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FT-17 Gun, MG and Headlights
Russian FT-17 Gun, MG and Headlights
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction

FC Model Trend has produced a 37mm gun, a machine gun mount for the side of the vehicle and a set of headlights in 1/35th scale. This set is a conversion to enable the modeller to produce the Soviet version of the FT-17.

Review

This offering from FC Model Trend is supplied in a re-sealable blister pack that I feel should do a good job of protecting the contents both in the post and in the modellers stash while waiting to be used. This is a resin 3D printed product with the procedure having been carried out to a high standard. I am unable to comment on the accuracy of the product but I believe FC Model Trend have done their homework due to the FT-17 appearing to be of particular interest to them.

This offering has been designed to be used with either the Meng or RPM kit offerings; it does require the angular turret rather than the curved turret. The 37mm barrel looks and feels to be well replicated, and what I thought was a poorly finished muzzle turned out to be a slight recess; this will in my opinion need to be made a little deeper but it is a good guide for that step. The machine gun mount is straight forward glue in place part, but I do not know exactly where it goes; drawings indicate on the right side. The headlights and mounting brackets are very nice design wise, but I feel that the lenses are a little cloudy.

Conclusion

From what I can see this is an easy to use product that enables a quick conversion to a Soviet produced FT-17. The parts have been well printed and will require the minimum of clean up. I have not been able to locate photographs specifically identified as a Soviet FT-17, but FC Model Trend do have two small images indicating this.
SUMMARY
Highs: The ease of this conversion has to be its biggest plus.
Lows: Hard to find reliable reference.
Verdict: For those who are into the FT-17 I am sure this will appeal or even those who just want something a little different.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35453
  Suggested Retail: 9.68
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  PUBLISHED: Dec 09, 2017
  NATIONALITY: Russia
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.16%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 91.67%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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