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IGNITION Class Light Mech
About this creation
The first of five Dawn Forge builds from the “Zero Hour on Highway 44” collaborative project. I will be posting another one in the next few days. Here are the links to mine and Keith’s Zero Hour postings in case you missed them.



While technically classified as a scout/recon mech, the IGNITION’S versatility and armament makes it suitable for a number of roles, including frontline combat. The primary weapons systems are the six 220 mm rocket tubes and a new, high velocity 35mm autocannon. The new gun and caliber are designed to replace the venerable 55mm round which, while extremely powerful at short ranges, was wildly inaccurate at any significant distance. The high velocity of the new round makes it almost match for the 55mm in terms of sheer power, and far superior at greater distances.



The right shoulder has a hardpoint normally used for mounting communications equipment and sensor arrays (as seen here), but can also mount a third weapons system for straight up combat situations.



OK, you can stop cringing now…I’m done with all the pretend military BS. I’ll just shut up so you can look at the pics.





I have to say I’m pretty satisfied with how the legs turned out. Mechs are all about joints, and this technique really allows for a huge range of movement, yet is easily strong enough to hold poses like this one. There is a "how to" lower down on the page.



Interestingly, I brought four of these guys to Keith’s house for use in the dio but, somehow, I only left with three. Hmm…



Oh yes, the DF is definitely done with windscreens...



Another pic to demonstrate the range of movement available in the legs. Yes, I know the one on the left looks absurd. Work with me people…it’s just a demonstration!



Access hatch, complete with foxy mech pilot…



OK, nice big smile now, hold still aaand…



What the…?



Darn it, Bob, get out of there!





And of course, the requisite artsy pic.




Here is the breakdown of the leg joints. Obviously, that section on the right slides on to the two black bars, and is pushed snugly into the holes in the technic bricks, with the dishes placed on last. There is another, identical section on the other side that is installed in the same fashion. The dishes are mainly aesthetic in nature and not necessary for the joint to function. On the bottom is a simplified breakdown of the pieces used in the actual joint. Of course, any length technic brick can be used and you can replace the 1x1 bricks with studs on two sides with ones with studs on four sides (Travis bricks) for some really interesting possibilities. I also see potential for this joint system for things like fold out wings on spacecraft etc.

You can also do a reverse version of this with the 1x1 brick with side studs on the inside and the technic bricks on the outside. I actually tried that version when first building this mech, with the dishes flipped, slid on to the bars, and their studs inserted into the technic brick holes. This gives about the same holding power as the first version, and the reversed dishes are actually a little more greebly looking, but not quite as “realistic” looking as the outwardly curved version, IMO.

Also, apparently LEGO makes two slightly different diameter 4L bars, since the black ones I am using here are significantly tighter than other colors I have tried, and add to the holding power of the joint. The looser fit of the smaller diameter bars still works fine, and could easily have supported a mech this size, but I wanted the centers of the hollow studs on the dishes to be black when the leg was assembled.

One word of warning however…this is a stud friction joint with quite a bit of holding power. It easily holds up this mech in any position, and could potentially support something a good deal larger. But since the joint is so tight, I imagine that over time there could be some issues with parts wear to the studs used in the joint and to the technic brick in the middle, especially when using the slightly larger diameter 4L bars. If you are simply displaying your MOCs as opposed to actively playing with them, I can’t imagine having any problems, and I myself have had no issues yet, but I just wanted to mention it before someone accuses me of conspiring to destroy their laygoes.





Another Dawn Forge MOC from the Zero Hour dio in a few days. Until then, thanks for looking.







