1/600 Scale French AMX 38 Light Tanks.
Contains 10 highly detailed tanks.
AMX 38 Light Tank
- 10x French AMX 38 Light Tanks
Apart from the companies Hotchkiss, Renault and FCM, AMX too participated in the program to create the next generation light tank for the French army. Atelier de Construction d’Issy-les-Moulineaux (AMX for short) was located south of Paris – it consisted of the former Renault tank plant, nationalized in 1936 and was the last company to enter the competition. Their tank project, later recieving the designation of AMX 38, was introduced in July 1937.
The first prototype of the AMX 38, built by the end of 1939, differed in a lot of ways from the initial project. The vehicle with the registration number W 0231 was equipped with a 37mm SA38 gun, paired with a 7,5mm MAC Mle.1931 machinegun. Like other French light tanks, AMX 38 had a “tail” mounted on the rear side of the hull, its purpose being to help the vehicle cross infantry trenches.
The maximum speed of this vehicle was 25 km/h. This was not exactly the fastest vehicle on the battlefield, but on the other hand, it was completely sufficient for its intended role of supporting advancing infantry. In the end however, the prototype was not regarded as something that should be mass-produced. The AMX 38 was behind other contemporary French tanks both in armor and armament. As such, the AMX company continued to work further and as early as December 1939 a new vehicle began to take shape in the form of Char Leger Serie, or CLS (something like “serial (mass-produced) light tank”). It’s sometimes being called the AMX 39, but this designation is not very correct, as the vehicle continued to be developed well into the spring of 1940.
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