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M61A1 Cerberus Shock Battle Tank (SBT)
The Cerberus SBT is a high-speed hovertank central to the Combined Arms Rapid Assault (CARA) doctrine of the United Armed Services (UAS). Canadian example shown.
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ABOUT THE CERBERUS:

This project is truly a labour of love. I've had this tank on the brain
since I was about 14. There was a science fiction art book in the
school library that had a robot hover tank. I was in love. The concept
of a catamaran hull, forward mini-turrets, air defence gun and main gun
all rolled into one gave me nerd wood. Over time I drew my own version
and developed the concept through my teens. Having played RPGs,
eventually the hovertank found its way into my games as the ultimate
land weapon system.

In my late twenties I developed an interest in military technology and
started to learn how things really worked. Many of the elements you see
in this MOC are real-world applications found on actual armoured
fighting vehicles. Of course, as a matter of scale and practicality,
one would never find them ALL in a single vehicle. But, being science
fiction, the only thing stopping me was my imagination.

The more I drew and finessed my designs for the Cerberus the more I
wanted a scale model of the tank. I looked into this and soon realized
that scratch building a custom model requires a ton of skill and effort.
Being both ham fisted and lazy, this was not for me. I then considered
3D modelling my tank. Again, skill, effort, expensive software and the
ability to find the 'any' key was not for me. I moved on.

Years passed. Hair receded. I joined the army and went back to school.
During my third year of university I bought a few of the new Star Wars
Lego sets on a lark during the Christmas break, poured the pieces into a
pile and built a robot. The Zen-like experience of creative
concentration got me hooked and I was now an AFOL. I started searching
out the Lego sites and exploring what was possible with all the new
pieces invented in the decades since I'd ever built anything with Lego.
Bulk orders of Lego from eBay came next.

It was while sorting through some of that bulk Lego that I picked up two
tan panels from the Droid hovertank set. Like the Dawn
of Man scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey, I had an awakening. I was
holding the forward slopes of the turret for my hovertank. The angle
and shape was perfect. Visits to Bricklink and hours of research showed
me that it was possible to build a MOC of my hovertank. I was set.

Of course, reality then set in. My hair was never coming back. That,
and to get the scale right would require a LOT of Lego, mostly tan in
colour. To have the most building options and greatest faith to my
design would require searching out a LOT of uncommon or outright rare
pieces, many expensive. With this in mind I budgeted and started
collecting, all the while keeping my eyes on the Lego sites like MOC
Pages, watching and learning from master builders.

A year and a half later I'd scavenged up enough from Bricklink to start
building. The build itself stretched out over the better part of a year
as I found, continuously, that I was always short of some key pieces
that held up finishing the project. But, finish it I did.

Build notes will follow in the next photoset/video showing the internals.































Hope you've enjoyed my foray back into Lego.

EDIT: forgot to mention that this is one of four variants that I'm photographing. More to come.

Better resolution pics on my Flickr account.

Please rate and comment.



