Renault FT-17 Light tank ''Riveted Turret''

FLYHAWK 1/72 Renault FT-17 Light tank ''Riveted Turret''

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The Renault FT, frequently referred to in post-World War I literature as the "FT-17" or "FT17", was a French light tank that was among the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. The FT was the first production tank to have its armament within a fully rotating turret.The Renault FT's configuration – crew compartment at the front, engine compartment at the back, and main armament in a revolving turret – became and remains the standard tank layout. Over 3,000 Renault FT tanks were manufactured by French industry, most of them during the year 1918. Another 950 of an almost identical licensed copy of the FT (theM1917) were made in the United States, but not in time to enter combat. Armour historian Steven Zaloga has called the Renault FT "the world's first modern tank." However, military historian and Professor for National Security Affairs at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College Richard L. DiNardo applies that distinction to the Austrian Leutnant Günther Burstyn's proposed 1911 Motorgeschütz, design which never entered production.


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This is a new release from Flyhawk in 1/72 scale for the Renault FT-17 light tank in the riveted turret version, included two models in the box, with 100 plastic and 30 photo etched parts, one decal sheet and the illustrator instructions in four pages.

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The two hulls and the two turrets is cast clear with no flash and very nice rivet details all around.

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The two A plastic sprues containing, the hull floor plate, the wheel bogie unit assemblies, the rear drive wheels, the idler wheels in cast metal (not used in this version), the hatch for the engine top and the driver’s hatch, the turret top and side hatches, the turret lower base ring, the guns slots, the Hotchkiss 8mm M1914 machine gun and the Puteaux 37mm artillery gun, the rear skid blade, and at the end the exhaust, the small tool box and an a detailed shovel.

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The two pairs of tracks have terrific textured detail on all sides.

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This separate sprues contains the large wooden front idler wheels with wood effect details and the rear skid connection brackets with nice rivets.

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These illustrations for the riveted hulls shows the nicely sharp molded details on all sides without flash or injector points on wrong sides.

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A more detailed view for the polygonal turret riveted plates with open rear hatch but without any internal details.

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More detailed look on the parts of the floor hull plate, the wheel bogie unit assemblies and the two weapons, Hotchkiss 8mm M1914 machine gun and the Puteaux 37mm artillery gun.

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On the pair of photo etched frets included, riveted plates for the front and the top of hull, engraved foldable part for drive wheels, handles for the driver hatch, brackets for the small tool box and four tow hooks.

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The decal sheet supplied contains various signals but only the numbers 19 to 22 are used in this version.

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The four pages full color instructions are simple, clear and understandable. Paint names are with Mr. Hobby and Tamiya codes, but the two variants color profiles provide only one side, so you should consult information from the internet or in the books and magazines.


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The Flyhawk 1/72 Renault FT-17 tank is an excellent kit for this small scale, without missing almost anything at all levels, and can be built comfortably straight out of the box.
Highly recommended!!!!


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