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What equipment do you use on the IS-7?

  1. Vertical Stabilizer Mk 2 (619 votes [21.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.82%

  2. Improved Ventilation Class 3 (564 votes [19.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.88%

  3. "Wet" Ammo Rack Class 2 (36 votes [1.27%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.27%

  4. Toolbox (72 votes [2.54%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.54%

  5. Large-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer (870 votes [30.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.67%

  6. Large Spall Liner (151 votes [5.32%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.32%

  7. Fill Tanks with CO2 (12 votes [0.42%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.42%

  8. Enhanced Torsion Bars 5+ t Class (15 votes [0.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.53%

  9. Enhanced Gun Laying Drive (314 votes [11.07%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.07%

  10. Cyclone Filter (17 votes [0.60%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.60%

  11. Coated Optics (63 votes [2.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.22%

  12. Binocular Teslescope (36 votes [1.27%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.27%

  13. Camouflage Net (41 votes [1.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.45%

  14. None (27 votes [0.95%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.95%

What Consumables do you use on the IS-7?

  1. Large Repair Kit (108 votes [3.90%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.90%

  2. Large First Aid Kit (86 votes [3.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.11%

  3. Extra Combat Rations (38 votes [1.37%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.37%

  4. Automatic Fire Extinguishers (132 votes [4.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.77%

  5. Lend-Lease Oil (69 votes [2.49%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.49%

  6. Small Repair Kit (811 votes [29.31%])

    Percentage of vote: 29.31%

  7. Small First Aid Kit (769 votes [27.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.79%

  8. Removed Speed Governor (87 votes [3.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.14%

  9. Manual Fire Extinguishers (624 votes [22.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.55%

  10. None (43 votes [1.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.55%

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Charcharo #1 Posted Aug 17 2011 - 15:30

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Hello and welcome to the IS-7, the supposed pinnacle of the soviet heavy tanks. Unlike the IS-4 and the Maus, this machine relies heavily on mobility and medium-close range fighting. Yes it is funny IS-7 is better than IS-8 ( 120/80/60)

Previous tank: IS-8 (T-10)

Tank specs:
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Upgrade tree:
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Overview:
The IS-7 is a tier 10 heavy tank that comes fully researched once you buy it. It is fast, relatively maneuverable, great frontal armor and a good turret. The S-70 has some problems in the face of aiming like a drunken Russian on crack (: D) and only decent accuracy. Its biggest downfalls that you cant tell from its stats are the non-existent gun depression and a lot of module damage. Also, most TDs, HTs and even some medium tanks (E-50) weight just as much or almost as much as you which may prove to be your undoing in a ramming contest.
Price: 6 100 000 ( I can buy 14.65887k vodka bottles for that money)
Camouflage: Decent

Pros:
- Great speed and maneuverability for a heavy tank
- Good frontal armor
- Decent gun
- Great turret
Cons:
- A lot of module damage and fires
- Slow to aim
- Bad rear armor
- No gun depression at all

Designation:
1.Warrior Posted Image 2. Steel wall Posted Image 3. Sniper Posted Image 4. Reaper Posted Image

Crew:
1. Commander (also a radioman)  Posted Image
2. Gunner Posted Image
3. Driver Posted Image
4. Loader Posted Image
5. Loader Posted Image

Use your IS-8 crew, it will save you time and trips to the doctor.
I suggest you specialize your crew this way:
1. Repair Posted Image
2. Firefighting Posted Image
3. Camouflage Posted Image

IS-7 is prone to fires and module damage. Camouflage is good enough though.

Modules:
Armor scheme currently in use:
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Hull:
150/150/60
The frontal armour is 150mm, but the huge slope increases it greatly. Most tier 8 and even some tier 9 guns(the 105mm US gun) will have problems going through this part of the tank. Weak spot is the tip of the pike. Do know that you are gonna have to keep it PERFECTLY straight to the enemy, in order yo have maximum armor. Even then the mighty BL-10 and 128mm L61 will go through a hot knife through butter.
The side is diamond shaped which allows it to bounce some shots from time to time, but the rear is made of reinforced tissue paper. That’s also where your vodka using engine is.

