Thursday, 22 December 2016

From MilesR: French FT-17 (15 Points)

 The Foreign Legion will get some very limited armor support in the form of a aging FT-17 tank. I'm not sure any really served in North Africa and the Levant but in my universe they did.

 The model is in 28mm scale and from Trenchworx.  This is my second FT-17 from them and the model is simply superb.  The model comes with an optional 37mm gun and both are magnetized to allow for easier changing - really very clever work from the Trenchworx team.
 It's little more than a very slow moving machine gun nest, but hey somethings is better than nothing!.
The tank should net me an additional 15 points.  It's also part of a side duel: 28mm vehicles (SD-16)

Here's a shot of the whole force.  I suspect you'll see some WWII Italians sometime over the next month or so to complete my WWII collection.







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Lovely work Miles, you've been very busy. I've always liked the look of the FT-17. With it's fully exposed tracks, rounded turret cupola and whacky trench 'tail' it has a very distinctive silhouette. When it was first released in 1917 it was state of the art, and the fact that it was still in service as late as the late 1940's speaks to its robust design (and yes, they did see service in Morocco and Tunisia, so you can sleep soundly in the knowledge that you're building a historically correct force for your 'DAK & Dragons' game...). AND they even saw service rusting away during the First Indochina War (which is why I have one of these little beasties to build as well).

<archival dork mode/off>

30 comments:

  1. Great painting work; I like a lot this little tank.

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  2. The Renault is a lovely little tank and it's a great finish on it.
    Best Iain

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  3. Great Support unit for your Legionnaires

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  4. A great little tank. I feel I need to get a couple for my SCW games. You have done a very nice paint job on it as well.

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  5. Excellent work, she inspires me.

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  6. Fantastic little vehicle. I love the FT-17. I remember this was one of my favourite Airfix kits, so it is nice to see Trenchworx has produced a nice 28mm version

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  7. Nicely done on this little gem of a tank! Reportedly there were even a hand full of FT-17 around in Afghanistan sometimes in the 50's... some soviet officers during the Russo-Afghan war even claimed to have seen one in running condition on a DRAA (communist army of Afghanistan) compound as late as 1980.

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  8. I do love the FT. That's a nice looking model and your paint job really does it justice.

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  10. A great little tank! Always had a soft spot for the French FT17.

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  11. Great little tank Miles. I love the dinky early war armour. Not only did the FT17 serve in North Africa, but also the Fiat version in Italian colours, in
    Lydia, Abbyssinia and Somaliland (to use the names from 1940).
    Peter

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  12. There is a lovely example of the FT17 on display at the WWI Museum in Kansas City, MO if anyone has an interest in getting rather up close.

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  13. And lovely work as always Sir!

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  14. Great stuff I thought I would give you a head start on the vehicle side duel..... Honestly

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  15. A great little tank (with the most overworked commander!).

    Lovely work!

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  16. Love the FT-17, used them as French and German!!!

    Great job on this one

    Ian

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  17. Thanks - It's a fun little kit to build and paint up.

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  18. Pretty little tankette, Miles! Two tanks already and I have yet to finish anything! I almost entered the armor duel as I've lots to paint, but boy do I hate to paint em! ;)

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    1. I really like painting tanks - perhaps it takes me back to my mis-spent days of youth and 1/35th scale Tamiya kits!

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  19. Lovely piece of kit Miles. I'm increasingly tempted by Trenchworx and this isn't helping me resist!

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    1. Dont resist - feel the power of the dark side

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  20. The FT17 is a lovely mini to get done and yours is superbly finished. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Nice work! That's a cool looking tank.

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  22. I like these, especially the tank.

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