The Tank, Heavy Assault, Tortoise (A39) was a British heavy assault tank design developed in World War II but never put into mass production. It was developed for the task of clearing heavily fortified areas and as a result favoured armour protection over mobility. Although heavy, at 78 tons, and not readily transported, it was reliable and a good gun platform. The Ordnance QF 32 pounder gun design was adapted from the British 3.7 inch anti-aircraft gun. The ammunition used a separate charge and shell, the latter a 32 pound (14.5 kg) armour piercing shot (APCBC). In tests the gun was successful against a German Panther tank at nearly 1,000 yards.
About this creation
Because I already build the American T95 Superheavy Assault Tank, I decided to also try and make the British A39 Tortoise.
Again, with functioning engine covers. I think I'll be adding these to my models from now on...
Both of my behemoths, side-by-side. The T95 is lower and longer, just as in real life (also, the gun is quite a lot bigger)
The tank in real life, only five were ever produced... Read more here.
The tank in the World of Tanks videogame.
*EDIT: Now the LDD file is available. Get it while it's hot*
DISCLAIMER: the LDD file is for personal use only. please, PLEASE don't redistribute this here, there or anywhere.
Before I saw this MOC, I was not familiar with the A39 (although I did know of the T95). You have done a remarkably good job reproducing it. I really like the picture of the two superheavy tanks side by side.
Looks sweet hopefully I will have my 1/20th tortoise up within 2 weeks but I need a order of parts to arrive. It could use some grenade launchers on the other tortoise I saw on google they used binoculars for the launchers
Quoting Loek Marcus
My next build will probably be the Conqueror. Or the Bat.-Chatillon 25 t.
If you've just started working with LDD I recommend doing easier builds, tanks, such as Pz.IV and such, but if you're up to the challenge, make it! Also, If you'll build Conqueror I'll make a Batchat, and vice-versa :D