On personal note, I never believed I’d see this again. Another “Czechout-like” situation and WG EU does LITERALLY THE SAME THING – fucks the contributor over and creates a massive clusterfuck in the process.
Oh man. The video is fucking hilarious and even if you are the most hardcore WG fan, I urge you to watch it for the entertainment value alone. It’s a masterpiece.
From the improper use of the word Wall, I am sure you already know what we will be talking about. That’s right, Mexico! Mexico has its share of really exotic vehicles and this is one of them.
This armored car is called DN-5 “Buffalo” (or, DN-V, depending on source). It consists of a hull of a DN IFV and the turret of… the M8 Scott self-propelled howitzer. Because why not. It’s not a tank destroyer of course, it’s more like a light fire support vehicle combined with light artillery (it can fire indirectly).
The DN hull is an interesting thing in its own right. Many consider it a copy of the Cadillac Gage Commando platform, but Mexican sources claim it was an independent design. Whether it’s an unofficial (illegal) copy or a indeed an independently developed vehicle, hard to say. This vehicle was designed in 1984 based on parts readily available in Mexico (a number of M8′s was purchased by Mexico from US surplus after the war).
I can’t help myself but return to #SirFochGate I posted about in the last post an hour ago or so, because it’s hilarious.
First and foremost, I’d like to congratulate the Wargaming colleagues on this level of fail. Getting Jim FUCKING Sterling involved, that’s just another level, one we at Armored Warfare are still staring at in envy. A short summary:
- SirFoch made a video criticizing Wargaming for their shift towards Pay to Win
- Wargaming threatened to strike it down with copyright
- Multiple Youtubers get involved, including Jim Sterling
Ph3lan, threatening a hostile Youtuber with frivolous copyright strikes publically (of COURSE Sir Foch took screenshots, he’d be an idiot not to) – how stupid are you? I mean, professionally, I can partially relate to your feelings about youtubers who produce content that’s completely misleading, but I’d never threaten them with copyright strikes. Plus, let’s face it, I think Foch might be right.
On more positive side, after two years of working on Armored Warfare, I am sort of glad that nothing changed when it comes to WG. It’s like I never left :)
And last but not least, seriously… Wargaming, if you are reading this, please, please, please, PLEASE, don’t fire the guy. I am sure he was just a naughty little boy and meant well.
Also, I really don’t want to see him applying for a job here.
Edit: Apparently the head of the EU community (WG EU, who else…) responded by claiming that “we didn’t do anything”
Haha this is literally like the Czechout affair years ago :)
British Medium Mk.II* tanks captured by Germans – in Russia. The Russians purchased 15 of those vehicles in 1930s. By the end of the decade they were already completely obsolete and were used to stop the initial German attack in the form of immobile bunkers, without much success.
We all know that the Russian tanks get exported everywhere, but sometimes they pop up at unexpected places.
This is a T-80U tank, one of the best MBTs the Soviet Union had. Only, it’s not in Soviet Service – it’s in South Korea! 33 vehicles of this type were given by Russia to South Korea in mid-1990s to cover the Russian debt. 1990s were not a good time for the Russian military as even truly advanced equipment was sold left and right (along with massive budget cuts) to help deal with the disastrous financial situation of the country following the breakup of the Soviet Union.
As for the Korean T-80U’s – now, two decades later, they are still in active service, but their enormous upkeep is pushing the South Korean military to retire them in favour of indigenous tanks.
Check this out. The source of this is the American Journal of Military Ordnance, more than 2 decades old. It’s amazing what you can find in the old sources. Very special thanks to Captain Nemo for this one.
This is a proposed AA variant of the Abrams MBT, equipped with two 35mm Bushmaster Mk.III cannons and an ADATS missile launcher from the early 1990s. It was designated M1/AGDS (Air-Ground Defense System). Existing M1 tanks were to be converted to this mobile AA vehicle, intended to provide short-to-medium range AA support against slower airplanes and helicopters. The guns were guided by a dual-beam X-band pulse Doppler radar with the range of 25km. Each could fire approximately 250 rounds per minute of 35mm anti-air and anti-armor rounds, can engage ground targets. The vehicle was to carry two 500 round magazines for AA rounds and small 40-50 round magazines for AP rounds. Maximum gun range – approximately 3km.
The 152mm ADATS missiles are dual-purpose and weigh 51kg. They combine HEAT and HE-FRAG capabilities and maximum AA range of some 7-8km (depending on the type of target). Can be used against both air and ground targets (maximum ground range is approximately 10km).
Okay, it’s a clickbait title. I confess. But still, it’s pretty funny. As Yuri Pasholok informed – basically, Trumpeter (a well-known kit-making company) said their E-100 kit wouldn’t be a copy of a WoT model….
Oooooooooops. The 150mm muzzle brake gun is not on the original drawings, it was added by Wargaming.
This, of course, is nothing new. Wargaming had a tremendous influence on kit makers for years – especially when it comes to vehicles that are both very attractive and require a large portion of “creativity” at the same time. In other words, various German wunderwaffe paper panzers. And so stuff like Jagdpanzer E-100 and even the infamous fake Waffenträger E-100 were copied by kit makers.
I am not super interested in kits, to be quite honest. However, Trumpeter is a well-known brand and the fact they rely on Wargaming’s modelers instead of their own research is a bit disappointing.
Here are a couple of photos of the M1127 Stryker recon variant I took again in Rokycany. What was a modern U.S. Army vehicle in active service doing in a museum? Well – the U.S. soldiers were amongst those who came to commemorate the sacrifices of the fallen during the liberation of western Bohemia – the town of Rokycany was liberated by the Americans. It was a really nice event too, with one incident – during the ceremony, the anthems of the Allied countries were played and the soldiers saluted. When the Soviet anthem started playing, they stopped saluting only to resume when it stopped. Personally, I think that it was petty.