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US 6 ton "smoke" tank 1924 by Backer RPM 1/72 FINISHED


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Welcome to build an American 6 ton tank. Scale 1/72 from the Polish company RPM

 

General info (wikipedia).  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1917_light_tank  (This tank is roughly a fairly exact copy of the French FT17.)


We build a smoke tank. Actually this is a normal 6 ton tank with smoke equipment. Probably only one model was built in 1924.

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I cannot find the RPM website. 
Fortunately there is Henk of Holland's website. If you want to find info about a military model at 1/72. This is the place to be.

 

https://henk.fox3000.com/index2.htm               https://henk.fox3000.com/Rpm.htm

 

The only time I've seen a real FT17 was on a road trip in Finland. In the Parola tank museum   https://www.panssarimuseo.fi/en/

 

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The box, plan and content

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Start 

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It's a nice kit, the "6-ton" tank (standardized as the M-1917) is an "americanized" FT-17.... Almost identical, it had an American engine and the exhaust and toolbox were on opposite sides. They soldiered on in the American Army to the lead up to WWII... around 1936 the same as the Victory Tank... Although some of them made it to France before the ending of the war, none of them ever saw combat as they were too late for issue to the using troops. They were extensively used alongside the FT-17's in the occupation of Germany after the war.....A side note:  Practically every armored officer of any serious rank during WWII (B.Gen & up including Patton and Eisenhower) learned their craft at the controls of one of these...

 

RPM also makes the FT-17 in both machine gun and cannon versions with US markings and color schemes... It's an excellent model.... Although I would replace the track with AM, they look so much better...

 

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The  Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Rhinebeck NY has one of these in their collection. I've seen it participate in their weekly airshows a number of times over the last 30-40 years.  Photo and text below are from their website

 

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"M1917 Light Tank (1918)

The M1917 Light Tank was an American copy of the French Renault FT which was manufactured by three American companies during and after World War I, including Van Dorn Iron Works, Maxwell Motor Company and C. L. Best Company. The American M1917 tanks were made under a special license agreement with the Renault company of France, and although it looks virtually identical to the FT, the M1917 included many subtle improvements.

A total of 952 examples of the M1917 were produced, although none saw combat. This particular tank was once part of the famous Colonel Jarrett collection of World War I artifacts."

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My first FT 17models are from matchbox. These came together with the Char B1 as a kit.
RPM came later, meanwhile my Ft 17 family has grown.

 

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On 7/16/2020 at 9:00 PM, Egilman said:

Practically every armored officer of any serious rank during WWII (B.Gen & up including Patton and Eisenhower) learned their craft at the controls of one of these...

A proud Patton in front of a Ft 17

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Building the hull.

Everything goes together smoothly. The small plastic parts are sometimes a bit brittle, so careful cutting is needed.

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The inside is pre-painted, This works easier later

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The groove for the idler wheel is too narrow (I know from experience of previous models) .  So I make this wider

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33 minutes ago, Backer said:

A proud Patton in front of a Ft 17

Yep and here a proud Captain Eisenhower in front of an FT-17 at Camp Colt around 1921. He commanded the Tank school there and was the first stateside officer to learn to drive an FT-17 cause he needed to know how to instruct the officers and men underneath him... During the War (WWI) he rose to the rank of Lt Colonel commanding the school and the FT-17 he learned to drive was sent home by direct order of Lt Colonel Patton from his allotment of french issued tanks so the stateside school would have an actual tank to train with.....

 

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Patton and Eisenhower formed American tank doctrine and battlefield tactics during and after WWI until the Tank corps was disbanded in the '20's. Patton going back to the Calvary and Eisenhower back to the Engineers/GSC.....

Patton rose to the rank of Brig. General during the war and Eisenhower to Colonel, after the war, they stayed in the army and were demoted to Major and Captain respectively..... They were together at Camp Colt for 8 years Eisenhower commanding the school and Patton holding Unit command... Technically, even though at a lower rank Eisenhower was Patton's commander. The real strange thing is although both were well qualified as the best and most experienced armored officers we had between the wars, neither ever rose to command the Tank Corps... but that was the Army back then, it was more who you knew rather than what you knew.....

 

Thankfully, they were both recognized for what they were and rose to appropriate rank when they were really needed...

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To give a little note about what the Army was like between the wars (1919 to 1936) Patton didn't regain the rank he held at the end of 1918 (Brig. General) until 1937 after the 3rd army maneuvers in La... Eisenhower did not regain the rank of Colonel until 1938 when he became COS of the First army and did so well that he soon was reassigned to Plans at the pentagon under GC Marshall where he received the brevet rank of Brig General....

 

The Army was lucky to retain them, both had received their notices of reaching mandatory retirement age before the 3rd Army maneuvers.... Patton as a Colonel and Eisenhower as a Major..... And, if it had been left up to McNair, neither would have been part of the Army when we got involved in WWII....

 

Such was the politics of the day.... McNair was a MacArthur guy and Eisenhower and Patton were GC Marshal men... (although both had served under General MacArthur at various points in their careers)

 

 

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Hello,

Apply the wheel assembly and the tracks

 

The parts

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Glued in place

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Track trubbels in the tank factory... 🙊  

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The tracks are glued with CA 

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Once, a long time ago my mother was missing several hairpins (and I had good clamps)

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Smoke equipment in place and chassis ready for painting

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Next the turret.

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On 8/15/2020 at 4:28 AM, popeye the sailor said:

I see the diagram to connect the track together......did you assemble them like that?

The way to join the ends of these tracks is quite fragile indeed.
Much depends on the quality of the rubber.

I usually glue  them directly to the wheels with CA, and cut them to the correct length at the end of the assembly

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18 hours ago, Old Collingwood said:

Looking really smart  - love the detail on the tracks.

 

OC.

Thanks,

 

Further painting.

A light grey dry brushing, painting the metal en wooden parts.

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Apply "rust " (actually dilute red brown)

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A light sand dry brushing and glued on the base plate

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A wash with thinned mat black

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almost ready 

 

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A productive day.
Here and there a little pencil and the little smoke tank is ready

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Armored attack group 
Three 6 ton tanks at the front and a signal tank in the rear keeps in touch with headquarters (General Patton style ;))

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the 1918-1940 corner

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what is next??

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Thanks for following this build

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4 hours ago, Backer said:

Armored attack group 
Three 6 ton tanks at the front and a signal tank in the rear keeps in touch with headquarters

Nice!!!

 

Now you need six machine gun tanks to make up the full attack group... they were platooned two MG tanks to a Cannon tank and the command/radio tank would support three to five Platoons..... 

 

And the smoke generators would be on the lead tank...

 

Nice work. 1/72nd scale is difficult....

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6 hours ago, Egilman said:

Nice!!!

 

Now you need six machine gun tanks to make up the full attack group... they were platooned two MG tanks to a Cannon tank and the command/radio tank would support three to five Platoons..... 

 

And the smoke generators would be on the lead tank...

 

Nice work. 1/72nd scale is difficult....

Thanks,

 

I'm going to borrow ft17s from the french army 😉

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