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24 Oct 2019

12mm St-Chamond Tank from Butlers Printed Models

One WW1 French Char St-Chamond tank. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

 The Saint-Chamond, named after the commune of Saint-Chamond, was the second French heavy tank of the First World War, with 400 manufactured from April 1917 to July 1918. Although not a tank by the present-day definition, it is generally accepted and described as such in accounts of early tank development.

Born of the commercial rivalry existing with the makers of the Schneider CA1 tank, the St-Chamond was an underpowered and fundamentally inadequate design. Its principal weakness was its Holt caterpillar tracks. They were much too short in relation to the vehicle's length and heavy weight 23 tons. Later models attempted to rectify some of the tank's original flaws by installing wider and stronger track shoes, thicker frontal armour and the more effective 75mm Mle 1897 field gun.

Altogether 400 St-Chamond tanks were built, including 48 unarmed caisson tanks. The St-Chamond tanks remained engaged in various actions until October 1918, belatedly becoming more effective since combat had moved out of the trenches and onto open ground. Eventually, the St-Chamond tanks were scheduled to be entirely replaced by imported British heavy tanks.

St-Chamond Tank

St-Chamond Tank picture 1

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St-Chamond Tank picture 5

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

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