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Tyrannosaurus mechs

Stomps around… Shoots big lasers… Eats AT-ATs… Must be a Tyrannomech!
When making a series of Neoclassic Space mechs modelled on dinosaurs, your Tyrannosaur derivative had better be impressive. I hope I’ve achieved that goal.

I always intended the Tyrannomech to be the biggest and baddest of my dinomechs. I was originally thinking it would have a crew of two, one or at most two big guns and a selection of smaller ones. A detachable head spaceship would be an added bonus.

Then I actually started building. Working from the feet up (yeah, possibly a strange place to start, but I grew up in the era before SNOT became the expected norm, and I wasn’t quite sure how to do some of the techniques involving plates used as angled walls) it quickly became clear that this was going to be a considerably larger dinomech than I had originally envisioned.

This is ok, but it creates quite a gap in size between the Raptor and the T-mech. And since nature abhors a vacuum, stay posted…


The Tyrannomech in all its glory

The Tyrannomech, sometimes called the T-mech for short, is the largest dinomech produced by the VLC Corporation and one of the most combat-capable mechs in use anywhere in the Galactic Federation.

Frontal view

Frontal view

A large bipedal walker featuring a detachable reconnaissance spacecraft as the “head” and an elongated balancing tail, the Tyrannomech combines the heavy armament of many quadrupedal walkers with the better speed characteristics of bipeds. Gyroscopically stabilised and with the tail to aid in balancing, the stability problems sometimes associated with large biped walkers have been effectively overcome by Federation engineers.

The big guns fully rotate

The big guns fully rotate

The T-mech has a crew of three and an internal transport bay able to hold up to four troops. It may be controlled solely from either of the dorsal cockpit control stations, or from the head via a specially-designed interface bracket, or functions may be shared between all three stations.

Contains a small internal troop transport bay

Contains a small internal troop transport bay

The main armament is a pair of heavy antimatter lasers mounted on a dorsal turret featuring a unique double boom arrangement. Numerous other lasers and antimatter lasers act as secondary armament: two each on the small “arms”, four on the head mount, two more in a small ventral turret and five on the tail, making the prospect of attacking a T-mech from any angle a dangerous one.

Tyrannomech 3a

After aspect

The reconnaissance spacecraft, known as the R3X fighter, features variable-angle wings and a pair of antimatter lasers as armament. Its primary purpose is to give the T-mech an integral long-range reconnaissance ability.

The R3X fighter detatched

The R3X fighter detatched

The Tyrannomech is not widely used outside of the Saurian Sector. In most of the Federation its design as a dedicated combat mech makes it less attractive to more peaceful Sector Commands requiring a more versatile design. In the dangerous Saurian Sector, however, it provides a much-needed heavy defensive capability.

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A Prickly Customer

Spiky bits. What can you do with them?

They’re very organic, in a prickly, Rodney Matthews sort of way. On the 31032 Red Creatures set in which I got them, they were the claws and horns of the dragon, the teeth of the snake and the fangs and claws of the scorpion. The small piece’s official designation is “horn”, and indeed, they look very menacing as hornlike decorations on the Lego Castle horse’s head armour. The larger piece is officially a “tooth”, and is a lot more bladelike than the small round “horn”.

They’ve been robot claws in the wonderful Neo-Classic Space Exo-Suit (I want this set!), and they’d make an excellent decorative battlement fringe on an evil knight’s castle.

But that’s not what I built first.

Following on from my Quetzalcoatlus, I guess I was in dinosaur mode or something, because all I could think was “Kentrosaurus”.

Kentrosaurus, for those uninitiated into the mysteries of the Dinosauria, is probably the second most famous member of the Stegosaur group. If you’ve heard of only one Stegosaur that isn’t Stegosaurus, chances are good that it’s this one.

Unlike its larger and more famous cousin, Kentrosaurus lacks a proper thagomizer (as the cluster of tail spikes has come to be known); instead having paired spikes at intervals along its tail, from the tail-tip to halfway up its back. So it only has plates along the front half of its back, not all the way down like most Stegosaurs.

In addition, it bears a pair of wicked defensive shoulder spikes to help fend off predators.

So I decided that Stegosaur spines was really rather a good use of all these wonderful spiky bits, and built a Kentrosaurus. It would have looked better with black plates to match the spikes (or white spikes to match the plates), but you work with what you have.

Kentosaurus, Lego-style

Kentosaurus, Lego-style

And from the other side

And from the other side

Unlike my previous Quetzalcoatlus, this Kentrosaurus isn’t remotely minifigure scale. For that, I’d need to shrink it to about the size of a Lego horse, because Kentrosaurus wasn’t all that big. Still, there’s no law requiring that I build to minifig scale.

And standing, just to show off the poseability

And standing, just to show off the poseability

31032 alternate build: Quetzalcoatlus

I recently decided to reward myself for a difficult job completed by splurging just a little on the 31032 Red Creatures set. It’s a nice little set; I’m particularly fond of the dragon and the scorpion is very nice (though the biologist I trained as cringes at its wrong number of legs), though I’m less fond of the snake.

Anyway, having followed typical pattern and built the three things there were instructions for, I decided to see about a fourth alternate.

I’m quite into dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasties, and I was initially thinking about adapting the dragon into a Tyrannosaurus rex, but then I decided that was too similar. Rip the wings off and you virtually have it. So after rejecting the idea I decided to have a go at that monster pterosaur, the Quetzalcoatlus.

Freakishly large flying things. More reasons to love the Cretaceous!

Quetzalcoatlus is awesome in its own right. I mean, the thing stands on its feet and wing-arms as tall as a giraffe, and it flew! And they think it was an aggressive predator that ate some of the smaller dinosaurs, and the young of larger ones.

Anyway, here’s my Lego Quetzalcoatlus, posed on the ground and with the wings and legs arranged for flight. The head might have been more streamlined if I’d had a red 1×1 double SNOT brick to work with for attaching the eyes, but a) I don’t have one of those, and b) I wanted to use only the bricks found in the 31032 set.

Enjoy!

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Sorry about the shaky camera. I got better with taking the photos, really I did.

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One of the great things about this Quetzalcoatlus is that it’s pretty close to properly sized in minifig scale

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Quetzalcoatlus: Lego

Quetzalcoatlus: Lego

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Arranged for flight. Broader wings might have been a little truer to life, but you work with what you have.

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Front view in flight mode.