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P. 1000 Ratte Tank Cutaway by VonBrrr P. 1000 Ratte Tank Cutaway by VonBrrr
A cutaway of the proposed German super tank from 1942 that was designed but never manufactured due to the economic constraints of Germany towards the end of the war.

Interior detail for the most part is guess-work as no references exist as to what the interior of this super tank would look like.

- Some information and associated text sourced from Wikipedia
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:iconnonamrrte911:
nonamrrte911 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017
this thing look's like something out of supreme commander and the only flaw was that it was a sitting duck for bomers.
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thekidthatyoudontkow Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
that is why they did not make it 
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:iconstonehandthegiant:
Stonehandthegiant Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
so basically the baneblade from warhammer 40k with a couple less guns
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:iconlordomegaz:
LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it thknk the baneblade was INSPIRED by this =O
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:iconstuglyfe101:
StugLyfe101 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bet it would have took a navel engine 
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:iconthekidthatyoudontkow:
thekidthatyoudontkow Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
this thing took TWO UBOAT ENGINE TO RUN
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versalius67 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
not so useless for aircraft target , that tank had AA guns too (or it can be installed Wirbelwind turrets on it ) it would have 8 x 20mm Flak 38 as AA protection. And yes 1 shot from that beast can destroy 5 or who know how many tanks IF they were grouped
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:iconrailroadbrony:
RailroadBrony Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Just shows how crazy Hitler was.
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:iconnedbarnett:
nedbarnett Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
I note that one of the commentators here observed a basic similarity between the Ratte and the fictional "Bolo," created by the late SF writer Keith Laumer, and continued to the present day by writings by great SF writers such as David Weber (Honor Harrington and other series), along with at least a dozen other writers.  The Bolo is to go through 33 major marks over a 3,000-year future, with hundreds of sub-marks (as identified in one of Weber's Bolo books).

As soon as I saw the new Takom kit of the Ratte (in 1:144 scale) I determined to convert it to a Bolo, using some kit-bashing, imagineering and playing around with scale.  I have already started construction, while waiting on some accessories (metal gun barrels, for instance) and making some conversions to transform the Ratte into a Bolo.  The kit comes with two Maus tanks in the same scale - following the inspiration shown in the cut-away above to add "Maus" turrets to the tank for secondary anti-tank armament, I cut off the running gear and mounted the two Maus upper hulls and turrets on the rear deck of the Ratte.  To emphasize the size of the Bolo, I'm putting it on a base that will have on it either 1:700-scale buildings or Z-scale (1:225 scale) buildings to force the perspective to make the tank look even bigger (as a Bolo should).  I won't know which scale I'll use until I build up some of the building kits in the two scales and decide which works best for my story-telling purposes. 

I also intend to use the new Armory Model Group/Sabotage Models 1/72nd kit of the Pz.Kpfw.VII "Lowe" (a contender for biggest, baddest tank with the Panzer VIII "Maus") as an adversary for the Bolo.  While the Lowe (Lion) a huge and powerful tank, it will be dwarfed by the "Bolo" and will help put that futuristic tank into further scale perspective.

In this way, I'll take the biggest tank ever conceived of by earth-bound 20th/21st Century scientists, and transform it into something much larger and far more deadly.  Obviously, this is all for fun ...

