1/700 Scale French Renault FT Light Tanks.
Contains 10 highly detailed tanks.
Renault FT Light Tank
- 10x French Renault FT Light Tanks
The Renault FT, model of 1917, was a Char Léger
, or French light tank, that is widely acknowledged as one of the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. The FT was the first operational tank to have its armament mounted within a fully rotating turret. The FT's basic configuration with the turret on top, engine in the back, and the driver in front became the standard pattern, repeated in most tanks to this day. Armor historian Steven Zaloga has called the Renault FT "the world's first modern tank". (1
)The FT was the ancestor of a long line of French tanks produced by Renault: the FT Kégresse, the NC1, the NC2, the Char D1, the Char D2, and the R35. (2, 3
) It inspired and influenced many later designs by other manufacturers including the H35 and the Somua 35. (4
) In addition to its pioneering design, the FT proved to be both cheap and suitable for mass production techniques. It became a popular export for France and Renault and was also licensed and copied for production by other countries.
In the U.S., a slightly modified version was built under license from Renault as the Six Ton Tank, or M1917 (of which 950 were built, 64 before the end of WWI, but too late to be used in action). The Italians produced as their standard tank the FIAT 3000, a moderately close copy of the FT. The Soviet Red Army captured fourteen burnt-out Renaults from White Russian forces during the Russian Civil War, and rebuilt them at the Krasnoye Sormovo Factory in 1920. Nearly 15 exact copies, called "Russian Renoe" were produced in 1920-1922, but due to technical production problems, they never actually saw the battlefield. In 1928-1931 the first completely Soviet-designed tank was the T-18, a derivation of the Renault with sprung suspension.
In all, the Renault FT was used by the armies of Afghanistan, Belgium, Brazil, the Republic of China, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Finland, France, Nazi Germany, Iran, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the Russian White Army, the Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
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