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"Otter" Light Amphibious Reconnaissance Vehicle
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I couldn't figure out which turret I liked more, so here is both..
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In a Country as vast as Tarakia, it's bound to have several different regions and terrain types, and all of them are packed with lakes, rivers, dams, and fjords, meaning that a vehicle which can traverse through water is essential to a well structured battle plan. While an invading enemy would have to use bridges and natural crossing points, the Otter can pass through any body of water, and flank round to cause havoc behind enemy lines.

Having virtually no armour, this unit can be penetrated by .50 cal round easily, except from the front, due to the heavy sloping. It does pack quite a punch though, sporting a 90mm high velocity, auto loaded cannon, that can fire both high explosives, and a fin stabilized anti tank shell. Deploying this unit requires a certain degree of planning, as it's extremely vulnerable.

Even though quite adept at it's combat role, it's main job, is reconnaissance. Being able to cross large expanses of water, up to 100 miles, it can take much shorter routes than it's land based counterparts. The Otter can zip along at a moderate 12mph in water due to two hydrojets mounted at the rear of the tank, which are hidden behind two hydraulic flaps that fold down, and act as rudders when in the water. Two smaller water jets are installed, one on either side of the hull at the rear, to assist with turning in the water, and also allow it to reverse. The trim vane at the front is raised to deflect water away from the drivers periscope when afloat. Hollow wheels also add to this vehicles excellent buoyancy.

The crew of three, which include a commander, a gunner, and a driver, are kept in a Safe Shell in the hull, while the turret, gun, and ammunition are all mounted up top. This design is intended to give the crew a greater chance of survival.



Comments

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  August 19, 2017
Quoting Constant Expat The smooth turret is nice, reminds me of the old Soviet BMP APCs.
I really like the BMPs, but the turrets are tricky to make in Lego, I think this is probably the closest I could get.
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  August 19, 2017
Quoting Matt P. Looks kinda like the Soviet PT-76 Amphibious tank.
Good spot, this is where my original inspiration came from. I didn't want to, and probably couldn't make and exact replica, but I think the PT-76 is a very cool design, so I used some elements from it.
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  August 19, 2017
Quoting Doug Hughes Awesome design!
Thank you very much. =]
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  August 19, 2017
Quoting Builder Allan Cool! Nice design. I'm not sure which turret i like the most, but the smooth one would be an interesting new design to test in combat compared to the more traditionally shaped ones :-)
A lot of older Russian tanks had rounded turrets, but they lacked room inside, and were difficult to build, even so, I still think it looks cool!
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  August 19, 2017
Quoting Petey Bird Very cool vehicle, and I really like the story behind it. Both turrets look great, but I prefer the smooth look of the rounded one.
The main reason I build the more modern looking turret, was because the smoother turret lacked the options of details, such as optics, secondary weapons, etc etc, but even so, I think I like the rounded one better too.
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  August 19, 2017
Quoting Justin Li I like the low profile of both of these! I like the round one better though.
I built this a while ago, and after having had some time to reflect, I think I like the round one better too.
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  August 19, 2017
Quoting Seaman SPb Excellent!
I'm glad you like it. =]
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  August 18, 2017
The smooth turret is nice, reminds me of the old Soviet BMP APCs.
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  August 17, 2017
Looks kinda like the Soviet PT-76 Amphibious tank.
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  August 13, 2017
Awesome design!
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  August 12, 2017
Cool! Nice design. I'm not sure which turret i like the most, but the smooth one would be an interesting new design to test in combat compared to the more traditionally shaped ones :-)
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  August 12, 2017
Very cool vehicle, and I really like the story behind it. Both turrets look great, but I prefer the smooth look of the rounded one.
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  August 10, 2017
I like the low profile of both of these! I like the round one better though.
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  August 10, 2017
Excellent!
 
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