P1000 Ratte

P1000 Ratte – Manufacturer: Takom #3001 – Scale: 1/144

Markings: Fictional – What if – Build Date 2015 – Model by Clayton Ockerby

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A brief history

Initial designs of the “Landkreuzer” were first presented mid 1942 by Krupp . The tank was planned to be 1000 metric tonnes, making it the heaviest tank ever built (weighing 188 tonnes). It was to be armed with naval artillery and armoured with 250mm of hardened steel.

Adolf Hitler  had expressed great interest in the development of the tank, and was actually the one who named the project the ‘Ratte’. His enthusiasm was later quelled due to the predicted  destruction of roads and bridges if it were to travel on them.

Further challenges for a vehicle this size were it’s general vulnerability to enemy aircraft and artillery. The project was cancelled in early 1943 with no prototype tank ever being built

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