Wargaming has partnered with the Tank Museum in an effort to get one of the museum’s long-standing gate guards back up-and-running for Tankfest 2024:
To quote their message:
You’ve probably seen the X FV4005 Stage II in the game. Perhaps you’ve even been unfortunate enough to take a round from its massive cannon. It’s a monster, to be sure, and we have an exciting initiative to revive and restore the prototype.
World of Tanks has once again partnered with our friends at The Tank Museum, alongside the passionate restorer Mr. Hewes, to reinvigorate a monumental piece of tank prototype history: the FV4005. Based on a Centurion Mk. III chassis and fitted with a 183 mm L4 cannon, the FV4005 has the biggest direct-fire gun ever mounted on a tank.
Our collective mission is ambitious: to restore the FV4005 tank to running condition.
Crowdfunding Campaign for an Armored Titan
Here’s where it gets intriguing. The Tank Museum currently houses the turret of the FV4005, which proudly stands as a gate guard, but it is on the incorrect chassis. Mr. Hewes is the proud custodian of the correct chassis, making this project the reunion of the original turret to a historically correct chassis, culminating in the rebirth of a legendary prototype.
But the journey to restoration isn’t reserved solely for the titans of history and gaming. The Tank Museum is extending an invitation to aficionados and history enthusiasts globally to play their part in this grand endeavor. A crowdfunding campaign is set to launch with a vision of amassing £20,000. In a gesture magnifying its commitment, World of Tanks vows to match this amount with an equally generous donation of £20,000.
We recognize the anticipation surrounding this initiative, and we’re committed to keeping you updated. Some details are still being streamlined—we’ll have more information for you in the coming months.
Embark on this journey with us as we blend passion, history, and expertise to revive a masterpiece. Together, let’s turn the pages of history!
Get this iconic tank running before TANKFEST 2024! Donate now to help the Tank Museum restore this unique vehicle.
Some details from the Tank Museum’s page for this project:
The Restoration Project
This project will conserve and cosmetically restore the turret, reuniting it with a correct Centurion Mark 3 chassis, and remake the gun cradle and other fittings unique to this unusual vehicle.
We need to raise £20,000 – to match the amount generously pledged by World of Tanks. This fundraiser will support the restoration, transport, and the purchase of the chassis. The restoration will be undertaken by A W Hewes’ workshop in Leicestershire.
The proceeds from this fundraising appeal will fund the FV4005 project and costs associated with it. The project will include the purchase of a Centurion Mark III hull and its restoration to running condition, the conservation of the turret and main gun and a cosmetic restoration of both items. It will also include the manufacture and fabrication from original drawings of missing parts and fixtures unique to the FV4005. Project costs include labour and the return transportation of the vehicle from The Tank Museum to AW Hewes, and subsequent return journeys. Should the £20,000 target be exceeded, additional funds will be used exclusively for the FV4005 project – unless there are no further costs to be met. At [that] point, funds will be used to support other maintenance and conservation projects being undertaken on museum vehicles in The Tank Museum Workshop.