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T57 Heavy Tank
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About this creation
HISTORY(the info of this tank is scarse, so I had to get it from a little World of Tanks source)
From 1954 to 1971 the Americans were inspired by the French AMX series, which were fast and manouverable tanks with oscillating turrets (turret where the gun elevation and depression consists of the up and down movement of the whole turret) and auto-loaders (a shell-"drum", where you load 3-6 shells per drum which takes longer, but you can fire those shells in less than 3 seconds after eachother). These were the AMX 13 light tank series, and the AMX 50 heavy tank series. Later, although not having oscillating turrets, or don't even have turrets, the AMX 50 Foch tank destroyer and Bat-Châtillon 155 SPG were also fitted with auto-loaders.
Back to America: this is how the T57 Heavy Tank was born. The T71 light tank, the T69 and T54E1 medium tanks, and the T57 heavy tank were fast tanks, equipped with oscillating turrets and auto-loaders. The T57's drum has 4 shells.
When comparing the T57 Heavy to the AMX 50 B, you'll notice the 50 B is faster, but a bigger target, and less armor. Therefor, the T57 had a very interesting spot on the battlefield in WWII.

IN WORLD OF TANKS
In World of Tanks the T57 is a tier 10 heavy tank, coming after the T21 (tier 6), T71, T69 and T54E1. The Americans have another heavy tank, the T110E5, but the characteristics and playstyles of the two are very different. The T57 is a very cool tank to play, thanks to it's high speed and manouvrability, but can bounce a lot of shots. I also played the AMX 50 B, but I don't like that one very much. I think I need a T57 in my garage :)

FOURTH WALL
So if you're not bothered whatsoever in what I just wrote: I thought it was time to make another tank. And when I finally figured out a cool design for oscillating turrets, why not a T57 (by the way: don't get confused by the name T57: the T57 was one of the first American artillery too, (we even have a LEGO® version of it), and it has nothing to do with the T57 Heavy Tank.)? And this was the final design.

Time for some pics, isn't it? :)


T57 Heavy Tank
The rear. Keep it cool, keep it simple. So that's what I did.

T57 Heavy Tank
Side view. The thicker part in the gun BTW, is the auto-loader drum.

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T57 Heavy Tank
Gun elevation and depression. The weird triangular shape of the rear of the T57's turret makes the gun elevation pretty damn good. The gun depression is not bad either. The idea of the oscillating turret is very well shown here: The gun can move up and down in most tanks by a mechanism in the gun itself, now the whole turret moves up and down. This is more roomy in the turret.

T57 Heavy Tank
But while still being a turret, it can rotate 360 degrees.

T57 Heavy Tank
Comparision to the only tank in the same scale so far: the Geschützwagen Tiger. Speaking of which: you thought Geschützwagen Tiger is a hard name to pronounce? Well, the Germans also have the Aufklärungspanzer auf Panther, or the Rheinmetall-Borsig Waffenträger. I love you, Germany :)

That ends the tank review. See ya!
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Building instructions
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Comments

 I like it 
  January 6, 2014
Wow. At first I thought, Meh, but then I saw how small it is. Great job.
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  December 31, 2013
@ Loek, no problem at all just tryin to help is all
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  December 31, 2013
Quoting killswitch95 [DEMON] very nice, but the bulge in the gun is not the autoloader, its a bore evacuator (spelled it wrong, i know)the autoloader is in the turret itself, that is way the whole top of the turret moves up and down with the gun, instead of just the gun moving, and the turret rotating, thats why if you notice on the frenchies, and the USA autoloaders, youll see a hatch in the back of the turret, that is where the crew men would load the shells into the tank, they would get out of the tank, go to the rear of the turret, and either load shells directly into the drum from there, or they would remove the drum, load it, and then reinsert it into the tank turret... still a great build though! 5/5
Ohh, thanks for this info! The info is so scarse I couldn't find that, so I made some stuff up that sounded senseful to me ;) Thanks!
 I like it 
  December 29, 2013
very nice, but the bulge in the gun is not the autoloader, its a bore evacuator (spelled it wrong, i know)the autoloader is in the turret itself, that is way the whole top of the turret moves up and down with the gun, instead of just the gun moving, and the turret rotating, thats why if you notice on the frenchies, and the USA autoloaders, youll see a hatch in the back of the turret, that is where the crew men would load the shells into the tank, they would get out of the tank, go to the rear of the turret, and either load shells directly into the drum from there, or they would remove the drum, load it, and then reinsert it into the tank turret... still a great build though! 5/5
 I like it 
  December 28, 2013
That's a very original turret design! ;)
  December 28, 2013
Some great ideas here, in the T57 and the model of it. Nice work!
 I made it 
  December 28, 2013
@Tommy: Thanks! Yes, it is currently the only T57 Heavy, we already have a T57 artillery. @Sam: Thanks a lot! My renderings where always rendered by Blackout on Flickr, but I don't render them anymore. In real photography is important, but for me LDD screenshots are clear enough. @Joe: Thanks! Instructions added in LDD format.
 I like it 
  December 28, 2013
Best tank ever seen at this scale love it!!! Please add building instructions ;D
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  December 28, 2013
great tank! it looks brilliant, especially at this scale. whatt happened to your renderings?
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  December 27, 2013
Good job on it , I think it's one of the first T-57's that I have seen on the pages'.
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  December 27, 2013
Quoting Alex Sonny It's very detailed for the scale you're building in. It's a weird scale (between minfig and mini), but you're getting better at this :D looking forward to perhaps more minifig sized builds (like your cromwell)!
Interesting you say that, but the problem is (FI by this build), I start with an idea (in this build an oscillating turret), and as I am used to small scale building (4-wide cars etc), the result is always kinda small. I try to figure out big scale things, to be honest I converted some of your models by taking the chassis from a tank, and build another tank of it (so I have FI a Marder 38T, based on your Hetzer). Thanks for the comment, though!
 I like it 
  December 27, 2013
It's very detailed for the scale you're building in. It's a weird scale (between minfig and mini), but you're getting better at this :D looking forward to perhaps more minifig sized builds (like your cromwell)!
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  December 27, 2013
Quoting Alex B Nice. The history adds to the MOC. Are you building any cars at the moment?
Not any big scaled ones at the mo. I have built a few 4-wides. Might post them later on.
  December 27, 2013
Nice. The history adds to the MOC. Are you building any cars at the moment?
 
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