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Five of Hearts FT 17

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Brian Stevenson shares with us some images of the Renault FT17 currently housed at the George G. Meade Museum at Fort Meade, MD. Brian felt that sharing images of the ‘Five of Hearts’ now was an ideal time due to the release of the Meng Model FT17 with decals for the ‘Five of Hearts’.
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About the Author

About Brian (Castlec6)
FROM: VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES

I have returned to models after a very long hiatus involving raising children, working and the occasional war. I enjoy a wide range of subjects, but mainly WWII armor. Best way I've found to relax.


Comments

Nice job. I wish I'd taken photos of the FT-17 at the Musée de l’Armée in Paris last May.
JUL 07, 2014 - 03:55 AM
What are the Wood pieces in your last photo? Great potos, thanks
OCT 31, 2014 - 01:27 AM
They are pieces of the large return wheel. Look at pic #8 and you'll see that the large wheel is composed of shaped blocks of wood, some of which are triangular in cross section. These must be spares. This is a very interesting set of photos - pity I've already built my Meng FT-17 kit There is also an FT-17 in the Bovington Tank museum in UK.
OCT 31, 2014 - 01:50 AM
Thanks Brian. Al
OCT 31, 2014 - 08:14 AM
How accurate are the colors?
NOV 01, 2014 - 10:41 AM
Actually the wood pieces are the only remaining original woodblocks. The museum saved them when they restored the tank. According to the curator,the colors are not the WWI colors, at some point the Army used the tank to model new camouflage models. The FT-17 actually sat outside the post HQs until the museum restored it and brought in indoors.
NOV 21, 2014 - 02:46 AM