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SHANK
The SHANK was designed specifically to move assault units forward quickly following the entry phase of air assault operations
About this creation
The SHANK is a small utility hovercraft. It was built primarily to move air mobile armor (Gun Tracks) across favorable terrain quickly. After the initial follow on phases of an assault operation, it was envisioned that SHANKs would be used for high priority resupply (ammo, fuel, and medical supplies), and MEDIVAC.


Although technically feasible and very cool looking, the SHANK concept was mothballed before development was completed.


SHANK is fast on agreeable terrain: Road, Snow, Ice, Sand, Calm water, Prairie and Stepps. Howevah...it is easily challenged by irregular terrain and obstacles. It's design results in relatively low thermal and accoustic signature. SHANK's low profile and low operational altitude (4 feet), and largely composite construction further reduce it's signature. Changes in Das Kapitol doctrin rendered this platform irrelevant before it was ever fielded. Currently, several commercial parties are evaluating SHANK's potential as a recreational vehicle or as an ambulance for use in several of our countries larger resorts.



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 I made it 
  July 11, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad Always loved the hovercraft; a quick, easy to move, vehicle. The versatility is excellent, and I can see it in this MOC. Uhm, Mr. Rutherford, the Prasad Peace Corp would like to see you back please.
Mr. Prasad. The dialogue over on PPC has culminated. The idea of hosting a topic focused dialogue group is excellent, and I hope you continue with these efforts in the future. Attack!
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  July 9, 2013
Always loved the hovercraft; a quick, easy to move, vehicle. The versatility is excellent, and I can see it in this MOC. Uhm, Mr. Rutherford, the Prasad Peace Corp would like to see you back please.
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  May 17, 2012
Cool! Very unique design indeed :-) I like the low profile. And that map as backdrop is a brilliant idea!
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  December 10, 2011
This has a unique design! I love it! Thanks you for coming to see my attempt for a dry dock! May I suggest you to come to see my new big boat project? (just choose my last MOC, this is the most updated version!) And you? What's your next big project? ATTACK! =)
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  May 31, 2011
Really unique shape and I like the concept.
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  April 20, 2011
lol! whenever i see your ATTACK signature at the end of your comments, i can t help but, to think of 1 rst war french general foch! his motto was; attack, always attack! l audace, toujours l audace! i guess an educated, and intelligent man like you must ve seen the PATTON movie, and a few war documentaries, i like it! as for yourgreat concept here, i can t help but, to think of the flying wing! a great design! your description of it is very interesting, as it s original! some prototypes just don t make it to the battlefield, it s cool that you decided on this fate for it, as it makes it even more original, because of your aproach, and it does nt take anything away from this excellently designed prototype, as it looks fabulous! it s triangle shape, and hover system makes this quite unique! just like the flying wing, great work michael! and...ATTACK!
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  April 17, 2011
very nice, great use of those hovercrafty rubber things, always wanted those, well done
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  April 12, 2011
While fast on flat surfaces this would indeed have issues in "rippled" terrain. I like the concept though!
  April 4, 2011
Nice design. I really like the use of the old Technic bumper pads on the outside. I like when people use older pieces because they're still LEGO and work just the same. I don't like a bunch of the newer pieces sometimes because they just don't seem like LEGO to me. It takes creativity to use multiple slope pieces to make a design like 1990 sets than to use on giant 3x7 wedge thing. I never got the bumpers, but it's cool to see them being used. I sometimes wish LEGO would rerelease some pieces just to show that they still use them. It's also easier to by sets than just individual pieces, too. Sorry for the long comment that is somewhat related to your creation.
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  April 1, 2011
Quoting Executive Director Zac for an assault hover craft it is very lightly armed i would recommend it having more guns and maybe a gunner too.
Ah, but Mr. Executive Director, Shank is not an assault craft. It is a transport. Put on guns and a gunner, and suddenly you have a light cav platform, with very little cargo capacity. Shank moves fast and low, carries the troops, and the troops do the fighting. Attack!
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  April 1, 2011
this is nice its sleek and designed for minimal sight which is a good point but it can also leave the cockpit easy to attack this a problem which you have not had with your unique design!but for an assault hover craft it is very lightly armed i would recommend it having more guns and maybe a gunner too.
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  March 22, 2011
Spoken like a true soldier Michael. You would have seen eye to eye with JFC Fuller. Bravo. When you are surfing, the only place to drop the cargo is in the water. They say it's worth the ride though.
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  March 21, 2011
Tom, A river would be an excellent surface to move on, almost as good as a road, but the Shank would be severely restricted in selecting drop off points for itís cargo. It would not be able to exploit river banks that were covered in trees, rocks or canals. As for luring anybody out of their defensesÖ walls and bunkers are all well and good, but remember, itís the mobile combatant who chooses where and when the engagement will take place. Shoot, move, and communicate, and always...Attack!
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  March 21, 2011
So you are saying this has the radar signature of a gnat with its pituitary gland removed? I can see that. Would I be way off base thinking this could be used to surf the Nung River (Apocalypse Now!)? Lovely design. I'm getting a little wary of you luring me out of my defenses.
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  March 13, 2011
It's very sleek, yet a bit simple hovercraft. I like it a lot, but it's definetely not one of your best.
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  January 24, 2011
Well done, I love the flat hovercraft look to this, it looks powerful.
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  August 31, 2010
My favorite, it looks mean and stealthy in that sinister black.By the way, placing it on the world map makes it look ready for world domination.Attack!
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  September 27, 2009
Looks like a nice, Fast, Aggresive ship!!! Good job.
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  May 25, 2009
Flat black looks sooooo much better than gloss. Neat concept and shape here, Mike. Defend!
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  May 24, 2009
Looking good. Really nice work on the sides, making that triangler look. Plus the flat area in the back. I think this vehicle should have some some weapons, like a machine gun for self defense, since its used to transport military stuff. Nice work again. Hope you see what you're going to build next. ~ Ghostman :)
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  May 24, 2009
I like the delta shape - at first I thought it was a stealth plane, and a lot of the design cues, like the angled intakes near the front, seemed to support that impression. It's an abandoned WIP, right? It doesn't look as... complete as your other work. A pity, because this is one vehicle you really should have finished.
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  May 23, 2009
Ah, what I wouldn't give for agreeable terrain. As for the shape: Delta? Bravo!
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  May 23, 2009
Recreational vehicle, huh? Might be worth trading in my pontoon boat for a new kind of intoxicated, summer fun. (Then the ambulance version can come and pick me up.)
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  May 23, 2009
looks very cool
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  May 23, 2009
Oh so THAT's what I saw over the Nevada desert last year. And they said it was aliens... pfft! Great work Mike! ~ Chris
 
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