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Cougar MRAP
Here are my LDD models of the Cougar MRAP infantry mobility vehicle. They are built to minifig scale. I've chosen to build the Cougar H 4x4 and the Cougar HE 6x6 variants. As always, please leave a comment if you like. Enjoy! Check out my flickr page for larger pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118702264@N05/sets/72157651359163443. The LDD models are available on my Etsy site: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/KurtsMOCs.
About this creation

The Cougar is a family of mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) infantry mobility vehicles used by several countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and Iraq for troop and equipment transport. They are designed to be resistant to landmines and improvised munitions. Force Protection produced them until General Dynamics acquired it in 2011.


The Cougar comes in a 4x4 or 6x6 configuration. Here is my version of the Cougar H 4x4 variant.


The Cougar MRAP vehicles incorporate a monocoque V-shaped chassis mounting bullet-proof and blast-proof body. The conventional layout houses an engine in the front, crew cabin in the middle, and features a troop compartment at the rear.


The driver and commander enter and exit the vehicle through the doors on either side of the cab. All of the doors for the vehicle and storage compartments are operable.


The troop compartment is provided with a double door in the rear of the vehicle. The roof is fitted with a standard hatch. Here you can see the rear doors of the Cougar H open and inside to the troop compartment. The top hatch also opens and provides access to the M2 .50 cal machine gun.


Either side of the troop compartment and all access doors are provided with observation windows. This variant of the Cougar H has the M151 Protector Remote Weapons Station (RWS) mounted in place of the manned M2.


The M151 is usually deployed on M1A2 Abrams tanks for the US Army or on the British Mastiff and Ridgeback vehicles. I couldn't resist putting it on the Cougar H though!


The Cougar H has a crew of two (a driver and commander) and can transport up to six infantry. There are usually two powerful air conditioning units fitted to the Cougar in desert climates to make it more comfortable for heavily armoured troops riding inside.


The first Cougars produced in 2004 were called HEV (hardened engineer vehicle), then JERRV (Joint EOD Rapid Response Vehicle), and finally renamed MRAP by 2006. Here is my version of the Cougar HE 6x6.


The 4x4 Cougar H variant is almost 20 ft in length and weighs 32,000 lbs whereas the 6x6 Cougar HE variant is just over 23 ft in length and weighs 38,000 lbs. The Cougar MRAP vehicle is powered by a Caterpillar C-7 diesel engine coupled to a six-speed Allison 3500 SP series automatic transmission. The 330hp engine generates a maximum torque of 1,166nm.


Here is an image of my Cougar's construction. I made the monocoque chassis expandable to accommodate the 4x4 and 6x6 variants. The roof had several iterations, depending upon the weapons configuration, as well as the communications and observation equipment. I even made the Caterpillar C-7 in typical yellow and black. Probably not authentic but, once again, I couldn't resist!


The vehicles are fitted with Hutchinson VFI (Variable Function Insert) runflats on all wheels. The Cougar MRAP has a maximum speed of 105 kph and a range of 675 kms. It can ford a depth of 99cm. The engine exhaust exiting along the roof is awesome!


The proportions and details were difficult to get right at this scale. I made some compromises for simplicity's sake, such as the front fenders have a angled top side in reality.


From this angle, you can see the improvised parasol covering the top gunner from the desert sun.


There are many variations of the Cougar in production and it was difficult trying to find one "standard" example to model. In the end, I chose one example to follow and made a few variants to show the diverse configurations. Here you can see a different communications and observation configuration.


Over 4,000 Cougars in multiple variants have been produced for the US military alone, mostly for the USMC. The British have made their own variants of the Cougar (Mastiff, Ridgeback, Wolfhound) for their deployment in Afghanistan and the Iraqis have acquired over 350 Badger ILAV (Iraqi Light Armored Vehicle) variants. Many other countries have bought Cougar variants in smaller numbers.


Here, two variants of the Cougar HE team up with a Cougar H on patrol. One Cougar HE is fitted with the Panama mine roller. Thanks to Wikipedia and www.army-technology.com for the information and specifications.




