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Hi all!

I'm mostly a technic moc builder, and during the last few years, I didn't post about anything except technik, but now I'd like to present my mini tanks and self propelled guns. The theme is the first world war, except a few, there will be posted mocs only about real tanks. Prototypes, which were built in relality (but never seen combat), also can be found here.

My concept: all tanks (no SP guns, because there was one-two prototypes only) are built in more or less microfig scale, my reference is the Tiger1 german tank, it's 6 studs wide, so 6 stud is 3,7 meter. So 1 meter is eqaul to 1,62 studs. The width is determinative, the smallest tanks are 3 studs wide, the small ones are 3-4, the mediums are 4-5. The heavy and super heavy tanks have 6 or 7+ width.

All mocs in this topic are built only digital so far, but I'm planning to make them in reality, too, as my financial status and time allows.

All tanks were made in LDD, and rendered with Pov-ray. I will update this topic frequently, as a new tank is done. Sooner or later I'll post also real pictures beside renders. :classic:

Some tanks requires special stickers and thchniques (like covering a part to be in the requested color, or connect the tracks with strings), I will write that in these cases. I tried to use only real colored parts (except few cases, where they are covered with stickers).

I tried to catch the characteristics of tanks, instead of being 100% proportional, but I tried to make them as proportional, as possible in this size. Sometimes there aren't a lot of possibilities to make proportional, for example: the tank should be 4,5 studs wide. Width can only be a round number, so a tank which should be 4,5 w, is disproportionate already.

Main folder of all tanks:

http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=548239

I render one picture about one tank, if you want to see more, ask for it, I can make more in LDD, or render about the requested part/viewpoint.

There will be a lot of mocs, so I also opened a topic for WW2 tanks, see here:

http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=100891

The tanks:

1. Renualt Ft-17:

French light tank, mother of all modern tanks, the first one with 360° rotatable turret. Was quite fast and effective. Info: http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Renault_FT

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Big picture: http://www.brickshel...nualt_ft-17.png

It's a typical 3 studs wide very little tank, but thanks to it's individual shape, can be recognize easily.

2. Mark IV (male version):

The first british tank in combat, very iconic and famous. Had no suspension and was pretty big with more than one guns. Info: http://en.wikipedia....ki/Mark_IV_tank

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Big picture: http://www.brickshel...-IV/mark-iv.png

The front shape around the tracks is very special, angled and rounded, I think brick technique is better here than plates. There isn't a lot of variations from hoses, the big cannons standard 3mm wide (like in most of my tanks), the smaller machine guns are screw drivers.

I'm planning to make all significant ww1 tanks, like K-wagen, Tsar tank, A7V, Gun carrier Mark 1, Whippet, Saint Chamond, etc...

to be continued... :classic:

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Hi all!

I'm mostly a technic moc builder, and during the last few years, I didn't post about anything except technik, but now I'd like to present my mini tanks and self propelled guns. The theme is the second world war, except a few, there will be posted mocs only about real tanks. Prototypes, which were built in relality (but never seen combat), also can be found here.

My concept: all tanks and SP guns are built in more or less microfig scale, my reference is the Tiger1 german tank, it's 6 studs wide, so 6 stud

is 3,7 meter. So 1 meter is eqaul to 1,62 studs. The width is determinative, the smallest tanks are 3 studs wide, the small ones are 3-4, the mediums are 4-5. The heavy and super heavy tanks have 6 or 7+ width.

All mocs in this topic are built only digital so far, but I'm planning to make them in reality, too, as my financial status and time allows.

All tanks were made in LDD, and rendered with Pov-ray. I will update this topic frequently, as a new tank is done. Sooner or later I'll post also real pictures beside renders. :classic:

Some tanks requires special stickers and thchniques (like covering a part to be in the requested color, or connect the tracks with strings), I will write that in these cases. I tried to use only real colored parts (except few cases, where they are covered with stickers).

