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WW1 saw many innovations in military science, not least in the area of communications. The tank evolved out of the need to restore mobility to the battlefield. The French Renault TSF (te’le’graphie sans fil) evolved to meet the need to communicate once mobility was restored. The possibility of restoring a working Renault TSF ‘tank’, with its box-like communications Blockhaus turret, arose as we sourced parts for our Renault FT char leger. General Jean Baptiste Estienne ordered 200 in January 1918. This was increased to 300 in April 1918. Approximately 180 were finally produced but less than 50 were accepted by the French War Office during WW1 and half as much accepted by the Artilllerie Speciale units themselves. The Renault TSF is a much rarer, but as historically important, type of vehicle when compared to the Renault FT. To most collectors the vehicle is intrinsically less interesting as it does not have a gun. A number of Renault TSF have been collected but altered to the FT configuration by replacing the blockhaus superstructure with a revolving turret equipped with either a machine gun or Puteaux 37mm cannon. . This is a common feature in the world of collectors. Much history and rich provenance ....

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Renault FT And TSF - Building the Suspension Beam

Renault FT And TSF - Building the Suspension Beam

25 Feb 2016

The key component of the Renault FT and TSF suspension examined. 

 
Renault FT  TSF - Differences in Exhausts

Renault FT / TSF - Differences in Exhausts

18 Mar 2016

There are very few Renault FTs with original exhausts in the world today.

 
Renault FT  TSF -  Engine bore rust removal

Renault FT / TSF - Engine bore rust removal

13 Aug 2014

What's the best way to remove rust from an engine bore? 

 
Renault FT  TSF - Engine rust removal

Renault FT / TSF - Engine rust removal

14 Aug 2014

After testing the technique could we scale it up? 

 
FT  TSF Firewall - Part one - Brussels gives up its secrets
 
Renault FT  TSF - The Trenching Skid Part Two
 
Renault FT  TSF - Towing Chains

Renault FT / TSF - Towing Chains

22 Jan 2016

Sizing the chains was the first challenge...

 
Renault FT  TSF - Ventilateur Sourcing The Air Outlet Housings

Renault FT / TSF - ‘Ventilateur’ Sourcing The Air Outlet Housings

13 Jan 2016

Locating an original housing still retaining its original grill that was accessible was a formidable task.

 
Renault FT Oil can

Renault FT / TSF Engine Bay Oil Cans and Holders

14 Jan 2016

Most surviving Renault FTs and TSFs no longer retain their spare oil cans but could the holder give us more information?

 
Renault FT and TSF  Drivers Seat Box

Renault FT and TSF – Driver’s Seat Box

15 Jun 2016

Replicating the sole example of the Renault FT Seat Box.

 
Renault FT and TSF  Testing the Radiators
 
Renault FT and TSF Archive Files

Renault FT and TSF Archive Files

12 Feb 2016

The archive documentation required for the Renault and TSF project has been building.

 
Renault FT and TSF Engine Restoration – The White Metalling Process

Renault FT and TSF Engine Restoration – The White Metalling Process

29 Apr 2016

A lengthy process of trial and error in order to perfect the dying skill of white metalling

 
Renault FT and TSF Suspension

Renault FT and TSF Suspension

08 Apr 2016

A look at the small components in the suspension beam.

 
Renault TSF Turret takes shape

Renault TSF Turret takes shape

20 Sep 2017

A look at the initial assembly of the TSF turret 

 
TSF

Renault TSF - We Have L'Horne

15 Dec 2015

Uncovering the origins of the TSF hull

 
Renault Tractor arrives

Renault Tractor arrives

04 Oct 2014

Renault GP tractor arrives from Belgium

 
Renault TSF Turret

Renault TSF Turret

17 Mar 2017

Battery and Box Detail

 

Renault FT and TSF – ‘Painting the Tanks’ – Camouflage – Part One

06 Apr 2018

Our paint conservation partners have now established all the external colours needed on the Renault FT and TSF. 

 
Renault FT and TSF  Starting Handle Boss

Renault FT and TSF – Starting Handle Boss

17 Mar 2018

The fairly innocuous looking attachment at the rear of the Renault FT engine bay has proven to be quite troublesome for us to reproduce.

 
Renault FT and TSF Cooling Fan

Renault FT and TSF Cooling Fan

09 Dec 2016

Continuing the build of the cooling fan...