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Tempest Racer Mech Mk.I
Just in case speed is higher up on your list of necessities than 120mm rotary cannons and short-range missile pods, we built this.
About this creation
Recently, IWE was presented with a unique project to complete: the designing of a Racer Mech. due to IWE's traditionally military nature, this new project was quite a ways out of our comfort zone. despite this, I think it can be safely said that we pulled it off with a high degree of success.

the Tempest is, in and of itself, a very unique design compared to traditional racer Mechs. perhaps the most prominent difference is its main method of propulsion: running. while standard Racer Mechs rely on wheels for movement, the Tempest's unique design allows it to run at an extremely fast pace.

the Tempest's double-jointed legs and the powerful EM servos that move them work as massive springs, and jumpjets are mounted on the backs of both legs, creating an immensely large amount of forward force to propel the Tempest. all of this allows the Tempest to run at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, easily enough to keep up with other Mechs.




--Specifications--
-Model: Tempest Experimental Racing Mech Mark.I
-Class: Racer Mechs
-Tonnage: 19.6
-Height: 10.3 Meters
-Power Source: MG-3900 EM Power Core Mk.23
-Max Speed: 121 MPH (running); 175 MPH (with Flux drives)





when the Tempest's fast running isn't enough, it also has a pair of IWE's experimental new Flux drives. a newly-discovered form of technology unearthed on Selonia as one of many strange artifacts from an ancient civilization, the New Republic has sent reverse-engineered models of it to several top corporations, including IWE, to figure out practical applications for it. IWE, working together with Incom, has developed specialized thrust drives using the fluctuating energy field the Flux drives generate. what's unique about these thrust drives is that, not only are they very powerful and capable of generating a very large amount of thrust relative to the amount of power being diverted into it, but that power can be directed in any way, which means that, though the thruster is pointed one way, the thrust itself can be directed any which way.

on the Tempest, however, we stuck with just moving in one direction, and moving at a breathtaking 175 MPH in that direction. this is practically the only time the Tempest makes use of its wheels, as its legs typically can't keep up. unfortunately, this massive rush of speed can only be used on the most straight parts of any track, as it's essentially impossible to turn with the Flux drive engage.






Front view and back view. short and sweet, eh? :P



Creators Notes: a horridly-awful Mech to try and design, it's really incredible that I actually enjoyed it. it's one of those paradoxical things with LEGO, I guess. I'm a bit displeased with its lack of simplicity. I think I went overboard with the crazy ideas. regardless, it turned out alright, and I'm quite pleased with how it looks nicely streamlined yet has that Western blocky-ness to it.

also, I think I need to give credit to a few people. Chunkblaster and Rabid Goldfish, for the Demigog and several other AEGAKS Mechs I drew basic inspiration from. also, without seeing Rabid's Jackrabbit, I'm not sure how I would've incorporated the wheels in. and last but certainly not least, Richie, who gave me a busload of Werewolf (or, as he recently corrected me, Wolf Anthro :P) pictures which I drew massive quantities of inspiration from, and who also came up with the hand design (which had me stumped completely).


