2nd September 2004
The BT7 is used as the soviet light tank in many FH maps, but IRL it was obselete after 1942 and was not used much after that. The soviet used a wide array of light tanks to fill the light AFV/recon role, like the T40, T50, T60 or T70. Heres a few info on those, as they could get there place on FH someday. T-40 : This tank was massively produced, but its only armed with a small 12.7mm DShK (that can still damage the P4 on some spot I think). Interesting to note that they are amphibious (could be funny sometimes) but their use would be limited as jeep armored MG armed AFV. Some versions (unofficially called T30) was given a more usefull 20mm gun. It was produced since 1941. T50 : Very few of those 14ton tanks were made, they were intended to be massively produced (more than the T34) light battle tank but some production problems about engines prevented that. It is interesting to note that Finland used some captured ones till the end of the war, and that it performed rather well. It features the same 45mm as the BT7 and a 7.62mm MG. It also featured a surprisingly good armor for its side. Of course the small production number could prevent its inclusion in FH.It was accepted for service in 1941. T70 : 8000 of those tanks were produced between 1942 and 43, making them a good choice because they were quite common. They had a good enought (for a light tank) 45mm canon, and they had a passable armor. They actually fitted their recon role well, and they would probably be usefull in FH. Of course I probably made a few errors/ forgot something so feel free to correct me at will. I think one of those tank should have its place on FH someday, even if its not a priority.What would you think about including one of those (don't flame me if I ever had a bad idea.. the research about them was very interesting anyway).
Actually the BT-7/BT-7M was used til end of war because the Soviets could never find a suitable replacement. All the others were considered inadequate as a light tank so the chassis were used in a variety of roles. IIRC last major role of BT-7 was in Manchuria in 1945 as part of Soviet invasion where the BT-7 faced the Japanese tanks.
That would be a interesting map...Soviets and BT's versus Japs and Chi-Ha's. Could also do Ki-43 Hayabusa's versus Yaks and La7's.
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27th May 2004
I thought a T-26 was in the works but its never shown up yet. There is a pic of a model of one on the FH website.
6th May 2004
went over the bt series in another thread-
terminal-strikewhen the Bt-7 is redone will the other related BT's be put in or to what extent? (i.e bt-2/3/4, bt-5, and bt-7a, etc.) http://rkkaww2.armchairgeneral.com/weapons/tanks1.htm#6.%20BT%20serie bt-2s http://www.battlefield.ru/bt2.html bt-5s http://www.battlefield.ru/bt5.html bt-7s http://www.battlefield.ru/bt7.html [/QUOTE] not russia, but could be done if the BT is redone- (same other thread) [QUOTE=terminal-strike]hmm they couldn't go off-road very well without the tracks though. Another use for the bt would be to for some things for finland, the bt-7 could be re-skinned to make a captured finnish version. The Bt-7 body (this has been mentioned before I think) could be used in the bt-42 armored gun. Baiscally a new vehicle though since it had a different finnish designed turret, a different gun, and had different performace. 18 were made according to one source, which for a vehicle in finnish use is actually about average. http://www.saunalahti.fi/veijju/tankit/tank009.html down a ways on this page too- http://mailer.fsu.edu/~akirk/tanks/finland/finland.html
http://www.wwiivehicles.com/html/ussr/index.htm http://www.battlefield.ru/map.html what FH has wips of http://www.battlefield.ru/t60_1.html http://www.battlefield.ru/t40.html THey look like they all would have to be re-done or heavily upped to be on par with the current FH quality output though. So after the BT series I would probably go for the d-fast suggestion, the T-26 and friends (12000 plus made by 41). http://www.battlefield.ru/t26.html After that its a toss up as far as im concerned. others- 960 produced- ms-1/t-18.... cannon fodder.. http://www.wwiivehicles.com/html/ussr/tanks_light/ms1_t18m.html A soviet tankette, the T-27. (and we all know how fun tankettes can be now) http://www.battlefield.ru/t27.html yay flying tank... hmm pre-war though .. More t-60s were made though (4000 plus) so I dunno might be a better choice. I do like amphibous t-40 though, so it win win whatever happens really. And of many of these captured and re-used by the finns to so they could get some more armor out of it some are done too. In terms of light armored crap to die in there's a bunch of armored cars to choose from too, for example they churned out 8000 ba-64s(used to be in fh anyway). Plenty of option ba-10s, 20s, other models etc.. That same site on the 64 .. http://www.battlefield.ru/ba64.html Some of the early number ba's proably that had t-26 turrets might be better options though just for to get something more powerfull.
Ba-64 is being redone as well. Im hoping to see some Ba-10's and Ba-32's.
19th June 2003
The thing to remember here folks is that those shots from the FH page are not only very old (lo poly) but done by members who left the mod, so to put them ingame would probably require overworking. Plus the Russians already have the bt7 ;)