I tried to catch the characteristics of tanks, instead of being 100% proportional, but I tried to make them as proportional, as possible in this size. Sometimes there aren't a lot of possibilities to make proportional, for example: the tank should be 4,5 studs wide. Width can only be a round number, so a tank which should be 4,5 w, is disproportionate already.

Main folder of all tanks:

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=548239

I render one picture about one tank, if you want to see more, ask for it, I can make more in LDD, or render about the requested part/viewpoint.

There will be a lot of mocs, so I also opened a topic for WW1 tanks, see here:

http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=100890

The tanks:

1. Tiger 1 (Panzer VI):

This was the first one in my series, it's my favourite german tank, and porbably the most famous of all tanks. Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_I

panzervi_800x450.png

Big picture: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/mbmc137/Mini-Tanks/Tiger-1/panzervi.png

This version is the latest, I made a lot of modification about it to reach this form. This moc is the size reference to all other, so I tried to do my best. The real Tiger1 is immensely wide (even wider than the Panzer VIII Maus, which is three times heavier!), and surprisingly tall, so it's a relatively big one in this serie.

It's suspension conatins two rows of rollers, each roller is a 1x1 round plate. Pov-ray don't know "peral dark gray" and "flat silver" colors, this is the reason they are dark bluish gray.

2. Sturmtiger (Sturmpanzer VI):

It's a heavy SP gun based on Tiger1, with an insanely big, 380 mm naval rocket launcher. Since I had the Tiger1 base, I had to make it also.

Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturmtiger

sturmtiger_800x450.png

Big picture: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/mbmc137/Mini-Tanks/Sturmtiger/sturmtiger.png

The 2x2 holed round tile is one of the few exceptions of real colored part, I'm planning to cover it with tan colored stickers.

3. T-34:

Soviet medium tank, one of the most succesfuls in the ww2. Very iconic and famous, it shouldn't be missing from here.

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Big picture: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/mbmc137/Mini-Tanks/T-34/t-34-85.png

The big rollers are very characteristic, and they have a specific look, a bit similar to car rims. So I decided to connet some Lego rims to 3 mm rigid hoses (tight hoses hold the wheels enough "strongly", but, yes, a bit weak connection). This roller part and the holders were very difficult to make, consumed about 80 % of the construction time.

4. Panzer 38t:

German (originally Czech construction) light tank, was very succesful. Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzer_38%28t%29

panzer38t_800x450.png

Big picture: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/mbmc137/Mini-Tanks/Panzer-38t/panzer38t.png

Nothing special here. This is a small tank, so it was harder to make proportional (should be 3,5 s wide).

I'm planning to make all significant ww2 tanks/sp guns, like panther, the whole panzer series, king tiger, t-35, kv-2, Karl Mörser, T28/T95, sherman, jagdpanzers, ... etc.

to be continued... :classic:

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Absolutely Terrific!

To create these from so few bricks and still have them be instantly recognisable is amazing.

Edited by grum64

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I LOVE all your tanks! They are just pure amazing, I cannot wait for the other builds to be posted!

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Thanks all. :classic:

3. A7V:

First german tank in combat, famous in ww1 theme. It was quite unsuccesful, but became on of my favourites in ww1. Easy to recognize from it's angular shape. Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A7V

a7v_800x450.png

Big picture: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/mbmc137/Mini-Tanks/A7V/a7v.png

It was easy to build until the front part, there 3 plates connect to each other in the original, gave me a lot of thinking. Fortunately, it's longitudinally symmetric, copying parts worked.

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Thanks all. :classic:

New tanks:

5. King Tiger (or Tiger II, Panzer VI ausf. B, Königstiger):

Heavy tank, used mostly in the end of ww2. Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_II

king-tiger_800x450.png

Big picture: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/mbmc137/Mini-Tanks/King-Tiger/king-tiger.png

Has 9 (as the original) overlapped rollers, angled front and back, angled side armor. It's a tricky build because of the lot of angles, but it's size helps to hide the connector bricks. Contains 227 parts.

