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3vil Behemoth-class Hovertank
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3vil Behemoth-class Hovertank, with the CHOMP CHOMP jaw and the missiles and cannons go boom boom FREEM FREEM FRAM FAZ!!1!
About this creation
January 2005

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Starting off the 3vil new year with cackling laughter and sharp pointy teeth, I present to you the next level of terror and destruction: the Behemoth-class hovertank.

I started this moc back in late November, after Mark Sandlin beat me to the punch by posting his 3vil Hovertank. I've got kind of a thing for spacey hovertanks, and even with so many factions to choose from I knew I had to attempt an 3vil tank, even if it would no longer be the first. I just had to trump the Grand Admiral himself.

If I'd posted the earliest concept (seen below,) I would have been run out of AFOL community.



With a weak winged design and a blocky skull face, this rough version said anything but "hovertank." The side gunner turrets sucked, too.

So then the next step in design evolution came when I decided to embrace a far bulkier, sharp-edged design. I found my inspiration in the form of the Republic Tank from Star Wars.

So I did some major work to the side "wings" as well as minor tweaks to the skull face, and I had what would ultimately become the final design for the tank.



After that, I did bits of brick work here and there squeezed in between hours and hours of a busy holiday work schedule. And laziness. It all came together pretty easily once I had the general design in mind, I just had to do a lot of work to make all the pieces fit together the right way.

Sometime during those weeks of tinkering, I decided that I wanted the jaw to move. I thought it would be easy, but for some reason I at first could not make sense of how to accomplish my goal. I've never done geared or moving parts on a moc before, so I had no previous database of knowledge to work from. So I turned to the spacers at Classic-Space.com Forums for advice.

Tossed into my tires and wheels was a pullback motor, which I'd randomly purchased on Bricklink.. probably to meet some ridiculous $5 minimum requirement. Remembering how much fun we had in the space layout at PDX with moonway track and pullback motors and the hot dogs and Eruptus and track-groping gay Palmer and the mhoyvenflavin, I decided that I definitely had to incorporate this motor into the moc, not only to move the whole tank, but couple it with the AFOL's suggestions to make the jaw chomp.

I finally finished the hovertank a few hours after the deadline for the Military Hover Contest, and am probably disqualified from entering, but at least I have a moc that I can be proud of. If I build nothing else in the next couple of years, I can live happy knowing this is the last moc you folks see from me.



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   Bristling with weaponry, both obvious and unseen.



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   Top view. Kind of an oval shape.



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   The belly: the pullback motor and jaw gear are very simple and easy to remove- in this way I can display the moc more easily in space layouts, mostly because it likes to start rolling towards the edge of my desk.



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   Greebles under the ribcage.



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   Baby got back: I can't imagine tanks coming under attack from behind very often, but I addressed the issue here with some guns that cover the rear hatch.



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   Secret missiles! Eat this, BI Joe!

(I love you, Gil)



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   At one stage of construction, this slope came off to show off some interior greeblage. I ended up tossing that idea in favor of more room for missiles. Four missiles fit into either side of the tank, for a total of eight missiles.



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   The interior, with a seat for pilot/driver and gunner. 3vil uses Windows.



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   The gunner seat can be easily removed to expose a gap in the floor, into which two special missiles can be loaded. . .



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   . . . which can then be fired from the mouth.



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   Rarwrwrrrr...

This reminds me of the bike-eating monster. (thanks to tim deering for the link when I couldn't find it on my own



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   PCS troops make good after-dinner mints.



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   The Holy Trinity of hovertanks: PCS-Star Rangers, 3vil, and Jade Empire.

What do I call it when I get around to Aegyptron, Space Pirates, Iron Reich, Galactic Inquisition, and all the others?



Comments

 I like it 
  March 26, 2006
nice work, Ryan. like the skull.
 I like it 
  September 29, 2005
I love a good 3vil MOC this is an excellent HoverTank The chompin action is awsome Look forward to more MOCS 3vil Jade EB or anything space
 I like it 
  February 4, 2005
This beast is a nasty piece of 3vil action! I love it! Saw the compin' video! Love the laser blasters up front, and the rear is as nice as my mom's ... Wicked-Sick! Cheers! ~ Paul.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2005
Love the jaw chompin' action! One suggestion though: Make the eyes glow red and you have money! Rad!
 I like it 
  January 4, 2005
Ryan loves Gil! Ryan loves Gil! Ryan loves Gil! We're sorry Mr. Woods, but Mr. Shaw isn't "into" men. Tootles.
 
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