Thunder Fox Mech Background
The Thunder Fox is a curious anomaly in the Battletech universe. It is one of the few four-legged mech designs. Battletech enthusiasts obviously favor mechs with bipedal locomotion, although I’m not sure why this would be the case, except for pure esthetic reasons. I tend to think a four-legged machine would offer more stability, especially as a platform for shooting massive guns which produce massive recoil, but why quibble over such minor things, right? Who knows, maybe the Battletech universe is governed by a different set of physical laws.
I could be wrong, but I don’t think the Thunder Fox mech (or any other quad mech for that matter) has ever been represented in a video game. Thunder Fox mech’s sparse history doesn’t reveal or inspire any love for this machine. It is a medium class mech that first came into existence at end of the Jihad. Its designer secretly used the Blue Flame Quad Mech’s specs with other unorthodox designs to conceive the Thunder Fox. The new mech became popular with the newly formed Republic of the Sphere. The Thunder Fox was later exported to Draconis Combine and the Lyran Commonwealth. By the 3130s, the design became popular with splinter groups and pirates, where it served for a long time.
Despite being quad legged, the Thunder Fox has a top speed of only 64 k.p.h. To make up for its slow speed, the mech is fitted with jump jets which can propel it over 90 meters at a time. It is armed with a combination of guess rifle and lasers.
The Thunder Fox Mech Lego Model
I’m definitely not a mech purist, because I think the Thunder Fox looks really cool. It has an anthropomorphic design that I wish was found in other mech models. This is one of the things which drew me to the Lego model, which was one of my first serious efforts at executing a Primus plan. I can’t say the build went very smoothly because I ran out of black and yellow 1×2 plates before completion. The model uses a lot of them. I wound up replacing many black 1×2 plates with dark gray ones. Tip to other builders: don’t underestimate the number of pieces you will need for each build.
I expected that it being a four-legged model, the Thunder Fox would be more stable. Not the case. I found the Technic axle joints connecting the legs to the torso did not provide enough resistance, and had to be replaced with friction joints. In fact, I would recommend that you not tackle this model unless you have these pieces:
- Technic Rotation Joint Ball Loop with Two Perpendicular Pins with Friction
- Technic, Brick Modified 2 x 2 with Pin Hole, Rotation Joint Ball Half (Horizontal Top)
- Technic, Brick Modified 2 x 2 with Pin Hole, Rotation Joint Ball Half (Vertical Top)
This is the only way the model could stand up. Otherwise, it would look like it was crawling on its knees and elbows and doing some yoga pose. “Begging fox” is not a worthy description for such a fine machine. My modifications didn’t alter the appearance of the model that much, and actually made the entire torso assembly more secure because I was forced to replace some of the smaller plates with bigger ones with more studs.
The main gun, missile launcher, and legs were very detailed, as were the feet. I liked the Thunder Fox so much I kept it around for a few weeks, even after I had photographed it. I broke it up with some hesitation, and only because I needed its plates for other builds. Check out the Tarantula and the Stalking Spider, two other quad Battletech mech designs.
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