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« 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
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photo of a early production model - possible 1919/20






 


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« Reply #1 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


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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2017, 09:46:11 AM »

The main body/chassis - early pre-production ones had a longer nose ! (bonnet / hood)


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« Reply #3 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


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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2017, 09:51:14 AM »

fuel tank ad rad now in place and front winch fitted


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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2017, 09:53:55 AM »

Started some work on the artillery piece that the Renault will be towing


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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2017, 12:11:47 PM »

Good start. The completed model should be satisfactory. -- Russ
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2017, 04:53:49 PM »

Very interesting project!
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2017, 03:06:30 PM »

Nearly there trial fit of gun parts /tracks and detail up with nuts /bolts and rivets


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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2017, 03:08:12 PM »

more nuts /bolts and rivets


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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2017, 03:11:30 PM »

the whole thing ready for the paint shop
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and of course not to forget a Lego block used for the Carriage limber


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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2017, 05:07:52 PM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2017, 11:54:02 PM »

Another masterpiece , up to your usual standard . So what colour are you going paint it , Barney ?
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« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2017, 12:55:58 AM »

In honor of the Lego block, why not try something with polka dots this time? -- ssuR
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« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2017, 07:29:31 AM »

A sort of Greenish -Kakiish - Greyish with polka dots !!
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in the paint shop with all the above up my nose - HUMBROL RULES enamel of course none of your pansies acrylic here.
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