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Stridsvagn 103 "S-Tank"
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My newest build... I was gonna build it after it came out in WoT, but I just couldn't wait... Also, it dawned on me that the S-Tank isn't one that's made in Lego often... I can only think of only 4 others on MOCpages, 2 made by Sariel, and 1 made by William Brandt, and 1 by James Prins... Enjoy!
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Some Wiki History:
The Stridsvagn 103 (strv 103),also known as the S-Tank, was a Swedish post-war main battle tank. It was known for its unconventional design: it was turretless with a fixed gun traversed by engaging the tracks and elevated by adjusting the hull suspension. While turretless armoured fighting vehicles are usually classified as assault guns or tank destroyers, despite its unique gun laying process the Strv 103 is considered a tank because its designated combat role matched those of other tanks within contemporary Swedish doctrine. It is the only tank of any kind since World War II to dispense with a turret.

The Strv 103 was designed and manufactured in Sweden. It was developed in the 1950s and was the first main battle tank to use a turbine engine. The result was a very low-profile design with an emphasis on survivability and heightened crew protection level. Strv 103s formed a major portion of the Swedish armoured forces from the 1960s to part of the 1990s, when, along with the Centurions, it was replaced with the Stridsvagn 121 and the Stridsvagn 122.

Now for some model features:

- Rolling tracks, with "fake" suspension, 2 wheels mounted on a lift arm, that is centrally mounted to the end of a longer lift arm, which is mounted centrally to the hull, this allows the wheels to move independently, as well as allows the user the elevate and depress the hull, and thus the gun, underneath the model are 4 yellow pins to be inserted while driving around, or when on a shelf, so the hull does not rock by itself... real springs would have just been too much of a hassle, and I'm not even sure if they would have fit...


(The bottom, showing the 4 pins, and the extra track included to complete the chain of track... connecting track lengths in LDD is beyond what i'd call a pain...)

- Dozer Blade functions, falls out, then goes back its resting place
- Brick built Swedish Flag... because I felt it needed it

No turret because... no turret, duh
No gun elevation/depression because hull does that...

Overall, this was a fun way to kill 5 hours of my time... the suspension wasn't actually that hard, the hardest part was attempting to recreate those sloped plates... If you've seen my other builds, you know that massively sloped plates, and bricks are not my cup of tea, but I gave it my best shot...

EDIT: Last night (Night it was uploaded) the Tank was complete, but had the structure of a floor model, since then the hull has been strengthened, especially where the armor slope flex joint are, as well as the roof is now flush with the slopes, rather than (1) Plate higher in height... I'm fairly sure that if built in the real word, this should stand up to active play...

EDIT: 12/10/2016: I removed the wheel acting as the muzzle break, and replaced it with the "Fez" cap piece as it fits the model better, LDD is updated to account for that change. And the main picture reflects the change...

LDD file below



Building instructions
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Comments

 I like it 
  October 20, 2016
The sloping can be done by plates as well, but they do require much space indeed. visit sariel's account here or his website. sariel.pl He made one or two R/C Strv 103
 I made it 
  October 19, 2016
Quoting BATOH rossi have well represented the spirit of a classic rarely reproduced, nice work!
thanks!... yeah I don't see many S-tanks in lego form... probably because of the slopes involved, and the suspension as well...
 I like it 
  October 19, 2016
have well represented the spirit of a classic rarely reproduced, nice work!
 I made it 
  October 19, 2016
Quoting Florida Shoooter Excellent work! This may be my fav of all your builds. Great work achieving those crazy angles. :)
thanks man, glad to hear it!
 I like it 
  October 19, 2016
Excellent work! This may be my fav of all your builds. Great work achieving those crazy angles. :)
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  October 18, 2016
Quoting Gabor Pauler It was pretty big challenge to build such an angled hull. The photos are bit dark, but fortunately you published the model. I tried re-coloring drak green bricks into gray, this way the details became more enjoyable. Nice job.
thanks a lot, yeah Dark Green wasn't my pick, that's the color the nations tanks are going to be in World of Tanks when they come out, so I colored it accordingly... I don't even think they offer a majority of these pieces in dark green like that, so if someone were to build it, it would have to be white/grey... "UN" S-Tank maybe? I did redo the pics in the desert back ground to add some contrast for the viewers though.
 I made it 
  October 18, 2016
Thanks for the comments, I don't have any experience with servo motors, but simply going by the scale, I don't think you could fit in a servo motor, with a battery box... the sloping armor takes up a LOT of the internal space...
 I like it 
  October 18, 2016
Excellent tank. Very accurate!
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  October 18, 2016
Looks nice for this scale. Now in real bricks! I think that you can do the elevation with a LEGO servomotor. Just made an oscilating turret and I saw that the servo is very powerful.
 I like it 
  October 17, 2016
It was pretty big challenge to build such an angled hull. The photos are bit dark, but fortunately you published the model. I tried re-coloring drak green bricks into gray, this way the details became more enjoyable. Nice job.
 
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