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Halftrack Conversion Concept by Rob-Cavanna Halftrack Conversion Concept by Rob-Cavanna
Collab w/ :iconltla9000311: Going back to 2011! :ashamed:
3D Sketchup model by him + my Photoshop retouch.

Originally inspired by the Methane Wanzer from Front Mission 3: [link]

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Bipedal Mech converted from M16 AA Halftrack. Grenade launchers mounted onto old front wheel rotors + 4 x .50cal MGs. Engine is pre-mounted in the leg assembly-conversion kit, underneath the chassis for better balance and lower center of gravity. Old engine compartment used primarily for storage. Most arduous aspect of the conversion process is actually remounting the Machine gun turret to the vehicle's center, but this adjustment is necessary for maintaining balance and stability.

The M16 convert was originally intended as stopgap for providing mobile AA support for fast moving mech formations. The economical walking kit was designed for expedient conversion of all M3-based halftracks in the field. Steadily growing Allied air superiority throughout WWII lessened the need for such a vehicle, and the M16 was more often drafted into use as an assault weapon used against enemy infantry.

Other versions of the M3 Halftrack convert are ideal for mech support, with all the versatility of the original M3, plus the added mobility of a bipedal walking rig:

-Personnel carrier
-Assault gun platform
-AT gun platform
-Supply vehicle
-Ambulance

Most notable, however, is the Mech hand weapon support vehicle, which can saunter up to an Anthro mech and facilitate the exchange of hand equipped weapons mid-battle, completely altering the combat capabilities of the heavy hitters when a change of tactics is needed most.
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:icontinclanker:
TINCLANKER Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Mean no offense but I would rather ride in the tracked version, as a walker movements be just crazy in rock you up and down as it moved along. 
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MilitaryFanboy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Those mortars would likely be unable to move in the vertical sense so they would most likely aim the whole track conversion in the general direction of the enemy and unload the munitions they have loaded in a spray and pray fashion cause allowing vertical seems to be to much of a hassle and aiming the dang things would likely be too convoluted for the G.I.'s to even attempt.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Nah, they can go vertical. They're mounted right on the old wheel hubs, so no problem. Could eve use the old steering wheel for left/right traversal. Then airplane style depression of the wheel for elevation. Fenders have been removed, so they can could go almost 90 degrees up. If GI's can be taught range finding with other equipment, I don't think they'd have a problem here. Remember, they were mostly young lads. Some who'd only ever driven tractors (if anything) before being put in a tank. And most folks didn't even know what a tank was at the time. Most of the tech was new to everyone, but they adapted. Especially when your ass is on the line. 

I mean, if GI's can learn to improvise by aiming artillery point blank, or experimenting w/ ricochet fire, they'd figure this gear out too. They'd have lots of practice. 
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:iconmilitaryfanboy:
MilitaryFanboy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
-Vertical movement seems to be to much of a hassle and aiming the dang things would likely be too convoluted for the G.I.'s to even attempt.                                                                          Sorry about that.
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Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I love the grenade launchers. They are a nice touch.
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Nice conversion!
That's cool to put the legs at the center, though it might be a little unbalanced but that's ok, i think because it's an AA that not built to run with speed. And somehow, i like it this way :-)
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Thanks, man!
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:iconflaketom:
flaketom Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Holy shit! Really great color job (and whatever else) you did on this one! Really love it!
Especially dig the mortar gun shields! Love the form and the platforms to access them! Amazing!
Oh and sorry I don't come to reply to your emails, hate it when that happens, but I am drowning in work right now. Will see I'll manage later!
Cheers
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
:laughing: I was hoping for that reaction from you. Glad to hear it. Had some time on Saturday, so I finally sat down determined to wrap it up. There were things I wanted to tweak, but decided to forget it, stop fussing so damn much, and just finish something for once.

Much credit goes to Todd for the modeling. Stuff like the platforms was his idea. Thinking of doing a step by step tutorial to show the collab process. So folks can see who did what.
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Very nice. Looks like it would be a good light fire support vehicle for infantry advances too.