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  September 11, 2014
It`s excellent! Is it possible to get instructions for this by any chance? if so: pablorico_arq@yahoo.com.ar
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  April 7, 2014
The legs are really something else. This is beautiful!
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  July 16, 2013
AMAZING!!!
  March 6, 2013
I can't see any images on a few different computers, any way you could fix them?
  July 3, 2012
Hey man, thanks so much for posting the joint tutorial on this mech! I hope you don't mind that I'm attempting to replicate one of your other mechs, the ICON Class Command Mech, and knowing the joint construction has certainly helped! I'm currently piecing the replica in Lego Digital Designer and plan to make a large Pick-A-Brick purchase when I'm finished. You are a superb LEGO designer!!
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  May 23, 2012
very nice little mech! can i borrow the ammo belt design?
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  May 5, 2012
This is a fantastic mech; it looks well armored, deadly,and fast! It's legs have inspired me and many more to build awesome DF mechs!
Brian Kescenovitz
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Carter Heald
  March 22, 2012
No mech i have seen is better than this! The legs are so well made, and it gives it a fast look to it. Keep building mechs!
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  March 4, 2012
This is, by far, the best Lego Mech I have ever seen. Of all time. Are there instructions for it? If not, how much? Come on! I need to have one of these! Where do I buy this design?!?!?!
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  February 29, 2012
It is amazing!!! By the way my favorite mech of yours is the ICON class mech, freakin epic man! I hope to become a great mech builder like you.
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  October 19, 2011
Pure mech awesomeness, love the legs on this bad boy. Best mech builder on MOCpages.
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  August 30, 2011
Another amazing mech from you Brian. I love the technique for the leg joints.
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  April 28, 2011
The pistons and clean angles really make this piece stand out. I'm not usually a fan of Western robotic designs, but this is visually compelling enough to make an exception for.
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  April 23, 2011
i love it could you send me instructions for hole thing
Brian Kescenovitz
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Logan M.
  March 3, 2011
These are all amazing. I've had good ideas for mechs and i plan on joining the DF group but i'm terrible at legs..i could seriously use some help with a sort of basic inner frame for the legs or something of the sort.
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  January 14, 2011
Could ya pleeze post instructions?
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  October 7, 2010
awesome mech, i want one! you sould delete some of that spam though
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  July 3, 2010
how much each ?
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  June 17, 2010
Um, spam much?
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  May 16, 2010
I'm in HEAVEN!! THe build style is incredible, and the poses are out of this world. Where can I (the average shmuck with an unfortunately tight budget), purchase your beautiful creations??? I also have a Flickr account (same name) if that makes a difference on access... MEP
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  March 3, 2010
great mechs. all of them. I'm building an armoured vehicle right now, and Id just like to let you know, you badass creations (FOUNDATION, in particular) are part of the inspiration. Oh also, in regard to your tightness issue with the leg joints: ask sororities around any college campus and you'll learn that the black ones are typically tighter.
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  January 17, 2010
Nice, this was one of the greatest inspirations for my mech. 5/5 Can you check out the Amoeba? Thanks, Boday941
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  January 12, 2010
This is definately my favorite of all your mechs, the detail is incredible.
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  November 21, 2009
nice mech awsome legs plz could u help me with building legs or give me some techneques sorry about the misspelling oh and could u c my mecha its not that great do'h
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  September 8, 2009
can i but this please? lol, seriously great job on this, im enthralled by the leg joints!
  August 29, 2009
Ohh... I get the joint now. Thanks. I really like this mech, just because it seems to have a certain air about it, the air of a agile killing machine. Whether that's the air you were hoping to get, I don't know. Now I'm just mumbling. Nice job. (mumble, mumble, mumble.)
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  August 28, 2009
Hey i've got 1 question. I'm normally pretty good at tell what pieces are in laygoe creations but those feet are really bugging me. Do you think you could post a pic of the breakdown of it?
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  August 25, 2009
how much u askin for?
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  August 2, 2009
Nice work! It's looks a bit like my Urban class Stalker :http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/128498
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  July 8, 2009
I agree with captain lego. This thing is sweet. Can you tell me what sets you used to build this, or at least give some tips? YOU HAVE MORE THAN THREE OF THOSE THINGS!?! HOLY!!!
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  July 8, 2009
awesome
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  July 8, 2009
From What I've Seen of Your Dawn Forge Stuff, You are an Awesome Builder and Some of your Stuff like yhis Deserve to be made into Lego sets.
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  July 8, 2009
that is the best creation on moc pages
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  July 8, 2009
I wondered when this thing would get MOTD. it's truly deserving, that's for sure. congratulations!
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  July 8, 2009
As I have said before, I love these little(er) mechs more than big ones. With no offense to your previous Dawn Forge machines, I love this podular guy a little more.
