Mining Mech Background
In the Battletech universe, the Mining mech is another in a series of internal combustion engine (ICE) powered mechs which are designed for civilian purposes. It is used for low-G mining on asteroids. If this were the case, why internal combustion? Since when did low-G space rocks support atmospheres? Did I miss something from 7th grade science? The mining mech’s “tools” consist of a giant chain-saw drill on its right arm, and a smaller drill on the left that looks no less menacing. It also has industrial lasers to assist it with mining operations. The Mining mech is armored, but only for the purpose of protecting its driver against space debris and meteor strikes.
Although the Mining mech is too slow and ill-armed to be considered a war machine, there are accounts of it being used in combat situations. Creative (or sadistic?) Mechwarriors have been known to use its drill saw to open up enemy mechs like a giant can opener. This is only possible if the Mining mech were supported by other mechs, which would keep the enemy pinned while the Mining mech closed in to do its job. This is not the most efficient way to get a kill, but it may be worth it if you were more interested in inflicting the maximum amount of humiliation. If you want to become an instant legend among warriors, earning the nickname “Kill-Drill” with this mech might be a way to do it.
The Mining Mech Lego Model
The Lego model of the Mining mech below was designed by Primus. It was so ridiculous and over-the-top that I had to build it. First of all, what’s the deal with the tracks on its feet? If you’re going with tracks, why make them so tiny? Why bother with tracks when you have feet? Why does it need tracks in low-G environments? Is this supposed to be a mech version of skates? The tracks were absurd, yet irresistibly cool at the same time. The feet assembly, consisting of LEGO and Technic tracks and sprockets, gave me the most trouble because they were (a) hard to find, and (b) very flimsy. I had to construct some (hidden) cross bracing to ensure the tracks and sprockets did not collapse on themselves. Not a big deal, but something to keep in mind if you’re interested in building this model. The chain-saw drill was genius. I will never look at 1×2 slopes the same way again. The smaller drill bit was no less brilliant. I couldn’t decide which one I liked better, so it’s a good thing the Mining mech mounts both. I really like this model, even though I think the ideas behind the mech make no sense. I make the same complaints about most Battletech vehicles, but no one listens to me. There’s a MOD version of the mining mech which I will build sometime in the future.
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