World War I, a time when battle tank manufacturing was in its absolute infancy, offers us but a glimpse of the powerful, versatile, and lethal armored vehicle technology that would rapidly progress before the outbreak of World War II. These early-era tanks, to our modern sensibility, are fascinating in their simplicity though they offered soldiers of the time an opportunity to travel at higher speeds, traverse difficult landscape, and be equipped with dynamic and mobile weaponry.
Among the most ground-breaking tank designs in military history, the French-built FT-17 was the first production tank to have a fully rotating turret. It debuted on the battlefield on May 31, 1918, during the Second Battle of the Marne. In addition to its late introduction during World War I, it also saw service during World War II with many regional conflicts along the way.
This 1/72 scale resin model — one of the very first models in our brand new Wings of the Great War: Armor Collection — is a replica of the "Five of Hearts," an FT-17 used by the U.S. Army's 344th Tank Battalion under George S. Patton. It features textured surfaces, accurate weaponry, realistic tracks, a removable display base, and authentic markings. Measures approximately 2¾" long.