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PNT-9R Panther
The Panther has been the mainstay fire support mech for light units in the Draconis Combine military for well over 300 years. The main armament of the PNT-9R, the most common variant, is the Lord's Light PPC mounted on the right arm. This is backed up by an SRM-4 in the center torso. While the PPC has one of the highest damage outputs of any weapon, it is also one of the hottest, and many variants of the Panther have been introduced over the years to solve it's heat problems. The mech's main drawback is its low speed, which is way below other mechs of its weight class.
About this creation
  • Mass: 35 tons

  • Armor: Maxmillian 42

  • Engine: Hermes 140

  • Top Speed: 64.8 km/h

  • Armament: 1 x Particle Projection Cannon; 1 x Streak-SRM4 (25 rounds)

  • Equipment: 4 x Lexington Lifter jump jets




I started designing this with the goal of keeping it as close as possible to the same scale as my Razorback, while making the head large enough to contain the cockpit. I think I was successful, but there were some trade-offs involved. The head is way bigger in relation to the torso than the miniature. The legs should be two, maybe 3 studs longer (the mini has long legs). I deliberately made the shoulders bulkier to make the head look more proportional, but the shoulder joint had to be lowered to make this look right.



Other than those things, I'm very happy with this. I look a few other liberties with the legs: some of the miniatures have the jump jet nozzles mounted on the back of the hips. They are supposed to be mounted on the legs, so that's where I put them. There's a happy little accident on the front of the torso, too. The tops of the slopes on the vertical wedges on either side of the missile launcher line up almost perfectly with the edge of the slope brick above them. Didn't plan that but it looks great.

If you are wondering why there is a conspicuous, ugly, disgusting, INFURIATING red line across the middle of the back, it's because I accidentally ordered two extra 2x4 plates instead of 2 2x4 blue-gray bricks. Curses!





I could not be happier with how the head looks. It doesn't look exactly like the mini, but I managed to get the shape right and cram the minifig in there with room to spare for his helmet. The mini has very subtle molded teeth, but I love the way the plate layout here made it look like it has nostrils too.


BONUS!
The PNT-12A Panther is an upgrade that attempts to solve the heat problems of other models. The PPC has been replaced with an ER Large Laser, and a Medium Pulse Laser has been added in the center torso. The SRM-4 has also been upgraded to a Streak SRM-4. The mech includes double efficiency heat sinks, along with a Targeting Computer.


Along with the alternate weapons config., these pics show the other design for the shoulders I was considering. The bulky pads on top have been removed, and the shoulder joints are moved one stud back and two plates up.

The MLCAD file I've included only contains the PNT-9R version. If you download it, I used the same turntable base piece for the waist that I used on the Razorback, which isn't available in MLCAD to my knowledge, although the regular 2x2 turntable shown in the file works too.
~484 pieces

TRO artwork: http://sarna.net/wiki/Panther
Miniature pictures: http://www.camospecs.com/Miniature.asp?ID=2740


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LDRAW format)

Comments

 I like it 
  January 17, 2010
I like the viewport design, rather ingenious. Feel free to look at my Nova, Stormcrow, Centurion and Bushwacker.
 I made it 
  November 25, 2009
Quoting Marc Runde two big teeth(?)...sleeker for a panther...gorilla...
The miniatures actually have very subtle fangs on the corners of the head. I don't completely like the way the 1x1 slopes look, but it was the best I could do. 1x1 w/ tooth plates didn't look right, either. It does look more like a gorilla, the head would need to be longer and 1 or 2 studs wider for me to really make it look like the miniature, but that would make the scale worse than it already is. The head is simply too big for the body.
 I like it 
  November 25, 2009
Once again, a great colour scheme. Ive got a thing for dark-red. The head has got a funny expression on its face with the two big teeth(?). It could be a little bit sleeker for a panther, though. This reminds me more of a gorilla, but i definitely like it none the less! It is cool that it fits a minifig. Keep it up!
  August 25, 2009
Everything is great, love the legs and head is very cool!
 I like it 
  July 23, 2009
cool!, could you look at my stuff?
 I like it 
  July 5, 2009
as you already pointed out, I think the legs are a bit too small, it rather looks like a gorilla, than a panther :P but I'm sure you can fix that, other than that, it is great! it even fits a minifig, very nice :)
 
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