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The WW2 Allied airborne light tank, the M22 Locust!
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The M22 Locust was an American-designed airborne light tank, designed by Marmon-Herrington starting in 1941, and entering service in 1943 with only one unit, the British Light Tank Squadron, later known as the 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, and in only one battle, Operation Market Garden, in which disastrous results were achieved by the Locusts. Of eight deployed, only four made it to the landing zone, and only two of these were completely intact. They quickly attracted artillery fire, decimating supporting infantry, and eventually withdrew.

The M22 Locust was armed with a 37mm Gun M6, and a co-axial 30-cal machine-gun. It was protected by 12.5mm of armor at the maximum, and had a 165hp engine giving it a top speed of 64km/h. The Locust was designed to be light enough to be carried by the American C-54 Skymaster, the largest aircraft to serve during WWII, and by the British Hamilcar glider. Over 800 Locusts were built.


Right side. I know it's not supposed to have a 50-cal AA machine-gun, but I wanted to be able to display Panzer Commander on the tank somehow. Although it was never done, there is no reason why an AA mount couldn't be fitted to the Locust, perhaps by retrofitting an M4 Sherman or M5A1 Stuart cupola.

Rear, mostly highlighting the engine deck.

Left side.

Front. I didn't have enough 1x2 vertical curves, so I had to cut up some 1x3 vertical curves. This is noticeable in that the 1x3's have a different degree of sloping than the 1x2's.

Look out lads, 190 above!

Underneath the tank, displaying the suspension and lower glacis. The suspension design is pretty terrible and prone to coming apart, but is most likely easily solvable by adding a 1x3 and 1x2 plate underneath the 1x3 brick.

37mm Littlejohn Adapter version. Some of the 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment's original seventeen Locusts were fitted with a Littlejohn Adapter, though exactly how many is unknown. In any case, they were withdrawn and replaced by Tetrarchs before D-Day due to mechanical problems with the Locust, mostly stemming from the gearbox and that huge rear drive wheel. After D-Day, they were again given Locusts before Operation Market Garden.

I meant to have a proper lightsaber handle serve as the Adapter, but couldn't find any so the katana handle-looking lightsaber handle from a Clone Wars female assassin had to suffice. The curve on the handle gives an almost bent effect to the Adapter, which I really don't like.

Fictional version of the M22 Locust based on the Valentine Mk. XI, with the OQF 75mm Mk. V gun in the Valentine three-man turret. The piece serving as the 75mm comes from the Lego Movie plumbing van.

The M22 Locust is a Tier 3 in World of Tanks. I have it on Xbox and love it to death. Despite being bad at turning due to that rear drive wheel, it really flies and the gun is surprisingly potent at Tier 3. It's kind of funny how a gun goes from being amazing at one tier, whereas in the next (M5 Stuart Tier 4) it becomes absolute crap (for another example, see Tiger I with L/71 vs. Tiger II with L/71).



Comments

 I like it 
  January 29, 2016
Hey Man, Excellent work! Beautifully crafted tank. You can buy pieces (e.g. tank tracks) off a website called Bricklink. Cant wait to see more of your creations.
 I made it 
  November 16, 2015
Quoting killswitch95 [SNRK] well the front plate is on point... gotta get some tracks though :)
Yeah, I wanted to get some when I went to Legoland last year through PAB but apparently they don't even have wheels, let alone the tracks, in PAB at Schaumburg's Legoland...
 I like it 
  November 16, 2015
well the front plate is on point... gotta get some tracks though :)
 
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