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Offline Robin

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Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« on: September 07, 2019, 09:11:10 AM »
Hello guys and gals,

I'm building a cute little FT...well, since it's 1/16 scale it's actually a pretty big model. :)

It all starts with the engine. A 4 cilinder petrol engine with a whopping 39 HP!









More tomorrow, thanks for watching,

Robin
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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2019, 09:13:48 AM »
Great start Robin, I can almost smell the grease and oil from where I sit.  ;)

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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2019, 02:58:17 PM »
beautiful engine!
you did a great job!
ciao
edo

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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2019, 07:37:00 PM »
Thanks. :)

A bit further...







Uhm...okey, it's a dirty floor.

More soon,

Robin
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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2019, 10:07:46 PM »
Beautiful Engine. Your variance in color and Metal tones is outstanding! I Love the dirty floor!
RAGIII
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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2019, 11:14:03 PM »
Robin,
   Outstanding work on the "dirty floor". As a great fan of "weathered" subjects it really caught my eye, great effect and very real looking.
Cheers,
Lance

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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2019, 07:16:04 AM »
Thanks gentlemen,

I started this build while on vacation in France 3 weeks ago...at some point I forgot to take photo's, so we go fast forward to where I am now.
Back home...behind my beloved and always messy work bench. :)


I modified the hinges with brass rods to keep the hatches workable. At least not all the work on the engine will be lost forever.


The interior will still be visible with open (working) hatches...even more with the cupola ripped off. ::)
Note the removable canvas driver back rest and note the still missing ammo racks.
The ammo storage will be modified and filled with 3D printed shells...more about that later...working on it!


Seen through the driver's hatch.


Where I am now...it's all pre-weathering, so still a bit boring and bright.

More soon...thanks for watching,

Robin



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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2019, 07:22:21 AM »
Wow Robin, beautiful work (I blinked and you are almost done).  Cannot say enough about your artistry.

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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2019, 09:48:34 AM »
Thank you  :)

Worked a bit on the 3D printed shells today.
A hell of a job to clean (wax or whatever it is) 116 tiny shells and as many shellcases, but managed to get it done.
I painted and finished a small batch to see what they'll look like. Not a complete smooth surface, but they're ok I think.


The holes in the trays (x8) are too small, so...work to do.


Not too bad. Perhaps some gloss varnish will make them look smoother. I'll try that.


Must look a bit like this....it's about the size of a large beer bottle.

Robin

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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2019, 09:27:13 PM »
Beautiful work on the construction and initial painting...Not Boring at all. The shells are turning out quite Nicely! Looking forward to your progress!
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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2019, 06:33:55 PM »
Great work - I really want to build one of these. Is this the 3 in 1 version? I can never quite tell what this option entails . Also did you spay the main colours and hand paint the black or is it possible to mask in this scale? Cheers Matt

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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2019, 08:51:21 PM »
Thanks guys,

Yes, it's the 3 in 1 kit (actually 4 in 1!). It has both the Berliet and the Girod turret with the 37 mm gun or the Hotchkiss machine gun.
In my humble opinion...it's a fantastic kit. Seems acurate and it goes together amazingly well.
Some like to replace the (not open) springs underneath the top wheels with a scratch build open spring, but I won't do that myself.
I only added spark plug cables and made the hinges stronger with brass wire...furthermore OOB.
I'm doing a 1918 scheme seen elsewhere, so not one of the 8 provided.

Indeed...I airbrushed the 3 colours and handpainted the black border lines.
Masking in between is time consuming and you need a hell of a lot masking tape.  ::)
Good thing...you don't need to tape perfect edges...the black line goes over and you can play with that.

Hand painting the black lines is really easy...specially the jagged (thorny branch) lines I do.


After the 3 colours...without the black lines


And with them. (a dry fit...I keep these things off until I finished weathering. Easier I think).

Thanks for watching,

Robin  :)
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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2019, 09:05:13 PM »
Ow...the green looks weird on these photo's. I guess that's because of the lighting. :(

This is more like how the colours look...


Robin

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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2019, 02:57:18 PM »
those black lines look amazing!
how did you do that?
ciao
edo

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Re: Takom 1/16 Renault FT. Berliet turret with 37mm Puteaux gun.
« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2019, 06:22:49 PM »
Thanks for the info Robin - definitely on the Xmas list now I know its really a 3 in 1! Cheers Matt