Review French Chauchat MG Gunner from Jon Smith Modellbau

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Ulrich, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. Ulrich PlanetFigure Supporter

    Jon Smith will publish soon his new bust. And I got some pieces for my shop and one for me [IMG] . Here are some photos from my kit

    French Chauchat MG Gunner
    Scale 1:10
    Material Resin
    Parts 12
    Price 57,00 Euro
    Inculded two heads and 5 page instructions

    I have done no cleaning on the parts. Made the photos with the parts just out of the box. As always Jon had put some copies of the original photo in the box

    I think as always when you see figures and bust from Jon: Highly recommended

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  2. Nap Forum Moderator

    Hi Guys

    I too have this release Ulrich says its "highly recommended"

    Biggest thing is to decide which head and headwear !! ...decision decisions

    Thanks for sharing

  3. Ulrich PlanetFigure Supporter

    Beg your pardon for the great photos. But at the moment I think I must made for every forum a own photo resolution
  4. Nap Forum Moderator

    Hi Guys

    Couple more 3D pictures for you that Jon sent me

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  5. Ulrich PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Nap. Jon send me them too. But I thought real photos of the kit parts are more meaningful
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  6. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    The real photos are excellent. I have a number of his products and can fully vouch for the quality, attention to notch product...
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  7. Zastrow.cuirassier A Fixture

    Great review and great bust !
    The bust gives the spirit of the French soldiers of the great war.
    However, even specialists are sometimes wrong (me first, and I'm not an expert), it seems that these photos were taken during an event.
    French soldiers did not wear their medals during the fighting.
    In the pictures we see a lot of soldiers wearing the same medal.
    This one looks like (form and ribbon) to the British military medal (Spink reference: 55 on 2018 yearbook).
    A little strange that so many soldiers wear this medal, I count 4 on the color photos. Only 5688 were awarded to soldiers from 11 foreign countries!
    Other elements, the soldiers do not all belong to the same regiments, the number or badges on the neck are different.
    I really have to show this picture to a bigger specialist than me!
    Even the black and white photo is intriguing, the officer wearing an English decoration, a DSO obviously.
    I'll keep you informed.
    To return to the figurine, except the medal, really rare for a French, she is really very beautiful and really very representative of a French soldier of this era.
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  8. megroot PlanetFigure Supporter

    I'm a huge fan of JS. This is defintely on the list for September at SMC.

  9. franck edet Well-Known Member

    interesting also : the 4 soldiers in the black and white picture are also on the colour one ... :) those guys must have done something really impressive at the time !
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  10. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Jon's work is always impressive; this one is WOW! The helmet front visor is even bent in exactly the right place.

    All the best,
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  12. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    Jon is amongst the most thoughtful and dedicated makers out there. And pretty interesting background.
  13. Nap Forum Moderator

    Hi Guys

    Jon from JSM asked me to post this from the information sheet that comes with the bust

    We also have a name of a sergeant awarded the MM from the 62nd Regt., during this year, but I believe our guy in the photo is a private.

    Would a sergeant be carrying the MG? Is the info from archives giving the rank which he later had? I cannot post his name without permission and of cause confirmation.

    We are working on it at present.

    Could you also post an extract from the infosheet intro below, giving date and place of award – may help avoid too much discussion on PF:

    The bust is based on a French Chauchat MG Gunner of the 62nd Infantry Regiment photographed at Mericourt sur Somme, 12th November 1916.

    Here he has been awarded with the British Military Medal (probably presented by the Duke of Connaught).

    For what reason he received this medal and in which area of combat is unknown

    The official movements of this regiment from March 1916 to January 1917 gives Verdun, but a battalion, or smaller unit may well have been attached to another Army Group, possibly during the Somme battle.

    Their battle history is: Marne, 1st Aisne, Champagne, Verdun, 2nd & 3rd Aisne and Meuse-Argonne and the home base was Lorient, Brittany.

    He carries a reduced amount of equipment, which would normally not be sufficient for combat.

  14. PropBlast Member

    Medals from other allied countries were often awarded to soldiers, etc as a grateful thank you for their service to the cause.
  15. Nap Forum Moderator


    Hi PropBlast

    BIG WELCOME to PF good to have you here

    Indeed you are correct but these are bravery awards and there is not only the Military Medal but the officer on the right has what could be a MC ( Military Cross ) as well

    As Jon said no information is available on specific awards made but they are all heroes and all show the face of war

    Another thought but extremely unlikely is they were posed by a war photographer with the medals as a morale boosting picture/article ??

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  16. akaryu PlanetFigure Supporter

    The pictures were probably taken at a award ceremony at Noyon-sur-l'Oise in 1917,the Duke of Connaught decorating a number of French soldiers and officers.


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