A Prowler class armed exploration mech getting ready to go out on a mission. Prowler is based around a bipedal frame with the armour panels bolted on to save weight and make for easy maintenance.
In order to extend its time in operation, Prowler relies on energy weapons over conventional ammunition for its primary weapons and you can see here the Bourne long range cannon mounted on the right shoulder and the "Boombox" sonic pulse array, an experimental but so far highly effective short range weapon. On the left hand side is a more traditional medium range missile launcher which is of quite an old design and has to return to straight and level alignment for the reloading collar to mate and a new round of ammunition to be loaded. Slung under the main hull is the "kneecapper" linked gatling cannon, a particularly nasty anti personnel/armour weapon particularly useful in close quarters urban, woodland and jungle combat.
Prowler's "face" is littered with sensor equipment, including sensitive audio scanners, infrared lights and particle disturbance (movement) detectors. The main long range sensor array is mounted on the left shoulder and whilst effective is considered one of the design's weaknesses as they are very exposed.
Seen here preparing is the pilot, Lt "Mad Dog" McLintock, checking on the secondary sensor array control - pilots never trust the adjustments engineers make and will run through all the systems before departure to make sure they are happy with them.
Of course some of the ground crew don't take kindly to this sort of attitude and here's one on his way to have a little word with our intrepid pilot.
of course if it all gets heated then the "pit boss", Commander Kat Aitkens, weighs in. Pilots have been known to find themselves on a mission with no airconditioning if they cross her...
here's one of the crew making some final welds to one of the ground engagement units (feet to you and me)
this is the full model, zoomed out
I built 3 sides of the repair bay and had to put the roof on in order to take the pictures but I think it's important to fill in the details too, so where there are windows I've built back walls behind them - generic corridors with multi colour pipes for most, but in the centre there are two crew rest areas (with fresh coffee and biscuits naturally) and at the top is Cmdr Aitkens' office - this is the view out (note the brick I didn't colour in!!)
This is a cut away of the cockpit. Prowler is designed for long duration missions and she has basic sanitary facilities (on the right), a bunk on the left, a simple food rehydrator/heater at the back and behind the cabin is a cargo store with a small lift that can be lowered to ground level. At the front of the cabin are the primary controls and the pilot's seat with the immersive reality helmet.
the original Prowler took about 2 days to build and then the "shop" took another day. As ever the Prowler is fully articulated but probably a little weak in the hip area for real world construction. Total brick count was 7,401 and it was a lot of fun to build.
Finally, here are some action shots of Prowler in swamp and snow camouflage patterns