Well this one is a first for me, this is the first creation I've made so far using LDD, that's actually based on a real vehicle, that exists. As I'm sure many of you will have spotted, this is very similar to the World War II German tank destroyer, the Jagdtiger. The Jagdtiger is an absolute favorite of mine, it's big, it's heavy, and it's got one helluva gun. Now before you eagle eyed historians out there correct me on all the things I got wrong, I want to point out that this isn't a 100% recreation, I wanted to base a vehicle on the shell of the Jagdtiger, then add my own details and functions, so I suppose it's about 50/50. I've never really been into recreating real vehicles, maybe because I'm not good enough, or maybe because it doesn't interest me, I'd much rather create something from scratch, of my own ideas.
The Dragoon Heavy Tank Destroyer was conceived after the deployment of the Ronin Heavy Tank Destroyer, when short comings of the design were realised, such as a lack of mobility, a split crew compartment, and in a strange and rare occurrence, too much armour. The Dragoon was designed to remove these issues, having less armour than the Ronin, a crew compartment that is accessible for the crew to move into any area of the tank, but the biggest change is the new prototype engine fitted, producing a monster 2200hp, it gives the Dragoon much great maneuverability than the Ronin. Another new feature of the Dragoon is the gun, it has a longer barrel than the Ronin, giving it a higher muzzle velocity, and therefore greater penetration, and most importantly, it has a 6 round auto loading system, meaning that 6 of the same round can be fired off in rapid succession, with a three second gap in between each shot for the chamber to rotate, or it can be loaded with dual rounds.
The Dragoon is fitted with two types of rounds, a high explosive round, which still has enough penetration to deal with most targets. The second round is an armour piercing time delay fragmentation round, which is designed to pierce enemy armour, then send shrapnel flying around the inside of an enemy vehicle. Although two different kind of warheads, both still use the same explosive charge, meaning that both ammunition types are a two part shell, which would normally require two loaders, but this isn't necessary with the auto loader.
Employing six crew members, including a commander, a gunner, a driver, a navigator, one loader to load the auto loader, and a second loader to move shells from the lower hull, up to the upper housing, using a small winch which is mounted to the roof of the upper housing. Two shells can by raised to the upper housing with each lift.
The Dragoon also comes with a roof mounted machine gun which can be controlled from either the commanders station, or from the navigators station. The gun is fitted with an IFF tag system, which allows it to identify friend or foe, which enables this system to be run in an autonomous mode. Six smoke dischargers set at different angles sit at the rear of the roof, to give the Dragoon cover when needed, or to allow friendly infantry cover when moving along side the vehicle.
Although the Ronin is still the tank to use when mobility isn't much of an issue, and the direct Line of Sight is clear and open for great distances, the Dragoon has the ability to go places the Ronin would simply be too hindered to go. With a higher level of mobility, and an improved gun, the Dragoon can reach even more vantage points, and put it's awesome firepower to great effect.
Quoting Johan van der Pluijm
Looks like a less- wide version of the JagdTiger with smaller track wheels. Very nice looking
Another sharp eyed tank lover! Yes the base vehicle is based on the German Jagdtiger, although not to a 100% accurate degree, I took the base structure of the vehicle, then just added my own style and details. I would have liked to have used a larger track wheels, unfortunately this wasn't possible for a few reason, none the less, I'm still happy with the result. Thanks for looking!
Quoting David Roberts
The level of detailing, especially at the rear of the vehicle, is very impressive. Great work!
I would have liked to have used string along the sides, but none of the string pieces are flexible in LDD, other than that, I really like all the details. Not shown here is the interior, which is also fully detailed, I'll post the pictures soon. Thanks for looking!
Quoting Stephan Niehoff
My dear Lee, here you have built a really nice model. Among the details that are technically very consistent right up to the overall impression, just past everything. An excellent work.
Thank you Stephen, I had a lot of fun building this, the angles were a real challenge, especially in LDD, this would be easier to build with real bricks, but I am super happy with all the details. It does have a fully detailed interior, I'll try to get the pictures up soon. Thanks for looking!
Quoting killswitch95 [SNRK]
Obviously inspired by the JagdTiger, nicely done
I knew people would pick up on this, and I'm glad they did! The Jagdtiger is a great favorite of mine, but I've never been into 100% accurate recreations of real vehicles, so this is probably 50% real, 50% my ideas. Thanks for looking!