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Rare lever wound Structo Tank 1930/32. Based on Cristie tanks? Completed restoration project.

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Posted 5 years ago


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Very rare 12" Structo tank only made between 1930-32, rare mostly because it had a large (and expensive) motor which made it die hard at the start of the depression. It has a huge triple spring motor that would be too tough to wind with a key, so it actually has a 8" built in ratchet lever to wind it! It may look like a total fabrication, but I think it was based quite strongly in reality. I think it represents Christie's designs of the day fairly well. At the very least, you can see where they took many of the design elements.

This was a long restoration project of mine, I actually took it to an antique car restoration garage to get it painted :)

In the 3rd picture you see how some idiot had painted it, very poorly I might add, which caused a loss to much of the original paint on the hull. The wheels and turret didn't get messed up too bad though. This is what it looked like when I first bought it. The treads never should have had paint on them, but worst of all they pained over all of the brass fixtures!

The 2nd picture shows how it looked after I stripped the modern paint. You can see how the turret and wheels still have much of the original paint still present. The hull lost more paint than I'd like to think about because it had a primer coat. You can, however, still see the remains of the original decal on the front.

The 1st image show how it looks today. I'd call it a partial restoration since I wanted to leave as much of the original finish as possible while aging the "replacement" areas to match the old, worn areas.

The paint color isn't 100% perfect and it is a little more glossy than I'd like, but I think it came out quite nicely.


  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    I'm very impressed.
  2. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    That is really nice!!!
  3. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    Very nice resto.
  4. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 5 years ago
    Thanks guys! I really didn't want to do a "full" restoration and have that horrible high gloss paint ruin the look of the piece. Restored really doesn't look the same (and in my opinion, nearly as good) since they don't use the same matte laqor paints as they did back in the 20s.
  5. akira23, 5 years ago
    Stunning! Great job!
  6. Sewing53, 3 months ago
    Really nice job!

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