17.05.2005 21:00 GMT
Hello folks, and welcome back for another update of the Forgotten Hope Mod. We are sorry for being late this time, but as BUG$ was at home for some private business the news had to wait until now. Anyway, we hope you will enjoy this update like wine - the longer you wait the better it gets.
First object to show is the completely redone British medium tank Cromwell Mk. IV. Malsa created the model and Montoya made the skin for the backbone of the British tank divisions. Mainly built in the last years of the war, the Cromwell was equipped with a 57mm ROQF 6-pounder Mk. III main gun that was later replaced with a 75mm cannon, as more firepower was required to penetrate the armor of heavy German tanks. Although it will still be hard to defeat the enemy tanks, you will at least look better while doing it.
Second thing we want to showcase today is totally new. The Japanese Air Force will be reinforced with the Nakajima B5N2 better known under the name Kate made by Lobo. This warbird is a further stage of the B5N1 as the former version was too vulnerable against fighters. As most Japanese aircraft, the Kate was most successful during the first years of the Great War. On December 7th, 1941, 144 B5N2's torpedo bombers were among the Japanese attackers at Pearl Harbor, and these made short work of the US fleet anchored there. But as we have such a beautiful wreck model, the pilots won’t mind too much about being shot down.
Taking out nasty American tanks will be a breeze with the Type 99 AT "Turtlemine". This magnetic explosive device carried 1.5 pounds of 50-50 RDX-TNT. Although commonly referred to as a "mine", it had a delay action fuse that was manually set. As with the German magnetic and sticky grenades, these were manually operated and deployed to attach themselves to metallic tanks (unfortunately, this feature will not be possible for bf1942, instead they will act in the same fashion as satchel charges). Thank McGibs for creation of this fancy toy that will help the Japanese infantry to hunt down enemy armor.
That's all for today folks. Stay tuned for more information about the mod development progress on the next weekend and give our public forums a visit to discuss this one.