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Let's all have a thread for the most fun tier 8 premium.


Stronk camo ammo, stronk speed, stronk gun, stronk view range.

More agile than the Type 59, much less painful to drive than the JT8.8, all the ammo you could possibly fire in one round, and all the passive camo and view range abuse you could ask for.

While not as good an active scout (lol) as the Type 59, or as good passive scout (LOL) as the JT8.8 with binocs, it's much more flexible than either.

Even though I only have 62% camo training, my FCM is stealthy as hell in a bush. Most enemies can't spot me until around 280m, and it hides surprisingly well despite being so large.


The gun performs great, other than the terrible turret rotation dispersion.

The armor... nothing you can rely on, even when top tier versus bottom tiers. But that's the FCM teaching you a lesson: armor is only a bonus, you should be abusing distance, camo, and cover instead of armor. If you try to rely on the FCM's armor, she will treat you as rough as you treat her.

The armor is enough for an occasional bounce if an enemy tries a snapshot on you at a bad angle, mainly at your sides. It sides are surprisingly well protected versus arty hits, too. Splash is rarely an issue.


The mobility is EXCELLENT. With high-end medium tank acceleration and an excellent top speed, this tank can go wherever it wants. The track and turret traverse speeds are quite good as well. It can quickly change direction and retreat without trouble.


The gun is top notch, easily the best out of all tier 8 premiums with preferential matchmaking.

You have 212mm of penetration, compared to 175mm on the IS-6, 112 and T-34-3, 167mm on the KV-5, 201mm on the JT8.8, and last and least a painful 170mm of pen on the Super Pershing.

You have 1000m/s shell velocity with AP, compared to 830m/s on the KV-5, 975m/s on the Super Pershing, 900m/s on the Type 59, 800m/s on the T-34-3 and 112, and 790m/s on the IS-6. Only the JT8.8 equals it at 1000m/s as well.

The accuracy is great, only beaten by the JT8.8, whereas almost every other tier 8 pref mm prem has horrible accuracy combined with bad penetration.

The rate of fire is also beaten by the JT8.8 but no other prem comes close to it. With a ~6.7s reload, you can lay down a fair amount of shots per minute. Though, to be fair, considering it is a sniper and not a brawler, it should have a higher rate of fire. 9.5/m would be great, but that is a different story.

The alpha... however, is lacking. It is the worst out of all tier 8 prems, equaled with the Super Pershing and JT8.8, but has a better reload than the former.


The view range? Unmatched. You can spot blind soviet tanks and begin firing at them far before they can even get close enough to shoot you.

With my swagged out commander and radio operator plus optics, I have a whooping 463m view range on this tank. Which means I can spot most heavies at near maximum spotting range, at which range most tanks need to come quite a bit closer to spot me back, while some tanks need to get almost 100 meters closer just to spot me in return. That is, of course, assuming I'm not in a bush, in which case they'll need to get somewhere between 200 and 300 meters closer.


Great credit making capabilities, albeit not as good as a Type 59 (because Chinese bias.)

An average match earns me 50-60k credits. Ammo is cheap and plentiful and you reload fast, so don't be scared to blind shot an enemy. You can also earn a bunch of creds by passive scouting, which works excellent in this tank, believe it or not.

Also, unlike most other prems, you do not need to fire gold on a regular basis. 212mm penetration is plenty to get through the front weak spots of almost every tank you will encounter. I only load APCR for T-54s and some low-health targets I need to make sure get killed in one shot.


Oh, and one thing it can do that only one other tier 8 prem can do? Ram. Ram like no tomorrow.

Weighing fiddy five tons with decent base frontal armor, it will put a SEVERE beating on any medium or "light" heavy tank. 50km/h + 55 tonnes = 105% PAIN

Only the KV-5 beats it in ramming potential, weighing almost TWICE as much but lacking a lot in the mobility and top speed departments. The FCM won't work up as powerful rams, but it will do much more "fun" rams than the KV-5 (see OP image.)


To summarize:

Do you like playing a game of Where's Waldo with the enemy? Do you want a tank that forces you to play good? Do you want to be a medium tank but mom won't let you?

Look no further than the FCM 50t.

Best tier 8 premium, period.

Besides, the Type 59's crew can't even ride the big machines at an amusement park because they're 2short.

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Seriously, this tank is all about the view range, mobility, gun, and camo. It's a second-line scout and can support itself.


Has there been some stealth buff to its camo value? The russian maintained spreadsheets as of 8.8 show it is the equivalent of a Tiger II, which is slightly worse than a E5 while moving and the same while sitting or firing. Maybe good players like you can abuse vision with it, but it hardly has noteworthy camo unless something has changed. MX4 45 top gun with more view range, armor and mobility, but a tier higher and with less camo than the MX.


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Well I can't agree with the whole "it has great camo" thing.  Neither the numbers nor my experience in it indicate that it has good camo.  


Otherwise, though, I think you gave a pretty good summary of the vehicle.  It's quite a bit of fun to play and makes some decent credits thanks to firing mostly regular AP rounds.

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This thing is made for ramming an AMX 13 90 head on at full speed on Himmelsdorf. :smug:

didn't you get more ramming damage then shooting damage that match?

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What equipment are you running on yours? I've heard varying opinions on this, which include:

- optics, vstab, gld

- optics, vstab, rammer

- vstab, rammer, gld


I run optics, vert stab, rammer.

Optics for view range abuse, vert stab to help with the horrible turret rotation dispersion, rammer for DEEE PEEE EMMMM

If you want to play this tank more like a sniper than a spotter, you can swap out the optics for a GLD.



Gun dispersion and depression?


Depression is good. 8 degrees, second best out of all tier 8 prems with pref mm. Only the Super Pershing has more at 10 degrees. The Type 59, KV-5, and JT8.8 all have -7.

The dispersion is quite horrible, to be honest. It aims a lot more than 2.3 seconds because of this.

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I have this tank and have begun playing it now that I have a Tier VIII tank as well, the AMX 50 100.   I LOVE the FCM more than that so far, though I suspect I'll eventually like the 50 100 more once I figure it out a bit.    The FCM though is an amazing premium tank with such versatility to make it a pleasure in ANY map you find it on.   Good thread to read here :).

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Thanks for the review. I'm gonna be getting one soon™.


Off topic:

dat avatar!! Amanatsu?

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I'll consider one since I just won some decent size pocket change in Nvida and in need of more/better French heavy crew. I'm still waiting on that French prem med...

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Oh, and all the talk about good camo in the OP is a bit exaggerated, I just feel mine really melts well in cover.


This is how much camo (and view range) my current crew has.



Needless to say... it's not very stealthy on paper. But when in a bush, it's hard to get spotted at anything less than 250m. I've even stayed hidden versus some tier 9 tanks at 100m through some kind of miracle.

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