  July 8, 2009
This is an unique masterpiece, impressive! LEGO should have this and many of your creations on official sets
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  July 8, 2009
Bob is cool. Awesome build! The detail is so realistic.
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  July 8, 2009
Yup. ditto. I rarely go in for mechs, but this is just amazing. the detail is superb, and exactly right. everything looks exactly as it really would. I only have one complaint, and that is that it looks a bit small for me to go tooling around the city in. Could you build it in say 1:1 scale? we can talk trade later...
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  July 8, 2009
I don't know if I should have read your description first but I looked at that leg build for 15 min. working it out, I really enjoyed that, fantastic build I might have a go at mecha because this looks so good. keep it up excellent.
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  July 8, 2009
This is one cool mech! Excellent work! Please check out some of my MOCs.
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  July 8, 2009
Happy MOTD Brian!
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  July 8, 2009
One of the greatest things about your creations Brian is how inspirational they are and how every time after looking at any of your MOCS you force me to pick up lego bricks and build something. Happy MotD
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  July 8, 2009
man that is awe-inspiring. grats on MOTD.
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  July 8, 2009
Happy MOTD! Always did love this mech. Fantastic.
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  June 26, 2009
Man, I wish I could build mechs as well as you do. If these were a LEGO set, they would sell out quickly. Nice mech!
Brian Kescenovitz
aj oglesby
  June 11, 2009
Nice I used those leg instructions on a mech i am workingg on. Check out my first two Dawn Forge creations, thanks. You should try making a helicopter or an air vehicle.
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  June 10, 2009
Those legs are so beautiful *tear
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  May 6, 2009
man! if only the Lego company would make you a set designer! these mechs would sell like crazy! who knows, maybe Dawn Forge will be the next big Lego theme. Also, thank you for the how to! I always wondered what kind of hinge you used to do the joints, is it the same for all the mechs? even the really large ones?
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  April 23, 2009
:D win!
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  April 23, 2009
:D win!
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  April 22, 2009
I like the artsy pic...huh...go figure.
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  April 22, 2009
OMG! you are the best mecha builder ever the lego company should hire you your mocs are so detailed keep up the awesome work!
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  April 21, 2009
wow. that Leg Design is very cool. and i love the Hydrolic-like piston on the shin. ill bet that adds some stability too. im thinking about working on a Mech with this design now.
Brian Kescenovitz
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Praetor #187
  April 19, 2009
Man, these are cool. You should make like ldd instructions or something for the five Zero Hour MOCs. 5/5.
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  April 8, 2009
wow thats awsome, i love the legs, it looks hard to biuld also. does it ever fall apart when you move the legs ? well anyways very good job!!!
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  April 6, 2009
I would never have attempted that leg joint myself, due to the issues you mention in that last paragraph about part wear and differences in those bars and whatnot. I think I remember reading somewhere that some of the older lightsaber bars in certain colors were made with a different material, accounting for the variation in tightness. But anyway. Maybe I'll have to rethink the "kid glove" approach I take to my Laygoes. You got some good results forcing the action here.
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  April 5, 2009
Well, what can I say that hasnt been said above? It is truly a great build. How many hr did you put into it? Sometime you can build things and it all just flows. And sometimes its just one problem after another. True eh? I would say that this is one of your better builds. Any chance you could post a pic or two of where you build all your moc? If your like me I bet you've got yourself a nice table with all your lego in tubs and sorted by color and type. Anyway.... what you reading this for? Get back to building!!
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  April 2, 2009
really nice man!keep going and make some more
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  April 2, 2009
I LOVE CHICKEN WALKERS! The ammo belt going to the gun is a nice touch, and overall it's hardcore looking and well made.
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  April 2, 2009
Excellent work. This is one of the best mechs i´ve ever seen, really nice leg system. Could you please give me some instructions for your "IGNITION Class Light Mech"? I would really like to build one for myself. Greez Ben.
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  April 1, 2009
Cool, i like your HALO creations too. You're amazing.
Brian Kescenovitz
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Nunoyo Bizznizz
  March 31, 2009
You live to raise the bar. I liked this in the diorama and it looks even better here. Great work. Nice walking pic.
Brian Kescenovitz
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Juho Grohn
  March 31, 2009
Unfair! Why is it that all the famous guys are the same people that have the most pieces? Oh well, I think that this still beats all of my mocs, combined. (sigh)
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  March 31, 2009
Well, put me in a dress and call me Sally. This one effing brilliant job. Love the design of the mech, and the leg/joint design is an exercise in brilliant simplicity. Love it. Lee.
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  March 31, 2009
Can i buy it?
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  March 30, 2009
excellent chicken walker.
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  March 30, 2009
Wow, I love the overall shape and the legs have a great 'forgey' feel, nice mech!
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  March 30, 2009
WOW!!!!!Dang dude that is awesome
