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Hi all!

 

This month I started a new challenge, my very first kit in 1/16 scale and on top of that from World War One, the Takom 1/16 FT-17 Renault! At first I was reluctant to choose this kit, since I have no experience on that scale and I have read about WWI in the past, but never work a kit from that era, so I'm on uncharted waters in many ways. I order the kit with a book reference which I receive from Spruebrothers in just 4 days! (consider that I’m out of the States in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico).

 

Started right away to look at the parts and get familiarized and also look at the information and pictures of the reference book. So I started now calling this a Char, not a panzer, not a tank, that’s the word for tank in French. Also found that this tank was call during WWI just as FT! The FT-17 name was later after the war due to the amount of variants and other French’s projects related. This Char was considered the first tank ! and was used in many conflicts and many countries, so I found a lot of references for the colors.

 

I started right away with the engine, at first the pictures were difficult to find, and even I confuse the American version with the french one.

 

The engine its just called 4 HP Renault engine, the american one is the BUDA HU engine.

 

The building its very straight forward, some cleaning is needed, but is minimal, the fitting is perfect. I added the cabling, the sparks plugs and some metal tubbing to represent it as much real as possible.

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Holy cow! The only word that springs to mind to describe your fine workmanship is: REALISTIC! The painting and wear you've applied to that interior looks like it's been had people in it banging into things and spilling grease and solvents everywhere. Looking forward to your future posts!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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This is indeed looking great! You've made it look like you've restored a full sized one. Stunning work!

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Thank you guys! I'm trying to make justice to this fella, and looking forward to finish it soon!

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Incredible.....

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Catdude, that is one gorgeous tank! Those wooden wheels look amazing.

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Catdude, that is one gorgeous tank! Those wooden wheels look amazing.

than you ! Experimenting is the key!

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Looks just like you took it out and rubbed it in the gutter....NICE!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Wow...

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Finely crafted and finely presented! Thanks for including us on the ride, and congrats!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Wow! That's eye-catching! Magnificent work man! This really turned out most outstanding. A "Best Of" winner for sure!

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Thank you very much guys! Glad you like it! :smiley16:

 

I learned a lot with this kit, and even with the work on the base, its really eye-catching! Well, a few days off and back to the workbench with a new kit! till then guys!

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Pedro - Fantastic Job on this build! We all have our lists of favorites in Cars, Plane's and Military, the FT-17 Tank is high on my list. Here are a few photo's of a real FT at The WW-1 Memorial and Museum located in Kansas City. Looking at the photo's you really got it right, especially the wheels.

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WOW, just wow, what incredible pictures! and look at the wooden wheels! still intact after all this years, almost 100 yrs! This is a fantastic example, thanks for sharing it, I hope some group adopt this fella for restoration.

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