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Here we go again, comrades. I must apologize for the delay in the publishing of this part, and possible publishing of unprepared article.

So, Without unnecessary warm-up, I present you one of the most brutal projects I've ever seen. Space Orkz from WH40k would love one...

"The Un-tracked Tank"

August 4th, 1941

The authors came to a conclusion, that tracks were the most vulnerable part of the tanks, so they proposed a trackless warmachine. The project consisted of armoured cylinders. The "wheels"-"drums" roll freely on the bearings, with all necessary amortization etc, and are equipped with pyramidal shields.

The "cabin" contains engines, armaments (AT-guns, AA-gun, machine-guns, flamethrowers), fuel, compressed air reservoirs and seats for the crew, all located in order to provide required с.g.

Mass ratios made possible climbing up to 20-25 degtrees, and for rougher environment "paired" tanks were proposed, connected by a "corridor", that also allowed transfer of the crew from damaged tank of the pair. Also a concept of "deep operation" using engineless tank with supplies and/or landing party, thus making "a trio" was explained.

And here is the scheme of this beast:

Accordion Of Doom

January, 1943

Nice concept was proposed by an engineer. I believe, most of you know that similar ideas had reached "metal" stage in many countries.

Now I'll present you a couple of designs proposed by head of military-technical service from 28th Rifles Corps in spring of 1941. Pictures only, but very impressive style!


And pure dieselpunk: 

The Monocycle

And last one for this week,

Spherical Tank (almost in vacuum)

August, 1942

This one could shoot land and air targets, and the project had very great detail (unfortunately, I do not have these details). But - we have nice pictures. 

Once again, all credits go to Yuri Pasholok and The Russian MOD Central Archives.

Very last, but not the least - tomorrow is Defender of the Fatherland Day in Russia (and many former Soviet Republics), that originated as Red Army Day. My articles on Red Dieselpunk has a lot to do with this force, that once crashed the spine of the greatest enemy ever.

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Comment by Komissar Hass on March 28, 2012 at 4:09am

Unbelievable story, Bryan! Thank you.

Comment by Bryan D. Amage on March 28, 2012 at 4:03am

a little background for the mnocycle: 

" This MV Augusta 60cc Monomoto Superleggera is the experimental machine ridden by young wealthy Italian Luiggi Bandini, during practice for the 1954 Milano-Taranto Road Race. Bandini tragically lost control in a misty mountain section, while waving to a pretty spectator. His grief stricken father, Count Enzio Bandini, “The Falcon,” never again permitted anyone to ride or even view this advanced design, and knowledge of its whereabouts faded. Eventually, rumors of this fascinating machine reached the motorcycling bon vivant Todd Fell. On a trip to Naples, Italy, his quest to find it was rewarded at the Bandini country villa, where in 2004, fifty years after the tragic accident, the late Count’s family was persuaded to part with the treasure."

Comment by Komissar Hass on February 27, 2012 at 5:28am

Cap'n Tony, I try my best to deliver amazing content!

BandNerd51, this is a nice one! any background information on the subject?

Elvisrocks59, you are welcome, a lot is yet to be seen...and discussed, I hope.

2all: I believe, "part 5" will be ready in a couple of days, as I am rather busy these days.

Comment by Elvisrocks59 on February 22, 2012 at 8:49pm

Most brutal indeed,thank you again Komissar Hass

Comment by BandNerd 51 on February 22, 2012 at 6:32pm

Here is a real version of a monocycle. I think it says AGUSTA on the sidecover


Comment by Cap'n Tony on February 22, 2012 at 8:34am

Now extend-o-tanks and Segways of Doom.  You never cease to amaze...

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