. It should be embarrassing to sell a set without transparent parts, so with the headlights, do whatever you want, but with this in mind

PS After sorting through alternative options, I ordered this product from AK Interactive

12. I almost made a mistake when assembling the “gun carriage”. According to the instructions for parts C5 and C6, the hole is through, in real life I have it only on one side.

13. A lot of small things are glued to the tank turret, which can be damaged at this stage

Personally, I first glued the frontal part, and only then all the small things. Everything worked out fine.

14. If you want to make a model in the transport position of the barrel (see point 7), then the B7 part must be put on the barrel before gluing the muzzle brake.

By the way, there is also a metal barrel in the set, which is not mentioned anywhere.

15. Please note: the paint manual recommends that we paint with a “rubber” color

these rollers!

PS. If I were French, I would replace the bolts on the hull and on the gun mantlet.
PSS All color photos are taken from the photo review “ARL 44 in Samyur” for which many thanks to the author!
PSSS I hope you could understand what I wrote in Russian-Google English.


The strange-looking French tank attracted me not only for its constructive oddity. I saw in it the optimal combination of clean and embossed planes in order to define it as a testing ground for pre- and post-paint technologies.

In the last two years, I have had a failure in modeling: I collect little and paint simply.

I decided to correct this matter. I’ll most likely screw up the model, but I’m used to it, firstly, and secondly, for me the process is more important than the result. Therefore, I have only two sons.

I will paint it in French blue, because I have enough domestic greens. I bought paints, filters and washes for this color, and my starting position looks like this:

The further demand for all this blueness is a little embarrassing. But for this I have Moskvich from ICM

and a tram from MiniArt

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[quote=“fromSalekhard, post:2, topic:21536”]
I’ll most likely screw up the model, but I’m used to it, firstly, and secondly, for me the process is more important than the result. Therefore, I have only two sons.
[/quote] :rofl: :+1: So many replies to that, so little time. Anyway I hope you get round to building the tram soon :tumbler_glass:

Sorry, but you’re late. :crazy_face:

I started to assemble the tram before changing my place of residence, but I did not have time for a bit. It is still in the box.

If I take a long break in the middle of an assembly, then it is very difficult for me to return to the model later.
It’s like semolina, which I love very much. While it is fresh, it is tasty and pleasant to look at, but if it stands for a while, lumps appear in it or, in general, it turns into a large unappetizing lump. Many children don’t like her for this reason.

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I really don’t know where Amusing Hobby found such a blue color for French armor at that time but at least it is different. Enjoy the painting session.


Having found many errors in the instructions, I could not think that they would deceive even in color. On Russian modeling forums, there are blue models.
But here it is clearly not green.

What color do you think would be the most suitable? Except shades of green.

I guess this is a grey green. Be aware that many gate guards vehicles aren’t repainted with the appropriate color along the years.


Yes that is a common problem when construction is interrupted by Life events - semolina can also become concrete. By coincidence my wife & I moved home twice during the building of three MiniArt (customised Prague) trams between 2018 & 2020. So I can sympathise, and hopefully inspire you to completion…


Three trams!? It’s cool and it’s a lot.
There is a satirical novel very well-known in Russia and it contains a catchphrase: “To build a tram is not for you to buy a donkey.”

Well unless that catchphrase is from the days of Russain Surrealism (1920’s/30’s) I fear the meaning is lost in translation, or possibly I’m just stupid. It reminds me of “Feeding the donkey sponge cake”, meaning to give special treatment to someone who does not need it (Portugal). Talking of unusual sayings, do Russians say “Going where the Czar goes on foot”, meaning to go to the toilet because that was the only place the Czar wasn’t carried to? :smirk:

This is exactly from those times. You have amazed me once again

OK so which author/book? Sergei Tretyakov? Dada/surrealist & satirical photomontage of that era (John Heartfield etc) are my speciality :tumbler_glass:

Yes wrongfully charged with espionage, sentenced 10th September 1937 and shot the next day. Kruschev “rehabilitated” him in 1956. Indeed it was not a good time to be alive in the Soviet Union, or Germany, or most countries in Europe – we forget how lucky we are by comparison.

Excuse me, general question: can everyone see the pictures here?
Now they are on another site and I made this post in another browser. In Opera, I myself see the pictures, but in Firefox - no.
I have learned to fix.

Yes I see all images (Chrome) :tumbler_glass:

I took a close look at the jar of French blue paint - yes, you are absolutely right - this is not the right color at all.
But there are also a lot of gray-green colors and they are different!

I like RLM074 more, I have already tuned in to a bluish tint. I don’t have exactly one, I’ll try to buy it, but it might not work.
Maybe then I’ll make the main color “French Mirage Blue”, although I like the XF-50 “Field blue” from Tamiya, but I don’t have enough of it.