Suspension:
IS-7 / Max.capacity 70.95 / Turn speed 28 deg per sec.
Nothing to research here and thankfully this suspension is more than enough to carry all modules + equipment you might want to take.

Engine:
M-50T – 1050 h.p. – 15% chance of fire
Overall, you have a very powerful engine, giving the IS-7 15,4 horse power per ton.

Radio:
10RK-26 – range 820 meters
What more could you expect from a tier 10 radio?

Turrets:
IS-7
Armor: 210/210/94
Rotation: 28 degrees/second
View range: 460m

This is a great turret. It is not that thick, but the slopes on the front make it very hard to penetrate (still possible though). The rear is obviously made of paper and combined with the weak rear hull armor it gives high tier medium tanks a good spot to destroy ammo rack/set you on fire.

Guns:
130mm S-70
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The finest gun mounted on a USSR heavy tank combines decent accuracy, good damage and good penetration into one. The problem is the aim time…
It can penetrate other IS-7 tanks, but I advise you to shoot them in their weakspots, as they can bounce. Unless using APCR (and even when you do) you MUST aim at the Maus’s weak spots. Avoid hitting Object 704’s mantlet and JagdTiger’s superstructure, and never forget to carry some HE in order to take care of those pesky T95s and Maus tanks at long range. You’d be surprised how effective HE is on the 130mm.
Detailed ammo properties and my load out:
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Comparison with its peers:
IS-7 vs IS-4 ( *change not yet made)
But I am certain IS-4 is going to be a kind of soviet maus, with good side and rear armor, low profile but unable to hide other tanks like the Maus and will not be as tough as it.

IS-7 vs E-100
The E-100 has side skirts that tend to absorb artillery splash damage making the E-100 much harder to kill from artillery. Its 15cm gun does have some issues (accuracy and penetration) but its still perfectly capable of punching through the IS-7’s armor. Unlike the T30 its gonna stay at T10.
In short:
IS-7 is again faster and more agile
E-100 has comparable armor to IS-7
IS-7 doesn’t survive arty as well as E-100
With some minor adjustments both will be perfectly balanced


IS-7 vs Maus
The Maus has a major HP advantage and even better armor than the IS-7. IS-7 is much more maneuverable and has a lower profile (not always an advantage though) but isn’t as accurate and doesn’t have the pivot turn ability of the Maus.
In short:
Maus is more armored and tougher
IS-7 is faster, more agile and sleeker
1v1 Maus almost always wins
Both are mostly well balanced


IS-7 vs T30
IS-7 has much superior armor and has a slight edge in top speed but no pivot turning and same acceleration as T30. It also lacks the OMG 155mm gun. Both have tough turrets.
In short:
T30 has a better gun
IS-7 is faster, more agile and sleeker
1v1 T30 almost always wins
Both are mostly balanced


Historical IS-7
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It was created to be the most powerful tank in the world. The development of the IS-7 started in the Spring of 1945. Prototypes were in trials during 1946 and 1947. By 1948, the IS-7 heavy tank was developed. The IS-7 model 1948 variant had a weight of 68 metric tons and was armed with the 130 mm S-70 naval cannon (7020 mm long barrel) with autoloader and stabilizer, infrared night scopes, 8 machine guns, armor from 220 to 300 mm thickness', and 60 km/h roadspeed. Only three were built and it was the largest tank ever produced by the USSR. Although it was in many ways an innovative design, it was never accepted for mass production due to its size, the very impractical layout of its fighting compartment and huge production costs. The tank housed a crew of five. It must be noted that the Slostin gun was to be installed as its AA armament.

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KarateF22 #2 Posted Aug 17 2011 - 17:26

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Very neat tank, but calling it a heavy is almost a misnomer. Its fast and agile, making it very good at getting where it is needed. Its gun depression is bad, but fortunately not IS-3 bad. Its gun is the same S-70 you know and love with a faster reload. Unfortunately its armor *for its tier* is only marginally better than the IS-3. This is made worse by the fact that nearly everyone knows where to shoot by now as opposed to the similar IS-3 where many ignorant people would shoot your turret.

