One Finnish tank museum has the last surviving BT-42 tank. The BT-42 tank had some role in Girls und Panzer anime/manga and now Japanese fans have found their way in the museum.

The museum has been trying to get funds to build a shelter for some of the tanks that are parked outside. And now Japanese fans have been willing to fund some of this to get their dear tank under a roof.

It was originally a BT-7 but Finnish armed forces had modified 18 captured units and installed a new turret with British 4.5 inch howitzers. The tank itself was quite bad. One of the BT-42s hit an advancing T-34 eighteen times, without stopping it.

This is the tank.

And these seem to be the girl tankers. A bit weirdly they all have very common Finnish male first names (Aki, Mika and Mikko). I guess they sound cuter than any actual Finnish female names.

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One of them is playing Finnish traditional instrument kantele and the Japanse fans have been doing the same while visiting the tank.