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A Star Wars styled hovertank.
About this creation
Republic Adegan Prototype Tank

The RA-PT is named after the technology used on the first prototype of the vehicle. It was created when a Jedi, while working on his lightsaber, discovered a method to alter the flow of antiprotons from the adegan crystal in the hilt while the saber was in operation. He collaborated with Republic engineers to utilize this new discovery as a vehicle weapon.

The result was a pair of what were, essentially, oversized lightsaber hilts mounted to the top of a quad-repulsion-based hovercraft. The blades would ignite from the cannons at approximately 6 times the diameter of a handheld lightsaber. The length of the blades was adjustable from inside the cockpit thanks to the Jedi�s circuitry discovery, so the weapon could project up to a mile away.

The problems with this design were quickly found out it test and live combat scenarios. For one, accidentally shortening the �blade� projected from the cannons too far would cause a buildup of antiproton energy in the tank, leading to more than a few of these vehicles spontaneously exploding in combat. For another, a lightsaber�s final step of construction involves the Force to allow the blade maximum efficiency. This limited production greatly as a Jedi had to help build each cannon. Also, the massive draw of power when the beams of the weapon would strike a target was often enough to overload the tank�s generators and stall the craft, leaving it open to attack.

The weapon system was later replaced with an anti-aircraft missile system, but the craft still retains its original name: The Republic Adegan Prototype Tank. A few RA-PTs are said to still exist, modified by Jedi with power restrictions and failsafe systems to prevent overloading and energy exhaustion, but this has not officially been confirmed nor denied by the Republic.
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EDIT 10/29/05

Dean: Thank you, I only classify it as Star Wars at is was made for a Star Wars contest. My building style is very un-Star Wars so I pulled the random back story to make it work. I guess to answer your question, nothing.
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   Front 3/4 view. All of the rendered pictures were done by Nash from FBTB. Thanks, Nash!



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   The cockpit is actually pretty comfortable for a tank.



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   I love this shot.



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   Weaponry consists of 6 anti-personell rockets and a pair of anti-aircraft turrets.



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   The whole model was built around those pods.



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   Rear of the model.



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   He's happy to be driving this.



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   Snow Camo (A result of Nash messing around with color levels). Thanks again for the renders, Nash!



Comments

 I like it 
  December 26, 2008
THAT'S AWESOME!!!!
 I like it 
  September 11, 2007
cool
 I like it 
  December 21, 2006
Why only 1 out of 5, I think it looks awesom. Cool design, go on like this will ya.
 I like it 
  January 25, 2006
Hallo Tom, I went through brickshelf today and I found your models are great, especially tank and TatooineStreet is wonderful ... I have a plan to make small computer animation (using lego models) for myself. Can I put your model (tatooine) in? write me to my email pls..thanks :-) marek
 I like it 
  October 22, 2005
Is this Lego Digital Designer? or amother program? if it is ldd, howd you get the minifig?
  October 22, 2005
Great model and the write up is excellent. It would be good to see this in the real.
 I like it 
  October 21, 2005
"A Star Wars styled hovertank." It doesn't look Star Warsy at all to me, actually. More like just generic sci-fi... but it looks very cool anyway.
 
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