6. Jagdtiger:

German heavy tank destroyer, built in the Tiger II chassis. Was unreliable, but had insane firepower with the 128 mm gun.

"It was the heaviest armored fighting vehicle used operationally during World War II and is the heaviest tank ever to achieve series production." --> : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagdtiger

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Big picture: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/mbmc137/Mini-Tanks/Jagdtiger/jagdtiger.png

Built on the King Tiger's undercarriage, with little modification in the front. I added a gun holder. The parts count is the same as the King Tiger, 227. I was happy because I could use the 51739 wedge plate ( http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=51739 ), with that the front of the turret is close to the original.

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Nice tanks! The Panzer is amazing, and I never even knew about the Jagdtiger. Please keep doing these!

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7. Panzerkampfwagen VIII - Maus

German super heavy tank, two prototypes were finished, one was destroyed. Had two guns, a large 150, and a standard 75 mm. Weights 188 metric tons.

Info: http://en.wikipedia....anzer_VIII_Maus

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Big picture: http://www.brickshel...erviii-maus.png

It was pretty hard to build, despite it's relatively simple form. The front part is the most tricky with the track covering. The fuel tanks in the back are made from technic pistons, a standard 2 stud long black technic pin can be put into two of them, it holds them together. This unit is held by the cheese slopes. I put one more piston in this picture:

http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=6165768

Edited by Mbmc

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4. K-Wagen

WW1 German super heavy tank prototype. It was almost finished until the end of the war. The germans partly copied the british tanks, here, most of the weapons are in sponsons.

Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-Wagen

It's a big one with lot of details, so I made two pictures:

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Big: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=6165760

k-wagen02_800x450.png

Big: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=6165762

Overall it was a challenging build, a lot of work. The middle part was easy, only the track position was tricky, I think it looks good when the first and last track part is positioned/held by strings, pressed between the gray bricks. The shape of sponsons gave me a lot of thinking, in this size they have special stud dimensions, angles. I tried to catch the rounded and angled shape of the original sponsons. (The top of them can be covered with dark bluish gray stickers to have no gaps between them and the body.)

Hope you like it. :classic:

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More awesome tank designs from you 'Mbmc'.....the Mark IV is the best one in my opinion......Brick On ! :grin:

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Thx. I was a bit surprised that there was no Lego K-wagen before my build (I didn't find any with google pics and brickshelf). Maybe the reason is, it's not so popular/famous, but I like the shape and it's idea in WW1. --> must build :classic: If you have any suggestions to make it better, let me know.

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Panzer 3 and it's variants:

8. Panzerkampfwagen III

German standard battle tank, used widely during WW2. Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzer_III

panzeriii_800x450.png

Big picture: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=6165764

I think these car rims look very similar to the original one in Pz3. Even the center looks authentic, like Lego would made this exactly for this usage. It has characteristic tracks and wheel sizes, I tried to catch them.

9. Stug III

Tank destroyer based on the Panzer III chassis. Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturmgesch%C3%BCtz_III

stugiii-800x450.png

Big picture: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=6165769

Essentially it's a little modification of my panzer 3. The only challenge was, how to place the gun to to be low.

10. StuIG 33B

Also a tank destroyer on Pz3 chassis, but much bigger, with much more firepower than Stug 3. Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturm-Infanteriegesch%C3%BCtz_33B

stuig-33b_800x450.png

Big picture: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=6165771

It was a more challanging build, tank destroyers with angled side armor and big upper part are always more challanging than they seems to be at first look. The picture tells a lot. I used the "big gun" (technic pin connector), it's 150 mm, like the Maus has. If the original has bigger than 120 mm, I use this part as main gun. A bit big, but somehow I have to differentiate the guns. (standard 75-90 mm gun is the 3 mm flex hose)

Should I change something on them? What do you think? I'm courios about your opinion.

If anything isn't clear (e.g. how are they assembled), feel free to ask.

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Please, Please, PLEASE! make a Panzer IV! These tanks are wonderful, and nice representations of slightly obscurer tanks :classic:

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