Part I Part II: Light tanks Part III: Turán medium tanks In this part, we’ll take a look at how could the Hungarian Tas medium tank be implemented into WoT. Everything is the same as in the previous articles: I will try not to predict game parameters (health points or alpha damage) and the balance parameters (radiorange, RoF, etc.) would not necessarely be implemented as I listed them below. Please note that these are only the historical characteristics, the would be implemented tanks could get unhistorical stuff as a last resort, if the game balance requires it. Unfortunately, Hungary did not produce a tank, which would perfectly fit in the in-game tier 6 slot. Therefore, to avoid implementing non-domestical or unhistorically overbuffed tanks into the Hungarian tech tree, I separated the Tas medium tank into two. In my opinion, this is the least bad solution. Let me show you my idea: These tanks, the separation of the historical 44M. Tas medium tank into two different vehicles, are technically made up by me. There were no separate “prototype” Tas tanks in practice, because the first two 44M. Tas tanks, that were manufactured in the WM factory – before they were destroyed, along with the whole WM assembly hall – were the prototypes. So the 44M. Tas and the Tas prototype should be the same tank on paper. However, as the 44M. Tas tanks unfortunately was never completed and it had a relatively large variety of planned and considered modules, the in-game separation is absolutely possible and more or less historical. The Tas has enough modules for to be a tier 6 and a tier 7 medium tank too. The tier 6 “Tas prototype” would represent the Tas, that was assembled in the WM factory, therefore it would get the modules (like engine, gun, armor, etc.) that were available and/or possible to manufacture in the perspective of the late war limited resources and difficult circumstances. Consequently, the tier 7 “44M. Tas” would represent the tank, that the Tas could have become, if everything would have been ideal, and went the way its creators wanted/dreamed. Therefore, it would get the modules, which were planned or considered at some point during the development (such as the 80mm tank gun or the 700hp engine), but were abandoned, as the late war situation got worse and worse, replaced by cheaper or less powerful modules, which were at least available at the time. In the matter of front armor, the sources are not unified. Some of them state that the middle front plates of the Tas were 100mm thick, others (sometimes in the same book or even on the same page by the same author) state that it was 120mm thick. As the original blueprints are mostly missing, it’s unfortunately really hard to check, which value is the correct and which is not. In my personal opinion, both values are correct, but they shows us the thickness of that plate at two different stages of development. Therefore, both values are acceptable and I used the 100mm thickness on the tier 6 vehicle, and the thicker, 120mm plate on the tier 7 one. Above: Armor scheme of the Tas The reason why I think such separation is possible in WoT are the in-game VK 30.02 (M) – Panther and Foch – Foch (155) combinations. Tas “prototype” – Tier VI Possible vehicle description The developoment of this medium/heavy tank started in the Spring of 1943 as an answer to the appearance of the Soviet T-34. The assembly of the first two prototypes was already started in May 1944, but on 27th of June, the Weiss Manfréd factory was seriously hit by an Allied bombing run and the two prototypes were destroyed along with the assembly hall. Shortly after that, the whole development was cancelled. History: You can read more about the development history of the Tas here: http://ftr.wot-news.com/2013/06/17/hung … ohamloveg/ and here: http://ftr.wot-news.com/2014/02/04/88mm … -tas-nope/ Characteristics: Crew: 5, Commander, Gunner, Driver, Radioman, Loader Gun: 75mm 43 M. L/43 Ammo types: AP, APCR, HEAT and HE Ammo capacity: ? Historical ROF: 12 shots/min Penetration with AP: 113mm Penetration with HEAT in 60°: 90mm Gun depression, elevation: ? Gun: 75mm 42 M. L/70 (identical to the German 7,5cm KwK 42 L/70) Ammo types: AP, APCR, HE Ammo capacity: ? In-game penetration with AP: 150mm Gun depression, elevation: -9°, +20° Armor: - upper front plate: 75mm in 30° (150mm EFF) - middle front plate: 100mm in 75° (103,5mm EFF) - lower front plate: 75mm in 30° (150mm EFF) - side: 50mm in 90-60° (50-58 EFF) - upper rear plate: 100mm in 75° (103,5mm EFF) - lower rear plate: 50mm in 50° (65mm EFF) Turret: Tas early Turret armor: 100/100/100 Gun mantlet: ? Weight: 36,6 t Engines: - V-2-34, diesel, 500 hp - 2x WM V-8H, petrol, 260 + 260 = 520 hp Power-to-weight ratio: 14,2 hp/t Maximum speed: cca. 47 km/h Radio: R/5a Notes and predictable in-game performance: Because the desired 80mm DIMÁVAG gun was not ready in time, the creators of the Tas later decided to use the 75mm 43 M. L/43 tank gun of the Turán III medium tank and Zrínyi I assault gun for the Tas prototypes instead. However, there were some negotiations with Germany to buy the licence of the KwK 42 L/70 or import already manufactured cannons for the potentially produced Tas. Of course, nothing came out of these negotiations in the end for various reasons, such as at that time, Germany was unable to produce enough guns to satisfy its own needs, let alone producing even more for export. Allegedly, there was a suggestion to put captured/domestically built V-2 engines of the Soviet T-34 medium tank into the Tas. As you can imagine, this suggestion was rejected early on. Please note that some recent studies indicate that the Tas medium/heavy tank was somewhat smaller than the historians thought so far until a few years ago. Here is an illustration, the smaller one represents the real dimensions of the Tas compared to the older, obsolete dimensions. This means for example that the Tas was only 2,7 m tall, 0,2 m lower than the Pz. V Panther. Therefore, pictures like this old comperation to the Panther Ausf. D are obsolete. Do not use them anymore. Pros: - Decent 75mm L/70 gun (same as on the in-game VK 30.01 D and VK 30.02 M) - Good upper and lower front plate armor for a medium tank - Good, partly sloped side armor - Surprisingly good back hull armor - Good gun depression Cons: - Mediocre power-to-weight ratio and mobility - Probably not too good at side-scraping, because of the AMX Continue reading →

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