Renault FT17

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Renault FT17

Post by Günter Gäbelein » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:09 pm

Hi

last couple of weeks I have started assembly of my FT17. Design have been completed and I have started milling of metal parts and printing of ABS parts. The hull is completely in aluminium, the turred is assembled of printed parts.

The hull is assembled by 3mm an 2mm rivets
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The gear and the driving motor, but the steering brakes are still not assembled
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The tail spur
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The turret pre-assembled
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Some detail for the driving compartment
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Rear axle
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Turret structured and rivets placed
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Roller carriages
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Support for left track
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To be continued :wink:
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Günter

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Re: Renault FT17

Post by Christoffer Ahlfors » Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:20 pm

Goodness! :shock:

A beautiful scratch build! :D
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Re: Renault FT17

Post by mark lawson » Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:10 pm

Outstanding as usual Günter, I will be watching this build as it evolves.
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Re: Renault FT17

Post by Robert E Morey » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:01 am

Very cool project Gunter. I've always wanted to build an FT, but my scratch list is too long at the moment. 8) Curious will the turret eventually be metal, or always 3D printed? Same with tracks? I will be interested how you do the track braking with single motor.
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Re: Renault FT17

Post by Günter Gäbelein » Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:48 pm

Hi Robert,

I think the casted turret will be printed also in the future but the angular turret could be produced in metal.
The single motor drives a worm wheel which is assembled to the differential gear. When braking at the right side the speed of left track will be increased while the right track will be stopped and vice versa. I hope I can assemble the brakes during the next days.
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Re: Renault FT17

Post by Pete Nash » Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:37 am

Wow, Wow, and Wow again. Gunter that is a truly remarkable project, it looks fabulous.

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Re: Renault FT17

Post by Günter Gäbelein » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:23 am

Hi all,

I have an update on my FT17. I have now nearly finished the track drives. Next will be some detailing and production of tracks. But look to the images below:

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Re: Renault FT17

Post by Robert E Morey » Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:50 am

Really lovely work Gunter! Great to see so much progress. I like the combination of printed parts and machined - the melding of two technologies. I'm using more printed parts myself these days. Will the tracks be printed or are those just the "prototypes"?
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Re: Renault FT17

Post by Steve Norris » Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:26 am

Günter
What a fantastic job you are doing with the FT. I love the detail you are putting into it.
Looking forward to seeing a video of it driving and stearing with those track brakes.
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Re: Renault FT17

Post by Pete Nash » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:07 am

Be careful Gunter, you may be starting your own business. :D
Looking forward to more updates, you are credible.

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Re: Renault FT17

Post by Pete Nash » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:07 am

Be careful Gunter, you may be starting your own business. :D
Looking forward to more updates, you are credible.

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Re: Renault FT17

Post by Robert Reid » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:42 am

Absolutely amazing scratch build... since that is what it appears to be!!!

It's a kit I wish Armortek would build... because it would be an incredible tribute to the birth of Allied armor!

Beautiful work, sir!

Cheers,

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Re: Renault FT17

Post by Günter Gäbelein » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:15 pm

Hi all,

I made some progress with my FT17 :D
It is running!!!! :mrgreen: The gear and thesteering brakes are working well after some modifications. Also the tracks are moving like the original. Below some new pictures with added details:

A stowage box
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The track tensioner
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The steering arms
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The modified gear and the steering brakes
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Shovel added
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Hammer added
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The speaker is placed inside the radiator
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One of the Dubois brother has taken place at the driver seat
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Video from first driving to show the steering and track tensioner working
drive test (5,5MB)
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Günter

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Post by Dave Dibb (Armorpax) » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:45 pm

Absolutely love it! One of my 2 favourite Tanks.

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Re: Renault FT17

Post by Vince Cutajar » Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:12 pm

that is looking great Gunter

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