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"Have a problem? Just MRV it!"

 

About a year ago, I got the Jawa battlepack (mainly to get a 'new' astromech for my rebel forces). I promptly scrapped the sandcrawler for pieces, mostly to help build my Bluecoat gunboat. This still left me with some Technic liftarms and and quite a few 1x2 brackets. I decided to use them to create a Rebel vehicle, specifically some kind of crane to lift astromechs into the my Y-Wings. It was only after I had built it that I came to realize it didn't exactly fit the role right, and so I added a couple of heavy blaster cannons to make it into a sort of combat recovery vehicle. I also wasn't exactly sure if I should label it a speeder or a tracked vehicle, or some kind of combination of both (though I am sort of leaning towards the last one).

Even after this, I still wasn't completely satisfied, and so I went ahead and adapted it into a full-on combat vehicle with some light blaster cannons. I really warmed to the idea since my Imperials had multiple heavy and light vehicles, while the Rebels only had a couple of speeder bikes for any battle scenario. Going with the idea that the Rebels were resourceful and seemingly modified the living daylights out of everything, I went ahead and started other attachments. I couldn't make anything big, but I wanted to make sure the Rebels had some kind of decent firepower. Thus the Scorpius Multi-Role Vehicle was born. :laugh:

 

Originally, I called it the 'Scorpio' (for various reasons, but of course mainly for the shape), though I settled on 'Scorpius' because I wanted 'Scorpio' to be the label of a more 'real world' MOC. The heavy blaster cannons can be replaced with missile launchers [spring shooters]  or grenade launchers [stud shooters] for various configurations, though I feel that the original configuration is the better one.

31945732817_9d6648d9c9.jpgSW Rebel Scorpius MRV (Multi-Role Vehicle) #1 by Jonathan Wallace, on Flickr

 

The quad-blaster cannon is probably my favorite attachment. It can be folded up for storage, and is great for an anti-infantry or anti-aircraft role.

31945733767_87e22e9734.jpgSW Rebel Scorpius MRV (Multi-Role Vehicle) #2 by Jonathan Wallace, on Flickr

 

I kind of feel that the missile launcher is a bit clunky, but I also think it's the best I could do for the small size requirement. I started with something similar to what's on the 2015 Hailfire droid, and then went through a few iterations before settling on the final one (I thought that the one where I had the launchers attached to the sides of the mount looked the best, but it was impractical because of the above size requirement). I also considered a Calliope style launcher, but again, it would be too big.

31945735017_21215cbb58.jpgSW Rebel Scorpius MRV (Multi-Role Vehicle) #3 by Jonathan Wallace, on Flickr

 

For the various weapons attachments, I made a goal to make sure I had at least three types- a blaster cannon, a missile launcher, and some kind of ion weapon. The main reason is force distribution (an ion weapon would kind of even the playing field a bit). This actually stumped me for a while, as any ion gun I could think of would be way too large- indeed it would be more of an artillery piece/base defense turret than anything that could feasibly be placed on anything smaller that an AT-AT or a ship. I looked up some ion cannon turrets, and decided to use the NX-7 as inspiration, as it was (or at least looked) kind of small. The result of that effort became the Imperial version; I redesigned it a bit, and ended up with the below as the final product.

39996894683_c3f1c01b2a.jpgSW Rebel Scorpius MRV (Multi-Role Vehicle) #5 by Jonathan Wallace, on Flickr

 

Finally, we have the original attachment: an electromagnetic crane. This can be folded up as well, even when attached to the rest of the build.

33011843638_f6b651d4b3.jpgSW Rebel Scorpius MRV (Multi-Role Vehicle) #4 by Jonathan Wallace, on Flickr

 

And here's just some rough shots of a Scorpius ambushing an Imperial Cargo Speeder.

46197776774_2617ff417c.jpgSW Rebel Scorpius MRV (Multi-Role Vehicle) #1(R) by Jonathan Wallace, on Flickr

39957889113_00d9c84ece.jpgSW Rebel Scorpius MRV (Multi-Role Vehicle) #2(R) by Jonathan Wallace, on Flickr

46197776084_f163b73d1d.jpgSW Rebel Scorpius MRV (Multi-Role Vehicle) #3(R) by Jonathan Wallace, on Flickr

 

If anyone wants to build this themselves, here's the instructions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p-vc92bWUDP7EzSOOKz6FyKbGDa-kD9u/view

 

And again, any comments/suggestions/feedback would be appreciated. :grin:

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It looks like a vehicle the space pirates would use.  Argh! :pir-classic:

Great job for including a background to this creation!  It offers so much to the experience beyond just the photos.

 

 

 

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@LiLmeFromDaFuture Thanks!

On 2/3/2019 at 2:15 PM, LiLmeFromDaFuture said:

Great job for including a background to this creation!  It offers so much to the experience beyond just the photos.

I wouldn't exactly call it a background, though sometimes I do come up with actual backstories because that's just how my mind works. :tongue:

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