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AMS-002T Thunder
Here is your crash course and introduction to the first full production Mobile Suit of the East Asian League: the Thunder.
About this creation

Commander: Listen up, soldiers of the East Asian League! Since you all have proven yourself on the battlefield with the Lightning Mobile Core unit, you have been selected to become Mobile Suit pilots.



You all had better pay attention to this introduction course! The information could save your life and your comrades'.



This is the AMS-002T Thunder, the first full production Mobile Suit of not only the superpowers, but of the world. We knew that the other superpower nations would soon develop their own Mobile Suits, so we included measures to not only fight and dominate Mobile Core units, but other Mobile Suits as well. This platform has been combat proven. Whereas Mobile Cores operate in conjunction with other military equipment and systems, the Mobile Suit is a standalone weapons platform that is a front line unit. Bear in mind, pilots, that a superior weapon will not guarantee victory. The harsh reality is that even highly proficient Overlord pilots of the Eurasia Federation and unknown mysterious black Mobile Cores have been able to bring down these Mobile Suits on rare occasions. You had best remember that.



Our great and glorious flag is displayed on the shoulder armor. The enemy shall know before they die who is the superior warrior!



The leg armor is vastly different from your Lightning Mobile Cores. It is highly resistant to damage to protect you from becoming immobile. The legs also boast moveable knee armor and more flexible and pose-able foot structures to aid in mobility and terrain crossing.



Here is the enclosed cockpit of the Thunder Mobile Suit. It is heavily armored for your own protection. Unlike a Mobile Core unit, you will not be directly exposed to enemy fire.



The top section opens first, followed by the second section, revealing the cockpit. Roomy, isn't it?



Here is the back view of your Mobile Suit. As you can tell, heavy armor is virtually everywhere, not just the front.



This is your standard backpack unit. Not only does it contain the main power source for the Mobile Suit, but it also contains the majority of the communication equipment. Take care that it doesn't get damaged.



Here is the head unit, your eyes and ears on the battlefield. Without it, you're literally fighting blind.



Alright, now onto the good stuff. This is your primary armament, the SMG. The SMG is lightweight, compact, accurate, and has a high rate of fire. It's the perfect Mobile Suit firearm. It's also not that expensive, comparatively. Not that you all care. Anyways, moving on.



Here are your spare magazines. Each leg carries four additional magazines. Remember where they are. If you forget while you're reloading, that could cost you your life. And MY expensive equipment!



Something we learned from Mobile Core combat is that a shield is a very handy piece of equipment. Not only does it provide you with additional defense capabilities, but it also has its utility purposes as well.



A little something that we carried over from the Lightning was the Combat Claw. You're all familiar with its capabilities and its effectiveness. This is its big brother: the Shredder Claw.



Here is the Sniper Variant of the Thunder. As soon as the other superpowers revealed their pathetic Mobile Suits, we revealed our sniper unit. It can take out Mobile Suits from miles away and catch an entire squad by surprise. Not only does this unit serve as a sniper, but also as a recon, scout, and surveillance unit. Note that you lose the shield and melee weapon with this unit. Since you will be carrying additional equipment and the sniper rifle, the shield was discarded to save weight. Remember that this unit is NOT meant for close quarters combat.



The head unit has been upgraded with additional comms equipment.



The backpack has upgraded comms and receives additional surveillance equipment. It is also outfitted with smokescreen generators to mask yourself. Very handy if you find your position compromised and need to get out of there ASAP. Remember, you have no shield or melee weapon.



Another additional piece of equipment are the four land mines. Use these to either lay a trap for the enemy or to protect your position. These mines work very well for each scenario, along with others.



This is your tool of destruction: the Sniper Rifle. This bad boy packs a huge punch and is not to be messed with. And try not to use it as a baseball bat...



Here is the buttstock and magazine. Due to the kick of the rifle, superb engineering went into the creation of the stock. The magazine may be larger in size compared to the SMG magazines, but it holds way less ammo. Also, your spare magazines are once again stored on your legs.



The high-powered scope gives you excellent magnification, target distance, and other ballistics-related information. Make sure that you use it to its full potential.



Here is the rifle's bipod. It can fold up out of the way when not in use and also features adjustable legs.



The rest of the barrel and the muzzle brake. The muzzle brake is not just for ordain display and show. It serves its purpose well.

Alright, class dismissed! Move yourselves to the training room! Prove yourself there and on the battlefield with your new Mobile Suit and you may be recommended to pilot the Heavy Thunder!



*Twitch's Remarks*

A picture of the Sniper in a kneeling position.



This is my fourth Mobile Core/Mobile Suit that can actually and truly hold the weapon with both hands. I am quite proud of that.

