In round 1 of the MocOlympics, get ready for Chris Phipson (That’s me) vs Lt. Zepher in the Mech category… On with the show.
The APMS (shameless self plug there) in conjunction with the LIU (Thanks for the paint job fellas) and with inspiration provided by Dawn Forge (cause I really needed it), bring you the ultimate in arctic warfare technology. “The Snow Leopard.”
This mech (although with a few modifications it can be used in any environment) was designed for use in cold weather battle zones. The need to radiate heat is greatly reduced in cold weather which allows for a higher rate of fire without the loss of speed and maneuvering.
The weapons systems on the Snow Leopard are modular and can be switched out with other systems depending on your needs. This unit has been equipped with two missile racks on its Shoulders that can each fire 14 high yield warheads per volley and each individual missile is equipped with a Global Positioning Satellite Laser Targeting System (GPSLTS) for increased accuracy.
The right arm is a “Dual Ultimate Damage Emitter” (or “DUDE” for short cause after you look at the quivering puddle of goo that used to be your target, that’s what you say) that fires two lasers simultaneously with pinpoint accuracy.
It is said that extremely skilled pilots have been known to be able to perform LASIK surgery with this weapon at a distance of over 3 miles. But since no one’s ever volunteered to test that theory, we’ll just have to take the pilots word for it.
The left arm is the newest brainchild from the R and D department in the APMS. Known as the “Money Shot” by the mech jockies, it fires over 4,000 rounds a minute. The ammo for this baby is a new type of round known as “Land to Air Ballistic Incendiary Artillery” rounds that have nearly the same explosive power upon impact as many smaller missiles in production today at the cost of only a single shell.
The only problem with this new ammo is the lag time for detonation. It takes forever to actually explode. There have even been reports of what the pilots thought were explosions but turned out to be just what’s become known as “Flashbang Accidental Kaboom Expectancy Reaction”. But once it actually does get going, its multiple explosions are sometimes so loud they’ve been known to wake neighboring countries.
The Snow Leopard is also equipped with a new jump jet system. The “Quad Unison Explosive Energy Recyclers” on the lower front of the mech were designed by a fabulous designer who used to have a show on Bravo named Dave Shaddix.
The four intakes on the front charge the air and expel it through the high pressure exhaust thrusters located on the mechs legs.
The roomy cockpit interior allows the pilots room to stand up and strecth out on those long overnight missions with nothing to do.
The canopy design is a throwback to the early 21st century ground conveyances known as convertibles. The cockpit glass is removable for those warmer than average days so the pilot can enjoy the great outdoors while raining down death from a distance.
Of course the problem here is the same that the drivers of the “cars” had. The cockpit works the same as those old fashioned “T-Tops” where you have to stop the mech, get out, take off the top, find a safe place to store it… It’s actually more of a hassle than it’s worth.
But it’s one of those things you can show off with when Heather decides to ski by in her bikini. Chicks dig convertibles.
The Snow Leopard! Buy one today, and chicks in bikinis will want to lay on it! (chicks in bikinis not guaranteed. See contract for warranty details.)
Oh we hate to see them go but we love to watch them leave...
Fourth Wall Commentary: (cause you’ve come to expect it by this point)
When I started this whole thing with the MocOlympics, this was one of the categories I was dreading getting. I did decide however that it was just about time to prove to not only myself, but to the rest of you that I CAN actually build. So anyway, I shirked things like family, sleep and bathroom breaks and came up with this little number. The original plan was always to go white and bley and call it the “Snow Leopard” but that’s about the only thing that made it to the final product. My first draft was about the size of those little clone walker sets that came out a while back. I wasn’t happy with it of course and tore it down and started over. The next version was a little bigger but the legs weren’t right and the cockpit was too big for the overall size and yep… scrap that one and start over. So after a few more tries and endless modifications I finally settled on what you see here. Then I sent out the bribes as is customary (Kelso, “Candy” says “hi”.) and the rest is history. Lt. Zepher and I coordinated to post this weekend and presto! Here’s hoping on making it to round two!
Interesting also your works, I am very pleased that you have visited my page. If possible I would like to join a group of models "Mecha" ... you know the groups better than me and maybe you can help me.
