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pedro.negron
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Hi all!

 

 

This month I started a new challenge, my very first kit in 1/16 scale and on top of that from World War One, the Takom 1/16 FT-17 Renault! At first I was reluctant to choose this kit, since I have no experience on that scale and I have read about WWI in the past, but never work a kit from that era, so I'm on uncharted waters in many ways. I order the kit with a book reference which I receive from Spruebrothers in just 4 days! (consider that I’m out of the States in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico).

 

 

Started right away to look at the parts and get familiarized and also look at the information and pictures of the reference book. So I started now calling this a Char, not a panzer, not a tank, that’s the word for tank in French. Also found that this tank was call during WWI just as FT! The FT-17 name was later after the war due to the amount of variants and other French’s projects related. This Char was considered the first tank ! and was used in many conflicts and many countries, so I found a lot of references for the colors.

 

 

I started right away with the engine, at first the pictures were difficult to find, and even I confuse the American version with the french one.

 

 

The engine its just called 4 HP Renault engine, the american one is the BUDA HU engine.

 

 

The building its very straight forward, some cleaning is needed, but is minimal, the fitting is perfect. I added the cabling, the sparks plugs and some metal tubbing to represent it as much real as possible.



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April 14, 2016 at 12:49 PM Flag Quote & Reply

pedro.negron
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Primer was next in black and for that task I used Krylon black color in a can. The cover is great and its dries in 15-20 minutes.


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April 14, 2016 at 12:50 PM Flag Quote & Reply

pedro.negron
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The instructions give you a guide of color for the engine, but I used instead the pictures of the reference book.


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April 14, 2016 at 12:52 PM Flag Quote & Reply

pedro.negron
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Weathering of the engine started with a wash of black, then another with burnt umber.


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April 15, 2016 at 12:23 PM Flag Quote & Reply

pedro.negron
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Test fitting of the hull, always do this from time to time to detect any issue before you get to a more complicated stage.

Beautiful fitting, like a glove, and look at the size! okay is smaller than almost all the tanks but still is a great one.



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April 15, 2016 at 12:29 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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For the next part I started weathering the engine compartment, I wanted to show a lot of everything but not in a exagerated way, so with that in mine I used a very fine wash of burnt umber to tone down the white, chipping and scratch marks using a mix of black and burnt umber applied with a toothpick, a fine brush and a sponge. Later I added stains and some 3 tones of rust due to water exposure, etc.

On the other side, that reside inside the tank's belly, the story is a different one. The rust is not present, only stains, scratches and grime.

The driver floor also receive a similar treatment as the previous parts, except for the rust.


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April 15, 2016 at 12:36 PM Flag Quote & Reply

pedro.negron
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This recipe is repeated to the interior walls of the tank, then I added the pedals, the seat, and all the small details on the driver's area, and glued in place the complete engine. Here I put one side to test again the fitting, and still perfect. A lot of retouches were done overall to match the tones between the parts.




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April 15, 2016 at 12:41 PM Flag Quote & Reply

pedro.negron
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After inspecting the tracks vs the reference I found that they were casted and the textured was missing in my plastic kit. So for this task I used the Tamiya Thin glue and cover the whole track, then I used a stiff brush to tap all the track, showing the following result.


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April 19, 2016 at 8:51 AM Flag Quote & Reply

pedro.negron
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FT-17: gun barrel. I found that the gun barrel was wrong in shape in comparison with the book reference so I decide to switch to brass tube for the gun and for the sight. Also drill the hole for the periscope too, still need a flat ring to make a better look on it. Here you can see the results, I think they look much better. Next the turret!


 

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April 22, 2016 at 8:03 AM Flag Quote & Reply

pedro.negron
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I'm still thinking in what colors & nation I would paint this fella.

 

I'm Between a Polish Version I found named "Janka"


 

or a postwar option in Japan under testing. (type 79 Kogata)

 

For this one I was thinking to make the wheels in bare wood, and Kanji marking like the one done in militar weapons on that era.

With this Legend I can decifer the type of Equipment . For example here in the gun sight means " Type 44"


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April 25, 2016 at 4:02 PM Flag Quote & Reply

pedro.negron
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More evidence that this fella at some stage of production was used with unpainted wooden wheels.

And another good reference for the Japanese version. Look at the Kanji at the side of the hull.


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April 25, 2016 at 4:02 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Just a small update.

 

I remove the numbers from a sprue using a new blade and here is the result after applying it to the track.



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April 27, 2016 at 8:04 AM Flag Quote & Reply

pedro.negron
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Following my previous work on a Sherman howitzer, I wanted to start the kit in Black & White too. This help me a lot to know were I'm going with the painting and weathering of the kit.



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April 28, 2016 at 8:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

pedro.negron
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For the base color I was looking for a inital color use in japanese war machines, Steven Zaloga have some articles about the theme, and also found some more inf here (http://matadormodels.co.uk/tank_museum/xcamo_ww2japan.htm)

 

So after a research I decided to go with a very light Olive Drab. So I use the Color Modulation set from AMMO for the task.

 

Here the results using the Basic Highlight Olive Drab.


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May 5, 2016 at 9:06 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Here some practice of the Kanji before applying it. Some retouches to the wheels, installed as well but not glued, only for fitting purposes. Also painted with a tamiya flat earth xf-52 the tracks to initiate a more weathered look.


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May 5, 2016 at 9:08 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Starting the initial dust using a mix of Tamiya Buff, Deck Tan and Flat earth. Still a long way to go.


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May 5, 2016 at 9:09 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Detailing of the dust, dry and wet mud in process using the whole line of Dust & Mud from Ammo.


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May 5, 2016 at 9:10 AM Flag Quote & Reply

pedro.negron
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here is the progress on the tracks too, still in half-stage of weathering process, more details to come.


Also the side with the Kanji



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May 5, 2016 at 1:52 PM Flag Quote & Reply

pedro.negron
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Hi! I'm back with a new update on the FT-17. I just finished the main weathering of the tracks & wheels, so I attached it to the hull. Some oils and wet mud also added, but I'm with mixed feelings, probably I make some minor changes to the actual mud effect. More to come!



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May 12, 2016 at 1:16 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Now 2 pictures of the full kit, still in progress, but almost done. Need some micro-detailing here and there and the base.


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May 12, 2016 at 1:17 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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