My only thought for improvement is that it might be a bit front heavy with the engine in the front and the flat bed in back. Maybe add an armoured fuel tank at the back for balance? Just a thought. (then again I can't see the underbelly so it may be properly balanced already)

But, it's a great render and touchup anyway. :D
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
You had the right thought about it being front heavy. Check out the description. Engine has been moved as part of conversion.
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:iconwastelander7:
Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Ah so! Sorry bout that chief!
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
NP. :D

In Todd's original model, the hood was flipped open, showing the ammo storage, and revealing the missing engine.
Thinking of showing it in a step by step tutorial thing. "Anatomy of a Collab".
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:iconwastelander7:
Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
/THAT/ would be very cool!
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Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Another awesome vintage Mech design by Rob, awesome job man :D :D
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Thank you. :D
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ltla9000311 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow Rob! That looks absolutely stunning!
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Thanks for the assist, Todd! :highfive:
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:iconltla9000311:
ltla9000311 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are more than welcome! I hope I can find the time to really sit down and work on a couple of soviet SPG's.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
That would be very cool, but no pressure. I think every OPDS contributer is drowning in work right now. Are you thinking of a multiped, or a destroyer type deal?

:iconstrohkopff: is working on a light Soviet mech destroyer right now, based on the SU-76. He had a great point about the fact that in Russian, tanks are 'he' and destroyers are 'she'. So a more feminine feel is a good idea for the Red mech destroyers. I sort of decided that it might be cool to reuse the hull of "Kirov" as the basis for the medium Soviet mech destroyer. And I saw something on DA lately that gave me a long awaited starting point for a ISU-152 inspired heavy mech destroyer. The big tittied grandma. Anton has the ballerina. :D

AND Thomas just hit me w/ some IS3-based heavy mech WIP. The Commissar. Very badass. So the Ruskies will be getting a nice boost in their mech lineup soon. Which they probably deserve.

Germany had AFV diversity AND quality. Russia had diversity and QUANTITY. I think America just had quantity. But it worked out well enough.

Ok, sorry for blabbering! And thanks for your help!!
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Alberthein1 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
At first I thought wheels would be better for mobility, but this is a completely different thing all together. Not to mention wheels do not provide the right grip for the guns it uses.
As is, it can be a very useful tool in the hands of those who know how to operate is properly.
Well done mate. Well done...
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OtakuBouzu Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
....remind me a lot to Methane Wanzer of Front Mission 3.

But this is a legit, purpose built fighting machine.
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Been a long time since I saw this last! Looks awesome! :D
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I'm impressed that you remember! It has indeed been a while. Thanks. :thanks:
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AntonMoscowsky Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely nice! What guns are mounted on head?
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
4 x .50cal machine guns midship, Some sort of grenade/mortars mounted where the front wheels used to be. Not totally sure about ammo size/type there. But they have a revolver style magazine.
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:iconantonmoscowsky:
AntonMoscowsky Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah I see. Nice,Rob! Keep it up!
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Thanks, Anton. :thanks:

BTW, have you thought of any good Russian female mech destroyer names?

For the very heavy ISU-152 inspired one, what do you think of the name, Babuska? Too silly?
Think big saggy armored tits. :P
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:iconantonmoscowsky:
AntonMoscowsky Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hm. Today was my last exam and now I am more or less free for creative and arts =)

'Babushka'... hm it means 'Grandmother', but in this way 'Babulya' meant smt like 'Granny' - just in cute way.:meow:
I will think about it some more.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
That could work. I could even design a head that looks a bit like its wearing a granny scarf. A hooded sort of look like this: [link]

Hope you kicked ass on those exams! :thumbsup:
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:iconantonmoscowsky:
AntonMoscowsky Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do not sure about it needs be stylized but try it.
The anouther one name is pretty commin for us and it can be 'Marusya' - variant of mane 'Maria'.

Sure. I kicked 'em all!
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Mechanox Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I was wondering when were you go and show this light-afw. Awesome work and explanation.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Been sitting in my "to do" folder for a while. Makes sense to complete almost-finished work before starting more from scratch. Not to mention capitalizing on the great help I had. Thank you!
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great Rob!!!!!
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
My thanks, Uswin. :D
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JetJakal-of-NeoMu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Pro Level :)
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Thanks, man!
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EricJ562 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very interesting concept....
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