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M61C Artemis Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Artillery (SPAA)
The M61C Artemis SPAA provides theatre wide air defence of the CARA battle group.
About this creation
Next turret variant is the M61C Artemis SPAA. Of the turret variants, this is my favourite. I took influence from the Russian Tunguska SPAA and German Gepard SPAA. Initially it was going to be a symmetrical arrangement of weapons, but then I figured there was no need for two THELs and put both AA guns in one mount. I also wanted the appearance of a big ammunition drum on the rear and a chain of ammo. That worked out pretty well.

I played around with the lighting on this one and I'm not entirely satisfied with the more diffused look. I'm still learning as I go so bear with me.

















The forward cylinder on the front is the tracking radar. The shields on either side are from Brickforge.com and form part of the tracking array.

Tactical High Energy Laster (THEL) mounted on the left turret. Larger with longer range than the version seen on the Cerberus.

Left front turret: millimeter-wave radar common to the Ares and Cerberus. Right front: LADAR, aft turret: Long-range tracking radar. Also seen are the smoke grenade launchers above the forward tracking radar and microwave pulse generators on either side of the centre forward tracking radar for self defence.

Duel 60mm anti-aircraft gun. Note the ejection ports on the left and ammo belt. High rate of fire.

The ammo magazine takes up most of the aft turret.

Ammo belt for the AA gun. I used the old-style rubber hose to link the rounds together, the newer plastic hose was too rigid to make this work.

THEL heat sinks.















I debated whether I'd include missile launchers on the Artemis. But, like any arms race, missiles are getting faster and harder to hit with new anti-missile technology. So, twelve surface to air missiles it has.











Better resolution pics on my Flickr account.

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Comments

 I like it 
  December 21, 2011
Nice work.
 I like it 
  December 14, 2011
like others have said, great build. hope you can make some more great builds such as this one.
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  May 15, 2011
That thing sort of eliminates the need for any other vehicles of war! Great build, cool details, nice colour scheme and original idea. What's not to like?
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  August 10, 2010
Another possible idea would be to remove the turret and put in a large hatch that would open to allow for a mortar team to fire out from inside like the crews US M125 mortar transport vehicles.
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  August 10, 2010
I agree with 'Luke Manuel', "I can't wait to see what you do next!" My I suggest a troop transport with no turret, just a top with hatches for machine gunners, allowing for extra troop space inside.
 I like it 
  November 6, 2009
This is a beast! Fantastic detail!
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  June 14, 2009
One hundred % ACE Lego fantastic detail!!! wouldn't want to go head to head with the M61C
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  April 13, 2009
I dont have as many tan pieces as I thought. So I will not be able to build a mini of this. sorry.
 I made it 
  March 9, 2009
Quoting Ben H. This is my favorite turret yet in terms of the detail; that ammo belt is incredible, as are the heavy guns themselves. What's that little plane at the top of the photo? Can you post it?
The plane going down in flames was a quick micro-scale build. It's already gone.
 I made it 
  March 9, 2009
Quoting Thomas Andrews Mini?
Maxi?
 I like it 
  March 9, 2009
This is my favorite turret yet in terms of the detail; that ammo belt is incredible, as are the heavy guns themselves. What's that little plane at the top of the photo? Can you post it?
 I like it 
  March 9, 2009
Wow, just wow. So let's see, first the Cerberus, then the interior, then artillery, NOW ANTI-AIRCRAFT! I am amazed at the amount of detail you put into your builds. I can't wait to see what you do next!
  March 9, 2009
WOULD have been extremely impressive as always, if a bit messy, but you lost three points for megabrikarms.
 I like it 
  March 8, 2009
Mini?
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  March 8, 2009
Loving all the variants of this thing so far, not sure which is my faverite though..... Oh and the cation on that last picture? Brilliant!
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  March 8, 2009
Another great variation. I wish i had the pieces to pull something like this off. Heck right now I wish I had my legos, unfortunately I still got another two months before I return home. Good job.
 
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