Welcome back to another one of my creations! Sorry it has taken so long to upload, but as usual MOCPages uploader decided that I needed to be trolled some more... This was going to be the vehicle that my Actros 8x8 was going to carry on a trailer, but alas. Lego motors are... Lets just say underwhelming. I have recently been to a hobby store, and have purchased a very strong hobby motor. One day I will have that powering my creations, and all the countless hours of 1 kph and stalling on a piece of hair will be no more. When I find out how to make the motor work with Lego pieces, I'll post instructions on how I did it. For now though, enjoy! Edit: Please note that this is only slightly based off of the real steel Leopard 2A4, and that many things that this Lego creation has are not on the real thing...
About this creation
The side of the tank. Speaks for itself...
Here you see the grill of the tank on the back. I tried to replicate the back of the real Leopard tank, but it didn't really work.
Here I'm trying to show the subtractor unit. As always, the tank was built with a modular design. So I can take the back of the tank off, remove a few pins, and the whole subtractor comes out.
The top of the turret is armed with an MK19 grenade launcher, and a Browning .50 cal heavy machine gun. You can also see the open commanders cupola. The turret holds a battery box, so there wasn't any room to make an interior.
Now for the side of the turret. I removed the SLAT armor(axles circling the back and sides of the turret) so you could see the V on the turret. This doesn't mean anything. I just thought that it would be cool to have some sort of emblem there... Also, note the cheesiest attempt at tree camo ever.
Here I have opened the "armor" on the left front of the turret to show you the simple gearbox that makes the gun move. There is a little wheel on the back of the turret that will raise or lower the gun. Having played World of Tanks for a while now, I made sure that there was more than enough gun depression.
Moving back to the tank's chassis, you see that I've implemented some torsion bar suspension. This has more than enough travel to make the road wheels almost disappear behind the side-skirt.
If you look carefully at the left top of the side-skirt, you might be able to see a long black part. That's just a steel box with some depleted uranium inside it. If any thing was to ever hit that, it would just bounce and do no damage. Also, take note of the section of track at the bottom of the picture. The original tracks had no traction whatsoever. A short few trips to the local home improvement store, and three bottles of superglue later, I ended up with some padded tracks. This is great because not only does the tank have enough traction to climb a 40%+ grade, it also makes much less noise.
This is the bottom of the tank. To the left is the second battery box, and just in front of that are the two drive motors. Sadly, the battery box that I use for the two drive motors doesn't actually supply enough power to make the motors turn with maximum efficiency. I've been thinking about it, and I have come to the conclusion that there is only one solution. Potatoes.
A picture of the top of the turret. The orange bar sticking out is the switch to turn on the battery box in the turret. The wires to the right of that are connected to the "hidden" receiver.
Nothing much. Just showing the cut up padding and the tracks used.
This is how the padding originally came. I found that for every two padding packs, I could cover 52 track links.
Now for the specs of the tank.
Top speed: 65 KPH (~4 KPH at max RPM of Lego motors)
Traverse speed: 30 degrees a second (depends on how much battery is left)
turret traverse speed: 25 degrees a second (Lego version hand cranked)
Weight: 49895.2 Kg (5 Kg)
Engine: MTU MB 873 12-cylinder, 47.6 liter, turbo-charged, liquid cooled(dual Lego motors)
Engine power: 1,103 kW(~6 kg torque at max rotational speed of Lego motor)
Max operational range: ~500 Km (around the house 10 times)
Max frontal chassis armor: 150 mm (2.5 studs thick)
Max chassis side armor: 120 mm (1.5 studs thick)
Max chassis rear armor: 50 mm (0.5 studs thick)
Max turret frontal armor: 200 mm (3 studs thick)
Max turret side armor: 150 mm (2.5 studs thick)
Max turret rear armor: 80 mm (1 stud thick)
Gun mantlet armor: 250 mm (5 studs thick)
Max gun range: Where ever the bad guy is(special shells for interplanetary firefights available)