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M28 Ridgeback
The M28 Ridgeback, Medium Tank of 'Murica! 1946. My first LDD tank and my first fictional WW2 inspired creation.
About this creation


Credit to Matthew McCall for the awesome renders, I need to figure out how to do these myself.

The M28 is my idea of a US designed Panther tank, and as such contains design influences form both USA and Germany. I used the hellcat, M36 Jackson and Panthers G and F for reference.

Armed with a 90mm M3 gun that can penetrate 170mm of rolled homogeneous steel, a vertical stabiliser shortens the time taken to lay the gun on a target, as does the torsion bar suspension

Unfortunately the suspension gives the vehicle a high silhouette as the turret bascket had to fit over the torsion bars, this makes it quite visible on the battlefield, but the frontal armor is strong, 85mm angled back on the hull (120mm effective) and 135mm with a 140mm gun mantlet on the turret front, so as long as the vehicle faces the enemy it can take a beating. Here you can see my .50 cal design, I really like it.

The turret roof, showing the comander's cupola with our new IR night vision scopes. These require a large IR searchlight to work, but we are working on one. The Loader and gunner have small hatches, and improvement on the Panther where the only escape was the rear ammo loading hatch.

The rear, with convoy and rear headlights, also showing the gun cleaning rod tube on the side (not a russian log but can be used as an unditching beam as it is tough)

The Ridgeback is a hefty weight for a medium, close to 50 tons, so it needs some grunt. It has a 3 row, 830 HP Radial engine. This is easy to service and is reliable, but uses gasoline and burns easily. Hence it is mounted as far back as possible.

A good overall look, notice the "bunny ears" on the turret sides? they are the optical coincidence rangefinders, allowing a gunner to quickly get range information on landmarks in the area by triangulating their approximate size.

If the vehicle doesn't look imposing enough, our job isn't done.

Last thing enemy tanks will ever see..

In return for her Majesty's military support in our upcoming campaigns, Murica has gifted the Ridgeback design to the Princess of Yamatai, to fill a design gap in the nation's ranks.




Please give constructive criticism, this is my first LDD tank. Thanks!

Stats:
Weight: 51 Tons
Armor: Hull: 85,45,30
Turret: 135, 45, 45 (140 gun mantlet)
Speed: roads: 48KPH, off road: 36 KPH
Engine: 830 HP radial
Gun: 90mm M3, 170 pen, stabilised
Secondary: 2 .30 calibre machine guns, 1 .50 calibre anit aircraft machine gun.
Optics: all round cupola, optical rangefinder, IR night scope.

Perks:
Very meaty gun for a medium, with stabilization.
Good quality optics.
Strong frontal armor.

Quirks:
High silhouette.
Tendency to catch on fire when hit in sides (ammo) or rear (engine)
Relatively cramped turret, slowing loading.



Comments

 I like it 
  June 24, 2017
Hey! love your M28 it's a epic looking tank. Must have taken forever to build it. I was wondering if i could get a LDD file of it i really want to build it for my tank collection. I understand if its a no still amazing tank keep up the amazing work.
 I like it 
  February 10, 2017
Very good. Absolutely fantastic design. Just some corrections concerning your views on its flaws. 1) Gasoline, in combat conditions doesn't burn any more than diesel. The T-34s had an outstandingly high chance of burning from both fuel and ammunition. Even though they had diesel, compared to the typical M4(75). 2) The American torsion bar used on the M26 only is about 1"-2" in diameter, It wouldn't heighten the vehicle too much. However the front transmission on the other hand, would. 3) With that weight and those dimensions, I'd imagine you'd be able to thicken the UFP, and the 3-3/8" frontal armor given the slope, would be around 127mm, or 5" thick, relative, not 120mm (4.72"). Also, might I ask, is it 51 metric tons (tonnes)? 51 long tons? Or 51 short tons? 4) Not really a correction, but I think I found a proper two-row engine that would work instead of the 3-row radial: the P&W R-1535 Twin Wasp (Junior), produced 825shp@2,600rpm (likely reduced to 2,400rpm, so maybe 800shp). Slightly narrower than the R-975EC2 and C3 used on the M4(75), but only just a smidge longer than the Panther's HL-230P30.
 I made it 
  November 10, 2014
Quoting Aranethon . I guess. At least Tortuga hasn't given the design and production rights to me. :P And if either if us wins (it's really in the balance right now) let's make a deal to be reasonable on each other. Just take one or two territories away (you're obviously in it for the oil) but let's not have any total destructions. It just ruins the game. Heck, Artanica could even dispose of its monarchy.
A: you cannot pass on a design not yours anyway. B: we'll see about that. There is little danger to me of annihilation, such is the beauty of an overseas war, but this is a war game and when the Endkrieg as cliffe calls it comes, I want the east of the map to belong to the Tri force and us alone.
  November 10, 2014
I must say Jack, this is a fine piece of lego design and detail. There's no way I can match it until my T-100 four weeks from now.
 I like it 
  November 10, 2014
I guess. At least Tortuga hasn't given the design and production rights to me. :P And if either if us wins (it's really in the balance right now) let's make a deal to be reasonable on each other. Just take one or two territories away (you're obviously in it for the oil) but let's not have any total destructions. It just ruins the game. Heck, Artanica could even dispose of its monarchy.
 I made it 
  November 10, 2014
Quoting Aranethon . I must say Jack, this is a fine piece of lego design and detail. There's in way I can match it until my T-100 four weeks from now.
Yeah well apparently it is so good that you're using liscence built copies from Montefalco against me. I should have been careful and sold them without IR equipment and the stabilisation on the gun. Well you live and learn I guess.
 I like it 
  September 25, 2014
Nice!
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  September 25, 2014
Wow! Great job!
 I like it 
  September 25, 2014
Yes Jack, the piece count effects both the start up time of a render and how long it takes to render once it has finished looking at what the design is composed of. Anyway, while I personally like the baseplate, it would be extremely easy (read: press one checkbox) to turn off.
Jack kenyon
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TheLoneWolf 01
  September 23, 2014
This reminds me of an old tank I was going to build but I did not have the time to do it. I love this though!
 I like it 
  September 23, 2014
Excellent as usual, even if it is digital. For future reference I suggest removing the base plane from the background. I always felt it was an eye sore, and I don't know why McCall used it.
Jack kenyon
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Brickviller -
  September 21, 2014
Nice, but if you wish for me to render it to make it look nicier just let me know
 I like it 
  September 21, 2014
Wow, your model looks really great. I love the radial engine. Super MOC.
 I made it 
  September 21, 2014
Quoting Brickviller - Nice, but if you wish for me to render it to make it look nicier just let me know
Thanks for the offer but I already sent the file to McCall. My pc is powerful but I don't understand all the techy stuff in the rendering tutorial. I may try to do my own renders for my carrier when it is done. Does piece count slow down the process because that ship is huge.
 I like it 
  September 21, 2014
Excellent look, excellent concept! The details you worked in there all look excellent. Well done. :)
 
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