“O-I Kai” – potential tier 8 Japanese HT premium

Wargaming has recently been intensively releasing more and more premium vehicles. It is up to you to decide if implementing more is necessary. However, in my opinion if Wargaming really wants to implement more premiums, they should focus on implementing (tier 8) premiums for branches that doesn’t have one before adding more Soviet, US and French tier 8 premiums.

One of the branches with no tier 8 premium is the Japanese HT line (Nameless doesn’t count, heh). If one reworked the HT line like I have proposed in the past, it would be possible to make the O-Ni as a tier 8 premium. That is however only if you rework the line – otherwise it is not possible, unless you copy the O-Ni with buffs (or alternatively a slightly altered O-Ho) into a tier 8 premium. The O-Ni, however, is more or less completely fictional – it is born from some inaccurate artworks, combined together with false information and rumors regarding the actual O-I.

Despite that, I had the O-Ni as a tier 8 premium for the branch. However, after the rework proposal, I have come up with a better idea that can work as a tier 8 premium heavy tank vehicle for the Japanese branch. It is more unique – and somewhat historical… or well, let’s say that the background is at least historical. While the tank itself is more or less a “what-if” idea, the recent changes of Wargaming (such as all of those armor buffs, the Chinese TDs and the upcoming tier 9-10 French heavies, which are basically hull and turret combined together from two different projects, etc.) have opened a door for it.

Meet the “O-I Kai”.

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Pictures from Technikpark MV, Grimmen

EDIT: Photos seem to not appear for some reason. Just click the link.

Here is a photo collection from this summer of the “Technikpark MV” in Grimmen (north eastern Germany). It’s free to visit, though you can drive some tanks or big trucks for a fee or crash your old rust bucket with one of their tanks.

Their website:

www.technikpark-mv.de

It’s a private run (hobby) thing and sadly their website is only in german. Most vehicles are of East German or Soviet origin (cars, trucks and tractors). Check them out:

https://imgur.com/gallery/rKkx5

 

Thanks to Folterknecht for emailing the pictures to us.

Japanese TD line proposal, Part III: premium candidates

Part I: https://thearmoredpatrol.com/2017/06/10/japanese-td-line-proposal-part-i/

Part II: https://thearmoredpatrol.com/2017/06/13/japanese-td-line-proposal-part-ii-tier-vi-x/

Hello again! I am sorry for being very late. I tried to finish the third part a week after the second one. However, I felt unmotivated to do so. After that happened many times, I eventually simply forgot about it. I am sorry if you have waited for so long, but better late than never, right?

Anyways, this is the third part of the Japanese TD line proposal. We handled the main branch in the last two parts. In this part, we will look at the potential premium candidates. While there has been lots of controversy with the premium vehicles recently, there is no arguing that there should be at least one crew trainer for each branch. Fortunately, there are quite a few premium TDs for the Japanese TD branch.

Chi-Ha long 12 cm SP (tier 6-7)

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The OP Tanks of the Past (part 1/2):

Written by VeroxGaming for TAP:

Hello TAP! In this 2 part article series I‘ll be covering once OP tanks in WoT, that have since been nerfed and are no longer regarded as being OP. The tanks will be listed going up from Tiers 1 to 10. Without wasting time, let’s begin!

P.S. This is my first ever article I‘ve wrote, if the quality of the article is bad, I sincerely apologize.

Tier 1:

T1 Cunningham:

Still widely regarded as the best tier 1 tank, the T1 Cunningham was once completely overpowered as it had access to the 20mm Hispano-Suiza Birkigt autocannon. Also being quite nimble and quick, the tank was a favourite for company battles, as only one tier 1 tank could be picked.

With a clip size of 15, shell intraclip time of 0,1s and full clip reload time of 7,7s,
the gun was capable of mowing down tier 1 and even most tier 2 tanks with single clip.
As average tier 1 tanks health is around 120, with full clip potential being 180, it was possible to
destroy a tier 1 tank and still have shells left in clip to severely (around 50% of health) damage another one.
The gun was removed with update 9.14
It‘s worth noting that 37 mm M1924 has also been nerfed for being too good, the clip size has been reduced from 5 to 3, as the gun also had the capability to utterly demolish other tier 1 peers.
Lets move on to tier 2, we meet the little devil of the tier;

Tier 2:
The menace of tier 2 – T18:

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Hungary’s Famous Fake Tank Destroyer

Written by Károly “Karika” Németh of Tanks Encyclopedia

Tas rohamlöveg mockup by Á. Bíró
Tas rohamlöveg mockup by Á. Bíró.

Introduction

After the end of the Second World War, under the soon established communist regime in Hungary, it was unwise (and unrequested) to publicly talk about any involvement in the military developments of the previous, condemned era. Therefore, the designers of the Hungarian 44M. Tasheavy/medium tank also chose to remain silent and its history soon faded away.

Nobody bothered to research the history of the Hungarian tanks and armored fighting vehicles until the late 1970’s, the time when most of the primary sources, the key people involved in it had already passed away. This made it even harder for the new generation of historians to form a coherent story because most of the time they had to rely on the few remaining, sometimes contradictory written documents or on the memories of the people who only played a minor role in the stream of events.

Consequently, because of the lack of primary sources, some outdated books and articles falsely claim that a self-propelled gun on a Tas chassis would also have been designed in parallel with the 44M. Tas development.

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Toldi páncélvadász: The Hungarian Marder

Written by Károly Németh a.k.a. Karika on Tanks Encyclopedia. Here is a link to Karika’s 44M. Tas article.

The Toldi páncélvadász was a tank destroyer prototype that did not enter production or service with the Royal Hungarian Army during World War Two. The designers choose to use the obsolete Toldi I light tank chassis on which to mount a large, powerful and heavy 75 mm (2.95 in) anti-tank gun. The chassis however could not cope with the additional weight when crossing rough country so the design was rejected in the end.

Authentic photo of the Toldi páncélvadász
The only known authentic photograph of the ‘Toldi páncélvadász’, a Toldi light tank based self-propelled tank hunter in the courtyard of the Hungarian Institute of Military Technology (Haditechnikai Intézet, HTI) in the spring of 1944.


Illustration by David Bocquelet

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