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Rodan Lewarx wrote:http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=96922&start=15
That drawing in there is the only existing drawing I have ever seen about BT-43. There are not known photographs of this vehicle prototype. I have photos of the test report concerning driving tests done with BT-43 prototype that Major Åkerman (Commander of Assault Gun Platoon belonging to Armour Division) and Captain Kvikant sent to Commander of Armour Division (Lagus) in December of 1943. I found the particular report while doing some research in Finnish Military Archives in December of 2005. The report specifies that there were plans of redesigning the armour, apparently Kvikant and Åkerman had made a proposal of this and Lagus had suggested some improvements, which were corporated to the design plan. Probably these modifications were not made before BT-43 project was abandoned, but the attached photos might give some idea what the improved version of BT-43 might have looked like. While the report tells that the design had its share of problems (narrow tracks and poor mobility in typical Finnish terrain are mentioned especially) according it the resulting vehicle might have been satisfactory transport vehicle for the infantry.