Torrentz will always love you. Model of the T29 US heavy tank prototype. V6 piston engine, full suspension, lights, custom stickers and SBricks. I was told such a function is mandatory basically every time Lego heavy weapons pdf’ve built a tank.
It didn’t seem so interesting to me, as shooting mechanisms aren’t very complex and shooting through the barrel requires the barrel to be big, blocky and ugly. The original T29 was born in 1944, when US armored forces, struggling against Tiger tanks in Europe, started encountering a very ugly surprise called Tiger 2. M26 Pershing tank as a heavy tank, despite the fact that it weighted just 46 tons. The second, more serious reaction, was a development program for a proper heavy tank, which started with the T29 project, unofficially designed to hunt Tiger 2s. The resulting tank was quite interesting an in many ways innovative.
It was aalso a massive, 64 tons heavy monster outperforming Tiger 2 in almost every aspect, and it was developed into several successive variants designated from T30 to T34. This has created a family of very similar-looking tanks, with the differences being mainly various engines and cannons, as well as details of the turret. For example in T34, equipped with a larger and heavier cannon, the barrel was counterweighted by welding additional armor plate to the back of the turret. T29 and its variants belonged with a large group of tanks designed too late to see action in WW2. When Nazi Germany surrendered, there was a plan to use T29 against Japan, but project Manhattan and subsequent atomic bombing prevented that.
The finished prototypes were used for extensive studying of propulsion and other aspects inherent in heavy tanks. M46 Patton and its successors bear strong resemblance to the T29 in their key aspects, and personally I’d say that even modern Abrams tank resembles T29 in more than one way. While the T29 is a reasonably versatile tank in the game, its subvariant T34 is much more extreme, unusual and therefore interesting tank to play with. It’s a tank capable of damaging almost any vehicle present in the game, and equipped with a turret so thick, it can largely ignore the enemy fire. At the same time it comes with a poorly armored hull and its sluggishness and massive silhouette make it an easy prey for the artillery. My model has been in development for a year due to numerous changes in its concept. I was bored with regular torsion bars suspension, so for a long time I’ve tried to build this model on a suspension using rubber bands with remotely adjustable tension.