Hi guys, I have had a gander at the model for the tog II in line with the new bug report, and i am not exactly sure what they have modelled, but whatever it is it is fictional in regards to what the designers had planned and is instead a weird Frankenstein of multiple designs and revisions made during her design process. See photo below:
I am trying to work out what they have modelled, as i have heard both the definitive design, along with one of the proposed designs, and the vehicle presented is neither such things, as firstly the hull howitzer was rejected from the design by late 1941, due to the performance of the Churchill Oke, as it was found that hull mounted howitzers were both limited in traverse and impractical for their intended role, hence why all CS tanks had them turret mounted from 1940 onwards, and would have instead been replaced by a BESA machine gun. The same could be said for the side sponsons, as this relic of the previous design was also discarded around the same time when the 1942 revision came around, which included the 94mm cannon present in the prototype that is extant today. The turret mounted on the existing TOG is also simply a weight mockup of the planned turret, which would have been low profile, instead of the veritable barn that exists today, which was far from the designers actual intents as you will see below with the following photographs of the design evolution of the TOG 2.
The first design mock-up for the TOG 2, possessed a turret similar to the Churchill three, possessing a 57mm 6-pounder and a coaxial BESA, along with the side sponsons and the hull-mounted 3-inch howitzer.
This would soon be revised to a duel gun turret where a second howitzer would be mounted in tandem with the 6-pounder and BESA, though this would only be temporary, as a third revision would take place shortly thereafter.
This revision replaced the 3-inch gun in the hull with a Besa machinegun, and the guns in the turret would both be replaced with the 94mm taking the place of the 6 pounder and a 3 inch 20cwt gun taking the place of the 3 inch howitzer due to its ability to fire a more versatile amount of shells. At this point the side sponsons were removed from the design and movers were made to follow through with this design with a modified low-profile turret. In addition, it was at this point the decision was made to make the external armour applique, to both speed up manufacturing and ease replacement and repair for the vehicle if it were to enter service.
It was in this form that the first initial proof of concept was constructed, which replaced the sides with a more uniform layer of armour.
The final real revision to the design would be the one we have today, where they modified the turret, which exists today.
As you can see the design morphed quite a few times, but what is presented at any point of the design process is what is shown now, as it seems to be a weird hodgepodge of what was on the table, but none of it was actually mated, as well it has the mockup weighted turret, instead of the proposed low profile turret that was intended to house the two gun set-up