Comments

 I made it 
  June 8, 2015
Quoting Henry Tibbetts-Zesbaugh Wow! I love these! I want them!!!
Thanks for the comments Henry and I'm glad you like the models. Check out my Etsy site if you're interested.
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Henry Tibbetts-Zesbaugh
  June 6, 2015
Wow! I love these! I want them!!!
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  June 6, 2015
Quoting Oran Cruzen A great work of Lego "Cougar MRAP" creationism! Lots of features and great pictures.
Thanks Oran! I'm glad you like the models and I appreciate the support.
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  June 6, 2015
A great work of Lego "Cougar MRAP" creationism! Lots of features and great pictures.
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  May 31, 2015
Quoting Kermunklin the Giant Evil House Head Nice! These vehicles look playable, well-designed, very detailed and quite pragmatic. Clearly you have a flair for this sort of thing.
Thanks for your comments Kermunklin! I appreciate the support.
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  May 31, 2015
Nice! These vehicles look playable, well-designed, very detailed and quite pragmatic. Clearly you have a flair for this sort of thing.
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  May 31, 2015
Quoting Florida Shoooter All the variants look splendid! Awesome details and functions on all of them. :) Well done.
Thanks for your comments! I'm glad you like the models and the variations.
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  May 31, 2015
All the variants look splendid! Awesome details and functions on all of them. :) Well done.
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  May 31, 2015
Quoting Lee Barton This is a great replica of a modern beast. The details are fantastic, and I especially like the exhaust system. Great work!
Thanks Lee! I'm glad you like the details. They were tricky at this scale. I really liked the exhaust system on the original so I knew I had to get my interpretation close. It was a fun project!
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  May 31, 2015
This is a great replica of a modern beast. The details are fantastic, and I especially like the exhaust system. Great work!
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  May 30, 2015
Quoting Sasch Weidler Great job and very realistic. the shape and all the details look so perfect. Fantastic work!!!
Thanks for the comments! I'm glad you like the model.
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  May 30, 2015
Great job and very realistic. the shape and all the details look so perfect. Fantastic work!!!
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  May 30, 2015
Quoting adam thelegofan rutland awesome!:D
Thanks Adam!
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  May 30, 2015
awesome!:D
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  May 30, 2015
Quoting Stephan Niehoff A very nice work. Since I get pleasure sometimes to make such a vehicle.I would not be as perfect as you hammer out, but ....
Thanks for your comments Stephan. I would love to see your version of the MRAP!
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  May 30, 2015
A very nice work. Since I get pleasure sometimes to make such a vehicle.I would not be as perfect as you hammer out, but ....
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  May 30, 2015
Quoting Damon Corso Super awesome!! I really dig the parts selection, the build itself is quite crafty, thank you for the blown apart view of the build!
Thanks for the comments Damon. I'm glad you liked the model and the exploded view.
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  May 30, 2015
Super awesome!! I really dig the parts selection, the build itself is quite crafty, thank you for the blown apart view of the build!
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  May 30, 2015
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Magnificent! I love the exploded view that shows the brilliant techniques that went into these vehicles. Most impressive!
Thanks for the positive comments Clayton! I'm glad you like it.
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  May 30, 2015
Magnificent! I love the exploded view that shows the brilliant techniques that went into these vehicles. Most impressive!
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  May 30, 2015
Quoting Jimmie Martinez Bravo On A Job Very Well Done.
Ah ha! Thanks again!
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  May 30, 2015
Quoting Gabor Pauler Very realistic!
Thanks!
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  May 30, 2015
Quoting David Roberts Loads of detail packed into these vehicles. I like how everything works, especially the doors.
Thanks David! I appreciate the support.
  May 30, 2015
Bravo On A Job Very Well Done.
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  May 30, 2015
Very realistic!
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  May 30, 2015
Loads of detail packed into these vehicles. I like how everything works, especially the doors.
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  May 30, 2015
Quoting Jimmie Martinez Excellent job on a very realistic MRAP MOC 10/10. BOAJVWD.
Thanks for your support Jimmie. BOAJVWD??
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  May 30, 2015
Excellent job on a very realistic MRAP MOC 10/10. BOAJVWD.
 
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