Here is the next FT-17:
Sorry for the poor pic, but black plastic does not photograph very well. Here is a test fit for FT #2, along with the next FT's tracks for some reason. I have cut out the turret doors so I can place a TC figure in the turret.
The TC will come from one of the fine selection of 20mm tanks crews from Eureka:
French AFV crewmembers
Early war German tank crew
Soviet AFV crew
Soviet AFV crew pack #2
For the French-built tanks for my Republican forces, I will be using the French crew figures, and Soviet figures for the Soviet-supplied tanks. I have no definite proof, but it makes sense, to me at least, to use the same nationality crew for the tank. Uniforms might not be exactly the same colors, especially for the FT-17 crews, but the headgear should be similar.
Now that the first set of FT-17's are being worked upon, I started the first of my Nationalist tanks:
One sprue has all of the parts on these simplified kits. Two turrets are included, one for the standard twin-MG Panzer 1 and one for the field-modified turret with a 20mm cannon.
Here is a quick shot of the tank park now:
Three FT-17's in various stages of completion, and one Panzer 1a. The panzer is completely assembled, although the turret is not glued down, and I might add some details before painting. The second FT shows how the TC will be added to the tank - I just need to make some new doors. The third FT is awaiting some more attention although the hull is done. As a significant amount of the hull is covered by the tracks on the FT-17, I am leaving final assembly until painting is nearly complete.