Fantastic work, I'm looking forward to see the LDHT finnished! Good job!
To date I have made two versions of the Coalition Mark V; the first with the Lego Creator XP software, the second with Lego Digital Designer v1.2. The reason why I made another is simple. Though the first one had a spectacular interior design and very good Lego dudes to work with, its exterior wasn't as nice as I liked. This version is more streamlined and porportionally correct, (not perfectly, but vastly improved). Also, because the original version couldn't be imported to the new software, and that put a crimp on my plans to use it, the Enforcer I made, and the forthcoming Spider Skull Walker to make a complete Death's Head Transport, which is supposed to carry all three. Regardless, I’m getting ahead of myself. The version below carries the flie name v2.1, becasue while almost done with v2.0, Lego Inc. sent out an expansion patch for the program allowing for far superior Lego Dudes and some much needed control pannel bricks, among other things. Consequently a refit was called for.
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In profile it’s easier to see that this rendering of the Mark V is slightly taller than that in the original illustration. However, in terms of ratios of scale it’s actually almost dead on the APC’s listed stats. Also if your familiar with the original you can see that I went with side lasers more resembling those of the Mark VII Slayer instead of those of the Mark V’s twin barrel design. I went that route because, A) it wasn’t working out the other way, and B) I think it just plain looks cooler that way. =^) ~~~
With the tail end not depicted in the original illustration and not described in the canon text, I opted to put a large door on the back that would enable the APC to transport cargo that’s larger than a standing man. Power armors and the like that are up to 12-feet tall, or stacks of cargo in that range, can easily be fitted into this area and have even easier access to the outside in a moment’s notice.
The tall door is shown open at a 90-degree angle (though it’s capable swinging a fill 180 if need be) allowing access to the rear’s interior, but only Human sized objects or people can go in too deeply. If more room is needed the rear seats can be removed and the ladder/rung-steps to the second level can be elevated out of the way.
Because it’s just a wee bit too cramped in the crew compartment and get a screen capture of its inner layout, I instead decided to strip off the top and get a cut-away exposed shot.
The area for the Platoon’s Lieutenant (left bald) and Platoon Sergeant (given the stocking hat) at the rear of the top deck comes with better visibility through its narrow windows, (offset so snipers don’t have an easy shot at the back of their heads). Each of the area’s two seat has its own data display and intercom on the forward wall that can be used to talk to the troops below of the APC’s or crew, or alternately the APC’s communications officer can patch it into an outside radio signal. Also the monitors can be used for entertainment or write up reports. If this particular APC isn’t carrying the platoon’s top leadership, these seats may be occupied by the platoon’s communications officer and weapons specialist.
Just inside of the crew compartment, beyond the security door, are the two gunners’ stations that can operate any of the Mark V’s weapons remotely, including the hatch guns. However, because the pilot and co-pilot have a better view of what’s in the APC’s path up front they often have control over the mini-missiles and auto-cannons. In the center of the crew compartment is the communications system. On the this side there is a dedicated receiver and video monitor that can be used by others imposing a minimal disruption to the APC’s communications officer, (the officer acts as an operator, making the connection and routing it to that side).
From this angle it’s easier to see the gunnery stations and the business side of the sophisticated communications system. The large coms system is located in the center of the crew compartment, as opposed to being against one of the walls, to ensure that damage to the APC’s exterior does not readily transfer to the crucial system. Also, by placing the communications officer in the middle of the cabin he or she can more easily hear and relay messages from all around. On each wall there is a shallow storage cabinet. The larger double-door one of contains food for the crew, and the other stores (see previous pic) has a small armory for the crew’s protection should they need them.
The front end of the Mark V went through several changes to get it as sleek as possible while maintaining the aggressive look and feel the vehicle deserves.