Hello! Today we have a Renault M-17, often known as the FT-17. It was originally built as a machine-gun platform to support infantry in 1917. However, instead of a machinegun, it was given a short-barrelled 37mm cannon. The tank was very effective during the war. The Russians cloned it and called it the MS-1 Lenin, and Germany used captured units for troop training. The FT-17 was up-gunned with a short-barrelled 75mm howitzer and called the Renault BS. Many other upgraded versions were created during the war.
About this creation
I really enjoyed building this MOC. I think that the FT-17 is a very interesting tank, and that it looks just as cool in Lego.
That's it! If anyone can tell me what the 'duck tail' at the back is for that would be great. I have no idea! The turret on this was a very difficult build as I had never built a turret that small before. I think that the final version (2.0) turned out very well. Thanks for viewing and God bless!
I love the detail on this, especially the tail on the back and the turret design. I love to see even the tiny tanks of early ages made in lego, not just the big machines... anyway, this tank hits the spot.
Not bad! I would reccomend using more tiles, although I understand if you don't have enough. I have my own FT17 that I built off DutchLB (on flickr)'s model. It is very nice, if you ever feel like building a V2 you should try basing it off his :)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dutchlb/8635270668/ (His FT17)
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Nice job, try making less exposed studs. This actually reminds me more of an MS-1 than an FT-17, though.
Thanks for the comment! This tank does look a lot like the MS-1, partially because of inaccuracies in my building, and partially because the MS-1 was actually a Russian clone of the French FT-17. Gotta love tank history!