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Title: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Barney on August 05, 2017, 09:34:00 AM
Using and modifying some Renault FT Tank bits from the Meng kit (1/35th scale) I have started to build a late 1st WW Pre-production model of Renaults attempts at building a general purpose tractor (tracked version) - many were built in the late part of the 1st WW war and in-between the wars - first versions were a little crude using bits of the successful FT tank - but parts like the elaborate typical Renault bonnet /hood turned out to be a bent sheet metal effort mainly due to shortages in components and acquiring the appropriate pressings /machinery at the bomb out factories -engines were what was available and the tracks were often refurbished items - my research has shown many variations so its up the middle road with this one - it normally keeps the rivet counters at bay !!
a few shots of the progress so-far
Barney
photo of a early production model - possible 1919/20






 


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Barney on August 05, 2017, 09:42:26 AM
The idler and drive wheels have been replaced - teeth on the drive wheels are only the ones that can be seen - the lower rollers  have been repositioned


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Barney on August 05, 2017, 09:46:11 AM
The main body/chassis - early pre-production ones had a longer nose ! (bonnet / hood)


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Barney on August 05, 2017, 09:48:59 AM
The engine and transmission bits / oil tank and all inside bits have been painted so the top half can be fitted


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Barney on August 05, 2017, 09:51:14 AM
fuel tank ad rad now in place and front winch fitted


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Barney on August 05, 2017, 09:53:55 AM
Started some work on the artillery piece that the Renault will be towing


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: finescalerr on August 05, 2017, 12:11:47 PM
Good start. The completed model should be satisfactory. -- Russ


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Ray Dunakin on August 05, 2017, 04:53:49 PM
Very interesting project!


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Barney on September 04, 2017, 03:06:30 PM
Nearly there trial fit of gun parts /tracks and detail up with nuts /bolts and rivets


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Barney on September 04, 2017, 03:08:12 PM
more nuts /bolts and rivets


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Barney on September 04, 2017, 03:11:30 PM
the whole thing ready for the paint shop
Barney
and of course not to forget a Lego block used for the Carriage limber


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Ray Dunakin on September 04, 2017, 05:07:52 PM
Awesome!


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: shropshire lad on September 04, 2017, 11:54:02 PM
Another masterpiece , up to your usual standard . So what colour are you going paint it , Barney ?


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: finescalerr on September 05, 2017, 12:55:58 AM
In honor of the Lego block, why not try something with polka dots this time? -- ssuR


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Barney on September 05, 2017, 07:29:31 AM
A sort of Greenish -Kakiish - Greyish with polka dots !!
Barney
in the paint shop with all the above up my nose - HUMBROL RULES enamel of course none of your pansies acrylic here.


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: shropshire lad on September 05, 2017, 07:35:14 AM
A sort of Greenish -Kakiish - Greyish with polka dots !!
Barney
in the paint shop with all the above up my nose - HUMBROL RULES enamel of course none of your pansies acrylic here.

 So the usual them !


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Bill Gill on September 05, 2017, 03:10:15 PM
You're on track for another good one, Barney.


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: finescalerr on September 05, 2017, 08:49:19 PM
Great guns! Did anybody notice that Nick popped in for a moment? -- Russ


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: shropshire lad on September 05, 2017, 11:51:05 PM
Great guns! Did anybody notice that Nick popped in for a moment? -- Russ

  Well, sitting in my hotel room in  Chamonix looking at Mont Blanc ( that's in France , for those of you less well travelled ) gets a bit boring after a time . So I thought I would add my two cents worth .

   Don't worry , Russ , I am still here all the time , I just don't feel the need to talk very often . Just carry on as normal and I'll chip in again soon ,

    Nick


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: finescalerr on September 06, 2017, 01:08:00 AM
Thanks for clearing up the geography. I thought Chamonix was a brand of toilet paper and Mont Blanc a fountain pen. -- Russ


Title: Re: Renault tank conversion
Post by: Lawton Maner on September 06, 2017, 06:21:12 AM
Russ needs to get out more.