Lebedenko's massive, land-crawling Tsar Tank


A post on a Russian Steampunk (Stimpank!) community offers a gallery of attractive images of N. Lebedenko's amazing Netopyr, or Tsar Tank: a massive tricycle-like armored vehicle with a wheel span of 27 feet and cannons loaded on a rotating turret, the underbelly and the sponsons. The huge wheels were intended to roll over large ditches and walls, as well as gelatinize fleeing hordes of Bolsheviks. Unfortunately, they didn't work very well, and the tank was abandoned where it was being tested, 60 kilometers from Moscow, for the next 8 years, until it was dismantled for scrap in 1923.

If The Empire Strikes Backhad played out not in science-fiction but Leninist folklore, the Tsar Tank would have been the AT-AT to Lenin's Luke and Siberia's Hoth.

Tsar Tank [Live Internet via Gizmowatch]

The Russian WW1 Lebendenko (or Tsar) Tank [Landships]

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  1. …Actually, that’s not quite correct. The резервуар(танк) царя would have been closer to the Death Star. At least until “бомба царя” showed up.

  2. Tsarist Russia – we will make a tricycle that will scare the living shit out of you

    and for some reason, people felt it was good to overthrow them. Poor sports, is what I say

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