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Fiat 2000 reconstruction

 

For the last year or more I have been working with a great team of Italian guys who have been working on building a full size (yes 1:1 scale) replica of the famous Fiat 2000 tank. There are obviously a few repro Renault FT’s and M1917, and even an A7V, St. Chamond, Schneider CA1, and British rhomboids. Until now Italian tanks haven’t gained much interest in WW1 circles but the Fiat 2000 is a huge iconic machine.

Well armoured and turreted this thing was massive and although only two were built the tank is a true WW1 tank and part of what is effectively a completely independent attempt at tank production in WW1 before Italy adopted (and modified) the Renault FT instead.

The project is led by a team of professionals and engineers and has been fundraising for several months now. Not surprising really considering the total projected cost is going to be several hundred thousand Euros.  

 

The fundraising has been going fairly well though selling mugs and polo shirts and has recently received official approval to go ahead with production. The project has its own Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Fiat2000/?ref=group_header where they post progress and technical updates as well as continue with the fundraising.

One vehicle will be built to meet the final specifications of the No.2 Fiat 2000 vehicle and fingers crossed she may be available eventually to tour tank shows in Europe such as Tankfest where her sheer size will definitely grab some attention. With luck manufacturing of parts will begin in the next couple of months although a few technical questions remain about the vehicle. I can picture some kind of line up of all of these repro WW1 vehicles at a show as being quite a sight to behold.

Courtesy of the Fiat 2000 committee here are some images from the CAD drawings for it prepared by the lead engineer Mr. Italiani. This is really a very exciting project to rebuild Italy's first and most famous tank and as it is a WW1 vehicle I wanted to bring it to the attention of the landships folks too.

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More images as links to avoid photo overload.

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I would ask that if anyone has any information, photos, references about the tank or the Fiat A12 engine that it would be very gratefully recevied as the team works ahrd to gather together all of the information on the vehicle. Much of which has been lost to time.

 

This image shows the actual original wooden tank model made by Fiat in about 1917 for the tank. This was purchased as the first step in the development last year and has actually been restored. It is being used to tour along with a small exhibit around various museums in Italy at the moment to build support and help raise money.

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As you see it's not small, the big black box behind it is the custom-made travel box for the model as it is priceless and we don't want it to get damaged in transit.



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Incredible, what a fantastic project, good luck!

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What an incredible venture, GOOD LUCK.


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Blimey. That is fantastic. You must keep us up to date at all times.



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First track link casting finished... loads more to go but figuring this stuff out in the absence of plans takes a long time and all credit to Mario Italiani for his excellent work here. The video of the link being discussed is on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/mario.italiani/videos/1880902178632305/?t=2 

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I love one to one replicas. But its finding the drawings and dimensions which are the most difficult part of building such things, the rest is a piece of cake.

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Quick update but an important one.
Construction due to commence shortly. A firm has been contracted for the work.
Svecom of Vicenza will be doing the work.
www.svecom.com/

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Construction has begun - the first section being built is the lower part of the hull with the transverse supports. We've come a long way in just a short period of time for this project so its great to see metal being cut and put together for it.

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Impressive: keep the updates current please!



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One side has now been installed after being cut. She is a big beast but all the hard work is paying off. Fundraising continues to be a problem but I remain optimistic.
https://www.facebook.com/donate/2170859222965233/?fref=gc&dti=141146503273934&hc_location=ufi (fundraiser link in case anyone asked)

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Progress is going well as the fundraising has been going along. The other side of the lower hull is fitted and the axle for the drive sprockets is built and fitted. TYou can see that the drive gears have even been cut too.

Less obvious but no less crucial are the 'feet' on the ends of those transverse support 'I' beams which have their ends fitted now too- These will eventually take the outer armour panels on the sides.



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This is amazing.



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Hi,
That looks very impressive :)
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Quick update.

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Lots of work done on the hull including the front and now you really get a better impression of just how big this tank is.

The team really has been doing superb work on this project combining the engineering side with a good rummage in the Ansaldo archives for scraps of technical information and plans for her too. 

The front of the hull is now on and more work has been done of the driver wheels too and the drive chain. 

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Video tour of the hull



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Lots of progress since last update.
The hull crossbracing is complete and in. The first of the double-wheel bogies is assembled and in place and some of the leaf-springs sets have been assembled.

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Just a short update for those not following the construction on facebook but the Fiat 2000 is coming along nicely with the suspension components fitted as well as the supports for the side armour plates.
Video of the rollers being tested https://www.facebook.com/replicafiat2000/videos/3346345205383292/
The gearbox is test-fitted too and the driver's position has been arranged but not finished. Lots of really great work going on.

 

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