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LCT-1V Locust . Weighing in at only 20 tons, the Locust is one of the lightest Mechs on the battlefield. It is however one of the most numerous. . Meagerly armored and armed with only a medium laser and machine guns, the Locust can avoid confrontations with larger opponents with its greatest weapon: speed. It's cruising speed is about twice that of heavier mechs and when it runs, good luck catching it. There are some pilots though that enjoy a good scrap though. I guess they're the crazier Locust pilots considering the mech's armor and weapons along with the fact that it has one of the smallest cockpits. The toughest part about this creation was how the legs attach to the body. The Locust has no arms to speak of and the machine gun mounts are attached outside the legs assemblies. So, I had to figure out a way to have the legs move without moving the guns. It took me a short while but, figured it out. A 2M friction peg w/ cross hole did the job. The guns are built to slip over the end of the friction peg while the cross hole is connected inside the torso. Viola! Legs move. Guns don't. Another issue was how the legs mount at the back of the torso. The back of the body had to be built solid to keep it from falling on its face. Now, I know some people will look at the apparent lack of color scheme and the blockiness of the torso and then wonder what is wrong with me. LOL Well...I'm running out of the parts I wanted in one color, so I tried to give it a hill/mountain region camoflage scheme. Did it work? You be the judge and tell me what you think. Here's a view of the Locust from the front. I know, they don't look very menacing but, if you're an infantryman without a SRM inferno launcher you should run. Yep, it's a chicken walker. I wasn't able to get the knees to twist like I could with the Mad Cat . Here's what it looks like from the back. Now being a chicken walker, the Locust does have to ability to crouch down and hide to avoid heavy fire. Here's a top view with it crouching. I told you the cockpit was small. Here's the crazy Locust pilot along with his mech. Like the Mad Cat, I used a figurine as the basis for the construction. Here's all 3 mechs I've constructed so far. Now, I did mention I was constructing a base as well. The main construction of it is complete along with quite a few of the details inside. I'm trying to color coordinate the mini figures and have even created an anti-mech infantry squad. All the while, I look over what specialized parts I have left and try to decide whether or not I can create another 'colorful' mech. I said I was thinking about a Panther and I might just go with that.


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