Ursa Mech Background
Ursa means “bear” in Latin, and the Ursa mech looks like (drum roll….) a bear. Not the most original concept, but it works for me. It’s a quad legged heavy mech (65 tons) that appears in the Age of Destruction game. There are very few quad mechs in the Battletech universe in general, so one in the heavy class is truly unique. That’s pretty much all the information I could scrape up from the internet regarding the Ursa. Supposedly, it is well stocked in various Clan units, but no one has written much about it. I’m sure if I read all the Battletech books and played the games, I might learn a little more. I’ve always said I was no Battletech expert, and I don’t have the time to become one. If you are reading this, and you have more information about this mech, please enlighten me. The Ursa should not be mistaken for the Ursus, another clan mech, but not four legged.
The Ursa Mech Lego Model
I’ve been singing Primus’ praise for some time now, but not everything he designs is a winner. Primus, if you are reading this, my apologies, but I must be honest. The Ursa is a terrible Lego model. It was quite the exercise in frustration to put it together. It was so unstable that it lasted a whole 30 minutes before I took it apart. Only long enough to be photographed. In the Ursa’s case, pictures can lie. While it looks like a rugged mech standing on its four legs, the reality is much different. The leg joints are held together with four studs, which was barely sufficient to keep it standing. Since the leg pieces are connected together vertically, there is a lot of shearing force being placed on them. That means you have to place the leg in just the right angle, or they will give way (as the model did several times during its photo session).
I was a bit disappointed, because I was eager to build the Ursa for a long time. The large arch pieces which make up its body are not easy to find in sufficient quantities. The head was a disaster, and would not stay in place. The plan called for the head to be built separately and attached to the torso with friction hinges. However, I had to build it from inside the torso because the force of pushing in on the hinges would cause the head to come apart.
Having said this, I still think the model looks cool. I’m glad I have my photos, because I would probably never try to build it again. For comparison to another quad legged mech, check out the Thunder Fox here.
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