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Paul Bradley

Restored Renault FT - Includes footage of it running

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Interesting story at the BBC website of a recently restored and running Renault FT:

 

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180531-the-wwi-tank-that-helped-change-warfare-forever

 

Some footage of the driver's compartment and some fascinating close-up footage of the vehicle running - well, crawling......

 

Good for anyone building the various kits.

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Great stuff about a charismatic tank type.

 

I suspect interest in the type has been boosted by the news that a working example is to 'guest' appear at Tankfest.

 

The line in the Beeb article that says FT17s were last used in combat in the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1948 might not be strictly correct - I think they were in use by the Iraqi army post-war alongside some ex-German WW2 stuff.  Makes you wonder what use they were put to...

 

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Very interesting, thoroughly enjoyed that story.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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