Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus ( a german WW2 panzer / tank ) . A Maus tank in 1/15 scale. 4200+ pieces, tracks only 1200 pieces. Length 70 knobs, width 30 knobs, heigth 30 bricks.
Weight about 4.5 kg, has 6 M-motors, 2 batt. boxes, 2 receivers. Turret is indenpendent, no wires to the hull.
Working suspension, 48 wheels in 12 bogies. Way too big and underpowered, as the real one ;)
Since tracks ( 8 knobs wide ! ) takes almost all space in hull, space between tracks is 6-8 knobs only and is full of motors, gears, battery box etc. .
I found a youtube video about the only real Maus existing, saved in Kubinka tank museum:
This is what was survived from WW2. It is combined from V1 hull, which had no turret and a turret taken from destroyed V2.
YouTube: Mega tank video
Its quite difficult to make right angles to all surfaces, since mostly those are not default lego angles
The small ( 75mm ) gun. What for is this pea-shooter needed ?
Notice the Chromed exthaust pipes, which gives some sporty look. Thanks to Chromebricks!
Tank commander Darth Vader and his right hand Zurg. After Death Star destruction he bought this ;) Rebellions, beware!
Turret moved to service platform
Since there is about 1500 moving pieces on tracks and suspension, Hull sides can be opened up for maintenance
Track and suspension. The tracks are the most important feature of this tank.
Made of separate pieces with pain.
Secondly suspension and bogies close to original,
made of separate pieces with pain too...
Track and suspension, close lookup. Originally Maus was not able to turn around
in place, tracks too long and too close to centerline. And with this it is a pain
to turn around. Top speed was about 13 km/h off-road, a Cooper-test result of 2600m.
Normal soldier would outrun maus by foot !!!
The track, MausKetten, tier-10, price 82500. made of 66 2*8 elements, 1,05 meters long. weighing 0,9 kg.
All surfaces of this tank are made of separate panels that can be easily removed.
Here is turret side panel opened.
The whole turret side removed. Turret is quite full of stuff...
Turret back , access hatch to battery switch
Front hull top, access hatch to battery switch
Some panels removed from hull top
Front engine/gear access panel removed, internal parts are color coded, like gears here in red. Notice that tracks takes almost all space inside. Fitting 4 M-motors between tracks was a serious challenge. But after 10+ versions they are there ;)
Maus Control Unit ( MCU ): Joystick for turret, speedcontrol for tracks
Drive wheel and track piece
Drive wheel and track piece opened
Location of 32307 Technic, Axle Connector Block 3 x 6 with 6 Axleholes.
Size of my Maus, hull length about 55cm / 22inches
Upgraded Maus: barrels are now same colour as tank. End of the barrel now more realistic
Over the track there are some kind of "hooks". They are to install a special track pulling winch.
And a video of Maus:
Quite many people have asked FULL instructions. Here it is.
LDD-file below contains COMPLETE MAUS( well, at least 99% )