Continuing my designs of the Cougar MRAP, here are my LDD models of the British variants: the Mastiff 2, the Wolfhound, and the Ridgback armoured vehicles. They are built to minifig scale. 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/. The LDD models are available on my Etsy site: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/KurtsMOCs.
About this creation
The Mastiff Protected Patrol Vehicle (PPV) is the British version of the Cougar MRAP 6x6. Force Protection Industries provided the base vehicle and NP Aerospace in the UK integrated the electronics and the British armour package.
The biggest different between the Mastiff and the Cougar is the addition of large vertical armour plates to make the vehicle more effective in combat. For this model, I used the Lego gate and fence elements to recreate the ballistic external armour. Even though the original armour is more dense, I wanted a design solution that appeared to be "added on." While it isn't as authentic in appearance, this solution has some Lego advantages.
Also, weapons are placed at the firing points to provide high levels of survivability and protection from bombs and landmines to patrolling troops.
The Mastiff 2 is an improved version with a better design and fit than the standard Cougar. The Mastiff 2 has an increased crew capacity of 2 + 8. It has bigger axles and suspension. Blast attenuating fold-up seats, improved armour, new situational awareness system incorporating a thermal imager for the driver are the other improvements made.
The Mastiff 2 still uses the Caterpillar C-7 diesel engine, which yields up to 330 shp of power. The Mastiff 2 is good for 90kph at ranges up to 1000-1100 kilometers on road. Still love the top mounted exhaust!
The Mastiff is armed with a 7.62mm GPMG, 12.7mm heavy machine gun or 40mm automatic grenade machine gun. This version has the heavy machine gun. I also changed the turret design from the original Cougar MRAP to better reflect the design of the British variants.
The Mastiff 2 can be used for a wide range of military operations and can be deployed for urban warfare and reconnaissance. In this image, you can see that the top hatches open and how the gate elements have been integrated into the ballistic armour and permits access to the doors on the side and in the rear. This solution gives the model potentially more "playability!"
The Mastiff joined operations in June 2009 and is currently deployed in Afghanistan. Altogether there are 300 Mastiff 2 vehicles in service. Here, you can see the folding seats inside the cabin.
Here is a Mastiff 2 out on patrol.
The Wolfhound Heavy Tactical Support Vehicle (TSV) is a British modification of the Cougar 6x6 and closely related to the Mastiff PPV.
The Wolfhound is used to accompany front line troops and carry essential supplies such as water and ammunition.
For the Wolfhound, I used the same ballistic armour design but had to adapt it to the shortened cabin and flat bed.
The armour wraps around the rear of the cabin. The tailgate of the Wolfhound is operable.
The first Wolfhounds entered service in Afghanistan in October 2010. 130 have been ordered for gun tractor and logistical roles.
Here you can see the operable doors and how the ballistic external armour opens as well.
My version of the Wolfhound is unarmed. The top turret is still operable but there is no weapons system mounted.
A Wolfhound crew looking to lend a hand.
The Ridgback Protected Patrol Vehicle (PPV) is the British version of the Cougar 4x4 and shares a high degree of commonality with the Mastiff 2.
Obviously smaller than the Mastiff, the Ridgback can accommodate a crew of six.
The vehicle includes a British armour package and electronics similar to the Mastiff.
The Ridgback is fitted with BOWMAN communications equipment and force protection counter measures equipment. The cabin can also be sealed to provide NBC protection.
The Ridgback uses the same Caterpillar C-7 diesel engine as the Mastiff 2 and Wolfhound.
Getting the ballistic armour to integrate with the windshield was tricky!
The Ridgback weapons include heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, or remote weapons systems that can be operated from inside via a joystick and camera. As with the Mastiff and Wolfhound models, the Ridgback has operable doors and the ballistic armour opens as well. I had to redesign the rear doors for the Mastiff and Ridgback from the original Cougar MRAP in order to accommodate the ballistic armour.
A Ridgback out on patrol. This version employs the Enforcer Remote Weapons System (RWS). Thanks to Wikipedia, www.armyrecognition.com, and the British Army website for the information and specifications.
Quoting Elliot Chapman
I was wondering if you could give me some tips as to how to build an awesome model like yours(:
Thanks for your comments Elliot. The only tips I can suggest are to keep experimenting and looking at other people's work for inspiration. I like the work that uses Lego in unconventional ways but is also recognizable as a Lego model. If you want particular tips on these models, check out the instructions posted on my Etsy site (the address is above). Good luck and thanks for your support.