At your request, I tell you that I'm Italian and I'm 21 years old.
Thank you, I hope to hear you soon.
Hey Chris, is there is another MOCOlympics I'd like to join! I hardly get attention, and I'd like to show people what I can do!
I like it
Heather LEGO Girl
September 14, 2008
Sorry I didn't get to comment sooner, some giant mechanized war-walker was chasing me around the bunny slopes. Good thing I always go in my gold bikini, the glare blinded him and I got away. Anyhoo... You've done a bang up job in a very tough category. Congrats on the win, or sorry, since I know you were hoping to be a spectator at this point. Oh, and thank you Kelso. Thank you. mooowhahahahaha.
Oh yeah, Kelso, I don't think that ANYBODY wants to see Chris in a bikini *shiver*.
I like it
September 13, 2008
No No No... see Christo, you got it ALL wrong. You can't build... silly rabbit. OK. So MAYBE you can. This mech is huge, very well done. I love the acronyms... even the ones you didn't spell out. Looks like it is RABBIT SEASON. Good hunting!!!
I like it
September 13, 2008
I know what you mean about a build getting away from you. BELIEVE ME. After doing this round one build, I am seeing exactly how a runaway MOC begins. It seems the more I played with it, the bigger it got.
I like it
September 13, 2008
And I was sure that you would use the High Output/Medium Output (rear exhaust and intake systems) that you designed. ...and stop watch BRAVO, you pansy.
Well, congrats on the win. I must say, you actually CAN build! Seriously, no offense, BUT it you look at you posted MOCS, most of them are contests, or little vig things that do not really involve construction, more of talking. But I digress. This is not too bad. It is a little rough around the edges (especially the legs), but for only a week of building, it is not too bad. Congrats.
Oh yeah, and don't talk about legs. Atleast you built them. I didn't... it was part of my design by the way, not just a cop-out (though it may have been a little one). Oh well, you win some you lose some. Now I've just got to hope for the wildcard round... there isn't one? Darn.
Thank you Judges, the checks/lego/lady friends were all worth it. Congrats to Lt. Zepher. He played a VERY good round. I thought he might take it on originality alone. In response to the feet. TELL ME ABOUT IT! Those things must have had 20 rebuilds on their own and THAT was the best. Just be glad you didn't see the first 19. I never understood what a hassle feet were. I guess I just don't have that fetish like Shaddix does... Thanks again everyone! Now then, about round two...
I am currently building my mech...seriously, right at this moment. My brain is fried...I stayed up late just perfecting the legs...*sigh*. Well, that's what LEGO will do to you. Mine happens to be a little...darker to say the least. Unfortunately, there are no cute acronyms in store for my little machine. Anyway, I came here to congratulate you! You see? You were able to move to the next round, just like I told you. Great job!
Well, well, Mr. Phipson can build a mech. Congrats, sir - you officially get the win! The color scheme is really nicely done, and the proportions work beautifully. I might echo the thoughts of the others with the feet being the weakest part, design wise, but still a very well built MOC. Bonus points, by the way, for the acronyms and the snow bunny (but don't be surprised if her next post has you in a bikini...it's only fair). Looks like it's on to the next round for our coordinator.
Well Phipson, I'm not sure if it was the lady friend you sent my way or your brilliant mech, but I'm giving you my vote. Zepher had a great mech, but you edged him out. To be honest, I'm not really diggin the feet, but other than that, this baby rocks. Everything from color choice to design worked out perfectly, including your weapons' names... Great Job.
Wow, it wasn't easy to put humour in this category, but you did - Very nice Mech, it's hard to do this category without training, and the result is just great ! It is classic AND elegant. Very cool !!!
Pretty good for a guy who doesn't build mech's. It's tough to make a good one, or something new and original. I know I've failed and given up in the past. I like the top quite a bit, but I think the legs are the weakest part. Hard to know how it'll go with the judges. Good luck. see ya. garth
Well, Phipson, I'm shocked! You actually CAN BUILD! The tie-in with Heather was perfect, yet made very little sense (the reason I like it). This is tempting me to buy a "slave Leah" minifigure (NO, I don't have one...If I did, you would know by now.) ~Nick