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The Flying Lobster
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A highly manoeuvrable and highly symmetrical hover-tank built for battle in Decisive Action 2.
About this creation


The Endearingly Royalist Republican Movement is generally a peace-loving, tea & cake guzzling nation. However, if somebody happens to spill your cup of Taylor's Yorkshire Gold, there is only one course of action that can be taken: get a hover tank, run them down and shoot them with a very big gun. Unfortunately, this can prove tricky when you've bought your hover-tank from the jokers in the vehicle design department of Llwyngwril Systems.



In order to pack the maximum amount of independently targeted firepower into one vehicle, the ERRM's tank was fitted with two rotating turrets. One was a dorsal and the other a ventral turret. This obviously meant that it couldn't run on tracks or wheels and so hover fans were used. It's erratic flying pattern meant that the tank was a hazard to other traffic and so it was painted hi-vis red, to avoid accidents. This and its shape led to it being given the nickname of the "Flying Lobster".



These top and bottom views show to good advantage the Keckler & Hoch smooth bore cannon. These were mounted in unmanned turrets of the type first seen in tanks such as Russia's T-14 Armata. The top view is on the left and the bottom is on the right, or possibly the other way around.



The hull of the hover-tank housed a crew of two; a driver and a gunner. Access was gained after a special crane had removed the dorsal turret. This made popping out for a "bio-break" a rather protracted affair.



The crew consisted of a ERRM spaceman as the driver and commander and some trigger happy, freelancer who was bought in to do all of that nasty stuff with guns. The Flying Lobster was predicted to be a critical element for success of the ERRM in Decisive Action 2.




Comments

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  July 12, 2015
Pleasingly strange - and Benny's kamikaze glee just took on new meaning.
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  June 29, 2015
*stunned*
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  June 27, 2015
Heh, Flying Lobster, awesome name! Haha. The design of this vehicle is very unique, quite unlike anything I've seen before. I like the three rotating turbines and how the way they're attach makes the vehicle look like it fits in a triangle. Nice little cockpit too! The cannons are great! Keep On Brickin'!
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  June 22, 2015
Awesome! I bet DARPA's working on one of these right now!
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  June 22, 2015
So the symmetry of the top and bottom didn't get you into any hot water with the judges... You do need hot water to make tea, though.... hmm....
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  June 22, 2015
Wow, great concept and it looks awesome. Great use of the big Exo-force parts, lovely turret too. I'm reaaly sad to haven't had heard of DA2 in time, it looks like the ultimate fun !
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  June 21, 2015
Quoting Clayton Marchetti "In a world of compromise, some men don't" funny play on the name H & K ha ha ha! I love that you called this the flying lobster and used a yellow background. It looks like it's drowning in butter emmmmm butter. Love the dual guns top and bottom. I love that this was the reason for making it a hover tank. Ha ha ha! This tank looks absolutely delicious!
I don't know if you ski but your opening comment reminded me of the intro to this classic, spoof ski film: https://vimeo.com/63015232
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  June 17, 2015
"In a world of compromise, some men don't" funny play on the name H & K ha ha ha! I love that you called this the flying lobster and used a yellow background. It looks like it's drowning in butter emmmmm butter. Love the dual guns top and bottom. I love that this was the reason for making it a hover tank. Ha ha ha! This tank looks absolutely delicious!
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  June 16, 2015
An untamed Lobster... Ha ha!! Great work.
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  June 16, 2015
That freelancer looks slightly unstable. Good luck in the coming combat!
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  June 16, 2015
A brutal looking thing. Nice job!
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  June 15, 2015
Mmm! Lobster ... and tea! XD
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  June 15, 2015
The ERRM are using guns now?! Great build and very funny as always. Really enjoy seeing your builds.
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  June 15, 2015
Quoting Stephan Niehoff These great fans I have also. Only I've found no use for it. Your using inspired me. A powerful and movable vehicle you've done here David. The main body with the subtle details such as a grill has become beautiful.
I own 7 of these fans. I kept buying them, as part of Bricklink orders, because they were cheap. However, it's been a real puzzle how to use them and this is the first time!
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  June 15, 2015
These great fans I have also. Only I've found no use for it. Your using inspired me. A powerful and movable vehicle you've done here David. The main body with the subtle details such as a grill has become beautiful.
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  June 14, 2015
Really cool!
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  June 14, 2015
That is one fine piece of machinery! You've yet again succeeded to take on this category with a build that's out of the ordinary, chapeau.
David Roberts
Keith Goldman
  June 13, 2015
This is easily the most unconventional design of the bunch to date, a real treat for the eyes. General, you are specifications-accurate for the category and ready to rule the battlefield. Good luck!
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  June 13, 2015
Great stuff David! It's been a real pleasure seeing all your decisive action build! Looking forward to more. Cheers
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  June 13, 2015
A true Llwyngwril Systems masterpiece! Your enemies may be very easy to defeat as they stare in slack-jawed wonder at the encroaching redness!
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  June 13, 2015
A real red study in dynamics design! Now I think I'll go analyze the fluid dynamics of some freshly brewed... shhhh... Barry's Irish Breakfast as it's poured into my cup! Are you sure you are not putting any thing else in your tea?! :)
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  June 13, 2015
The build, the story, the tea... just excellent! :D
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  June 13, 2015
I need one, because I always guzzle my cake. good luck in battle.
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  June 13, 2015
No wonder why that Minifig looks so happy ;-p I'd be if I take a ride on that.... LOBSTER!! A+
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  June 13, 2015
Absolutely amazing, as long as you can control it :-)
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  June 13, 2015
Well, that's a different kind of tank. Well done!
  June 13, 2015
That is one lobster to look out for...
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  June 13, 2015
Took one look at the thumbnail and thought, 'this looks like a Llwyngwril Systems product...' - glad to see them making their mark on D.A.2! Brilliant job on the symmetry too, and very funny!
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  June 13, 2015
Quoting Zach Lucia *spills cup of Taylor's Yorkshire Gold on the Chocolate Hobnob Biscuits*
Blasphemy! Never on the Chocolate Hobnobs!
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  June 13, 2015
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist You are fast... Very fast. Very clever build here, I love the design with the rotors. Quite the unusual yet fascinating creation!
Thank you! The requirement for a photo of the underside was like a red rag to the bull of my imagination. I had to build a tank where it didn't matter which was the top or the bottom view!
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  June 13, 2015
*spills cup of Taylor's Yorkshire Gold on the Chocolate Hobnob Biscuits*
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  June 13, 2015
You are fast... Very fast. Very clever build here, I love the design with the rotors. Quite the unusual yet fascinating creation!
 
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