For the Record: 9.0 Test – New Armor Models
Hello everyone, when the first test went live, I made a post about T-54, Tiger and Sherman armor model changes. Let’s look at the new vehicles and how they changed. M18 Hellcat This is the original Hellcat armor in top configuration – nothing too fancy. And this is the new one. As you can see, there are some changes. First, the “red” frontal plate now really covers only the front and not sides partially as well. The side thickness changed from 31 to 32mm. The blue mantlet rim is now 38+32mm thick (instead of 31+44), mantlet is the same (76mm). The rear sides of the turret got actually 45mm thick (earlier 13mm). Overall, the changes here are however quite minor. M103 Again, the original configuration of the M103. 203mm armor on the nose, 127mm frontal turret and upper frontal plate, 114mm lower frontal plate and upper sides of the turret, 127mm and 203mm rims of the mantlet (with 127mm behind it), 267mm mantlet itself, 51-70mm turret roof, 137mm commander’s copula. And here’s how it changed: As you can see, the armor model became a LOT complicated. For starters, the frontal hull plate was nerfed a bit. The red 203mm belt is thinner, with the zone above it being 127mm thick and the rest of the upper frontal plate being 107mm thick. LFP 114mm thickness remains. Purple zone (mantlet) was nerfed to 254mm, with the blue zones being 191mm (right above and next to mantlet) and 102mm (the blue one) thick (note that only the blue one now has turret armor behind it). The red plate directly behind the mantlet is 254mm thick, the armor on the side of the mantlet is now 159mm thick, above mantlet is 117mm thick (this is a major buff, earlier, this zone was 127mm thick everywhere). Then the “belts” of the side turret armor begin, they are (from front to back) 147mm, 133mm, 117mm, 99mm 93mm, 85mm, 74m, 64mm and finally (the rear of the turret) 53mm thick. The roof is 38 and 47mm thick (earlier 51-70mm) however and the copula is 102mm thick (earlier 137mm). Generally speaking it’s a buff, but the roof is now more vulnerable than before. Also note the “neck” between the turret and the hull, that’s 107mm thick (earlier it was 127mm). If you know where the weakspots are, this tank is now more vulnerable. Tortoise The old armor first. 406mm area behind mantlet, 229mm area around it and the frontal hull, 76mm upper frontal plate (guaranteed ricochet), 102mm lower hull sides and copula, 152mm superstructure sides, 172mm left hull side and copula center, 38mm roof and 35mm tracks. Now the new one: As you can see, the armor layout didn’t change a bit. The 229mm frontal hull got a lot smaller with a small stripe of 172mm above it. The upper (ricochet) plate got nerfed from 76mm to 57mm. The roof is 25mm instead of 38mm. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same. Overall, a minor nerf. Maus Maus old model is here: 200mm front (those violet stripes are 200+80mm armor), 105mm sideskirts, 25mm tracks, 185mm upper side armor, 105 and 50mm hull roof, 60mm “shields”, 240+30mm mantlet (blue zone is 160mm), 240mm turret front, 210mm turret sides, 65mm turret roof And the new one: As you can see, very little chas changed. All the roofs (hull and turret) lost 5mm of armor”, the blue area around the mantlet disappeared and the entire mantlet is now 240mm thick (with no armor behind it), the gun ring is 150mm thick. And finally… Panther Old model: And the new one: As you can see, again, very little changed. The MG weakspot disappeared, the hull roof is now 16mm instead of 17mm and there is a thin strip of 40mm turret roof armor behind the upper frontal plate.