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FT-17 in Japan

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The represents a Renault Char FT-17 in Japan around 1920-1940 used for training purposes mostly. The model was intended to be a open version to show the interior, so the top cover and the turret are not glued. The kit is basically out of box, except for the gun barrels that were replaced with brass rods, springs were changed as well. Very enjoyable kit to work with, no regrets. The seat was covered using a textured lid from cream cheese to simulated a cloth cover instead of a leather one. The leather strap was also removed as on many example found on books and pictures in my research. Kanji numbers were placed on the left side of the hull, the one in the middle means Type 79, the small one is from the training school. Paint and finished were completed using the Ammo Color modulation for Sherman, Ammo oil stains, engine grime, fresh mud, and almost all the earth and sand pigments. Also was used Tamiya deck tan, buff, flat black, flat white, and some oils from Windsor & Newton. You can see the constructions steps in details in the forum http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=246662#2083804
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About the Author

About Pedro J Negron (catdude01)
FROM: PUERTO RICO

My first kit was the Monogram Missouri at the age of 7, then a F-14 at age of 12 from testor. Now I'm full in this hobby since 2009. Ipms Member for the last 6 years, married with a wonderful and comprehensive women and 2 kids. The small one is already building models, she won 1st price with a hello...


Comments

His impressive build thread link
JUN 28, 2016 - 12:02 AM
Lovely
JUN 28, 2016 - 06:52 AM
Very nice job. the number on the side appears to be 90 though, not 79.
JUN 28, 2016 - 06:54 AM
Exceptionally well done. From the photos I would say Pedro has perfected weathering. The number is actually 9-7. The bottom of the 7 is just below the track almost out of sight so it looks a bit like 10. Still, pretty good for someone I assume is not a Japanese-speaker. Looks like those numbers where hand-painted, and he did a great job on them otherwise.
JUN 28, 2016 - 05:14 PM
Thank you very much for your comments, I'm glad that this work have come this far. About the Kanji numbers, well I Use a Traditional Kanji I found and example in a WWII rifle as reference, probably not accurate I must admit, but looking to make some justice and honor to the kit with the best intentions in mind ,and yes I don't speak Japanese, only English & Spanish. (^^)/
JUN 28, 2016 - 05:46 PM