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An airspeeder that transforms into a light mech.
About this creation
Since mechs were released onto the field of battle, they have rarely formed self-sufficient units. Because of the complexity of their movement, it is often necessary to have mech transport aircraft or vehicles to carry them in and out of battle. Mechs often need close air support (although this is often accomodated by their transport aircraft). Given the annoyance and logistical limitations of this strategy, I decided to make a light mech that provides its own transport and air support.

History (Boring Stuff): The DaVinci project started as an attempt to build a light mech, well, because I have never built a humanoid one before and I figured I had better get that down before I try to make it transform. The first mech that resulted from it was too heavy and had poorly designed joints. The parts from this mech were scrapped and used to build a light, large-engined, missile-armed airspeeder. The airspeeder's engines were so big that the wings had to articulate for greater landing gear clearance and greater pilot visibility. I took the articulated wings a step further by using bionicle pieces to fashion arms, and even some short legs. Using this basic shape as a template, two prototypes resulted, the Leonardo (close descendent of the missile ship), and the Sikorsky (helicopter-based; the rotor became a sword). These transforming vessels resembled industrial mechs, with short legs and large engines that turned into arms. I combined the best elements of the Leonardo (claws, cockpit) with the best of the Sikorsky (engines, tail), and made some new legs to result in the DaVinci, which you see before you.

Status: Disassembled 08/2006. Parts used in Minuteman project.



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   Obligatory in-flight shot. pretty.



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   Front shot. Here it is in its airspeeder form.



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   The port and starboard thrusters are color-coded blue and red, respectively.



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   It inherited the missiles all the way from the prototype airspeeder (see History above).

With the missile pods retracted....



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   And extended. This would be a good time to explain its armaments.

1x ducted plasma cannon


2x Tactical Intership Missiles (TIMs) in launch tubes

2x Tactical High Explosive Missiles (THEMs or "Extra Spicy" missiles)

1x 11 stud blade



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   Side shot. It displays the insignia of the 7th Mechanized Infantry unit on its thrusters and front armor.



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   The undercarriage.

Gear down....



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   ...And gear up.



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   Thruster shot. You know you wanted it. The tail and engines were inherited from the Sikorsky (See "History" above).



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   The cockpit. It is quite small, but I managed to fit a tactics monitor, control sticks, and EVEN a PILOT in there. O_O



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   And.. The DaVinci as a mech. The engines turn into arms, the legs fold out from underneath, and the cockpit changes orientation.



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   Close-up of mech form. It's a headless mech; all limbs come from the torso where the pilot sits.



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   Pilot: I think I feel my finger slipping...

The 11 stud blade is very effective at dispatching droids with miniguns.



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   "Huzzah!"



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   I have learned that in order to emulate humans in mechs, you have to not only mimic them, but exaggerate them. For instance, I had to lift the sword-side heel off of the ground for this to look like an authentic "Huzzah:.



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   The missile launchers are also functional in mech form.



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   In addition to the missiles, the mech also has a ducted plasma cannon integrated into its starboard arm. Because it gets engine plasma through the gray tubey thingy, it does not need its own power supply. Thus, it can have comparable power to the beam rifles popular with many mech pilots at a fraction of the weight.



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   You may have noticed I left the tail out of the transformation description. I knew it would look bad if a mech had an aircraft tail sticking out of its torso, so...



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   ...I made it hinge backwards...



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   ...and down to form the mech's backpack, simultaneously giving the mech some small veretical thrusters and lowering its center of mass.



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   This mech is very dextrous. It can run, as you can see here.



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   The arms almost touch the ground while running.



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   It also knows kung fu. If the blade breaks or it runs out of missiles, it can always resort to melee like a gundam.



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   The pilot and his mech/airspeeder. It takes some skill to pilot this unusual vehicle, so let's have a round of applause for him!



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   Based on a drawing by Leonardo DaVinci. I did it using the GIMP. Shows articulation of the joints as well as giving it a namesake.



I hope you enjoyed my presentation on the DaVinci light mech/airspeeder. Thanks for reading!



Comments

Wes Coleman
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Perry McShane
  September 21, 2010
great, its hard to make a good looking, fully functional mech that transforms, awesome.
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  August 10, 2005
Truly fascinating. A transforming Lego mech. Wow. I have never concieved of such a thing to be possible while looking cool at the same time. Excellent work.
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  January 15, 2005
sweet, but you should remove some of the stickers and use decal-less pieces, It kind of adds to the "sweetness". Sweet M-o-C though. chicka-chicka-waa. Out o.O
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  December 22, 2004
*Speechless*
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  December 19, 2004
Nice Mech, think I prefer the airspeeder... but I kinda like the heavy armed look, remindes me of a gorilla. keep it up, I find transformers well nigh impossible so I respect this work. I say again...Nice work
 
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