Renault FT

In Detail

Our First World War Renault FT light tank, is widely and inaccurately referred to as a Renault FT17. Due to no intact examples of the Renault FT being available we endeavoured to piece together the hull and turret.

The Renault FT hull design consists of plates and angle iron. The gathering together of the hull panels required a considerable period of time. In fact many of the panels were either missing, or in very bad shape. This was due to the original poor quality of the steel and subsequent exposure to the elements since the First World War. We were unable to secure a complete hull and were therefore in the hands of the dealer community to source the panels.

Once the panels had been secured, the plates were laid out as a giant jigsaw puzzle. This enabled us to photograph and identify each component. This process provided a lasting resource for the research effort to come. However, the hull and related components, then languished in a far corner of our sheds for many years. Finally, we began to address the issue of restoration.

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