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  March 30, 2009
Thanks for the in-depth look. Great stuff.
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  March 30, 2009
Great looking mecha! Those legs are just awesome!
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  March 30, 2009
VERY nice! It's good to see that you're building Dawn Forge again. I can't wait to see the next one.
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  March 30, 2009
Well armored, especially beetween the legs héhé - Very good as usual !!!
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  March 30, 2009
The torso doesn't quite look 'Dawn Forge' to me when seen from the front. I like the leg design, and the barrel thing on top is interesting. The chin gun is well made. Plenty of greebles all over the thing, and I like the ammunition feed link. Unlike most, I like the fake military bs, as you call it. You need more of it. That green light on top looks interesting; how is it made? The back of the legs have a very hydraulic look, dunno if that's what you were going for, but if it was I think it came out fine. I have to admit, it looks rather more agile than most of mine. I'm definitely going to have to experiment with the general Locust/Nova leg/torso design in future. Like the artsy pic, and that leg joint design looks very promising; if only I had more of those 1x1 bricks with side studs, you can't have enough of them! I must say that the fact it fits a pilot and the entry/exit method was something of a surprise; downwards opening hatches on mecha is not something I've had a chance to experiment with; my latest project should be a learning experience then. I think I will be using A brick friction joint for the arms, which one depends on the shape the arms end up taking. Full credit if used, of course. However, a moc is always so much more than the sum of its parts, and this one comes together wonderfully. I look fowards to seeing more in this vein.
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  March 30, 2009
Gaaah! How do you do it? Your so Pro!
Brian Kescenovitz
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CC-7576 "Rex"
  March 29, 2009
Amazing little mech, like all your Dawn Forge mechs it looks great. Uhm, by thew way, I think my favorite part are the weapons. Thanks for the last picture (and for the warning), I really like that way of leg constrcution. I think I´m going to create a mech of that scale, too.
Brian Kescenovitz
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George Kemper
  March 29, 2009
So cool the detail is amazing.-George
Brian Kescenovitz
Kevin Small -=Raptor=-
  March 29, 2009
Awsome work as always. Its pretty much flawless,the size,detail, and the way you made the legs all very awsome...Cant wait to see some more mechs.
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  March 29, 2009
Inspiring! As has been said, the legs are great.
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  March 29, 2009
I likie!
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  March 29, 2009
The hydraulics on the legs are brilliant, both functional and cool lookinG!
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  March 29, 2009
Epic. Genuis. NEED! Only you could have come up with such an amazing leg joint, or, all of masses (myself included) could have done something like this, but only in the year 4987. Or higher. Wow.
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  March 29, 2009
Those are some smexy legs there.
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  March 29, 2009
Nice little mech you got there. Personlly, I think YOU could've easily done more, but oh well. 5/5 regardless. ~Phong Chang EDIT: I just finished my massive Izzo mech!
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  March 29, 2009
Very nice work, the legs are amazing.
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  March 29, 2009
This is great! I love this style of mech! this is the stuff I wish I had the skill (or legos) to make.
  March 29, 2009
Fantastic. As everyone else has noted, the legs are great. Also, (as has already been noted) the ammo belt is a great innovative biece of work. and I personally like the overall shape as well as the range of balanced movement. I look forward to your next one very much. Keep on building ~ Nowhereman
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  March 29, 2009
Is he doing the "I gotta go" dance in the third picture? Thanks for the tutorial on the legs, maybe now I can attempt a "half" decent mech at some point. You need to do a tutorial on the upper body for me to be able to attempt more than half. Lookin' forward to the next one! ~ Chris.
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  March 29, 2009
Amazing! :)
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  March 29, 2009
Sweet Mech. I also share your trouble with the 4L bars, I'm working on my Mech, and I've foung that red one hold better than tan ones. Who knew? Again, nice job ~LL
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  March 29, 2009
As always, your mech is amazing. Smooth and angular, yet retaining the same level of detail as on your other DF works in a much smaller scale. The jointing tactic is great, I've been needing something that supports weight in a compact size.
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  March 29, 2009
This is very cool. Your joint construction is fantastic, and I might have to try that at some point. Good work all over!
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  March 29, 2009
Interesting ammo chain, I haven't seen that before. I like the joint construction and I might steal your technique in one of my MOCs.
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  March 29, 2009
Beautiful presentation with the single light source.
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  March 29, 2009
I really like the legs, that thin section is great! And the ammo chain, moma mia! Oh and thank you oh so much for the joint techneque I might be able to find some uses for it.
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  March 29, 2009
Very nice, Brian. Lovely legs...
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  March 29, 2009
Great Stuff. I really like your photo-work.
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  March 29, 2009
Cool.
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  March 29, 2009
Another amazing mech. I really like how its able to maintain a well armored and armed look even at a smaller scale. Those legs are great too. Nice build. Peace - Packie
 
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