Ned in Vegas
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:icondino-mics:
Dino-Mics Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
THE LAND BATTLESHIP
2 big guns
6 anti aircraft turrets
And lots of room for a big crew
Made in germany
Cannot cross.bridges , bodies of water, and cats
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:iconkriegsmacca:
Kriegsmacca Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
that looks like the EFSF tank in Gundam.
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:iconcarrier2:
Carrier2 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Can you do the P.1500 Monster?
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:iconcommandokeen:
CommandoKeen Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Have you heard of the Fictional BOLOs?  Because this is a lot like them.
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:icontoughbrook:
Toughbrook Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
They shouldve made it look as if a bunker and then if the allies got the Normandy beach run them over and shoot the naval fleet.
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:iconcrazyivan12:
CrazyIvan12 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Biggest Lancaster target ever.
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green6644 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
It would've actually been possible to make such a machine, the problem is that it wouldn't be able to cross bridges and would be highly vulnerable to airstrikes, though it would be a great moral inspiration on the battlefield. Who wouldn't be confident with a machine like that on your side?  
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SirRinge Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well, yea. But still, it would've been the biggest target on the battlefield, and it would've taken the Germans more than all of their resources to build. Even if it did provide a morale boost, imagine the damage done when the troops found out that it got stuck in the mud?
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Dox482 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Don't need to imagine, look at this pic from world of tanks historical gallery of a german Maus tank, the biggest tank ever constructed. 

wiki.worldoftanks.com/File:Mau…
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:iconlordomegaz:
LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
btw they are reconstructing  the maus.
wargaming announced it a few days ago.
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:icondox482:
Dox482 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
What do you mean?
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:iconsirringe:
SirRinge Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The Maus never saw combat; it was illogical and the Germans realized it. It wasn't able to move faster than 10kmph, and would suffer from mechanical breakdowns every other minute.
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:iconlordomegaz:
LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
btw they are reconstructing  the maus as we speak!

war gaming announced it a few days ago. :D
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:iconsirringe:
SirRinge Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:facepalm: Oh noes xD
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:icondox482:
Dox482 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Combat aside, that pic still enforces the point about what would have happened to the Ratte. Besides, it a vary funny pic.
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SirRinge Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yea, exactly xD
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10110102 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
"mega tanks" such as the Ratte are borderline inconceivable , time and resource wise as well as tactical and strategic value are almost non-existent , if building a modern ship like a Cruiser takes a year or more? it would take just as long if not longer to construct such a vehicle

and the P. 1500 Monster? from that picture i think its more of a Gustav gun that they decided to mount to 4 tank tracks and i believe it would more classify as a mobile artillery piece. due to the vast impracticality of that weapon at even a mile of range

