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.


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).


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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

T-100 LT

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.

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.

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.


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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