The fifth bio-mech in the series, the FDL-5J is a specialist in guerilla warfare. Itís built around a light weight frame, powerful engine, and leg mounted jump thrusters. This package gives the Fer-de-lance its staggering speed and agility. Put simply it can easily traverse dense terrain that would certainly bog down lesser quality machines.
To further enhance FDL-5Jís capabilities its entire compliment of ranged weapons are all energy based. So long as the engineís running (and not overheating) there is no need to worry about running out of ammo. In other words, the FDL can strike at its targets like any ambush predator and then slither away before being counterattacked.
Of course there is a cost to be paid for all of this superior performance. In this case itís the armor. Even though it possesses regenerative armor plating like any good bio-mech would, it had to be kept to a minimum to maintain its weight ratio. So long as it doesnít take too many direct hits in a short period of time it will be all right. Otherwise even this venomous viper could find itself in some serious trouble.
About this creation
Torso shot showing a close-up of the 4 small laser cannons mounted 2 per side. These are intended for in-close fighting with other mechs or tearing up squads of hapless infantry.
The primary weapons are the large caliber recycling pulse laser cannons mounted on independent swivel turrets. These guns are heavier and generate more heat than standard lasers. However they are nearly 25% more accurate and have an improved maximum range.
Each forearm sports a medium class recycling pulse and ends with a three pronged vibro-claw in place of a hand. Although not as powerful as the large lasers, theyíre just as accurate and can be instantly targeted on enemy forces on either side of the FDL-5J.
The shoulder baffles act as small shields but were mainly added to make it look good.
Leg mounted jump thrusters grant the mech greater in-flight and improved landing control.
Foot mounted vibro switch blades allow the mech to slice its way through dense vegetation (or enemy units although it can get rather messy on infantry) like a hot knife through butter (or internal organs).
Located above the cockpit and in-between the main guns are the communications suite containing the sensor array and antennae.
The cockpit uses a multi-joint system to unfold and reveal the pilot.
Cockpit opening, stage 1.
Cockpit opening, stage 2.
The flip down interface displays all the sensory and targeting data directly on the pilotís visor requiring no internal controls to delay reaction time.
Interface in storage position.
Now the pilot gives us beaming smile. Wait a minute. How did an old-schooler like that get picked to control such a state of the art machine? More importantly, is that the color of his suit or is he not wearing any pants?!
A pilot in the hand (claw?) is worth two in the bush. What the heck does that even mean?
Here we see the primary cannons beginning their transition to storage mode.
Frontal shot showing the main guns in storage mode. I think he looks really cool in this pose.
Rear shot showing the main guns in storage mode.
Come Ďere. I wanna give ya a nice close-up. Donít worry, I donít bite. Much!
Quoting Fredrick Givens
great job on this one man, i like the diversity between your mech designs, it shows that your flexible
That's pretty common in my designs. Often I have one idea in mind and as I build it, it morphs into something completely different. If I'm lucky the finished product looks at least half way decent and then it gets posted to be either exhalted or ridiculed by the masses.
Quoting Berial .
Same as Yuri,this is really great!
"...why thank you, thank you very much!" This one just came together just right and I'm glad others like it as well. Gee whiz, now I have a hankerin' for a fried banana and peanut butter sandwich. "Oh mama baby." I haven't done this many Elvis rip-offs in years.
Quoting Yuri Fassio
Wow! Your best BioMech so far! In fact, better than most of mine!
Oh, come on Yuri. I mean flattery will get you everywhere! Anyway thanks for the vote of confidence. Still, I have a long way to go before I would consider myself at a level equal to yours or many of the others here at MOC pages.
Quoting Parrington Levens
Wow , a 'Deep-one' Mech! I'm struggling to build my first mech at the moment and can now fully appreciate the grace in such a build as this. Great work mate...
Yeah I saw your little challenge between you and Yuri. Just go with what you know. Take a look at one of your fighters and picture it with arms, legs, and a head in the appropriate places. Besides your stuff has become so good that your on the front page already! I'm no where near that level of recognition and probably never will be. Besides if you see any ideas you like here, feel free to use it on your design. I would be honored to be someone else's inspiration for once!
Quoting tristan neal
Great work on this truly awesome mech!I like the pulse repeaters!
Thanks for the comment. I can't credit for the pulse laser concept though. That idea came from the "Battletech" universe. I just wanted to explain it for anyone who wasn't familar with the game. I still think it's the best table-top strategy game ever!
Quoting Sergeant Highway
Very good build, I like it. The red and the green blend together surprisingly well, and I like the feet and hand designs alot! :)
I just remembered that I built this one right around Christmas time last year. I guess that makes it my jungle/holiday special so Merry Super-Late Christmas! Oh well. Anyway I had all these limey green parts laying around and fortunately they were the same color as this Bionicle so they went together beautifully. The majority of the red pieces came off his vehicle. I believe the set was called Rocktoh-T3 or something like that.