Since mechs were released onto the field of battle, they have rarely formed self-sufficient units. Because of the complexity of their movement, it is often necessary to have mech transport aircraft or vehicles to carry them in and out of battle. Mechs often need close air support (although this is often accomodated by their transport aircraft). Given the annoyance and logistical limitations of this strategy, I decided to make a light mech that provides its own transport and air support.
History (Boring Stuff): The DaVinci project started as an attempt to build a light mech, well, because I have never built a humanoid one before and I figured I had better get that down before I try to make it transform. The first mech that resulted from it was too heavy and had poorly designed joints. The parts from this mech were scrapped and used to build a light, large-engined, missile-armed airspeeder. The airspeeder's engines were so big that the wings had to articulate for greater landing gear clearance and greater pilot visibility. I took the articulated wings a step further by using bionicle pieces to fashion arms, and even some short legs. Using this basic shape as a template, two prototypes resulted, the Leonardo (close descendent of the missile ship), and the Sikorsky (helicopter-based; the rotor became a sword). These transforming vessels resembled industrial mechs, with short legs and large engines that turned into arms. I combined the best elements of the Leonardo (claws, cockpit) with the best of the Sikorsky (engines, tail), and made some new legs to result in the DaVinci, which you see before you.
Status: Disassembled 08/2006. Parts used in Minuteman project.
I have learned that in order to emulate humans in mechs, you have to not only mimic them, but exaggerate them. For instance, I had to lift the sword-side heel off of the ground for this to look like an authentic "Huzzah:.
In addition to the missiles, the mech also has a ducted plasma cannon integrated into its starboard arm. Because it gets engine plasma through the gray tubey thingy, it does not need its own power supply. Thus, it can have comparable power to the beam rifles popular with many mech pilots at a fraction of the weight.
Nice Mech, think I prefer the airspeeder... but I kinda like the heavy armed look, remindes me of a gorilla. keep it up, I find transformers well nigh impossible so I respect this work.
I say again...Nice work