"Blackjack" Mobile Ballistic Nuclear Missile Launcher
About this creation
The Blackjack is often seen as a the ugly duckling of the fleet, but when you pack this much firepower, you don't need to have looks on your side. Sporting ten nuclear tipped ballistic missiles, a single Blackjack unit can deliver more devastation than an entire army can, ten times over. The need for a weapon like this came from stubborn resistance that simply refused to give up, which resulted in having to pour manpower and allocate valuable armour to put them down for good. This also resulted in an unacceptable level of losses when facing an enemy that would choose death over surrender, so a solution was desperately needed. With the Blackjack, you can clear large spaces of open ground without a single friendly casualty. Although this weapon is extremely effective at it's specific task, it does come with some major drawbacks, the first being that when you unleash a weapon with such a magnitude of destruction, it's inevitable that your enemy will employ some kind of equal counter, and the thought of nuclear tipped missiles flying around is no good to anyone. The second issue is when you deploy a missile, if you were to fire them off whenever you met a pocket of resistance, you'd end up with a barren wasteland that's useless to everyone, so for this reason, none of the crew of the Blackjack can actually launch a missile, without permission, and launch codes from a Command Center, this eliminates any chance of missiles being fired on friendly units should the Blackjack ever be captured by the enemy.
The Blackjack itself is a mobile and agile vehicle, weighting in at around 16 tonnes, it has a fantastic power to weight ratio, fitted with a 365hp turbo charged diesel engine, and a six speed automatic gearbox, meaning that it can move from location to location quickly, deploy it's payload, then relocate to avoid detection. It has no armour to speak of, but the crew compartment itself is lightly armoured, and does have bulletproof windows, but nothing a .50 caliber weapon would struggle with. As this vehicle operates far behind the front line, and is often part of convoys, or other small specific launch groups, it's rarely deployed alone. The Blackjack has also proven to be a mechanically reliable vehicle, with low maintenance, and easy to work on.
The unit only needs a crew of three, including a driver, who doubles as a body guard, ensuring that the Blackjack does not fall into enemy hands. He has a rifle which is attached just behind the crew compartment. On board is also two missile technicians, they are responsible for launching the missile, only once they have received the launch codes, and have been given permission to fire. They are responsible for confirming the target, sending the data packet to the missile, launching, and then monitoring the missile in flight, until it reaches it target. Each missile has a maximum flight time of five hundred miles. The unit can also be reloaded in the field, but needs to dock at a field re-arming station in order to do so, which can be swiftly erected at any temporary base camp.
Quoting eric s
You bet! And rest assured I checked out the following pics too! Excellent to see your influences - one of these days I am absolutely going to get around to designing my own Metal Gear REX!
I'll be keeping an eye out for that! Get to it! =D
Quoting Martin Larin
where did you get millitary green colored legos?
This isn't actually a real model, it's just created from a computer program called Lego Digital Designer, then rendered using POVRAY. The end result is a creation that on quick glance can look quite real. But to answer your question, from the LDD colour palette, this is 138 Sand Yellow. Thanks for looking!
Quoting eric s
Sorry but I rated this 5/5 off the first pic xD Love your military stuff. Anywhere in particular you get your inspiration?
I get inspiration from everywhere really, but I would have to say that my biggest inspiration comes from old computer gams, the Super Nintendo, the Sega Mega drive, the Nintendo 64, the Playstation 1. They all had such cool looking military vehicles. I just kinda mush all my influences and ideas together in my head, and out comes one of my creations. Thanks for looking!
Quoting Kenji !
Really cool stuff. I wish these were in production! What was your inspiration?
I saw a vehicle like this, where the missile section raised up to reveal hidden missiles, about ten years ago, maybe even more, on a Playstation 1 game, I can't for the life of me remember the name. LDD has given me the opportunity to build Lego even when I don't have much real Lego, so I just build models loosely based on things I have seen over the years, but haven't had the resources to create. Thanks for looking!
Quoting Ron Dayes
That thing looks massive, yet still fitting into minifig scale. Cool techniques everywhere, really liking the front view! A great military build
It actually turned out a little bigger than I was expecting, but I had to make the crew compartment and chassis fit the scale of the launcher section, but it all turned out hunky dory. Thanks for looking!
Quoting John Fink
Excellent build. The rockets were so well hidden, and I love all the details.
A loose idea was that when the launcher is closed, this could just look like an unimportant logistics vehicle and avoid being targeted. Also I don't like it when my stuff gets dusty. Thanks for looking!