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Apr 18, 2013

Japan: the best is yet to come...

Source: Kankou (US forums)

So, you think the Japanese projected only silly riveted tankettes? Check this out:


This is a 100 ton heavy tank, designed by Hideo Iwakuro, known as the "Iwakuro tank". Armed with a 105mm cannon. Twice as big as the KV-1, this monster is speculated (with high probability) to appear around tier 6 in the Japanese heavy line (another version with a 150mm cannon was confirmed by SerB also). Do not mistake it however with the O-I, this is NOT the O-I, that came later.

Edit: Kankou provided the armor values and cannon info:

75mm front, 35mm sides (with possibly another 75mm + 35mm plate bolted on it, eg. 150mm front, 70mm sides - but I doubt that will make it to tier 5-6)

Cannon: Type 92, 120mm penetration at 100m

And this is lowtier stuff. Imagine what monsters await us around tier 10... :)

47 comments:

  1. That's gonna be awesome.

    -kariverson

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  2. Someone put tracks on a Yamato battleship.

    Nice one!

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    1. Funny enough many of the heavy tank designs were designed by the Navy to be moving bunkers.

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    2. Designed by the Navy?
      Yeaaa.. "Yamato is a good ship" ,,
      hell yea, "Yamato will also be a good tank!"

      Makes sense! Praise the Japanse Navy

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    3. I can't wait, looks like they will have nice slow tanks for my mediums to encircle :-)

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  3. I'm liking these Japs already.

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  4. Thats why I love the japanese tank design! Small mobily tanks and ultra big heavys! *_*

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    1. Sounds like the "thing" of the Japanese tree is going to involve being a weird mix of terrible rivet-encrusted rustbuckets and pure, undiluted moonbat crazy...

      2/5, would not grind. :p

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  5. OMG TANKGASM!!!

    I'm really a big fan of giant tanks, especially the ones that
    look like battle fortresses. Love the new British TD's and
    the O-I series was already something that tickled my fancy,
    but a landship at Tier 6 HOORAY!!! I'm a Little sad about the
    110 ton Char (de tracteur 1940 or so) was kicked out of the French techtree at Tier 6 (Yes I know that the tree still shows it, but it was just a sloppy attempt of WGN to not get bugged about the new French trees, so they removed them and gave us the old and certainly obsolete tree back.

    Land battleship Yamato ready for Action BANZAI! ^^

    Snortsch

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  6. The STB looks like a killer for the tier X Japanese medium.
    http://tankguy.gooside.com/type74history/stb1-03.jpg

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    1. The armor is apparently rather thin though. Maybe 80mm? I don't know, will ask.

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    2. IMHO not armor will protect this monster - it will probably have a HP-pool similar to the TOG II*

      - Wieros

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    3. Evidently it was 75mm +75mm added on similar to the TigerP for frontal armor.
      Side armor was similarly done to 35+35.
      This from what Kankou has said.

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  8. although the tank looks pretty awesome, its just another thinly armored wannabe fortress ... too bad. will probably end up like the tiger, a big box of hp wating for someone to shoot it.

    free xp ftw!

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    1. But the tiger never had much armor to begin with, it was a sniper tank.

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    2. !!!! What gave you that idea ? Tiger was a front-line battle tank with very heavy armor.

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    3. Not really, Both in real life and ingame, Tigers were prefarably used at longer ranges, putting that german gun accuracy to use, not to mention it was a priority target if spotted, not a good idea whn the enemy has aerial superiority :)

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  9. Super heavys?

    YES! I want more of those XD.

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  10. I have a feeling that one of the Japanese tree's traits will be lots of HP at least on these mobile fortresses. Looking pretty awesome. Oh, how I'd already want to drive around in a Chi-Nu.....

    - GensokyoMillenium

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  11. Nice, another big Credit/Exp pinata.

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  12. Iwakuro Tank Armor

    Front: 75 mm with additional 75 mm attached
    Side: 35 mm with additional 35 mm attached


    I don't think the above can be considered free experience, especially since the Iwakuro Tank was faster than the Churchills.

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    1. Slow tanks dont work in WoT you should know that by now. At 100t it doesnt matter what kind of an engine it has, it will be slow as hell.

      Besides plenty of tanks had bolted on armor, yet only a few have it in-game.

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    2. Apparently you haven't played the Churchills.

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    3. I have, and they can be a mite frustrating. Anyways they're a LOT smaller than this thing ergo not nearly the same degree of "arty bait", and I'm going to be rather surprised if those sub-turrets don't basically result in Weakspots Galore - this was a noted problem of such multiturret layouts IRL, after all.

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  13. T-28 gone Kaiju movie.