Alright, so for some additional information about the Thunder. It is indeed the first full production Mobile Suit to see combat on the battlefield. The reason I posted the Firebird first was because I saw a cockpit design that I really liked and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I still had no idea what I wanted to do for a ground Mobile Suit or how I wanted to design it, or what features to add. So the idea phase delayed this quite a bit. Although it IS the first full production Mobile Suit, it is not THE first Mobile Suit. That honor goes to Serenity. There will be more information to clarify that later. Serenity also claims the title of the first Mobile Suit engagement. But not a lot of people know about any of that, so in the eyes of the governments and the general public the Thunder is the first Mobile Suit ever. If only they knew...



So, here are the inspirations for this Mobile Suit. The basic frame and general look comes from Mithryl Altaire and his NOAS-ST-004 "S-Type mk IV" Production Type, shown on the far right. The Sniper Variant is inspired by Thomas Z and his RGM-Ex07-S "Stalker". Many thanks to you both for you outstanding and amazing work. When I think of LEGO® Mobile Suits, you are the two that come to mind.

On another note, the reason that there is no "Heavy" variant of the Thunder is because I have not made one yet. I have gone over ideas, but anything I do seems to be a rehash of what I have already done. I have done grenade launchers, bazookas, missile launchers, and a minigun. If anyone has any ideas, please share!

Enjoy the new Mobile Suit, coming to a battlefield near you! You might want to evacuate now...


