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AMX 50 Foch B
A request from a clanmate within World of Tanks...
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Yes this tank has functioning suspension that does not require rubber bands, however it does require you to remove the sideskirts as the 3 bricks they are mounted on are mounted more or less right above the tracks. This is an easy fix, they just pop right off, and when done you'll have an AMX 50 Foch instead of the Foch B...

*History*

After the war the French Army possessed no modern tanks with a heavy armament. The ARL 44 was being developed, but this vehicle, though to be armed with a powerful 90 mm gun, could hardly be called modern, as its suspension system was obsolete. Therefore already in March 1945 the French industry had been invited to design a more satisfactory vehicle. The same year the AMX company (Atelier de Construction d'Issy-les-Moulineaux) presented its projet 141, a project to build the so-called M 4 prototype, armed with a 90 mm Schneider gun.
The M 4 closely resembled the German King Tiger in general form, though the turret was to be made of welded sections; but to limit the weight to a desired thirty metric tonnes the proportions were rather smaller and the armor had a maximum of just thirty millimeters. Like the later German tanks of the war it had, in this case eight, overlapping road wheels. Part of the project was to study whether a modern torsion bar suspension should be used or the height lowered by ten centimeters through a fitting of leaf or coil springs.

Two prototypes of the M 4 were ordered. The Army soon indicated that a protection level of thirty millimeters was unacceptably low. In response armor was increased. To save weight it was decided to install a novel oscillating turret, designed by FAMH. Nevertheless, when the first prototype, now named the AMX 50 after its intended weight class, was delivered in 1949, it weighed 53.7 metric tonnes. In the winter of 1950 instead of the 90 mm, a 100 mm gun was fitted, designed by the Arsenal de Tarbes. The second prototype with a slightly different turret, but also with a 100 mm gun, was ready soon after. The prototypes had a length, with gun, of 10.43, a width of 3.40 and a height of 3.41 meters. It was intended to fit a 1200 hp engine to attain a speed much superior to all existing medium tank types. The Maybach HL 295 (a redesigned German gas engine in 1945 captured at Friedrichshafen by Engineer-General Joseph Molinié) and a Saurer diesel engine were tested. Both failed to deliver the required output and maximum speed was in fact no higher than 51 km/h. The prototypes were tested between 1950 and 1952.


AMX 50 Foch
Based on the M 4 chassis in 1950, AMX presented a prototype of a heavy tank destroyer in the form of a 120 mm self-propelled gun, the Canon Automoteur AMX 50 Foch, named after Marshal Ferdinand Foch. It was intended to give long range fire support to the medium/heavy AMX 50 100 mm model. The design had a lot of similarities with German Jagdpanther tank destroyer. It had a long bareled 120 mm gun with a muzzle break attached to a well sloped and heavily armored flat profile vehicle. Remotely controlled anti-aircraft machinegun was placed on the right side of the roof, while commander’s cupola with the range finder was pushed to the left.

Unlike previous post war concepts like the Mle. 1948, several AMX 50 TDs were built, the first in 1950. Field tests were promising, and army started to prepare to adopt AMX 50 Foch in small numbers. When AMX engineers managed to install a 120 mm gun into an oscillating turret of the AMX 50 120 tank, Foch immediately become obsolete and all further development and production were stopped.

AMX 50 Foch B
The project of the AMX 50 Foch tank destroyer with a 120 mm gun provided for installing the automatic loading system. However, after work on the AMX 50 120 with the same armament started, the project was deemed potentially inefficient. Existed only in blueprints.

*Model Features*

- Elevating/Depressing Gun
- Rotating Roof Machine Gun
- Rolling Tracks
- Functioning Suspension

This was a request by a clanmate of mine in World of Tanks, and being that I was burned out after 3 weeks of campaign play I was looking for an "out" for a few hours. I am still open to tank requests... Otherwise I have a couple in mind for future builds...



EDIT: Wow, two builds made the homepage at the same time, awesome!




Building instructions
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Comments

 I made it 
  January 4, 2018
Quoting Johan van der Pluijm Great! Wish I could show you some pictures of my variant of an S-Tank. But because my Lego is in NLD and I am in Bulgaria, I will have to wait. I basically built a technic tank with 2 bogies per side. (4 wheels). The front bogies can lower/raise together by a toothpiece used mostly for car front suspensions. same for the rear ones. This means it can independently lower/raise the front and rear from its suspension to tilt or to raise/lower the whole tank body. SBrick controls
Niiiiice...
 I like it 
  January 4, 2018
Great! Wish I could show you some pictures of my variant of an S-Tank. But because my Lego is in NLD and I am in Bulgaria, I will have to wait. I basically built a technic tank with 2 bogies per side. (4 wheels). The front bogies can lower/raise together by a toothpiece used mostly for car front suspensions. same for the rear ones. This means it can independently lower/raise the front and rear from its suspension to tilt or to raise/lower the whole tank body. SBrick controls
 I made it 
  December 21, 2017
Quoting A QIEA QIEA very nice work mate
Thanks! I don't see you around too often anymore which is a shame, you make good stuff.
 I like it 
  December 21, 2017
very nice work mate
 I made it 
  December 21, 2017
Quoting BATOH rossi very nice, good job!
Thanks!
 I like it 
  December 21, 2017
very nice, good job!
 
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