I recently acquired a 1:30th scale pewter rendition of the French WW1 armor classic, the FT-17 tank, as released by Atlas in unpainted form some time ago. Here's a picture of the model as I received it:
Even though the Atlas FT-17 is a pretty basic model it was good enough to inspire a code 3---in this case, depicting a Spanish Republican machine during that country's brutal 1930s civil war. Here's how it came out:
As it happens, I have three other Spanish Civil War tank replicas---all in the same scale and all by John Jenkins Designs. Although the Nationalist forces had the advantage over the Republicans in many areas---aircraft, artillery, etc---they were in bad shape when it came to tanks. The Italians supplied little, thin skinned tankettes, which could be dealt with using can openers in a pinch. while the Germans obliged with the Panzer MK I, a training tank armed with two machine guns and no match for a serious enemy. Here's my JJD Panzer, MK I: Ooops!---go to the next post.
In contrast, kindly Uncle Joe Stalin sent the Republicans about 500 T-26s and BT-5 "fast tanks" which were virtually invincible in combat---until the Nationalists began using German 88s against them. The Nationalists also used many captured Soviet tanks to good effect. Here's my JJD T-26: Nope, JJD didn't use invisible paint. see the next post.