For the Record: TVP Model 1946 – a Potential Hightier Premium
Hello everyone, here’s a little preview of a potential premium tier 7-8 tank I’ve put together – you guessed it, it’s Czechoslovak. I am calling it “TVP Model 1946″ (it really has no official designation). Actually, a quick stop here. Hightier premium medium tanks are in fact a problem for the European branch. This is one of the very few candidates, available for such a position. One might think that this issue will be mitigated by the presence of Swedish tanks in the EU tree, but – no. The Swedish – for all their interesting designs – have problems with hightier medium tanks, some candidates are pretty speculative (or without drawings whatsoever) and the medium branch is generally very strained (what the Swedish do not lack are hightier heavies and TD’s, but mediums are a bit of a problem). Italians are even worse, pretty much only clones or fantasies (Panther II) on high tiers. Hungarians and Polish have no hightier mediums at all and Yugoslavia has some candidates, but it was never really considered to be one of the “primary” EU tree nations (lack of lowtiers). They will probably come, eventually. Switzerland is promising by the way. Anyway, back to Czechoslovakia. This is the first proposal for TVP by VTU from 1946. Its history is complicated and not really important at this point, if you are interested, check the earlier TVP articles on FTR. Today, we are going to focus on game characteristics and how to turn it into a premium tank. Short description: Initial proposal by Military Technical Institute (VTU) for a “medium tank of general use”, designated “TVP”. It was further developed by Škoda and Praga until the 50′s, when the program was cancelled in favour of licensed T-34/85 production. Tier: 7-8 (depending on balance) Length: 6560mm (8978mm with barrel, gun barrel here is NOT up to scale, it’s a placeholder!) Width: 3280mm Height: 2043mm (2367mm with copula) Clearance: 537mm Roadwheel diameter: 755mm Frontal sprocket diameter: 453mm Rear drive sprocket diameter: 447mm Return roller diameter: 187mm Crew: 5 (Commander, Driver, Machinegunner/Radioman, Gunner, Loader) Weight: 30 or 33 tons (depending on the gun used) Note: This post incorporates basically two main variants: a “lighter” 30 ton one and a “heavier” one of 33 tons. Please note the standardized crew of 5, useful for other EU hightiers. Main gun options (all were historically considered): - 85mm PTK Vz.44S (S-53, later license-produced in Czechoslovakia, underpowered for high tiers) - 88mm PLK Vz.41N (modified 88mm FlaK 41 L/74) OR 88mm PTK Vz.43/41N (simply the L/71 88mm PaK 43) – the gun was rated in any case at 1000 m/s - 105 mm PLK Vz.39N (modified 105mm FlaK 39 L/63,3) – the gun was rated at 900 m/s Note: Of these options, the 88mm L/71 PaK is most historical (the problem was, only one FlaK 41 was ever captured and its use for mass-produced tank was thus extremely unlikely, whereas we had many captured L/71 guns. Soviet license production of their 85mm guns started practically only a decade later). 105mm option is possible as well, for that hard hitting alpha. S-53 and 88mm L/71 are already in the game. 105mm Vz.39N data: Caliber: 105mm Barrel length: L/52,8 Shell velocity of HE shell: 880 m/s Shell velocity of AP shell: 860 m/s Weight of HE shell: 26 kg Weight of AP shell: 26,1 kg Capable of firing an APC shell of following penetration: 165,1 mm at 1000 yards (914 meters) 152,4 mm at 1500 yards (1371,6 meters) 142,2 mm at 2000 yards (1828,8 meters) Note: That gives us cca 185mm penetration 105mm caliber gun, quite sufficient for a tier 8 premium. Naturally, the rate of fire would be nowhere near the one of the Flak mount. I do believe however that the 88mm variant would be the best. Ammo carried: 80 rounds for the main gun, 3600 rounds for both machineguns Secondary armament: two heavy machineguns (Vz.37 or BESA, 7,92mm – one coaxial, one in the hull), and a flamethrower (paired with the hull machinegun), a grenade launcher on the top of the turret for close defense (range 5-20 meters). Note: Obviously, the flamethrower and MG data are here for summary purposes only, I do not want flamethrowers on WoT tanks. Armor: Welded armor (both turret and hull) Hull: 65/40/30 (bottom and roof 20mm) Turret: 65/40/30 (roof 20mm, cupola presumably 30mm) Mantlet thickness: unknown (defined as “of German origin, Saukopfblende”) The vehicle was to be equipped with Schurzen (unknown shape and thickness, but consists of steel mesh, situated 20cm from the tank, not on the drawing) Turret was electrically rotated, commander’s cupola was capable of traversing, equipped with 5 episcopes and independently traversing ceiling with binoculars, artillery rangefinder and holes for signal flags. There was a grenade launcher on the turret. Note: For its tier, it’s relatively thin armor, but it’s compensated by mobility. Mobility: Maximum speed: 50 km/h Engine options: 600hp Škoda Diesel (for 30 ton version with 88mm gun), 660hp Škoda Diesel (for 33 ton version with 105mm gun), or 608 hp Škoda Diesel Transmission: Praga-Wilson Power-to-weight: 20 hp/t Ground pressure: 0,5 kg/cm3 Suspension: leaf springs, of the same type as LT Vz.38 Radio: RM-31T (speculative of course, but this is the radio the vehicle would have, if it was ever mass-produced. By 1946, there was absolutely no unification between the Czechoslovak armored vehicles, some had British sets, some had German sets and some Soviet sets). Range is of course “as needed” (radios in WoT have nothing to do with reality apart from some of the names anyway). Summary: A very mobile and reasonably armed medium tank with mediocre (subpar) armor. Suitable for tier 7-8 premium position. Well, that’s it. In case you are not interested in Czechoslovak or EU tanks – please, just move along without trolling the comment section, this post is for those, who actually care :) Thank you.