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  April 15, 2012
Very cool mecha!
 I made it 
  March 29, 2012
Quoting Me23456789 ("Me2" or "Me") @Arik: Not really on the topic of this mech, but I figured I'd ask you since you probably know me better than any of the others do and as such are most likely best equipped to answer. Anywho, I've been looking around at the Mecha Contests group and was interested in joining in on the next contest. Is there anything in particular I should do before asking to join (talk to the Admins, etc.) and is this sort of an "Elite Mechaniers Only" thing? Or am I overthinking this and should just apply and hope for approval?
I think it should be alright to just try and join. if anything, I'll just go in and ask if you can join.
 I like it 
  March 29, 2012
@Arik: Not really on the topic of this mech, but I figured I'd ask you since you probably know me better than any of the others do and as such are most likely best equipped to answer. Anywho, I've been looking around at the Mecha Contests group and was interested in joining in on the next contest. Is there anything in particular I should do before asking to join (talk to the Admins, etc.) and is this sort of an "Elite Mechaniers Only" thing? Or am I overthinking this and should just apply and hope for approval?
 I made it 
  March 28, 2012
Quoting Rich Collins... 257th Wolf A LITTLE Shorter, not a lot. but yeah, thats just about it. BTW, my V-between-two-As System was intended to REENFORCE balljoints, rather than REPLACING them.
ah, gotcha. okay, that ought to do it.
  March 27, 2012
A LITTLE Shorter, not a lot. but yeah, thats just about it. BTW, my V-between-two-As System was intended to REENFORCE balljoints, rather than REPLACING them.
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Very cool! I personally think the longer arms make it look better, but I'm no expert. :P Btw, Great track!
 I made it 
  March 24, 2012
Quoting Rich Collins... 257th Wolf Yes, the other mech does need to be more erect. as for the arms, i am very porportionally sensitive and the tempest's arms are SLIGHTLY to long porportionally speaking. I would like to see the porportions corrected in the other mech, regardless of functionality. As for the torso joint I think you should use a hybrid of your Torso/Shoulder connection and your ankle armor tecnique arranged to create a sort of interlocking... joint... thing... It would look like a "V" wedged between two "A"s
okay, I think I caught all that. yeah, the arms should be a lot shorter. I'll be using essentially an ordinary MBS arm, which should work out fine. and yeah, I like your idea for the waist joint, except I'll probably use an ordinary ball joint for better sturdiness. anything else? :)
 I like it 
  March 23, 2012
So THIS is what my stuff would look like if I used white instead of black... Hmm... Well, no, now that I think of it, there's no way any of my stuff compares to this. Great work! Unfortunate about the height, though. =/
  March 22, 2012
Yes, the other mech does need to be more erect. as for the arms, i am very porportionally sensitive and the tempest's arms are SLIGHTLY to long porportionally speaking. I would like to see the porportions corrected in the other mech, regardless of functionality. As for the torso joint I think you should use a hybrid of your Torso/Shoulder connection and your ankle armor tecnique arranged to create a sort of interlocking... joint... thing... It would look like a "V" wedged between two "A"s
 I made it 
  March 22, 2012
Quoting Rich Collins... 257th Wolf You nailed it Arik, You NAILED it! You could sell ice to Eskimos! Allthough, for the purposes of [That other Wolf Anthro project] i would ask that you refrain from hunching the torso and make the arms slightly shorter; Normally the Anthro would drop to all fours in the event that additional speed is needed. On the other hand, in situations where the additional speed would be graunted by thrusters, i suppose the [other mech] could just sort of... Hover.
sell ice to Eskimos... hmm, I'll have to discuss that one with my sister. so, have the other Mech stand more erect than this one? I think that should do okay. perhaps my biggest problem with the other is how to connect an MBS-size torso onto the legs using a ball joint waist. also, would it change anything if I mentioned that I'm almost certain the Mech won't be going on all fours under any circumstances? it kinda needs its arms for weapons.
 I like it 
  March 22, 2012
You nailed it Arik, You NAILED it! You could sell ice to Eskimos! Allthough, for the purposes of [That other Wolf Anthro project] i would ask that you refrain from hunching the torso and make the arms slightly shorter; Normally the Anthro would drop to all fours in the event that additional speed is needed. On the other hand, in situations where the additional speed would be graunted by thrusters, i suppose the [other mech] could just sort of... Hover.
 I like it 
  March 21, 2012
Very nice work, the only flaw I see in it is that the arms and part of the legs are a little skinny. But other than that it's a great mech.
 I made it 
  March 21, 2012
Quoting Andrew AKA Hump-Free http://images.mocpages.com/user_images/84838/13323005891_DISPLAY.jpg While I am not an Official in the Contest, I feel that I should mention that this is above 21 Bricks, which means it is above the height restriction. Just giving you a heads up. Not sure how LTE and Judges will treat this Entry.
Sithspit! it is! umm... I guess I'll go check this problem with the judges.
 I like it 
  March 21, 2012
Nice mech / MOC! Good luck!
  March 20, 2012
http://images.mocpages.com/user_images/84838/13323005891_DISPLAY.jpg While I am not an Official in the Contest, I feel that I should mention that this is above 21 Bricks, which means it is above the height restriction. Just giving you a heads up. Not sure how LTE and Judges will treat this Entry.
 
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