1/72 Polish Ford FTB Armored Car Paper Model
Needing armored vehicles for reconnaissance during the 1919-21 war against the Soviet Bolsheviks, Poland adapted Ford's Model T chassis to accept a bolted-on armor-plate hull made of bolted-together plates that were re-purposed German trench plates. The driver had to squat to steer, lacking a proper seat, and the gunner's head and shoulders literally filled the limited-traverse turret. Despite their improvised nature, the cars proved to be relatively fast, able to withstand most small-arms and even light cannon fire, and were easy to maintain. The 17 built were popular with their crews.
This detailed model of the FT-B features a traversable turret, layered details, and comes in two finishes, rusty-ochre and camouflage.
Paper Model Details: 43 parts per model on one page (nine pages total in the PDF) with seven construction and reference diagrams. Rolled gun barrel and transmission, boxed wheels, duo-fold suspension, and layered hatches. Optional- position radiator armored covers. Degree of Difficulty; 2/5 (due to small parts). If you enjoy building this paper model, please contribute a review!
Text by Bart Wheeler
Text copyright 2012, Ecardmodels.com and Bart Wheeler
Build and photos by Chris Walas