All in all a neat tank, though it will be a let down to those wanting a "real heavy". If you like mediums you will love this tank.

WarWolverineWarrior #3 Posted Aug 17 2011 - 18:49

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1. Firefighting 2. Repair 3. Camo

Once you get firefighting, you don't need a fire extinguisher which means you can put lend lease oil or speed governor to improve and utilize the mobility a lot better.

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I love my is–7 alot and have no trouble bouncing T30 shells off my front or turret.  This tank can excel at hull to hull combat and medium range peak a boos in the city. The speeds not half bad either. Treat this tank like a bigger medium tank.

Kyoji #5 Posted Aug 19 2011 - 20:10

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Not sure being "sleek" is an advantage. =P

GotTank #6 Posted Aug 23 2011 - 08:35

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I recently got my IS7. I had decide to wait initially after learning about the patch, and mostly left my IS4 alone, focusing instead on mediums and american TDs. Finally got bored and ground out the remaining XP - voila, the mighty IS7.

Turns out it's all true - it's definitely something i would have expected coming from an IS3. I had done well with the IS3, learning it's mobility as an asset - and learning that it's also a liability. For instance being the first to arrive at a choke point is a two edged sword. The IS4 taught me a different style of play where careful trail blazing pays off, the damn thing can take a beating.

Now again i found myself having to switch routes and generally drive the piss out of it just to stay alive. It's not bad but my complaints boil down to the same as everyone else's:

1) speed - there isn't any especially after modules; it's no faster than my IS4 except in flat sections after he hits his max. The thing rotates like dog-sh%t which doesn't help with my next point:

2) the rear armor, is an absolute joke. I have now one-shot IS7s there myself, and have had it happen to me. It's not very heavy tank like. I thought t30 was supposed to be the glass cannon?

3)Size - it's giagantic; you can't hide behind anything and if you try that dumb machine gun will give you away. I don't like that, nor on my slugger :(


So I can't wait until the patch arrives. I agree with the idea to bring the IS4 up as another tier 10, and hope they find a way to make the IS7 a little more relevant. It hasn't got the best gun, it has fragile characteristics and it isn't nimble by any stretch of the imagination. I love a challenge and have been playing this thing quite a bit with a 100% crew with repair and camo, repair kit, oil, rammer, and crew vent. The gun is a little sloppy so I think a stabilizer is in order - but that won't fix some of the tank's bigger issues.

In all it doesn't feel like you've "arrived" when you get it, it feels like you started playing a giant IS3 again with a better gun and big bounty on your head. (When Arty see you they see $$$ signs.)

Soulkeeper117 #7 Posted Aug 23 2011 - 13:44

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The IS-7 is a sweet tank fast mobile and faster ROF than a IS-4. I take out IS-4's all the time they can't compete with a IS-7. The IS-7 is fun to drive but you have to learn how to do I am getting better each time I play in Clan wars I always get 2 to 3 kills. Random Battle Arty loves to kill a IS-7. But it is a fun tank. :Smile_great:

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Other Important Info:
Max Reverse Speed: 15 kph
Track Armor: 20mm
Mantlet Armor: 350mm
Max Track Health: 250hp (After Tracked 190hp)
Max Gun Elevation/Depression: 18deg/-6deg
Gun Armor: 60mm

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View PostSoulkeeper117, on Aug 23 2011 - 13:44, said:

The IS-7 is a sweet tank fast mobile and faster ROF than a IS-4. I take out IS-4's all the time they can't compete with a IS-7. The IS-7 is fun to drive but you have to learn how to do I am getting better each time I play in Clan wars I always get 2 to 3 kills. Random Battle Arty loves to kill a IS-7. But it is a fun tank. :Smile_great:

Um, you have only 105 battles in the IS-7.  And I toss the BS flag on the "I always get 2 to 3 kills" statement.  You have 1870 total games played and only 1106 kills.  Way less than one a battle.  I very much doubt you suddenly became SuperTanker when you got your IS-7 and played that 105 games.

I have attached my IS-7 stats.  Not great by any means but we usually win.  And I am getting a bit over 1 kill per battle so I am at least carrying my weight.

