Subsequently we were able to find someone who could provide lasercut painted plates to cover it.
The first idea was in december, the plates arrived at the beginning of july. Because the "Tour de France" was passing by in Poelkapelle I could convince some people to help plating the framework in time to have it outside just in time for the Tour. And there it is and will stay as dummy tank on a pile of debris, stuck and immobilised like a tankrelict after the war as there were numerous, waiting for the real riding tank to appear, in honour of all those tanks and crews who so bravely tried to conquer Flanders fields full of mud, but had to wait for Cambrai to be show what they were able of and later on were so instrumental in turning the wave.
I want to express my sincere thanks to the volunteers who made this possible in one or another way and especially the newly involved people : Olivier Petillion for the hospitality, Peter Seys for advice, immense help and his tools, Chris Courtens for the plates and the help, Jozef Courtens for the help and the moving with his oldtimertractor, Stijn Butaye for the help and of course Dirk, supervising the works as he made the plans also. In the photo's you will see I did for once also use my hands ;-)
I may not forget the firma Parrein for lifting the tank on the debris, just at the opposite side of the road !
After the small tank on the roundabout made bij Stijn P. and installed in 2012, we now have a second full-size dummy at the outskirts in a beautifull environment not so far away from the road the real tanks passed trying to pass the Lekkerboterbeek, the small stream nearby. We are now waiting for the riding beast to be finished and indeed, several projects are in their planning phase to finish it. More news on it later.