3vil Behemoth-class Hovertank, with the CHOMP CHOMP jaw and the missiles and cannons go boom boom FREEM FREEM FRAM FAZ!!1!
About this creation
Starting off the 3vil new year with cackling laughter and sharp pointy teeth, I present to you the next level of terror and destruction: the Behemoth-class hovertank.
I started this moc back in late November, after Mark Sandlin beat me to the punch by posting his 3vil Hovertank. I've got kind of a thing for spacey hovertanks, and even with so many factions to choose from I knew I had to attempt an 3vil tank, even if it would no longer be the first. I just had to trump the Grand Admiral himself.
If I'd posted the earliest concept (seen below,) I would have been run out of AFOL community.
With a weak winged design and a blocky skull face, this rough version said anything but "hovertank." The side gunner turrets sucked, too.
So then the next step in design evolution came when I decided to embrace a far bulkier, sharp-edged design. I found my inspiration in the form of the Republic Tank from Star Wars.
So I did some major work to the side "wings" as well as minor tweaks to the skull face, and I had what would ultimately become the final design for the tank.
After that, I did bits of brick work here and there squeezed in between hours and hours of a busy holiday work schedule. And laziness. It all came together pretty easily once I had the general design in mind, I just had to do a lot of work to make all the pieces fit together the right way.
Sometime during those weeks of tinkering, I decided that I wanted the jaw to move. I thought it would be easy, but for some reason I at first could not make sense of how to accomplish my goal. I've never done geared or moving parts on a moc before, so I had no previous database of knowledge to work from. So I turned to the spacers at Classic-Space.com Forums for advice.
Tossed into my tires and wheels was a pullback motor, which I'd randomly purchased on Bricklink.. probably to meet some ridiculous $5 minimum requirement. Remembering how much fun we had in the space layout at PDX with moonway track and pullback motors and the hot dogs and Eruptus and track-groping gay Palmer and the mhoyvenflavin, I decided that I definitely had to incorporate this motor into the moc, not only to move the whole tank, but couple it with the AFOL's suggestions to make the jaw chomp.
I finally finished the hovertank a few hours after the deadline for the Military Hover Contest, and am probably disqualified from entering, but at least I have a moc that I can be proud of. If I build nothing else in the next couple of years, I can live happy knowing this is the last moc you folks see from me.
The belly: the pullback motor and jaw gear are very simple and easy to remove- in this way I can display the moc more easily in space layouts, mostly because it likes to start rolling towards the edge of my desk.
At one stage of construction, this slope came off to show off some interior greeblage. I ended up tossing that idea in favor of more room for missiles. Four missiles fit into either side of the tank, for a total of eight missiles.