Interior Info needed for FT-17

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Interior Info needed for FT-17

Joined: April 18th, 2005, 1:19 pm

September 17th, 2007, 9:01 pm #1

Hey all,

I'm currently working on an FT-17 (the version with the cannon, not the MG) and am including a full interior using the Armo sets (fighting compartment and engine). However, I'm kind of stuck on how the ammo racks work. I remember that there was an article in Military Modeling long ago that detailed how to build the ammo racks correctly, however somewhere along the way I've lost the article. I know that there should be ammo racks on both sides, and I believe that each shelf of rounds could be folded to the sides of the fighting compartment as they were emptied. However, after looking at the photos I've got, I haven't been able to discern how the folding mechanism works or how the rounds were held in place (although on the latter I'm guessing they simply hung in holes in the shelves, with the firing plate of the shell keeping it place via gravity). I've got some photos from the internet, but nothing that actually shows a shell in place. Anyone have any photos of the shell racks?

And while I'm asking anybody have any photos of the engine compartment? I've got photos of the engine itself, but not in the vehicle and the compartment looks rather bare.

Cheers,

Daniel Cruz

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Joined: September 25th, 2007, 3:16 am

October 9th, 2007, 3:24 am #2

if you look at the photos of the FTs that were found in afghanistan, in a few of them you can see the engine in place in the engine compartment
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Joined: April 18th, 2005, 1:19 pm

October 14th, 2007, 4:24 am #3


Phil,

Thanks for the heads up. Do you know where those photos are located, I haven't had much luck finding them.

Also, if you're interested I found some pretty good photos of the ammo racks over at the Landship website: http://www.landships.freeservers.com/ft17_info.htm.

Cheers,

Daniel

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Joined: September 25th, 2007, 3:16 am

October 16th, 2007, 2:35 pm #4

this link might work

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7700258@N0 ... 936708811/

if not, search for 'ft17' on flickr, and you'll find a decent collection of pics.

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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

November 9th, 2007, 3:51 pm #5

Hey all,

I'm currently working on an FT-17 (the version with the cannon, not the MG) and am including a full interior using the Armo sets (fighting compartment and engine). However, I'm kind of stuck on how the ammo racks work. I remember that there was an article in Military Modeling long ago that detailed how to build the ammo racks correctly, however somewhere along the way I've lost the article. I know that there should be ammo racks on both sides, and I believe that each shelf of rounds could be folded to the sides of the fighting compartment as they were emptied. However, after looking at the photos I've got, I haven't been able to discern how the folding mechanism works or how the rounds were held in place (although on the latter I'm guessing they simply hung in holes in the shelves, with the firing plate of the shell keeping it place via gravity). I've got some photos from the internet, but nothing that actually shows a shell in place. Anyone have any photos of the shell racks?

And while I'm asking anybody have any photos of the engine compartment? I've got photos of the engine itself, but not in the vehicle and the compartment looks rather bare.

Cheers,

Daniel Cruz
This might be a bit late but maybe it will help someone else...

I think at least one/some of the "Renaults" from Afghanistan were American 5 Tonners from the 1920s, so they differ inside from the French FT.

Alot of the surviving FT tanks are FT-31's... post War FT-17s and again the interior differs (Fire Wall for engine was added, IIRC)

The Osprey Vanguard book the the FT series has cut aways of the interior
DAVID NICKELS
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Joined: September 25th, 2007, 3:16 am

November 10th, 2007, 4:26 pm #6

i have not seen any pictures of US 6 tonners in Afghanistan. I have checked the pictures of the Renaults, and they are without doubt Renaults, and definitely not the updated 31. and they do not have engine compartment bulkheads. they are, without doubt, genuine Renault FT 17
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Joined: March 7th, 2008, 11:23 am

March 11th, 2008, 3:54 pm #7

Hey all,

I'm currently working on an FT-17 (the version with the cannon, not the MG) and am including a full interior using the Armo sets (fighting compartment and engine). However, I'm kind of stuck on how the ammo racks work. I remember that there was an article in Military Modeling long ago that detailed how to build the ammo racks correctly, however somewhere along the way I've lost the article. I know that there should be ammo racks on both sides, and I believe that each shelf of rounds could be folded to the sides of the fighting compartment as they were emptied. However, after looking at the photos I've got, I haven't been able to discern how the folding mechanism works or how the rounds were held in place (although on the latter I'm guessing they simply hung in holes in the shelves, with the firing plate of the shell keeping it place via gravity). I've got some photos from the internet, but nothing that actually shows a shell in place. Anyone have any photos of the shell racks?

And while I'm asking anybody have any photos of the engine compartment? I've got photos of the engine itself, but not in the vehicle and the compartment looks rather bare.

Cheers,

Daniel Cruz
Hope this pic of the M1917 turret inside can help.

Last edited by rwhendrix on March 11th, 2008, 3:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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