    However I feel obliged to point out that not only is this thing still silly, it *also* still has rivets. Even if they now attach the appliqué plate rather than hold the vehicle together.
    ;P

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  14. Seems like it'll be a line of TOG-esque vehichles

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  15. Can anyone say giant fighting robots at tier 10?

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  16. Yay, tons of paper heavy tanks... Japs were really smart, they knew that sooner or later those drawings would have been of some use, that's the difference between Japan and some random European country.

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    1. That would be incorrect and slightly racist. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Japans tanks, the ones that saw service, were pathetic. That and the fact that there were very few made. Japan and the islands that battles happened on in WWII weren't very good areas for tanks... The drawings are interesting, but they never hit the battlefield. There is a huge difference between stuff that's on paper and a King Tiger, IS-3 or Panther... Those being masterpieces of tank design which proved themselves not just on the drawing board with a series of numbers, but on the battlefield.

      nuff said

      P.S.

      I will enjoy the new Japanese heavies. My BL-10 and my M64 are always hungry ;)

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    2. Funny how the above is being more "racist". The Japanese tanks that saw service were among the best when they were introduced. There was simply no need to upgrade until the last years of the war.

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    3. It's a fair enough argument that already due to logistical considerations the Japanese didn't really have too much need for tanks nevermind now cutting-edge ones - but that hardly alters the fact that by anything other than like early-mid Thirties standards what they had in service were kinda objectively shit as tanks.

      That's sort of like arguing the Zulu army was "good enough" for its circumstances which is, indeed, true enough as such; but it ceased to be that more or less the second the Brits appeared on the scene. The same pattern can be readily repeated for the Chinese warlord armies of the period (which managed to give the Japanese a fair bit of trouble anyway despite their endless list of crippling shortcomings) and any number of other "big fishes of small ponds" that got pretty much facerolled once someone brought *serious* fighting power to the table.

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  17. gen. Daimos - jap X tier HT
    Mechagozilla - jap X tier MT
    :)

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  18. It's about time to see some slow and heavy armored tank lines, after a long time, when there was only more and more modern post-war designs, which emphasized on speed and firepower.

    Even if they don't really impress me, Japanese tanks will be good for the sake of overall game balance.

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  19. What did they put on that thing to bring it up to 100 t ?

    The armour seems too meh for that kind of weight.
    The KV-5 is better armoured all-round at 100 t, has a powerful engine and it has a better gun.

    -Sl8_EU

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    1. According to J.Pasholok, the frontal armor is around 150mm... not so thin

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  20. Cant wait for the japanese tree.
    Already love the Chi Ha, the only japanese tank available in the game.

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  21. ok. so we know the armor and the gun. what about the engine+susp, the turret and the crew? is there any info about them?

    -KEX

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    1. The power-plant was two 550 HP engines; 1100 combined HP. That is one reason why it is so big; two engines.

      Another reason why it is so big is to accommodate the secondary turrets and their crew. The crew was 11 men.

      There is a picture floating around with some drawings of the suspension and the outline of the hull. Here is a short WoT thread with the picture in the first post.

      http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index.php?/topic/215108-japanese-heavy-tank-tank-100-ton-shisei/

      Also, the 100 tons is with the 150 front armor and 70 side armor configuration. Prior to the armor plate add-ons (75 for the front, 35 for the side), the tank would still be large but lighter, a wild guess would be 80 tons. Kankou suggested having the lighter version as tier 5 and the fully armored one for tier 6. A good idea I think.

      Lastly, yes, overall the tank design is quite bad. Very inefficient use of weight, useless mini turrets, virtually impractical suspension due to it`s weight. But...that aside, just by taking the massive behemoth for what it is, an appropriate tier can be found for any tank, including this monster. And those tiers would be tier 5 and tier 6.

      SoukouDragon

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  22. What I see is a clearly riveted and definitely silly tank.

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  23. Offtopic: MGS reference?

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  24. yes please ill pays 150009 gold for that, yes, AND 9 gold :). awesome 100 tons 5-6 tanks trofulrofltlmaowin :)

    -SSS

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  25. hope they add this to tier6, i like to hear all the op whining and its a great addition to the kv1s which really needs a competitor at his tier, anyone saying this tank is op is just dumb, this thing is a huge target to hit, if they cant hit a barn from the inside they need to deinstall the game

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  26. the japanese abandoned heavy tank designs after WWII and after the war the JSDF decided it was to their best interest to use medium tanks as their Main Battle Tanks..but what if they made some prototypes of a heavier STB-1 sorta like a E50M...but heavier!, oh me and my wishful thinking :[ sounds too good to be true

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