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Neyo Wargear

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The LEGO M50 Ontos Tank Destroyer Project

06 March 2019 - 11:32 AM

Greetings SSLFer's!

I'll be making the USMC's tank destroyer (TD) of the Vietnam War era, the M50 Ontos. Ontos is Greek for 'thing' and it sure is a thing.

Again 1/35th scale to match all my other models.
Actual to 1/35th scale.
Length: 12ft,7in to 4.3in at 13 studs.
Width: 8ft,6in to 2.9in at 9 studs.
Height: 7ft to 2.4in at ? studs.

Reference Photos:
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Part 1. Work time: 30 minutes. Total work time: 30 minutes.

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P1.1: The suspension of the M50 Ontos is fairly similar to the T71 light tanks. The Ontos was to be air droppable and was quite light. That might play into it.

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P1.2: The undercarriage of the thing. This will be an interesting build since this is a 9 wide model. The odd width will make this hard to build I predict.

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P1.3: The Ontos is odd in the fact that the glacis plates juts farther than most other AFV's. Gives it a dorky look if you ask me.

Cheers.

Cicero Silius

18 February 2019 - 10:17 PM

Cicero Ansgar Silius

Full Name: Cicero Ansgar Silius
Aliases: -

Sex: Male
Race: Human - Nordling
Birthplace: Kvasirsal

Affinity: Earth
Deity: Heimdall
Faction: The Inquisition

Talents: Education (Northrim), Martial Combat, Arcane Lore, Blacksmithing

Attributes 
Strength: 8
Agility: 6
Constitution: 8
Perception: 5
Intelligence: 5
Spirit: 5
Luck: 5

Appearance: Eyes are an ice cold blue with red hair. He keeps his head shaven on the sides with the Valknut tattooed on each side of his head. He sports a beard as well. A tattoo of Yggdrasil covers his back, the Helm of Awe upon his right shoulder, and the Vegvisir upon his left shoulder.
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Inventory:
1 full set of void iron Inquisition plate and chain armor
1 set of black clothing
1 black Inquisitor cloak
1 void iron zweihander
1 torch
5 void iron javelins
1 void iron dagger
Water and rations

Biography:
Hailing from the Kingdom of Northrim, Cicero once had a father, mother, and sister. Cicero's father, Lars, was originally from the Achaean Empire and travelled far north to set up shop. Lars was a young man when he ventured to Northrim. He eventually settled in Kvasirsal. After a few years, he married Cicero's mother, Astrid, a Nordling. Cicero was born soon after their marriage. A daughter was born as to them, Vecca. His father was a blacksmith and taught Cicero the trade.

One day while bringing home raw materials for the forge, he saw a few Inquisitors clad in their void iron armor. From that day, Cicero knew what he wanted to be. He had known of Inquisitors before, but never had he seen them prior. The armor captured his mind and he loved their ideals.

After a few years, he became old enough to his parents to travel and join the Inquisition. His service with the Inquisition hasnt been long, but he is a strong and hardy Ebonguard. He has mainly been stationed in the Kingdom of Northrim where his greatest achievement has been killing a flame mage burning down a village. Other than that, he has arrested a few other mages, his career hasnt been extraordinary, but he is still young. Cicero stands by the ideals of the Inquisition strongly and is unwavering.
Cicero is most skilled with a zweihander. He puts immense power into each swing of his two-handed greatsword which if he misses results his sword cutting into the earth. His comrades can attest to his power as he cut the flame mages arm clean off, and finished him off by nearly cleaving him in two at the waist.

Campaign History:
Damnatio Memoriae

Relationships:
Augustin Caesar, friend.

Currency: -

The LEGO T71 Cadillac Motor Car Division Light Tank Project

12 February 2019 - 08:57 PM

Greetings SSLFer's,

From one project unto the next.

The new project is the Cadillac Motor Car Division's version of the T71 light tank, the far more conventional design as compared to the Detroit Arsenal's proposal.

Let us begin with reference pictures:
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Part 1. Current work time: 3 hours. Total work time: 3 hours.

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P1.1: The T71 CMDC is a shorter vehicle than the T71 DA, due to the drive sprocket being in the front, meaning a front mounted transmission, and has a trailing idler like the M7 Medium Tank and M3/M5 Stuart of light tanks.

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P1.2: Like the M7 Medium Tank, the T71 CDMC has 3 differently sloped plates for the front hull. This take me a long time to figure out.

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P1.3: Went back and undid the entire front hull to see if I could figure it out by changing the distance of the lower glacia plate.

