Cerberus M61A1 Shock Battle Tank (SBT)

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ABOUT THE CERBERUS: This project is truly a labour of love. I've had this tank on the brain since I was ab...
ABOUT THE CERBERUS: This project is truly a labour of love. I've had this tank on the brain since I was about 14. There was a science fiction art book in the school library that had a robot hover tank. I was in love. The concept of a catamaran hull, forward mini-turrets, air defence gun and main gun all rolled into one gave me nerd wood. Over time I drew my own version and developed the concept through my teens. Having played RPGs, eventually the hovertank found its way into my games as the ultimate land weapon system. In my late twenties I developed an interest in military technology and started to learn how things really worked. Many of the elements you see in this MOC are real-world applications found on actual armoured fighting vehicles. Of course, as a matter of scale and practicality, one would never find them ALL in a single vehicle. But, being science fiction, the only thing stopping me was my imagination. The more I drew and finessed my designs for the Cerberus the more I wanted a scale model of the tank. I looked into this and soon realized that scratch building a custom model requires a ton of skill and effort. Being both ham fisted and lazy, this was not for me. I then considered 3D modelling my tank. Again, skill, effort, expensive software and the ability to find the 'any' key was not for me. I moved on. Years passed. Hair receded. I joined the army and went back to school. During my third year of university I bought a few of the new Star Wars Lego sets on a lark during the Christmas break, poured the pieces into a pile and built a robot. The Zen-like experience of creative concentration got me hooked and I was now an AFOL. I started searching out the Lego sites and exploring what was possible with all the new pieces invented in the decades since I'd ever built anything with Lego. Bulk orders of Lego from eBay came next. It was while sorting through some of that bulk Lego that I picked up two curved tan panels from the Droid hovertank set. Like the Dawn of Man scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey, I had an awakening. I was holding the forward slopes of the turret for my hovertank. The angle and shape was perfect. Visits to Bricklink and hours of research showed me that it was possible to build a MOC of my hovertank. I was set. Of course, reality then set in. My hair was never coming back. That, and to get the scale right would require a LOT of Lego, mostly tan in colour. To have the most building options and greatest faith to my design would require searching out a LOT of uncommon or outright rare pieces, many expensive. With this in mind I budgeted and started collecting, all the while keeping my eyes on the Lego sites like MOC Pages, watching and learning from master builders. A year and a half later I'd scavenged up enough from Bricklink to start building. The build itself stretched out over the better part of a year as I found, continuously, that I was always short of some key pieces that held up finishing the project. But, finish it I did. Build notes will follow in the next photoset/video showing the internals. You can find more at: MOC Pages: http://mocpages.com/home.php/3341 Flick: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30114306N06/