Mad Cat MKII BattleMech
by rikkilambo, published
* modular snap-fit design, no glue required except for the two machine guns
* articulated torso, hips, knees, toes, main guns, and missile pods
* slide-out canopy contains a secret compartment to hide keys, jewelry, and USB memory sticks
* ultra-realistic detail
* mech stands 8" tall
The Mad Cat MK II is a 90-ton assault BattleMech. It uses its speed and firepower to engage an enemy at the range of its choosing. The default configuration of the Mad Cat MK II features hard-hitting ballistics and a well-blended mix of energy and missile weaponry. The Mad Cat MK II's primary weapons are a pair of Gauss Rifles, each of which can strip off a ton of armor at six hundred and thirty meters. The rifles are supported by two LRM-10s which give the Mech indirect fire capability. For short range combat, four ER Medium Lasers can chew up what's left of the opposition. The Mech's primary role is long to medium range combat, with best performance within 450 meters where all of its weapons can reach the opponent.
This model is based on the design by farscape1 (http://www.thingiverse.com/farscape1) and original concept from the MechWarrior franchise, and is engineered for additive manufacturing by Riki Lam. MechWarrior is a profession in the fictional universe of BattleTech, a wargaming and science fiction franchise created by FASA Corporation and currently owned by Topps. MechWarriors are individuals who pilot BattleMechs, large robotic war machines that are central to the BattleTech series.
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Heh, try my improved hip remix! :)
Heh, but all 6 toes are in one file. I virtually never print multiple plated objects; too many problems with a failure yielding no usable parts. I actually split that file so I had one file for a single toe, and printed 6 of them.
If you scale up that 6-toe plate large enough, it won't fit on the print bed. (dang, he must be printing a BIG one)
Yes, they rotate, and have enough friction to "hold a pose". :)
I either measured a printed one of the original, or loaded it into netfabb to measure it. Then, loading them both into Repitier simultaneously, verified they were the same size.
It was easy to install the first one, since I could hold it in place (preventing it from getting pressed in past the rotation groove) from the other side. Inserting the center into the second hip was a little trickier, since the outer pieces want to slant inwards somewhat, allowing them to get pushed in past the rotation groove. But with some persistence I was able to get the second one in.
The waist wound up being a bit loose, I think I scraped a bit too much out of the engine's square recess when I was cleaning out the support material. Since I didn't really want to glue it in, I just wound up wrapping some blue tape around the waist joint part so it jammed tightly into the engine; so far my son hasn't had it come apart on him.
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- Cockpit: print as given
- Instruments: print as given
- Seat: print as given
- Waist-Joint-Down: print as given
- Foot-L, Foot-R: print as given
- Ankle-L, Ankle-R: print as given
- Arm-L, Arm-R: print as given
- Engine: print sideways
- Gun-L, Gun-R: print upside down
- Number: print sideways
- Pod-Insert-L, Pod-Insert-L: print sideways
- Waist-Joint-Up: print sideways
- Missiles: print vertical
- MG-L.stl, MG-R.stl: print with flat part on the ground plane
- Hip-L.stl, Hip-R.stl: print as given, if possible
-=Difficulty: Very Hard=-
- Canopy: print as given, if possible
- Torso-Top: print upside down
- Torso-Bottom: print vertical (thank you BrickSimple)
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