Getting back on track, I am happy to announce 8th part of dieselpunkish warmachines from the 40s.
To have a good start, we begin with an awesome project of...
December 31st, 1942
This great project of "Super-powered Land Armoured Army" came from the NKVD engineer, who served in a Far-eastern factory. It comprised 13 pages of descriptions and two schemes (the drawings are rather amateurish, and lack quality, but you will definitely be impressed!)
The Superpowered Land Battleships came in 2 forms - "Personnel Carrier" and "Strike Craft".
Total weight - ~3 200 tons
Armaments - 8x130 mm cannons, 12x76 mm cannons
Total weight - ~2 800 tons
Armaments: 4x203mm cannons, 12x130mm cannons, 12x76mm cannons, and a number of MGs...and a Death-Rolla in the front:)
April 13th, 1941
Yet another one...not a lot of details, so let's just enjoy the picture.
2 designs of "super-speed trackless tank" came via human resources department of the Communist party. (anouther "double" for today's part!)
First one was "Light High-speed Trackless Tank SST-1":
Weight - 5 tons
Crew - 3 people
Maximum speed - 150 km/h
Armour - 20 mm
Armament - 1x20 mm cannon, 1x7,62 mm MG
Second - "Medium High-speed Trackless Tank SST-2":
Weight - 15 tons
Crew - 5 people
Maximum speed - 120 km/h
Armour - 105 mm
Armament - 1x45 mm пушка, 3x7,62 mm MGs
"Double" is indeed a word for today's article, behold
August 4th, 1941
No more details, unfortunately.
Last one for today will be AA self-propelled artillery project:
The peculiar thing about this project is the initial possibility of firing at land targets.
In fact, this is, obviously, a precursor of modern gun-trucks, with directly stated task of escorting convoys.
Carried weight: ~4100 kg
Armaments: 1x37mm AA Gun (360 degrees turning); 2 MGs (one with AA capabilities)
And that's it for today.
All credits go to Yuri Pasholok and Central Archives of Russian MOD.
10th part of this series is approaching, and I have a proposal - let's make "part 10" (or "part 11", if you would prefer so) an "All-star" set. Next week I will start a discussion so everyone will have a possibility to name his personal favourite, like "2/5" that will mean vehicle number 2 from the Part 5, or something like that. And than I will assemble a "Top-5" and add some "nominations". What's your opinion, comrades?