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View PostCommunism, on Aug 25 2011 - 20:26, said:

Other Important Info:
Max Reverse Speed: 15 kph
Track Armor: 20mm
Mantlet Armor: 350mm
Max Track Health: 250hp (After Tracked 190hp)
Max Gun Elevation/Depression: 18deg/-6deg
Gun Armor: 60mm

Very useful info!

Can I ask how did you come about it? Is it available for other tanks in one place?

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View PostT_om, on Aug 26 2011 - 16:20, said:

Um, you have only 105 battles in the IS-7.  And I toss the BS flag on the "I always get 2 to 3 kills" statement.  You have 1870 total games played and only 1106 kills.  Way less than one a battle.  I very much doubt you suddenly became SuperTanker when you got your IS-7 and played that 105 games.

I have attached my IS-7 stats.  Not great by any means but we usually win.  And I am getting a bit over 1 kill per battle so I am at least carrying my weight.

Tom

Guess u did not read. I said in Clan wars I have been in like 7 or 8 of them. And I never said I was a super tanker moron.
So stick the BS flag up your ***

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View PostSoulkeeper117, on Aug 26 2011 - 16:51, said:

Guess u did not read. I said in Clan wars I have been in like 7 or 8 of them. And I never said I was a super tanker moron.
So stick the BS flag up your ***

Dude, you have the reading problem or you would know the stats reflect your Clan war battles too.

Still tossing the BS flag at your ridiculous kill claim.

Lets see you post your complete stats like I did.

Tom

PS:  And your -1 back atcha princess.

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Lol, so at the end of the day, from this thread I gather the IS7 isnt the awesome super tank I had always figured it was.  It surely looks beastly enough and I am kinda sorta grinding my way, oh so very painfully slow through the KV1S.  Maybe someday ill see an IS7.  If it lacks everything else required to be a good heavy in the game, it atleast, imho, looks sexy as hell lol.

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Don't be put off by the naysayers in this thread. IS-7 is an awesome tank, and if you are any good you will enjoy it too.

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View PostT_om, on Aug 26 2011 - 16:20, said:

I have attached my IS-7 stats.  Not great by any means but we usually win.  And I am getting a bit over 1 kill per battle so I am at least carrying my weight.

Tom
Since you started this game, I'll play too. You are not pulling your weight if you are only getting one kill per battle as a tier 10. Just think about it. Why are you trash talking people when your stats are below average anyways?

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The IS-7 frustrated the hell out of me at first, after coming from the fantastic brawler that is the IS-4, the IS-7 did feel like a downgrade.
It wasn't until I started treating it as the best medium in the game, instead of a heavy, that the fun really began. I love battling the IS-7 now,
some of the best fun I've had has been using the IS-7's speed to flank with the T-54's, the enemy mediums a lot of the time certainly don't expect
to run into a IS-7 wolf-packing with the Meds. Just don't get stuck on your own with a group of Meds, you'll be screwed.

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View PostOkeano, on Aug 30 2011 - 00:16, said:

Since you started this game, I'll play too. You are not pulling your weight if you are only getting one kill per battle as a tier 10. Just think about it. Why are you trash talking people when your stats are below average anyways?


Thanks for the advice about tier 10 tanks... coming from someone that does not own anything above a tier 8 except the Object 704 it really means a lot.  :lol:  By the way, your stats in your only tier nine are almost exactly the same as my overall stats.

And since my lower tier tanks were all played at one time or another by my grandkids, I would not put too much reliance on overall stats (mine or anyone else's).  Indeed, I just re-bought a LOLTracktor for my youngest grandkid to play during visits.  But I don't let them play my upper tier tanks.

And now that I have played over 7000 games my overall numbers will probably never change because the number of games needed to move it one percentage point in any direction is huge.  I do like being in the upper 1000 group for both victories and capture points.  I didn't notice you there in either of those categories by the way.