Comments

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  August 26, 2012
Simply beautiful. I want one...not just in Lego, but in real life!
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  July 6, 2012
Im in love too, keep up the good work
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  December 23, 2011
WOW! So much detail, I can't get enough from looking at it. What was your budget for this? Some tips on that would be cool. :)
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  December 21, 2011
Love the tank and like the back story to go with it. If you get tired of all those tans bricks, I can send you my address.
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  December 11, 2011
First, PLEASE EMAIL ME THE TURRET DESIGN! This is probably the premier main battle tank of the Russian Federation Army in 2065
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  March 7, 2011
wow! it looks like a battle ship from the side~
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  August 19, 2010
Out freaking standing! If you came up with building instructions for this I would buy them.
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  February 27, 2010
This is the most amazing tank I have seen. I wish I could make something this good.
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  January 24, 2010
I thought that I was a good builder until I saw this work of art! It's beautiful, all the angles are perfect, the scale is astounding, the overall look is just perfect, it is soooo awesome!
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  January 15, 2010
I love everything about this, and what I find even cooler is that you even added in the canadian maple leaf and license plate, and that detail is unmatchable!
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  September 1, 2009
Simply amazing! I played a game back ing the day (I tha=ink it was called Centurian) that had these plastic hover tanks that this reminds me of. The amount of detail makes one believe that it is a model based in reality. This is the best looking tank and I hope that I can come close to emulating it. Very impressive!
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  August 23, 2009
I think ihave that book did it also have microwave bombs and unmanned jets
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  August 23, 2009
I said this inspired me to build my own, well I finished it! please check it out!http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/147200
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  July 28, 2009
I might be able to do mini of this in gray.
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  July 5, 2009
How did I neglect to review this? This vehicle is ingenius!
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  June 28, 2009
mein gott! what an absolutely impecable afv. you were right about the real(istic) features: anti-air gun, scanning array, reactive armor (which i am sure all those round dimples are), the almost flat turret: impossible to hit. brilliant!
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  June 25, 2009
excellent work
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  May 29, 2009
Now THAT is a futuristic tank! And have I ever mentioned how much I love Tan? Just superb build, awesome details, love the use of the saucer sections for the aerodynamic turret. Just a great MOC.
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  May 10, 2009
incredable! I saw your vid on youtube and i didnt realize how detailed inside it was aswell as outside. good job!
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  May 8, 2009
Wow. By far one of my favorite MOCs of all time. I was immediately struck by the lines of the tank - fluid yet aggressive. Superbly done.
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  May 8, 2009
Repetition of patterns creates great visual interest. Nice one.
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  March 14, 2009
I'd say you did all those years of waiting, total justice. :) This is the ultimate in science fiction armored vehicles. A+++
Brad Edmondson
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Ryan Mitchell
  March 13, 2009
Hey This is sooooo cool! Can you give instructions on how to build one? I would really like this tank desgin as a tank and tank troop transport.
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  March 2, 2009
WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW!
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  March 2, 2009
we would be honored to have you in our group called "Irish Dynamite" check it out if you feel like joining.
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  March 2, 2009
1 word :AWSOME!!!!!
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  March 2, 2009
this tank is the best sci fi tank ive ever seen! i first saw it on flickr and then i found it on mocpages. this is excellent.
  February 27, 2009
Awesome! I love tanks as well. I grew up reading books like the Bolo and Hammers Slammers series, and playing games of Ogre and G.E.V. I joined the army when I was 17, on the delayed entry program, and drove (what else) tanks, for four years. Two years on 60A3s, and two years on the Abrams. (1985-89) As someone who worked and "lived" on armored vehicles for four years I have to say your model is very believable as a functioning piece of military equipment. In both color and function it looks like what the Israeli Merkava could evolve into if we had grav-tech. I build Micro-scale vehicles and mechs for war gaming. I have a string of super-heavy battle tanks that are each a technological improvement over the last. The third model is a forked hull, grav tank called the Scorpion. I have three version, the basic unit of the line, the command variant, and the infantry fighting vehicle variant, called the Scimitar. Like the Merkava, and your model, it has a rear facing assault hatch. It also has an assault hatch on the front of the hull between the two forward hull "pods." Keep on building!
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  February 23, 2009
This is a fine example of how Lego models can look realistic! The only thing that is missing here are pictures of lids, you know? Parts that open showing interior and stuff ;))
 I like it 
  February 22, 2009
Wow your story was... inspiring. And it looks like works of love really are some of the best works ever. Greatness :)
 I like it 
  February 22, 2009
Really great work. Very well done details, excellent photos and interesting shape of the vehicle.
 I like it 
  February 22, 2009
Wow, a beautiful piece of work here sir. The design is original and still familiar, and it's execution in ABS is quite flawless. Well worth the wait.
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  February 21, 2009
They grow wheat in some parts of Canada, and wheat is tan, so there you go, saved from Young's wrath. Sweet Tank!~LL
 I like it 
  February 21, 2009
Shouldn't a Canadian hovertank be white, because it's winter eleven months a year there? I'm kidding! Kidding! Don't point that thing at me!
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  February 21, 2009
Absolutly breathtaking. This is probably the coolest and most detailed futuristic (lego) tank that I've ever seen. The design looks clean and flawless and pretty darn believable. Great piece usage and techniques. Keep on building ~ Nowhereman
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  February 21, 2009
Excellent. I admire your patience.
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  February 20, 2009
Woaah! Great looking battle tank! I love those little greeblies and details! Great work! Shape is awesome!
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  February 20, 2009
Oh my goodness! WOW! Outstanding. A lil speechless forgive me!
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  February 17, 2009
I think you just returned the favor to the aforementioned masters.
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  February 16, 2009
From the earlier hints you gave us, I was expecting some big, boxy thing that wasn't much more than a tank without treads. I am VERY pleasantly surprised by what you gave us instead. Everything about this is incredible, from the sleek-yet-armored side profile to the saucer turret. Your hard work really paid off.
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  February 16, 2009
Awsome
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  February 16, 2009
Fantastic work!! I'm really impressed... this is one of the creations that you just couldn't forget it for a really long time, very nice building techniques, very great details, awesome photography... Just perfect! keep building man >>> peace.. Fofo
Brad Edmondson
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CC-7576 "Rex"
  February 15, 2009
Whoa awesome tank, very nice details.
Brad Edmondson
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masterchief 1
  February 15, 2009
Very cool!
Brad Edmondson
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masterchief 1
  February 15, 2009
Very cool!
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  February 15, 2009
lol i love it, but i don't know about the idea of Canada and futuristic tanks... :P
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  February 15, 2009
This thing is flat out awesome.
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  February 15, 2009
zomg, finally we get to see it! amazing joob
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  February 15, 2009
Impressive, but it really looks too thin for its length and turret size.
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  February 15, 2009
Very nice. Love the whole design, and the shapeis beautiful. One the best tanks Ive ever seen. Amazing.
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  February 15, 2009
This is awesome, and the back story is quite nice as well. Another cool thing is the little maple leaf on the turret, which I, as a Canadian find nice.
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  February 15, 2009
DUDE!!!! you have inspired me!! I am going to have to build a hover tank for Army of Darkness. Please check out my moc's.
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  February 15, 2009
This creation is awesome. It could easily be MOCpages' best MOC. Being Canadian myself, I like the fact that you had the idea of puuting a Canadian flag on it. It's perfect. Period.
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  February 15, 2009
My initial reaction to the pictures was 'I can see what the real tank looks like, but where are the Legos?' This is massive, and covered in incredible detail. I am amazed.
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  February 15, 2009
I forgot to ask: are there any interior pics?
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  February 15, 2009
WOW!! Love this tank! One of the best I've ever seen! So many details and minifig legs give nice greebling:)
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  February 15, 2009
Wow! That is THE greatest tank I have EVER seen! You've managed to pack so many details into it that it's almost mind-blowing! I love the use of minifig legs on the corners! Great work on the Youtube video as well! (Do you think I've ended enough sentences in exclamation points? Nope, probably not!)
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  February 15, 2009
That thing is amazing! Such an original design, excellent colors, and it's HUGE! You've managed to pack so much detail into it. Great job.
 
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