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Comments

 I made it 
  January 23, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 the more I look at what you do, the more I m impressed, the presentation is awesome, on the edge, real sharp, the mech is top notch, I find no faults, the design totally makes sense to me, I look forward to the polishing of this line up, even if I can t imagine what you could come up with to top that! bravo tf!
Thank you! I have uploaded the Mk II upgrades for this Mobile Suit, so go check it out to see what I can "come up with to top that!"
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  January 23, 2013
the more I look at what you do, the more I m impressed, the presentation is awesome, on the edge, real sharp, the mech is top notch, I find no faults, the design totally makes sense to me, I look forward to the polishing of this line up, even if I can t imagine what you could come up with to top that! bravo tf!
 I made it 
  January 20, 2013
Quoting Klushots (Formerly Me23456789) Nice! If I'm gonna be completely honest, it's not as good-looking as some mechs I've seen, but it's definitely better than a lot of 'em! But hey, it's military-inspired. Since when does the military need things "pretty?" Well, except A-10 Thunderbolts, but that's a whole different story. The thing that probably bothers me the most is the lower legs. They seem a bit long and a little too straight in proportion to the rest of it, but like I said before, it's the military. Things don't have to look good, they just have to do the job. And this definitely looks like it could do the job!
Thank you! Finally, someone who understands where I am coming from! The A-10 is a plane strapped to a 30mm Gatling Cannon of DOOM, which is beautiful in its own way. Most of my mech and Mobile Suit designs are intended for function, not looks. Except my Gundam Serenity. I did consider looks when it came to her.
 I like it 
  January 20, 2013
Nice! If I'm gonna be completely honest, it's not as good-looking as some mechs I've seen, but it's definitely better than a lot of 'em! But hey, it's military-inspired. Since when does the military need things "pretty?" Well, except A-10 Thunderbolts, but that's a whole different story. The thing that probably bothers me the most is the lower legs. They seem a bit long and a little too straight in proportion to the rest of it, but like I said before, it's the military. Things don't have to look good, they just have to do the job. And this definitely looks like it could do the job!
 I made it 
  January 20, 2013
Quoting kaeleb appleyard yea but thts why you have the saftey on or have the mag out of the gun and not have it loaded
I have been in the military for 9 years so far. Soldiers will mess up anything and everything. Trust me, I have seen some crazy stuff.
  January 20, 2013
yea but thts why you have the saftey on or have the mag out of the gun and not have it loaded
 I made it 
  January 20, 2013
Quoting kaeleb appleyard cool this is epic love the sniper varent also love when the instructor says " and try not to use it as a baseball bat " haha why not its fun
"Why not"? For the same reason our Claymore mines say "FRONT TOWARDS ENEMY" on them.
 I like it 
  January 20, 2013
cool this is epic love the sniper varent also love when the instructor says " and try not to use it as a baseball bat " haha why not its fun
  January 20, 2013
Thanks! Haha, well then thanks.
 I made it 
  January 20, 2013
Quoting Timothy Wallace(B-Day Today) Yeah it is my B-day but you don't have look at my stuff.
Happy Birthday! And I am going to anyways.
  January 20, 2013
Yeah it is my B-day but you don't have look at my stuff.
 I made it 
  January 20, 2013
Quoting Timothy Wallace(B-Day Today) Ah I must have skimmed through that part.
Not a problem. By the way, is it your birthday today (your name states as such)? If so, let me know and what MOC you want me to look at and comment on.
  January 20, 2013
Ah I must have skimmed through that part.
 I made it 
  January 20, 2013
Quoting Timothy Wallace(B-Day Today) Wow this is amazing TF! The use of T-hinges for the elbow is ingenious! Most (Lego)mechs don't look like they can hold themselves up but this one looks like it could hold up a (Lego)car!
Thank you, but like I stated near the end of the page the frame design comes from Mithryl, so the elbow design is his. I will admit that it is a very nice technique, hence why the majority of my Mobile Suits will be using his basic frames. And I design all of my LDD work to be able to be fully functional for real bricks.
 I like it 
  January 20, 2013
Wow this is amazing TF! The use of T-hinges for the elbow is ingenious! Most (Lego)mechs don't look like they can hold themselves up but this one looks like it could hold up a (Lego)car!
 I made it 
  January 20, 2013
Quoting Sylphion - Very impressive indeed, Twitch! I really like your two-panel cockpit hatch! I've played around with the articulation, and the model shows a great deal of flexibility, thumbs up for that! The only thing that's remotely unsatisfactory in my opinion is the pelvic area, that it seems a little too large/thin, and the lack of protection/armouring over the hip-leg joints seems a little concerning
Thank you for the compliments! Most of the credit for flexibility goes to Mithryl since my Mobile Suits DO use his frames. The cockpit hatch is also from him, I just simply modified it a little. As I explained in earlier comments, this is the very first Mobile Suit to hit full production, so there will be initial design flaws and upgrades later on (all of which are intentional my be). The same applies to the lack of hip armor. I intentionally designed this without it. I am creating my Gundam universe based on my military knowledge (been in the US Army 9 years this month), so upgrades come when they are needed. A good example of this is the MRAP. We did not have MRAPs until the threat of IEDs warranted the production of them. Same applies to this. Additional features will be applied once Mobile Suit vs. Mobile Suit combat increases. I hope that clears that up.
 I like it 
  January 20, 2013
Very impressive indeed, Twitch! I really like your two-panel cockpit hatch! I've played around with the articulation, and the model shows a great deal of flexibility, thumbs up for that! The only thing that's remotely unsatisfactory in my opinion is the pelvic area, that it seems a little too large/thin, and the lack of protection/armouring over the hip-leg joints seems a little concerning
 I made it 
  January 19, 2013
Quoting Thomas Z. It's quite a nice mix you accomplished here! The presentation was very good. I feel that the head is a bit small compared to the rest of the body. How about making a unit that's dedicated only to melee combat, with some throw weapons and such? Tough if you want a "heavy" unit, go for something like the Guncannon. Shoulder cannons, huge shield, a simple rifle and a bulky body would do the trick!(maybe some missiles hidden around the body? :P) Anyways, great job! Looking forward for your next creation!
I appreciate the feedback! A Guncannon-type Mobile Suit might be the answer for a Heavy variant, I just did not want to be too cliche. The head is meant to be that small, considering that it is the first full-production Mobile Suit of my own Gundam universe. So there will be a few design flaws. Later models will have more specializations, such as a melee-specific Mobile Suit. The first few Mobile Suits are supposed to be more simplified since the superpowers are still experimenting with Mobile Suit technology, thus leading to more advanced models later on.
 I like it 
  January 19, 2013
It's quite a nice mix you accomplished here! The presentation was very good. I feel that the head is a bit small compared to the rest of the body. How about making a unit that's dedicated only to melee combat, with some throw weapons and such? Tough if you want a "heavy" unit, go for something like the Guncannon. Shoulder cannons, huge shield, a simple rifle and a bulky body would do the trick!(maybe some missiles hidden around the body? :P) Anyways, great job! Looking forward for your next creation!
 I made it 
  January 19, 2013
Quoting David the Fire Ninja Jedi Wow, that looks awesome!
Thank you!
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  January 19, 2013
Wow, that looks awesome!
 I made it 
  January 19, 2013
Quoting Chris Roach lookin good!
Wait, did the awesomesauce Chris Roach just leave ME a comment? Life=complete. Okay, seriously, thank you.
 I like it 
  January 19, 2013
lookin good!
 I made it 
  January 19, 2013
Quoting Mithryl Altaire Too cool! I really like how you used the rear of the model as the front! I'm not dead--just buying a house, so not much time for building, but I'm still working on the freedom gundam, and then I'll be fixing my my 00 Qan[T] model. I've got vague plans to update my other gundams too, using my new frame. But one plan I definitely have is to do an update of my S-Type 4 using the new frame. Stay tuned for that, as it will blow the old model completely away and is definitely something I am eagre to get around to designing. Great job on this!
Yay, my first comment on this MOC! Now I can go get like four hours of sleep before work... I figured that since I have not posted a mech in a while that I would an easiER design. Silly trains... And I will stay tuned for your new MOCs! I always get excited when you post something new (even if it IS just updating an old model... Unless it is Freedom. Everyone loves Freedom. Haha!). And I hope that the house buying goes well!
 I like it 
  January 19, 2013
Too cool! I really like how you used the rear of the model as the front! I'm not dead--just buying a house, so not much time for building, but I'm still working on the freedom gundam, and then I'll be fixing my my 00 Qan[T] model. I've got vague plans to update my other gundams too, using my new frame. But one plan I definitely have is to do an update of my S-Type 4 using the new frame. Stay tuned for that, as it will blow the old model completely away and is definitely something I am eagre to get around to designing. Great job on this!
 
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