This vehicle will make a fatal strike on the enemy. With this new engine of destruction, the tide will sure turn in favor of the Gaea Federation.
About this creation
After being laughed at for quite some time, the Gaea Federation had enough of the constant jeers of its piecemeal floating junkyard floatilla (or however you spell that word) and they decided to build a real decent looking (or so they thought, anyway) vehicle. After some moderate success with the Tiny Terror Mark I and Mark II, they went back to the drawing board to really scare the stuffings out of their opponents. The result of their efforts was the KO-1 Scorpion Hovertank.
Boasting a then staggering ten guns as opposed to just three guns on the Tiny Terror hovertanks, and yet also still being controlled by a single pilot who also doubled as the gunner as with the previous hovertanks, the Scorpion was aiming to live up to its nickname (despite the military brass suggesting the usage of the name of Shell Shocker for its then massive artillery array). Also, like its predecessors before it, there were also three rotating gun turrets as well on this particular vehicle. However, the difference on the main gun was that instead of having just one big gun on the turret, there was a much larger gun on the turret and it also had a twin. Also, the intent of said gun had a very obvious meaning. In the words of Fred Sanford, "These twins are going to make your acquaintance." There were also three sets of non-rotating guns on the craft as well.
I really tried to take the advice on SNOT techniques, greebling, and avoiding the Rainbow Warrior technique that people had told me about on my other space creations. While I am not 100% free on those things, namely, having two tones of gray on the craft as well as light and dark transparent elements and two blue pieces in my engine (a.k.a., greebling), I seem to think that it is impossible to build a vehicle that is truly and completely Rainbow Warrior free. Still, with that being said, I tried my hardest on said vehicle and it took me at least nine hours of my time to finally fix this thing right. Also, the main twin cannon was the biggest pain in the byoo-tocks (I remodeled the darn thing three times) that I had with building this particular creation.
Update: Due to a suggestion that a soldier in the Gaea Federation fleet had suggested due to its shape, the KO-1 will now be referred to as the Scorpion Hovertank.
This is definitely the business end of the Scorpion. If I were the enemy, I would definitely turn and run at this point.
Here is a view from the right side.
Here is a view from the left side.
The two smaller guns that are on either side of the main gun can turn in practically any direction.
If that is not bad enough, the main gun can turn a full 360 degrees and it can also go vertically up to about 45 degrees, too. Basically, attacking this particular hovertank from any angle is rendered all but impossible, folks.
Here is the underside of the hovertank.
Here is a closeup of the engine and driving mechanisms of the hovertank. (This is my first ever real attempt with greebling on ANY LEGO project, so please be honest, folks.)
The back of this hovertank is just as well guarded against sneak attacks as is the front. Play it smart and stay away from this tank at all costs.
Hey cool build :-) I can see why you adopted the name scorpion, it does have the same shape. And it sure is well-armed! I kinda like the color too, it's different from those all-black or two-tone grey builds. Thanks for your comment by the way, i left a reply at my build :-)
Quoting Mithryl Dlarix
This is an awesome tank. You know what its missing? More neon yellow! Definitely needs some neon yellow to add that M:Tron flavor to it! Great job!
As much as I would love to agree with your sediment, there are two problems with that suggestion, Mithryl. 1. I do not have that many see through neon yellow LEGO pieces and what ones that I do have are one or two grilles and big windows. 2. I already have red, dark gray, gray, black, and blue in my creation. As it is right now, that alone would be considered a violation of the "No Rainbow Warrior" effect. I tried my best to minimize that in my work and yet it happened anyway....:(. Besides that, even if I did have more of those kinds of pieces, I still would not know where to put them on my hovertank. Also, to be honest with you, Mithryl, this is actually one of the smallest types of hovertanks in the Gaea Federation fleet. The largest ones are said to be land-based vehicles that take up as much space as a small capital space craft and that they have also carry between 100 to 1,000 hovertanks like this one inside of them as well as numerous other ground and air vehicles and troops. Of course, there are also rumors of hovertanks being so large that they can also carry even larger hovertanks and some of those hovertanks are so large that they can disperse other hovertanks that can also carry hovertanks, too.
Quoting erdelyi balazs
Nice work! Unfortunately hovertanks are not so popular in this site...but this is pretty cool, nice colours and details. Also please check out my newest mocs, if you have time, thanks!
Well, Erdeyli, when something is not popular, then that could potentially mean one of two things for a person. It could mean cashing in on a niche market or, more commonly, it could mean starting a trend that has not really been done before and thus starting a new trend. In either case, the more that people find out about it, the better that the word will get out about something like this hovertank for example.
As for checking out your AT-TE, yes, I did check it out but I did not comment on it because of my internet spazzing out again. Maybe this is the time that I act like that one old lady did to Comcast to whoever sold me what crummy thing that is not working right on here? Oh, sorry, I am obviously very angry about the situation, very angry indeed.
Quoting Crimso Giger
Yes it's way better like that, for the main pic ! To add more than 8 pics, simply repeat the uploading process one more time :)
Thanks, Crismo, for the advice but I kind of figured it out before you told me. I hope that my previous comment was not a rude sounding one to you all here at MOC Pages. Oh, and I have some bad news. It seems that I am having some internet connection issues, so I might be delaying some future LEGO MOC uploads for a few months until I go to California. I also plan on getting a few thousand dollars in a SHIP for my LEGO collection when I get there, too.
By the way, if anyone was wondering just how many pieces were in this particular MOC, there were a staggering 214 LEGO pieces that were involved in the creation of this little hovertank (but 220 of them if you include the little pilot).
I also plan on making a fleet of these one day and making a larger vehicle to carry them, perhaps a super hovertank/armored and armed hovertank carrier? I mean, such a vehicle has never been attempted before to my knowledge on any LEGO MOC site before, you know.
Thanks, masterchief1 and 2x4 and yes, this was arguably one of my most difficult builds ever. Weirdly enough, I once had a heavy fighter that was only half the length and width of the Galaxy Patroller and yet it took over twice as many LEGO pieces (about 800 of them) to build and yet there were no SNOT techniques or any real greebling that was in effect on that particular space craft...go figure. Still, I will not deny that this particular vehicle was quite the challenge to build and I am still working on all new LEGO MOCs, too....as long as I can put down the books and quit playing Final Fantasy XII, La Pucelle: Tactics, Rogue Galaxy, Need for Speed: Most Wanted Black Edition, Sonic Mega Gems Collection Plus, and SimCity 2000 for my SNES and my laptop, among other things.
Quoting Marcus Forsberg
Cool! A scorpion sort of crosses my mind... Nice colouring and detail and I like the use of that bulb canopy - retro wibe=great!
Hmm, now that you mention it, there really IS a kind of scorpion vibe to it, too. Perhaps if and when I come across some Insectoids sets/parts, I could give it more of an scorpion like vibe in the future? By the way, I really did work hard on trying to eliminate the whole "Rainbow Warrior" vibe on my creations.
Quoting Crimso Giger
I love this big gun and the overall retro look is cute ! I'm not sure about the main pic, however, maybe you could try a 3/4 view instead... Anyway nice job !
Thanks for the advice for the picture, Crismo. Sadly, I am not sure how to add more than eight pictures (or nine if you include the main one) at a time to any particular creation. If you can tell me how to do so, then I would gladly throw in a shot on the screen just for you...^_^