Raven Mech Background
The Raven mech cuts an ominous profile, with its swept back canopy and slightly bowed nosecone. It resembles its namesake. Real life ravens are known for their intelligence. They are incredibly perceptive and can retain information for many years. The same can be said for Battletech Ravens. They are, first and foremost, electronic intel gatherers. Their suite of electronic equipment weighs more than seven tons, which is almost twice as much as the armor they carry. Ravens are crammed to their beaks with gear, equipment, and stuff that will allow them to do their jobs—electronic surveillance and electronic counter-measure (ECM). Raven mechs are the eyes, ears, and noses of their parent units. Ravens are the best at what they do, and are one of the most technologically advanced mechs fielded by the Inner Sphere units. With only a small missile launcher and two lasers to defend itself, the Raven was clearly not designed to do battle with other mechs. While their speed is good, their armor and weaponry are not ready for prime time. Pitting a Raven against a combat mech would be foolhardy and a waste of its capabilities. It would be like sending an AWACS aircraft to shoot down a MIG 29.
Having said that, I still enjoyed the video below of a Raven mech in pitched combat with a couple of Owens. In the hands of a really capable pilot using smart tactics, the Raven can hold its own.
The Raven Mech Lego Model
The Raven mech Lego model featured here was enjoyable to build, with no real issues which needed to be addressed. Everything came together as if it were a regular kit that The Lego company might have designed. That’s the thing that always impresses me about the plans Primus has produced. They are top notch and ingenious in their use of different pieces. It seems as if Primus has an encyclopedic knowledge of all the thousands of different pieces Lego has produced throughout the years. He always seems to manage to use the right piece, in the right order, for the right effect. Amazingly, he builds his models on a computer with a CAD program, and not with physical bricks. When I build something, I need to be able to “play around” with the pieces to come up with the right look. I find moving pieces around on a computer screen to be a chore and not fun at all. Yet, this is how Primus says he does it, and he still manages to come up with great results. The Raven mech model is another one of his CAD designed models.
The version of the Raven mech depicted by this Lego model appears in Mechwarrior 4. There are other variations of the Raven which I will post in the future. The Lego model stands firm and square. Its cockpit skews slightly upwards, simulating the proud and aloof posture of real raven. The thing just looks great. It’s so realistic you almost feel like hopping in the cockpit to take it for a test drive. I like it so much I plan to re-build it in the future in another color scheme. A highly recommended build.
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