Source: The_Chieftain’s Facebook page
looks like we have some changes upcoming in the T29 Heavy mantlet. For those who don’t remember, the T29 mantlet looks currently like this:
Yesterday, Chieftain managed to quickly visit the Fort Benning base, where the real life T29 is located to do some measurements. Here are a few pictures of the event, as published on his Facebook page (go ahead and “like” it, lots of interesting stuff there):
As you can see from the photos, the mantlet is significantly thinner than it is in the game. According to Chieftain’s post on US forums:
As to T29/34/30 mantlets, the gun area appears to be about 10″, and within 5″ of the gun thins down to 8″ where it stays. The only thicker areas are the ‘wings’ and ‘overhangs’ at the top and bottom, which are a good foot thick but will merely frame the mantlet.
Based on that statement, here’s a drawing from FaustianQ (US forum) on how it might actually look like in milimeters:
Well, at least that’s what Chieftain measured. Whether this will be implemented into the game (or when) is not known. It is possible the developers will take the same route with T29 like they did with the Tiger – they might nerf the armor and offset it with something else. I am not well versed in US tanks, but what I think happened is that the original 279mm were taken from Hunnicutt’s book (as it was projected for the tank to have the mantlet this thick). That’s the reason this might actually go both ways and T29 might stay as it is.