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    General Slade
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    I came across this picture of the Minifigs model of the Renault FT17 and was surprised to see that it has an ornamental dolphin on the hull (which gives it a distinctly steam punk look to my eye).  I’ve looked online to try to find real life examples of this design but all the FT17s I have come across appear to be sans fish.  So is the model correct?  Did Renault manufacture tanks decorated with dolphins?

     

    Minifigs Renault FT17

     

     

    #15592
    Mike
    Mike
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    No idea, sorry.
    However whilst Googling for it I discovered a whole world of “Renault FT 17 lego” on Google images!

    #15599
    General Slade
    General Slade
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    Damn! That’s really disappointing.  For one thing it means that the French in the First World War weren’t as whimsical as I had hoped.  And secondly it means I am seeing ornamental fish where there are none.

    #15622

    Etranger
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    Thats the tail skid for trench crossing, often but not always fitted. That said, your example does have a particularly exuberant amount of excess metal & it does look like a face! Either that or there really was a Dauphin variant. (Actually wasn’t there Renault by that name?)

    #15623
    General Slade
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    It turns out there was a Renault Dauphine but sadly it wasn’t a First World War tank and didn’t look especially like a dolphin.  On the plus side, looking this up means that I now know why the heir to the throne of France was called the Dolphin; apparently it is all down to the coat of arms:

    Arms of the Dauphin of France

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