and the Ratte. the basically took 1 of the turrets off a battleship and threw that on it , where as a lot of smaller caliber guns would be more adept for the situation that germany was in during world war 2. and sadly its "main gun" is a dual-mount artillery piece from a Bismarck class battleship. because most ship based cannons counted as artillery due to its massive fire power and range. so its very impractical at any range under a mile. ideas such as this is what led to germany's defeat. wasting vast resources on impractical projects.
i searched online and found that if germany had the Me-262 operation by the D-day invasion, there would of been a high chance that the allies would have failed. (i am american FYI and i just find some of this info fascinating.)
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Luigi-Mario Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
This really needs more details such as the Dimensions of the Turret and the various Angles on the Hull.
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:iconluigi-mario:
Luigi-Mario Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
The Dimensions of the Roadwheels are definitely another Must-Know Detail.
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:iconodsthero:
ODSThero Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Introducing the most impractical combat vehicle ever designed. Good work.
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DRUNKEN-MAUS Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
the P.1000 Ratte was the 2nd largest tank conceived in human minds.
the guns would've offeres a tremendus amount of damage to any enimy vehicle.
the tank was gonna be fitted with reinforced concrete on the inside.
but the downsides were that it would've been a high profile target to both air and ground enimys.
due to the fact that lots of bombers would target the ratte, thats why most designs were fitten with flak guns.
also it would've had limited mobility due to its size and weight. it could not cross bridges, it could not go past rivers, and it would've been one of the slowest tanks ever made.
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:iconkrag7:
Krag7 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what's the biggest?!
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DRUNKEN-MAUS Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
P-1500 monster [link]
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:iconkrag7:
Krag7 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh
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:iconkisdre:
KisDre Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you know, this one?: [link]
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DRUNKEN-MAUS Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
i think ive seen that version before
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:iconkisdre:
KisDre Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its not a different version, its a different project
Ratte-German
Bolshevik-Russian
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:icondrunken-maus:
DRUNKEN-MAUS Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
oh its russian. lol
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Dragoons176 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
The Ratte would have 8 30mm AA guns outfitted on it, it had the ability to float as a semi sub, it would've been outfitted with a snorkal for the engine. Also its speed would've been 25 mph which is by no means a bad speed for a typical heavy tank, ontop of that is a 120 mile operational range and would've been assisted by several experimental mobile AA tanks. Most shots to the front would bounce off and even shots from a M10 tank destroyer wouldn't do much if anything to a shot at the rear of the tank. Its armor, capability to float over water and heavy AA defence would negate those flaws you stated.
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DRUNKEN-MAUS Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
i guess i never thaught of that before.
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KholdMalik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
These would have been more useful in defensive role. Or if they could maintain operations in sea, being used as a "land-treading small cruiser" - would have a tactical effect being able to bring a tiny fleet of 6 these to cross land and go to sea, as other ships can't do that, they could pull some unexpected moves. Plus, while on land, they wouldn't sink if attacked and it would need a whole lotta artillery and bombardments to destroy or disable it. The threads might be easier to take on, but it wouldn't do much to stop the cannons and it without threads would become, essentially, a huge armed bunker.
If the AA guns at time were better (supposing they had SAM batteries, even if as simple as MANPADS like the Igla or the Stinger), it would compensate to make 10-15 of these.
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odst116 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Dibs.
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Shadowofthesoldier Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
<3 German propaganda vehicle : superior technology !
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CUTANGUS Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thinking deeply in the concept, constructing 10 or 12 of these supertanks by the cost of a battleship has more sense, as they can only be destroyed by enemy fire by direct impact of a heavy calibre armor-piercing gun shell or heavy aerial bomb, and this supertank presents a smaller target than a battleship in the sea. Also, contrary to a heavy cruiser or battleship, it cannot be sunk on land, so the crew can manage to escape or can be rescued if supertank is disabled on enemy territory. Compared to a sea ship, the land ship worth his price!
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VonBrrr Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
You make some really interesting points there, it would be difficult to destroy from enemy tanks and artillery, and as a result would become invaluable on a land battle. The downside is its vulnerability to air attack with a heavy aerial bomb as you say, due to its size it could be easily spotted from the air and its four anti aircraft guns probably wouldn't be able to do much to stop such an attack.

I can see it working when Germany actually had an airforce in 1940-42, but without air-cover its capabilities would have been limited.
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James-Polymer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
O.O ...Wow.
I would pay good money to see this thing in World of Tanks. ;)
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Grimlock13 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
A kind of challenge, like this tank against all the other player(all tier 9 or 10)to see if they can down him could work. Otherwise, it would be far too overpowering. He is faster than a Mauss, better armored all around, sport two 280mm(ship artillery gun) on a turret for his main weapons, two 128mm as support gun(the same as the main gun of the Mauss) and many other support gun of smaller caliber. Do you imagine the kind of game break this would make if it was given to player? It would be awesome to see, but would be considered bad for the game by many player.
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:iconlordomegaz:
LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and then... in a hidden russian base they remake this tank and give it sam anti-air battieries and power guns.

that would make a good fictional story :3
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:iconkholdmalik:
KholdMalik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Red Alert's Mammoth/Apocalypse Tanks? XD
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:iconlordxeras:
lordxeras Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011   Traditional Artist
Good god...if only. I mean, if we made massive vehicles like this today....
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Gryphon2001 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Dr. Freddy Porsche (the Car Guy) did the Design Work on the
Maus. Records of the Krupp Co. indicated that 62 or 68 were
Built, and Vanished in the Russian Quagmire.... I have seen
photos of a Maus in a Russian War Museum, forgot what City
it was in. From an Operational standpoint, the Mouse was
ridiculous, and the Ratte would have been just plain Stupid....
But You've really done some great Artwork here, and a Lot more Effort to 'Think Through' what it Could have been like....
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