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T.L.A. "Flanker" medium hover tank
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There must be 50 ways to learn to hover
About this creation
So with everyone else forming their own factions whose names are three-letter acronyms (E.O.S., C.O.P., U.N.E., I.S.C., L.I.U., ad infinitum) I decided to start my own, the T.L.A. (Three Letter Acronym) The T.L.A. was created as a joke, and is a completely peaceful faction. I will not be engaging in "wars" or "alliances" with other builders.
That said... On to the MOC. The T.L.A. "flanker" medium hover tank uses a revolutionary new hover system which replaces the standard "air cushion" used by most hovercraft with a cushion of ionized gas contained by a magnetic bottle. A large turbine-like device in the main body sucks in and ionizes more gas to replenish the lost gas particles. By altering the shape of the magnetic field, the tank can pitch and roll to climb over terrain obstacles. The "flanker" is one of the most powerful combat hovercraft ever built, and one of the main vehicles in the T.L.A.'s arsenal.
Two 30kW swivel-mounted lasers
Six-cell missile launcher
Two fixed-forward 30mm auto cannon

Top view. I have a philosophy of sorts about hover tanks; they shouldn't just look like regular modern tanks without treads. They need to look different somehow -- for starters, they should be more aerodynamic, because they're capable of going faster. Hence the Flanker's almost fighter-like shape.

Front. There's a minifig in the white cockpit, but the cockpit has only one control panel so it's not really worth seeing.


Laser turret close-up, with the six-shot missile launcher visible on top of the turret. You can't mount projectile guns on a rotating turret in a hover vehicle, because the recoil would send the vehicle spinning off in unpredictable directions every time the guns fired.

Fixed auto cannon close-up. Because the guns are fixed forward, the tank can compensate for their recoil by increasing engine power. The tubes attached to the guns allow them to refill their own magazines from an ammo bay in the main body of the tank.

Underside, showing the turbine and the other various greebles which control the magnetic field. The secondary dish near the front generates a smaller cushion of plasma to keep the nose from dropping.


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  July 28, 2009
Very good - you took the time to actually create the underside :) I usually skip parts that can be hidden in a photo (I'm lazy :)
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  May 5, 2009
Looks fantastic with those missile launchers on the top of the turret! Great job!
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  May 5, 2009
I'm always amazed by the great techniques you used in your MOC ! Very nice shape, awesome underside, and an hilarious "backstory". Long live to the TLA !
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  May 4, 2009
There were tanks like that in David Weber's Mutineers' Moon books. They would float around and shoot lasers at each other, then land on their treads to launch rockets and projectiles. It always seemed kind of silly to me. For one thing, hover pads couldn't lift something that heavy.
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  May 4, 2009
Your hover tank philosyphy instantly made me want to build a tank with treads and everything that turns out to be a hover tank. Very cool, I especially like the weapondry. Hope to see more of this T.L.A. faction.
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  May 3, 2009
Hey, cool hover tank! I like the idea of the TLA to parody the pointless COP/UNE stuff I keep hearing about.
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