Speed: 47.5km/h (29.5 mph) over even terrain. Capacity: One operator. Armor: 38mm (1.5 inches) cold forged slicksteel plating. Height: 4.6 meters (15 feet) Manufacturer: Ambulatory Technologies Armament: Dual Cosway L11 heavy laser cannons.
Lore:The Predator is a brand new addition to the Colonial mechanized infantry divisions. Ambulatory Technologies had begun focusing on new product types, as many of their older combat walkers were being phased out in preference for repulsor driven vehicles and combat armors. However, as conflicts spread across many new worlds several unique gravitational fields, and even mineral deposits were encountered that rendered repulsor drives completely ineffective. Thus the Colonial Protectorate was forced to rely on it's ageing walker battalions for heavy vehicle support, these combat scenarios met with mixed results. AT was then tasked to design a more advanced and combat ready series of vehicles for the now enlarged Mechanized Infantry. The AT-7PR was released only a few short months after its larger cousin the AT-8NH ‘Nidham’. The Predator was designed primarily for infantry support, and secondly for light vehicle engagement, while it has more than enough armor and armament to dish out, it’s lack of anti-air weaponry makes it vulnerable to aircraft if deployed alone.
These walkers are armed with dual heavy laser cannons, and posses a pair of VibCo A3j9 pulsating melt blades on each of the foot pads. These blades produce surface temperatures in excess of 2750 degrees Celsius, allowing the edges to quickly cut through vegetation, fencing, light armor, and enemy soldiers with ease. The Predator’s drive system, and control cabin are heavily armored, this combined with their smaller size makes them an ideal combat unit even in dense environments; from forests to urban zones these units have met with great success and have become very popular with the men and women who operate them.
Builders Notes: This walkers design began as a experiment on the up-ended bionicle 'foot' piece, and it was going to be a quadraped...amazing how things change. Believe it or not a minifig actually fits quite comfortably in the cabin. I got a little carried away with the tread pieces, but I love the way they wrap around the feet, hope you guys like!
Amazing photography, good job! I love the model. I have so many good things to say about it that I should not even start. WOW! I will be posting my first model on Friday 11th. It will be a large scale version of Jango Fett's Slave 1.