You're setting it up the way I set mine up this AM. Thought I had the GLD, Vert Stab and Vents in the depot, but had to rape my KV-1S for VS.
I retrained my old T29 Crew and reskilled them too:
Commander - BiA, 6th Sense, Repairs, Camo
Gunner: BIA, Repair, Camo, Snap Shot
Driver: BIA, Repair, Camo. *Clutch Braking ( I thought I had Smooth Ride)
Loader: BIA, Repair, Safe Stowage, Camo
IIRC, haven't taken it out, but plan to tonight. Does it burn ever?? I haven't had much trouble in general with my Murican Heavies/Mediums/TDs, so I was thinking I would run Cola and ditch the Fire Ext.
Edit: Have played two games in it, both Solo Pubs, both victories and I think my avg. damage is in the 3.4-3.5k range ATM, very fine tank and I am disappointed our battle callers still asked for E5s last night. We got overwhelmed and I got two shots off with my E5, whereas I would have gotten off 4 in my T57. Thinking it through 4 shots with a total of roughly 30 seconds from starting to reload to all shots fired vs. roughly the same on the E5, aside from the 22 second reload that you are somewhat helpless I do not see why the E5 would be preferred. Now I can say that I took over 6k potential damage before dying in another battle last night in my E5, but who is to say the T57 wouldn't fair the same.