Although my T69 performances are not terribly impressive, I really like the tank, and have kept it.
Vents or Optics is almost a preference or style choice. I personally run optics, because I value the ability to vision control a map and close games with spotting advantages. However, I run vents on the T54E1, because the accuracy and reload improvements are needed.
Your choice of repair I think should be all or nothing (or at least 3 members).
Fwiw, sit awareness and recon do LESS for extending effective spotting advantages than camo does. They improve spotting distances by 2 or 3%, whereas camo crew skills decrease the enemy ability to spot you much further. The T69 has base camo values of 8.5% when still and 5.7% when moving. A full camo crew would extend that by about 50% more, so 12.75% and 8.55%, which is not a negligible amount.
The T69 has decent ground resistance values, but also decent traverse, so I don't find the driver skills (off-road, clutch) to be of highest priority compared to either camo or repair. The hull bloom is high though, so Smooth Ride is an option.
I have, knock wood, never caught fire in the T69, and have run gas or cola as my 3rd consumable depending on how ballin' ass rich I felt.
Mine has a kinda ghetto crew, salvaged off the M4 and T29.
Commander: 6th, Repair, Camo (40% or so)
Gunner: Snap-shot, repair (80%)
Driver: Smooth-ride, repair (80%)
Loader: Safe-stowage, repair (60%)
GLD, Vert Stab, Optics
When grinding it, I used:
Small repair, Small first aid, 100 gas
Now that its elite and I only play it for occasional doubles, super glass cannon:
Large Repair, 105 gas, Cola
It punishes pubs: http://wotreplays.co...-crabeatoff-t69
edit2: Antonio, go study. Do you want/need me to RO you until finals are over?
Edited by CraBeatOff, 12 June 2013 - 12:29 PM.
added personal T69 loadout