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Tri-Hopper Battle Droid
The T.H.B.D. is a mass production mobile weapon system. Weighing in at a hair over 12 tons its primary mission is to defend installations from lightly armored units such as mobile infantry and light caliber mechs. With a walking speed of only 8 kilometers per hour and a battery life of 16 hours before recharging the T.H.B.D. may seem like an easy target but its primary mode of locomotion is being able to hop up to 240 meters in a single jump. This is due to a pneumatic piston attached to a powerful shock absorber located in each of its three legs. By constantly hopping into attack range, firing off a barrage and then hopping away the T.H.B.D. proves to be a most effective countermeasure to hostile forces. It is this maneuver that earned the droid its title as the Tri-Hopper.
About this creation

The frontal shot with all guns at the ready.

The right side sports a small caliber pulse laser cannon. Energy is fed through the reinforced conduit winding around central core.

The rear profile shows the minimal silhouette of the droid enhancing its ability to dodge enemy fire.

The left side mounts a combo of a twin shot short range missile launcher and a heavy caliber machine gun. A total of 200 bursts each firing 20 rounds is held in an internal ammo bay.

Shielded behind a reinforced transparent casing, the A.I. can be clearly observed along with twin secondary sensors mounted directly above the A.I. The T.H.B.D. has a built in A.I. which allows it to recognize allies from opposing units.

A common battle tactic is for another field unit to take direct command of one or more T.H.B.D.ís in battle. Here we see two of them working in conjunction with a Golem infantry support mech.



Comments

 I made it 
  November 27, 2010
Quoting Cody G Nice work on this, I love the clever usage of parts, especially the feet and the central pod assembly.
Thanks, this was one of those oddballs that just popped out if my head at the right time for me to create. Someday I'll probably come up with a second version.
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  November 27, 2010
Nice work on this, I love the clever usage of parts, especially the feet and the central pod assembly.
 I made it 
  November 21, 2010
Quoting Parrington Levens hehe, i just noticed you have really gotten into building driod like things recently. These lok fun as, I like the efficiency of parts for maximum effect here. Just what military budgets are looking for.
Yeah I thought I would try something else even if was a hit or not. Besides I needed to clean out the garage so to speak so I could start fresh.
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  November 21, 2010
hehe, i just noticed you have really gotten into building driod like things recently. These lok fun as, I like the efficiency of parts for maximum effect here. Just what military budgets are looking for.
 I made it 
  November 17, 2010
Quoting Mickey Bloom that's great!
Thanks and feel free to check any of my other works if you like. After all old MOC's need love too!
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  November 17, 2010
that's great!
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  November 17, 2010
Quoting natanel genzman really cool legs love the side gunes
Thanks, the legs came off of a Mars Mission set and were part of the wheel assembly for the six-wheeled rover of that set.
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  November 17, 2010
really cool legs love the side gunes
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  November 16, 2010
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J What is the attack formation? Single file frontal attack? Do they attack in groups or each unit spaced out? I reckon there would be a problem with friendly fire when they are hoppin' and firin' in tight formation.
The basic attack pattern would be each unit would defend a specific area and any other unit not giving off a "friendly" coded signal in that same area would be fired upon. Additional formations could be relayed to form solid or staggered line formations to maximize firepower. The third option as shown in the last picture would be where a mech or other unit takes direct command and orders them to fire on specific targets. Hope that clears things up.
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  November 16, 2010
What is the attack formation? Single file frontal attack? Do they attack in groups or each unit spaced out? I reckon there would be a problem with friendly fire when they are hoppin' and firin' in tight formation.
 I made it 
  November 16, 2010
Quoting Mithryl Dlarix Very nice design. They definitely look like they are capable of what you say they are.
Thank you for the comment. I always try to have the description match the build and sometimes I even get it right!
 I made it 
  November 16, 2010
Quoting Metal Matt Pretty cool. Nice design.
Thanks for the feedback.
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  November 16, 2010
Very nice design. They definitely look like they are capable of what you say they are.
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  November 16, 2010
Pretty cool. Nice design.
 
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