Meng Model 1:35 - French FT-17 Tank (Crew and Orderly) - Plastic Figure Model Kit #HS-005
The kit represents two members of the FT-17 crew and a dispatch rider delivering new orders to the tankmen. The tank is not included in this kit and can be found here.
The Renault FT, also known as the FT-17, was a French light tank of the late WWI period. Remarkable for its revolutionary design, the FT-17 played an invaluable role in the history of tank development. It was the first tank that featured a revolving turret. The FT-17 had a crew compartment at the front, an engine compartment in the rear, and main armament placed inside of the turret. This configuration became and remains the standard tank design making the FT-17 the first modern tank in the world.
The kit includes parts for the assembly of three figures in two variants (there are duplicate parts for each of the three figures on a separate sprue) and a 1917 Peugeot 750 cc 2 cylinder motorcycle.
This modulation set contains three paints designed to replicate Khaki-brown colours which were commonly used on British combat vehicles of WWI. First introduced in military use by the British Empire, the Khaki colour was used throughout WWI and beyond to make tanks less visible in forests and marshlands.
AK4041 WWI British Khaki Brown Highlights
AK4042 WWI British Khaki Brown Base
AK4043 WWI British Khaki Brown Shadow
This paint set contains three basic khaki shades designed to paint uniforms worn by British troops during WWI. These colours were also common in British uniforms of the WWII era.
The word 'khaki' ('dust-colored', Hindi) came to English from British India. Uniforms of khaki colour were first introduced in 1848 by the Corps of Guides which was part of the British Indian Army. Later, khaki uniforms were used by the British Empire in several colonial conflicts, such as the Expedition to Abyssinia in 1867 and the Mahdist War in 1881. In 1902, after the Second Boer War, khaki was accepted as the colour of the continental British Service Dress.
Unlike traditional grey and red costumes, the khaki uniform allowed troops to remain inconspicuous in the battlefield. It was widely used by British forces throughout the two World Wars, however today it's worn only during official occasions and ceremonies.
AK3081 WWI British Uniform Base
AK3082 WWI British Uniform Light
AK3083 WWI British Uniform Shadow
By the beginning of 20th century, the French uniform had changed little from the Napoleonic era. French infantrymen and cavalry soldiers wore traditional blue trench coats and red trousers. Attempts on introducing more sensible combat clothing were rejected by conservatives both in military circles and among civilians. However, there were some who realised the downsides of the colourful field dress.
In order to satisfy both sides a new uniform was designed. It included red, white and blue threads which, intertwining together, created a drab purple-brown colour. The red threads had to be excluded though, as the dye needed for their production was made in Germany. Remaining white and blue threads produced the so-called "Horizon blue" colour.
In the face of the coming war the new uniform was accepted by the French Government and stayed unchanged till the end of the war. The colour set contains three basic shades designed to recreate the famous Horizon blue worn by French troops during WWI.
AK3101 WWI French Uniform Base
AK3102 WWI French Uniform Light
AK3103 WWI French Uniform Shadow
This set of paints is designed to paint uniforms that were used by German troops during WWI. The base colour of German WWI uniform was Feldgrau, or field-grey. The paints represented in this set will help you achieve the right shade of the Field-grey uniform. These colours can also be used for painting WWII German uniforms.
AK3091 WWI German Uniform Base
AK3092 WWI German Uniform Light
AK3093 WWI German Uniform Shadow