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P1.4: I eventually gave up on the slope technique I used on the M6A1 and M6A2E1 HT's and went with a boring plate technique.

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P1.5: I redid the headlights and finished the cupola for the Driver. Getting the fenders all figure out as well.

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P1.6: Again went with a brick solution for the sloping of the rear hull. I quickly learned this vehicle was going to be a challenge even though I was flying through this build.

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P1.7: I considered this done for the rear hull, but went back to add the tail lights to the vehicle. I don't think I have a screenshot of it.

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P1.8: This is when I hit a wall. The turret, not only is the gun mantlet perfectly translate into being 1x1 which makes it hard to do that on a turret that is 8 studs in diameter, but this is also an asymmetrical turret. The Americans loved to make these in the 50's and 60's. Funnily enough, American tanks with oscillating turrets were the only ones with symmetrical turrets at the time.

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P1.8: I copied the T71 DA turret into the file to copy the gun over. They're using the same gun so, yeah. You also see me using a very odd mounting system for the gun. We'll see how that goes.

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P1.9: The turret looks alright...

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P1.10: Here you see that I copied the cupola turret over from the T71 DA onto the T71 CMCD, again they're the same. American's started mounting these fat cupola turrets on all of their tanks to provide the commander access to a MG without exposing himself. I think they're pretty cool, but nowadays we have CROWS on our Abrams'.

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P1.11: Here you see me starting from scratch with a new turret design, while still trying to get the 1x1 gun mantlet to work. The thing about that though is that messes up everything else. So, I think I'm going to ditch trying to get it 1x1 and make it 1x2. Luckily the T71 DA had a 2x2 'gun mantlet'.

Cheers.

The LEGO T71 Detroit Arsenal Light Tank Project

09 February 2019 - 02:12 PM

Greetings SSLFer's.

A project ends, a new one begins.

As you can tell from the topic title my new project is the T71 Detroit Arsenal light tank. It's a rather interesting vehicle with an interesting story as well.

Let us begin with reference photos:
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Part 1. Current work time: 2 hours. Total work time: 2 hours.
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P1.1: As per usual I am starting with the suspension. Fun thing though is that there are no official dimensions for the T71 Detroit Arsenal (DA) light tank. So, I have to guess on everything. I spent a good while trying to figure out how much spacing I wanted between the roadwheels.

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P1.2: How the lower glacia plate of the pike nose attaches to the rest of the hull. I'm basing this on Brickmania's IS-3 Pike heavy tank model. The pike nose is a reference to the shaping of a tank's frontal hull that was invented by the Russians. It premiered on the IS-3 heavy tank, and some countries toyed with this concept.

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P1.3: How the lower glacia plate looks.

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P1.4: Here we jump to the back of the hull. Not very much going on here, primarily focusing on the frontal hull to get the pike nose done.

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P1.5: In this photo you see how I plan to mount the two upper glacis plates to finish off the pike nose. It may be too tall, we'll see. The yellow studs mark the start of the hull leveling out. Green studs denote where the turret starts.

Cheers.

The LEGO M6A1 (T1E1) Heavy Tank Project

15 December 2018 - 05:28 PM

Greetings SSLFer's,
 
For my new project, I will be creating the World War II American heavy tank, the M6A1 (T1E1). This will be the first time I've designed a heavy tank out of LEGO. I have done the M7 MT twice, and got decently far with the T1E2 and T1E3 Cunningham LT's before I lost all my data on them. I may restart those projects soon.
 
At any rate, I suspect this project will be slow going as this tank is quite large and has an interesting suspension system, a small caliber coaxially mounted cannon, multiple hull mounted MG's, and is quite large due to a lot of dead air.
 
This was the first heavy tank that was standardized in the US's history, the first of 3. We have designed many more, but this is the progenitor of standardized American heavy tanks.
 
Once I finish this project, I may create the M6A2E1-1 heavy tank which was based on this chassis/hull and mounted a much larger gun in a much larger turret.
 
We shall see.
 
Again, this will be 1/35th scale to match all my other LEGO tanks and AFV's.
Actual to 1/35th Scale.
Length: 27ft 8in (Gun Forward) to 9.5in at 38 studs.
Width: 10ft 3in to 3.5in at 16 studs.
Height: 9ft 10in to 3.4in at 27 studs.
 
Reference Photos:
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The M6A1/T1E1 by itself.
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M6A1 HT with M5A1 Stuart LT.
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M6A1 HT with M3 Lee MT and M3 Stuart LT.

Cheers.