Tankovia has gone gaga over the tank. The first public showing of the FT in Tankovina resulted in a near riot as citizens clamoured to see the object of curiosity. People were getting crushed by the crowd trying to see and touch this magical thing. Indeed our initial batch of tanks are pretty worn out from driving around and shooting blanks for the public. Between this and training, we have been hardly able to use them in tactical exercises.
To remedy this, a number of steps have been taken. The first is to buy more, a whole lot more FTs and they have all been paid for by public subscription. Receipts for Tank Bonds are proudly displayed in homes over fire places and in offices. Some tanks are being bought by civic organizations and even municipalities. We have had to stop the latter since it is a misuse of public monies but we have allowed local government to organize bond selling efforts and recognize it by putting donor plaques on the tanks they buy.
We have also bought a sizeable number of non-functional FTs as spare hulks and for our chaps to tinker with. One of the first efforts has been to build up a number of mild steel tanks for training and exposition. Being lighter, the wear on tracks and running gear is reduced and the absence of live weapons is a benefit with people crawling all over them.
Finally we have built some plywood mock ups to mount onto passenger cars to drive around selling Tank Bonds. Children absolutely love being taken in tank rides and being photographed in 'tanker' garb.