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T-29 Heavy Tank

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The T-29 Heavy Tank was one of those tanks that was a good idea at the time but turned out to be surplus to requirements with the end of World War Two, due to this situation the T-29 Heavy Tank never got beyond some trials vehicles. Matt Flegal shares with us a very large number of pictures of the T-29 Heavy Tank.
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About the Author

About Matt Flegal (ninjrk)
FROM: ALABAMA, UNITED STATES


Comments

I know Commander's is working on one in resin, so that will be most welcome. One thing I appreciated about the Knox tanks is that they were fairly well cared for, even though some of that outdoor care was Duct Tape and an inch of paint. Compared to being able to take interior pictures at Aberdeen by shoving one's camera through the rusted out holes it was refreshing!
APR 24, 2014 - 05:44 AM
It's slowly progressing. Have to continue to figure out what photos say... Jon
APR 24, 2014 - 07:56 AM
105MM http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T29_Heavy_Tank[/quote] Not of the T29 tank in general... Of the this exact T29 that we see here in this walkaround. Because, I was searching through some pictures on the 'net and it looks to me that it might be a T30 or T34, instead of a T29... Now I might be wrong; I might be right... If I'm wrong I'm wrong and I'll digress. Edit: *sigh* Just noticed it says T29 on the front. But I've never seen any picture that's been labeled as being a T29 where the rear of the turret has that plate welded on... Only in the pictures of the T30 and T34.
APR 24, 2014 - 08:03 AM
I fully welcome that... whether it's accurate or not! It's better than anything else I can afford. Plus, I would also welcome the other "Heavy US Tanks" too. What were they... the T-29, T-30 (which is a MONSTER tank), T-32 and T-34? I must admit it's been awhile and I don't have them memorized anymore. The T-14 was also not a popular one but it did look like a Super Sherman. Jeff
APR 24, 2014 - 08:06 AM
105MM http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T29_Heavy_Tank[/quote] Not of the T29 tank in general... Of the this exact T29 that we see here in this walkaround. Because, I was searching through some pictures on the 'net and it looks to me that it might be a T30 or T34, instead of a T29... Now I might be wrong; I might be right... If I'm wrong I'm wrong and I'll digress.[/quote] The gallery is actually of the whole existing family at Knox ten years ago. They are sequential but the T29 is the start of it, then the T30, then the T34. One of the volunteers there was kind enough to drive me around the base to each of the remaining ones and let me photograph the heck out of them.
APR 24, 2014 - 08:13 AM
Ah. Ok. That explains it then. So the pictures of the turret that has the welded plate is of the T30 or 34, correct?
APR 24, 2014 - 08:15 AM
Michael, In my research, this is what I've found. Some of it could be wrong, so anyone can feel free to correct it. There were a total of 8 T29 tanks, and 4 T30 tanks built. Beginning with the T29, I think there was supposed two specific versions. One used the Ford GAC engine, and the other used the Allison V-1710 engine. This is kind of muddled in Hunnicut's book, with it stating that Pilot 1 got the V-1710, but later mentions the GAC being installed. All were to be armed with the 105mm T5E1 gun. The T29E2 (pilot 2) received the 105 mm T5E2 gun, which is basically the same gun with the recoil cylinders rearranged, and was the gun used in pilots 2 to 7. Pilot 8 received the 105mm T5E1 gun, and is the one with the rangefinder ears, which became the T29E3. There were 4 T30's, which was basically a T29 with a 155mm T7 gun, a tension idler between the last road wheel and the drive sprocket, and is the first installation of the Continental AV-1790 engine (which was used in the M47 and M48 tanks). The second T30 had an automatic ejection system installed in the rear of the turret and raised the commander's turret, which became the T30E1. The last two T30's were changed to become the T34, with a 120mm T53 gun. The weight of this gun out the front of the turret required a piece of 4" armor plate to be welded to the rear of the turret in order to re-balance the turret. This is the plate that you're seeing in pictures, and is the identifying feature of the T34. As for the T32, that's it's own unique tank, and was not a part of this series. Jon
APR 24, 2014 - 11:22 AM
Great work with all the photos - excellent! Thank you.
APR 25, 2014 - 03:05 AM
Yeah, thanks for sharing pictures of this wonderful machine, I can't wait for a kit to be released. Kind regards, Sven.
APR 25, 2014 - 06:34 AM
I don't think we need that.
MAR 24, 2016 - 01:33 PM