Cerberus MK V Main Battle Tank . My first model for the Divide and Conquer III war group. Set in the cold war, I chose my country, Great Britain as home, and this is the first tank I have made since my MBT 3 Tyrant almost exactly a year ago. It is an almost direct replica of the British 1960s FV4201 Chieftain, at the time, the most powerful MBT in the world. I have given mine some upgrades though. And yes, like all British tanks since 1945, it is possible to make tea from within the vehicle! .
The Cerberus is a renamed, altered version of the mighty Chieftain tank from the cold war. This was Britain's best frontline tank in Germany during the cold war, and was considered the best armed and armored tank in service anywhere until the Leopard 2 arrived in the early 1980s. With more accurate sources, it is now likely that the Soviet T64 (not well known) was in fact the better vehicle of the era, but the Chieftain had the most powerful gun.
Some stats for the real world vehicle:
Hull front -120mm at 75 degrees equal to 390mm effective thickness
Turret front -390-430mm
Leyland L60 multi fuel, output between 750-850 Horsepower
Royal Ordinance L11A5 120mm Rifled cannon
The armor on the chieftain was solid steel, and though the thickness was impressive, it would likely have not stopped most high velocity anti tank rounds, especially soviet rocket propelled HEAT rounds. However, it used a reclined driver's position to increase the sloping, which was so steep that it is likely many rounds would ricochet off without penetrating.
It was built to combine the general usefulness of the Centurion tanks, with the powerful 120mm gun of the slower and obsolete Conqueror. It was specified to use a mantletless turret, with a large degree of gun depression for hull down defensive fighting against the Warsaw Pact.
The Cerberus can do all that the Chieftain could, but better. It looks just as intimidating, but is more mobile and better protected. Instead of being limited to defensive operations from dug-in positions, it can lead the attack.
I am very pleased with how this came out, after just three days building. The lines fit the original well, if it is a bit too high. Much research went into the build, to incorporate as many historic details as possible.
Not entirely happy with the turret front. This is version 3, and the best of the lot, but the cast, rounded turret doesn't lend itself to LEGO brilliantly.
"say hello to my little friend"
Also, note the smoke grenade launchers on the turret sides.
The lower glacis was hard to design, because it had to incorporate the idler wheels as well. Note the IR headlights for night and day illumination, and the lower towing hooks.
The upper glacis is very sloped, more so than the real one even. The driver's hatch is even thicker than the rest, and has a V shaped debris plough to keep the hatch unblocked and the gun mechanism clear. One upgrade on the real tank is that the Cerberus's armor is tougher. with an effective thickness of 520mm, and a layer of composite glass sandwich and ceramic between the steel, finished off with a double thickness spall liner, the Cerberus is a hard nut to crack. HESH rounds will be of little use, and this laminate armor construction is effective against HEAT and APDS rounds at range.
The suspension is the tough, but not too comfy Hortsman Spring design. This is strong and reliable, but limits the vehicles speed somewhat. Side skirts and the large suspension bogies add spaced armor to the sides against anti tank rounds, but most of the protection is frontal.
The rear, with convoy lights (red) reversing lights (orange) safety warnings for road use, the gun crutch, the twin exhausts for the engine, fuel cap, number plate and the tank phone. This is so infantry can communicate with the driver from outside the vehicle.
The engine deck. the real chieftain was plagued by a terrible engine choice. It was thought it should use any fuel possible in a nuclear war, so a multi fuel was designed by Leyland. It was very smokey, woefully underpowered for a 55 ton tank, and had a 90% breakdown rate on early models.
The Cerberus uses a Rolls Royce, 12 cylinder diesel engine, putting out 1150 HP, for significantly better off road performance. The other cylinders are out of view, there are 12, along with a fire extinguisher and oil gauge. the transition is in the foreground, along with the radiators.
The gun crutch functions
here is that awesome gun depression, for hill or hull down fights. A real ace up the Cerberus' sleeve.
The Royal Ordinance L11A5 gun was the ancestor of the modern anti tank gun. It was rifled, unlike modern smoothbore guns, but took ten years to develop, and was the best tank gun in the world until the Leopard 2 and M1 Abrams were built. It fired APDS and HESH rounds, but the Cerberus also carries HEAT rounds as standard. On the range, it was accurate up to 3000 yards, scoring hits 98% of the time at this distance, and 70% on the move due to a full stabilization package.
The turret incorporates most of the tank's features, and contains 3 of the 4 man crew. It has a loader, unlike soviet autoloaded tanks of the era, but the fourth man serves as an engineer for the complex and expensive vehicle, something invaluable.
On the right is a large Infra-red search light for night fighting. The gunner's hatch and GPMG are also visible. The light is only for road use.
The commander's integrated battle station is a an advanced, 360* rotating cupola, with a laser rangefinder, optical and infra-red sights. The commander designates a target by rotating the station, find the range, and selects the ammunition type. When the current target is destroyed, the battle computer lays the gun on the new target, allowing the commander to find another very quickly.
The stowage bins. The closed one next to the cupola is the commander's bin, for rations, map equipment and other items. the other bins are for crew ration, equipment, and the cammo nets.
I will use the hull for many variants later, for now, feel free to rate and comment! -Rule Britannia!