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AMPV 'Tug Tank' . Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) hover vehicle. . More holiday uploads of dusty stuff from my shelf. I had the idea drawn up for a 'monster garage' sort of hover tank some time ago to be a target for the Cerberus. It scaled up quite quickly and is much larger than envisioned. The design basis was something alone the lines of the Russian BMD3 series. I wanted a turret well forward on the hull so the vehicle could scan around corners in urban warfare without exposing most of the hull. I'm still tweaking my lightbox setup. It's now apparent that I need some more front lighting. My camera remains a puzzle as to getting everything in focus without the auto-focus feature picking the forward-most spot (even on manual). I think it's time to upgrade to a SLR camera with manual focus for this kind of photography. THE BUILD Although I had drawings and knew the general shape of this MOC from the onset, the actual design was a lot of trial and error (mostly error). I wanted it to have a sort of 'junkyard' look and feel to it, like it was another vehicle in some former life and somebody decided to drop a turret on it. Quite unintentionally it ended up looking boat-like and the front hull reminded me of a tug boat, so I called it the 'Tug Tank.' In hindsight, it's quite overly complicated with an interior white hull (crew compartment fitting 8 minifies) and exterior hull with all the greebles and armour plating. Unlike the Cerberus there's no way to pop the roof off and admire the interior other than by opening the rear hatch. Planning: FAIL! The complexity of the aft hull with the crew compartment lead to more complexity for the front hull to accommodate the angles, an engine compartment and yet sturdy enough to hold the weigh of the turret without falling apart. It's very fragile all around and hard to pick up and position without something falling off. The turret came out quite nicely in shape and made use of a large 8x8 dish to give the illusion of a rounded top. The shape came at the expense of any articulation for the main gun. GEEKGASM BACKGROUND The Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) is one of the great success stories of improvised armoured vehicle design on Jinan. Manufactured by FedCorp, the AMPV dates to the First Jinan War when mining operations demanded armoured vehicles to protect their assets. Due to the Solgens embargo of space around Jinan, no arms shipments were getting through to Network colonies. Clients had to use what military equipment they had or rely on local manufacturing. FedCorps solution was ingenious. The AMPV hull is the ubiquitous Logan Ore Hauler manufactured by FedCorp. Available in great numbers to meet the needs of Jinan’s mining operations, the Logan had a robust chassis and high speed to rush raw ore to smelting facilities or Windows for shipment off Jinan. FedCorp modified the local production line to combine military projects then in development with the Logan, producing the AMPV. The AMPV is more widely known as the ‘Tug Tank’ or ‘Dump Tank’ due to the tug-boat like appearance from the front and it’s history as an ore hauler. FedCorp added heavy armour plate all around combined with spaced armour shields and explosive reactive armour at the fore section. The design affords modularity by including rails to hang addictional armour along the sides. What would have been the ‘tipper’ section is now the infantry compartment and affords ample room for a section+ of infantry and their equipment. Exterior stowage racks also line the hull. Three hatches in the roof allow for onboard infantry to bring additional firepower to bear in the fight. The roof is often modified to mount a mortar or similar low velocity artillery. The polarity drive is centre-mounted and provides mobility protection against mine strikes. Unfortunately, this reduces the remaining forward space for the three-man crew. The crew accommodations are very tight and surrounded by autoloaders and ammunition storage. The driver’s visibility is limited. The AMPV turret continuously changes with improvements in weapons and sensors. Because of the modular armour upgrades, no two AMPVs ever look alike in service across Network forces. Some fleets may have turrets dating back to the First Jinan War while others are mounting the latest high technology offered by Kinsen. The current ‘stock’ configuration turret mounts a modified Luke 2SM AT gun of lower velocity than the towed version, coupled with an auto cannon and heavy machinegun. The fire control system and sensor suite are the equivalent of other Network IFVs and MBTs. Mounting the turret far forward on the hull and coupling the heaviest armour around it was a design decision pressed by the urban fighting prevalent during the First Jinan War. This setup allows the AMPV to remain behind the cover of buildings and only expose the forward third of the vehicle to fire, protecting the rest of the vehicle. Due to its age and widespread use, the AMPV is frequently found in bandit hands. Typically, the bandits ride on the exterior and save the interior space for holding loot from their raids. Bandit trophy chain. I finally found a use for those skull shields! Light box fore lighting: FAIL! Access to nifty interior: FAIL! Mortar assembly. Ready to reach out and touch someone. Powerpack removal. The whole bandit family ready to be generally unpleasant to others. This MOC will likely show up later for my towed artillery and with turret variants. Better resolution pics on my Flickr account. Please rate and comment.
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