Paper model of a Batignolles-Chatillon 25 t tank

The paper model of the Batignolles-Chatillon 25 t  is an experienced French medium tank, developed in the early 1950s. Batignolles-Chatillon 25t was to become the main tank in the French armed forces.

Materials and tools:

  1. scissors, paper knife, drawing ruler
  2. tweezers;
  3. glue brushes and paint;
  4. watercolors (or pencils), toothpicks;
  5. clear acrylic glue ("Moment", etc.);
  6. to print the model matte photo paper with a density of 170-180 g / m2; for small parts - 70-80 g / m2.

Build Tips:

  1. Before you assemble the part, read the drawings and instructions. Determine the place of each part and imagine its assembly;
  2. Make holes in details before cutting out the part;
  3. Cut only the part (s) you need right now. Unpacked items in a box, and unused sheets in a closed folder (as an option). Throwing out trash after work, carefully inspect the scrap paper;
  4. To better fold the part, it is necessary to hold the ruler along the fold line, pressing lightly with the blunt side of the knife or a toothpick so as not to damage the paper surface.Better to do it from the wrong side of the part;
  5. Keep your fingers clean and be sure to use wipes to wipe your hands, because hands may get dirty in the process;
  6. wind up cylindrical parts before gluing onto a round object of a suitable diameter, this will give them shape;
  7. Before gluing it is necessary to paint the ends of the part. White crop lines spoil the overall look of the model. To paint the ends, use watercolors or gouache paints. After selecting the desired color, apply them in a thin layer, then allow the paint to dry. About markers better to forget;
  8. Take your time with gluing. First, cut out the part, paint it from the end, wait for the paint to dry, assemble the part. Attach it to the place where it should be to make sure everything is done correctly. And only then stick. Do not forget to let the glue dry.

A bit of history

French medium tank Batignolles-Chatillon 25 t

After the end of the Second World War, France, which survived the occupation, set about rebuilding its tank industry.Already in 1944, their own tank designs appeared, first to some extent copying foreign ones, and then unique designs. By 1950, the "world tank fashion" and raquo; has changed once again: instead of dividing the tanks into light, medium and heavy tanks, the concept "main battle tank", which is the development of medium tanks, with their good mobility and acceptable firepower, in the direction of increasing the security and caliber of cannons, appeared. As part of this concept, countries - «fashionlegislators»thedevelopmentofpromisingvehiclesbegan,designedtobecomethebasisofpost-wartankunits.Didnotstayawayfromthis"fashion"» and France: there were several projects of tanks that fit the definition of "main" |.

At the same time, anti-tank weapons continued to develop: the cumulative shells became more and more "piercing", and the role of tank armor decreased. Priority was given to mobility and low tank silhouette. During this period, French engineers were passionate about the idea of ​​a “swinging tower”, because such a constructive solution made it possible to significantly reduce the height of the tank,and it is also relatively simple to implement a turret "automatic loader", since the position of the gun in relation to the turret remained unchanged (as opposed to the towers of the classical scheme). The company “Locomotives Batignolles-Chatillon”, known for its locomotives and railway cars, developed tanks before the war (DP2), and returned to this after the war, creating several interesting models of armored vehicles, which, however, were never adopted .  

The 25-ton tank Batignolles-Chatillon Char 25 t was developed as a continuation and development of the French light tank AMX 13. The main concept –thelightest,mobileandefficienttank.Thereservationwasaverage(frontalarmor80mm),butthedesigner’sgunwasn’tstingy:90mmcaliber,projectilemuzzlevelocity930m/s,drumloadingwith6-cassettecassettes.Inadditiontothecannon,thetankwasequippedwithantiaircraftmachineguns.Thetankwasverycompact:height2.5meters,dimensions5.5to3meters.Theenginewasinfront,thesuspension– hydraulic.

Two prototypes were built, the tank was modified and tested in 1954-55. However, the appearance of the classic layout of the AMX 30 tank led to the closure of the project in favor of a more technological and easy-to-use combat vehicle.Among the main reasons why «Batignolles-ChatillonChar25t» could not become a serial, you can select the following:

  • hydraulics suspension unreliability;
  • maintenance of the undercarriage after any use of the tank;
  • loss of interest of the French to the towers of the "oscillating" type;
  • the impossibility of sealing the fighting compartment of a tank with a swinging turret: at that time the risk of using chemical and even nuclear weapons was great, and the requirement for tightness was important for the military.

Some elements of the design were used later on other French tanks. One of the 2 built tanks was in the French Tank Museum of «LeMuseeDesBlindes» in the city of Samur, where he stood for a while on the open platform.

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