Gotta love those tiny details! #68

Easter is over, so let’s get back to the series! Today we’ll be looking at some Russian tanks (T-60, BT-5, BT-7, LTTB and T-100 LT), as we’re done with the German ones.

T-60

https://preview.redd.it/wl18bglqniu81.jpg?width=887&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=6a4639d14016044f4f330656e123d37b6bf98000

We’ve seen the DShK machine gun multiple times before, but never as a main gun. It was actually used on the T-40 light tank and later fitted to the early T-60 prototype, which is why it’s an option in WoT (together with T-40’s turret).

https://preview.redd.it/zwfaawrdoiu81.jpg?width=1920&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=54e435bf67430d84a17b5e32017f42a526093abe

BT-5

https://preview.redd.it/57p2d7rgoiu81.jpg?width=735&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=26ce1c8b201125009dbf78d73199bf4e50c2f575

This tank looks like it’s smiling thanks to the tow chain. It’s a piece of equipment often present on BT tanks.

https://preview.redd.it/e5c0lyi4piu81.jpg?width=1920&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=cf2bc554622235a0d41e63e008075f45145da37f

https://preview.redd.it/p2bhs726piu81.jpg?width=905&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=fd20771d507df231c795b1da81ce261644b847e3

I don’t think these lights were common, as they are rarely seen in the photos, usually on later BT models, but nonetheless they were used. You can also see the same antenna and the mentioned tow chains on the real tank.

https://preview.redd.it/phudplaqpiu81.jpg?width=657&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=68b2dadb07f6ba1140f68a8403db768230ad91f0

https://preview.redd.it/48zcn9dzpiu81.jpg?width=717&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=4ceef62a72158a1161e56bb83358e0e9e48d24ff

A spare steering wheel stored on the fender. The fenders were used to store the tracks when the tank was moving on wheels, but I’ve also seen equipment like boxes placed here. The wheel itself looks correct, as you can see below in Chieftain’s hands, but I think that it would be folded to save some space.

https://preview.redd.it/yyyxpe3qqiu81.jpg?width=1237&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=2bd3cf96381133727c533da2fdb697b1930d9c7f

https://preview.redd.it/jx9p1atwqiu81.jpg?width=819&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=3976255d7ff078fe465be0c2e6f4a70610cf7c21

I’ve never seen additional armor like that on a BT tank, it’s way different than something like the BT-7E. Let me know if you have any evidence of something similar being used.

BT-7

https://preview.redd.it/xc32tef8riu81.jpg?width=570&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=c359ad9f95016ea390631dbb523ca6146e9ff4a9

Here you can see that the fenders were wide enough to place the tracks on them. Without the boxes and other pieces the whole track could be stored like that.

https://preview.redd.it/nwlaaakeriu81.jpg?width=808&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=08f206a48c700e7a5bd5f23b91773b2453230b9c

The tank looks too small to include a rear facing machine gun in the turret, but it’s exactly what the designers did. The turret was rather cramped, but at least well protected from the back.

https://preview.redd.it/e8998vrtriu81.jpg?width=800&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=ab1666e2a19874ce27ff736a773ea6f65dd2e9db

LTTB

https://preview.redd.it/qprmtl8wriu81.jpg?width=977&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=341f52fd9fb3f929e09f0ff19bc003900da0c433

As I’ve mentioned before, different variants of the DShK are fairly common in WoT, but we can still take a look at this one. It’s an early version of this machine gun with a very characteristic muzzle device.

https://preview.redd.it/7hz7xyp3siu81.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=e5ccf97508fc0a987dcda5d1f915d8820773fa23

T-100 LT

https://preview.redd.it/zi50rlb7siu81.jpg?width=1067&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=f7dd9853be29678ecbbf7928779426f7d7d86475

The barrel looks a little bit too modern for this tank, but actually it was like that in the original design, including the bulky fume extractor. It’s visible both in the picture below and the blueprint featured later.

https://preview.redd.it/y6leoukvsiu81.jpg?width=744&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=288451f583fb30ced77f9fb7ed77376052a27e27

https://preview.redd.it/qoh6v4cwsiu81.jpg?width=469&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=dbcab5648e1792de8de53ad785b5cd7958149052

A Russian helmet, given that the tank project dates back to ’60s, it may be the SSh-60 model, visually identical to the earlier SSh-40.

https://preview.redd.it/pf9iq8idtiu81.jpg?width=1440&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=d3741802f2936da9a542f45d5cd289e44674faf1

https://preview.redd.it/2p5lkhcgtiu81.jpg?width=636&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=28cfaf073739d62ce51ce347b8e1fd22aa93e253

It’s kinda interesting how low the silhouette of the tank is. It’s so low, that the engine compartment had to be raised above the hull roof for the engine to fit into the vehicle. The blueprint shows that it’s the lowest it could get, no space was wasted.

https://preview.redd.it/7pp2cmrutiu81.jpg?width=1084&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=1148a80da321f2f5e5c1cad7d82d682ece1c4cfa

Conclusion

After months with German vehicles it feels weird to write about the Russian ones, but on the other hand it’s refreshing to finally move on to the next nation. This post covered the whole light line, so the next one will be about the medium tanks.

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