I am still at a 63% win ratio (all in public battles too) in my IS-7 and that is good enough for me.  Come back and visit after you get yours and we will compare notes again.  B)

Tom

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It's called "Beta Tester" budd. Sorry, not everyone have the Lowe and the gold to free EXP us through tanks. Free EXP to tier 10 doesn't make you more pro than someone who grind to tier 9.  ;)

And are you really comparing your total points to someone who played 60% as many games as you did? lol.

I'm not here to brag about stats, I'm just pointing out how laughable it is when you are trash talking someone when you just free exp'ed a bunch of crap and think killing 1 tank per game being the top tank means you are carrying your weight.

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View PostT_om, on Aug 30 2011 - 16:11, said:

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Thanks for the advice about tier 10 tanks... coming from someone that does not own anything above a tier 8 except the Object 704 it really means a lot.  :lol:  By the way, your stats in your only tier nine are almost exactly the same as my overall stats.

And since my lower tier tanks were all played at one time or another by my grandkids, I would not put too much reliance on overall stats (mine or anyone else's).  Indeed, I just re-bought a LOLTracktor for my youngest grandkid to play during visits.  But I don't let them play my upper tier tanks.

And now that I have played over 7000 games my overall numbers will probably never change because the number of games needed to move it one percentage point in any direction is huge.  I do like being in the upper 1000 group for both victories and capture points.  I didn't notice you there in either of those categories by the way.

I am still at a 63% win ratio (all in public battles too) in my IS-7 and that is good enough for me.  Come back and visit after you get yours and we will compare notes again.  B)

Tom

A)You have 49 games played not exactly a large sample size to be bragging about win %
B)You are only doing 1602 damage per game (Thats only 3 penetrating hits per game) thats less damage then i do in my is-3 and i spent 50 games where i played with the 122 d-25t

You have no right to bash anyone with those stats come back when you can play better.

Back on topic i think i am gonna like the is-7 because it seems like it plays alot like the is-3 with a bigger gun.

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View PostGotTank, on Aug 23 2011 - 08:35, said:

I recently got my IS7. I had decide to wait initially after learning about the patch, and mostly left my IS4 alone, focusing instead on mediums and american TDs. Finally got bored and ground out the remaining XP - voila, the mighty IS7.

Turns out it's all true - it's definitely something i would have expected coming from an IS3. I had done well with the IS3, learning it's mobility as an asset - and learning that it's also a liability. For instance being the first to arrive at a choke point is a two edged sword. The IS4 taught me a different style of play where careful trail blazing pays off, the damn thing can take a beating.

Now again i found myself having to switch routes and generally drive the piss out of it just to stay alive. It's not bad but my complaints boil down to the same as everyone else's:

1) speed - there isn't any especially after modules; it's no faster than my IS4 except in flat sections after he hits his max. The thing rotates like dog-sh%t which doesn't help with my next point:

2) the rear armor, is an absolute joke. I have now one-shot IS7s there myself, and have had it happen to me. It's not very heavy tank like. I thought t30 was supposed to be the glass cannon?

3)Size - it's giagantic; you can't hide behind anything and if you try that dumb machine gun will give you away. I don't like that, nor on my slugger :(


So I can't wait until the patch arrives. I agree with the idea to bring the IS4 up as another tier 10, and hope they find a way to make the IS7 a little more relevant. It hasn't got the best gun, it has fragile characteristics and it isn't nimble by any stretch of the imagination. I love a challenge and have been playing this thing quite a bit with a 100% crew with repair and camo, repair kit, oil, rammer, and crew vent. The gun is a little sloppy so I think a stabilizer is in order - but that won't fix some of the tank's bigger issues.

In all it doesn't feel like you've "arrived" when you get it, it feels like you started playing a giant IS3 again with a better gun and big bounty on your head. (When Arty see you they see $$$ signs.)

Totally agree - IS7 needs a little work on it, I was gutted when i first started driving as it was just a big let down after the xp grind to finally get this tank, but stuck it out and gradually learned to play it in a way that suits the tanks play style and now i love it, 1 on 1 the maus,e100, and t30 can all kill  this tank quite easy if you don't know what your doing (it's speed won't help in a 1 on 1 against these beasts), I just hope they don't mess up the is4 when they up that to tier 10 and see sense to tweak the is7 (and the t30).




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