This project is truly a labour of love. I've had this tank on the brain
since I was about 14. There was a science fiction art book in the
school library that had a robot hover tank. I was in love. The concept
of a catamaran hull, forward mini-turrets, air defence gun and main gun
all rolled into one gave me nerd wood. Over time I drew my own version
and developed the concept through my teens. Having played RPGs,
eventually the hovertank found its way into my games as the ultimate
land weapon system.
In my late twenties I developed an interest in military technology and
started to learn how things really worked. Many of the elements you see
in this MOC are real-world applications found on actual armoured
fighting vehicles. Of course, as a matter of scale and practicality,
one would never find them ALL in a single vehicle. But, being science
fiction, the only thing stopping me was my imagination.
The more I drew and finessed my designs for the Cerberus the more I
wanted a scale model of the tank. I looked into this and soon realized
that scratch building a custom model requires a ton of skill and effort.
Being both ham fisted and lazy, this was not for me. I then considered
3D modelling my tank. Again, skill, effort, expensive software and the
ability to find the 'any' key was not for me. I moved on.
Years passed. Hair receded. I joined the army and went back to school.
During my third year of university I bought a few of the new Star Wars
Lego sets on a lark during the Christmas break, poured the pieces into a
pile and built a robot. The Zen-like experience of creative
concentration got me hooked and I was now an AFOL. I started searching
out the Lego sites and exploring what was possible with all the new
pieces invented in the decades since I'd ever built anything with Lego.
Bulk orders of Lego from eBay came next.
It was while sorting through some of that bulk Lego that I picked up two
tan panels from the Droid hovertank set. Like the Dawn
of Man scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey, I had an awakening. I was
holding the forward slopes of the turret for my hovertank. The angle
and shape was perfect. Visits to Bricklink and hours of research showed
me that it was possible to build a MOC of my hovertank. I was set.
Of course, reality then set in. My hair was never coming back. That,
and to get the scale right would require a LOT of Lego, mostly tan in
colour. To have the most building options and greatest faith to my
design would require searching out a LOT of uncommon or outright rare
pieces, many expensive. With this in mind I budgeted and started
collecting, all the while keeping my eyes on the Lego sites like MOC
Pages, watching and learning from master builders.
A year and a half later I'd scavenged up enough from Bricklink to start
building. The build itself stretched out over the better part of a year
as I found, continuously, that I was always short of some key pieces
that held up finishing the project. But, finish it I did.
Build notes will follow in the next photoset/video showing the internals.
Hope you've enjoyed my foray back into Lego.
EDIT: forgot to mention that this is one of four variants that I'm photographing. More to come.
I played a game back ing the day (I tha=ink it was called Centurian) that had these plastic hover tanks that this reminds me of. The amount of detail makes one believe that it is a model based in reality. This is the best looking tank and I hope that I can come close to emulating it.
mein gott! what an absolutely impecable afv. you were right about the real(istic) features: anti-air gun, scanning array, reactive armor (which i am sure all those round dimples are), the almost flat turret: impossible to hit. brilliant!
Awesome! I love tanks as well. I grew up reading books like the Bolo and Hammers Slammers series, and playing games of Ogre and G.E.V. I joined the army when I was 17, on the delayed entry program, and drove (what else) tanks, for four years. Two years on 60A3s, and two years on the Abrams. (1985-89) As someone who worked and "lived" on armored vehicles for four years I have to say your model is very believable as a functioning piece of military equipment. In both color and function it looks like what the Israeli Merkava could evolve into if we had grav-tech.
I build Micro-scale vehicles and mechs for war gaming. I have a string of super-heavy battle tanks that are each a technological improvement over the last. The third model is a forked hull, grav tank called the Scorpion. I have three version, the basic unit of the line, the command variant, and the infantry fighting vehicle variant, called the Scimitar. Like the Merkava, and your model, it has a rear facing assault hatch. It also has an assault hatch on the front of the hull between the two forward hull "pods."
Keep on building!
Absolutly breathtaking. This is probably the coolest and most detailed futuristic (lego) tank that I've ever seen. The design looks clean and flawless and pretty darn believable. Great piece usage and techniques. Keep on building ~ Nowhereman
From the earlier hints you gave us, I was expecting some big, boxy thing that wasn't much more than a tank without treads. I am VERY pleasantly surprised by what you gave us instead. Everything about this is incredible, from the sleek-yet-armored side profile to the saucer turret. Your hard work really paid off.
Fantastic work!! I'm really impressed... this is one of the creations that you just couldn't forget it for a really long time, very nice building techniques, very great details, awesome photography... Just perfect! keep building man >>> peace.. Fofo
Wow! That is THE greatest tank I have EVER seen! You've managed to pack so many details into it that it's almost mind-blowing! I love the use of minifig legs on the corners! Great work on the Youtube video as well! (Do you think I've ended enough sentences in exclamation points? Nope, probably not!)