What is the process/source for getting one's mitts on US Govt drawings -
namely US Army obsolete/historic weapon designs? I've reached the
inescapable conclusion that some things I want to build no manufacturer will
touch and as my CAD/CAM skills get better every day and the Holy Grail of
home grown rapid prototyping draws closer and more affordable, I want to
give scratch building a try.
This will be a few years down the road (I've got plenty of plastic to play
with til then), but specifically I want to scratch build a Renault FT-17 in
large R/C scale. I'd like to kick off the project by CADing it up soon. I've
Googled my ass off and have turned up scant nothing in the form of a govt
agency that handles such requests. I did find some guys that are
reproducing drawings on a few things that interest them, like locomotives -
but that's of little help, huh. AND I realize Uncle Sam may have zilch on
the FT-17 and I'll have to move on to another subject for now.
I'll figure it out at the window. ;-)
So what inspired me? This guy and in particular his comment in the second
AWESOME! Take the time to thumb thru all the pics. That's a craftsmen at
work. IIRC, he built it in 4 mo.s and he doesn't appear to be a spring
chicken. How's that for humble pie? Yeah me too.
A Renault FT-17 should be a piece of cake compared to this monster. I have
collected all the line drawings the internet affords. One set of Russian
drawings give a very good overall dimensioning/proportioning - I'd like to
take it down further into the rivets if possible.
14 years ago