Finally, in real Legos, my Flencer T-21 "Beauregard" Mk. I!!!
About this creation
It's finally here! After getting a new, better phone called the iPhone 5c, I can get pics of the Beauregards! It also introduces my tanker sig-fig, Panzer Commander! I didn't have enough pieces of one color (the entire hull is 2x4 pieces) so it's a rainbow tank! Also, I don't have Lego tracks, these ones are borrowed from a K'nex roller coaster set my brother has. It only holds on if I use a gear at either end, so that's why there's a drive gear on either end instead of a wheel at one end. Also, I'm not sure why all the photos are on their side and I don't know how to fix it.
Although I have a new phone, some images came out blurry still, the results of holding the phone in your shaky hands. This displays one of the sides.
The back, showing off pretty much nothing in particular.
The front, displaying to good effect the Mk. 1's 105mm main gun and .303-inch machine gun.
The other side. I believe this photo also displays the gun depression, but I'm not sure...
ENEMY PLANE OVERHEAD!!! An enemy scout plane does some recon and catches a good photo of the top of the Beauregard.
The bottom, showing how the lower glacis and suspension system was made.
A little history of the Beauregard:
The British tank corps realized in 1943, following the appearance of the Panther at Kursk, that they would need a new cruiser tank that was capable of defeating Tigers and Panthers in 1-on-1 combat. Flencer Motorworks Inc., an Ohio-based vehicle company that license-built tanks and vehicles for the Lend-Lease Act so that other American companies could focus on building vehicles for the US Army, responded and began studying the blueprints of those tanks which they had built for Lend-Lease, and also the enemy tanks that the new tank would be designed to face, the Tiger and Panther. Borrowing ideas from both the Sherman series and the enemy tanks, the Flencer design team set to work, planning to use a 105mm gun that was more than capable of destroying enemy tanks. However, by the time the prototype hull and turret were finished in early 1944, the 105mm gun was not yet ready. So Flencer hurried to find a solution, and produced the interim Beauregard P, armed with a 75mm long-barreled howitzer. 10 of these were built and entered limited service with the famed 7th Armoured Division "Desert Rats" in Normandy. However, the suspension was very prone to breakdown and caused major problems for the 7th Armoured. In addition, 45mm of armor was very inadequate against German tanks, especially after the King Tiger appeared. 7 of the 10 tanks were destroyed, mostly in the bitter fight for Caen. Subsequently, in mid-July, the 7th Armoured replaced their Beauregard P's with the more capable Sherman Firefly and sent the remaining 3 back to Flencer's England factory, located on the outskirts of Bovington. Flencer improved the suspension and uparmored the tank to 55mm, and in September they finally received the 105mm guns. The tank entered production as the Beauregard Mk. I, and 50 of them were completed by the end of 1944. While still taking heavy losses because of the weak armor, Beauregards were still a feared foe because of the powerful 105 and their speed and agility. Another 20 Mk. I's were built by February 1945, before production switched to the Mk. II.
Quoting killswitch95 [DEMON]
these are not normal lego chain pieces for the tracks, what are they, i like them, and want to know where to get some
They're from my brother's K'nex roller coaster set (not sure which one), you know, the belt that pulls the car up a "hill"? So no, they're not really designed for Lego. I don't have any Lego or Brickmania tracks at the moment, so these will have to make do. However, they will not stay on unless I use a gear at either end, that is the downside.
I can't find the box for the K'nex set, but maybe I can find the manual somewhere and I can tell you which set it is.