MechCommander 2 - Simple Flea (Fire Ant) Free Mech Paper Model Download

MechCommander 2 - Simple Flea (Fire Ant) Free Mech Paper Model Download

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MechCommander 2 - Simple Flea (Fire Ant) Free Mech Paper Model DownloadThis mech paper model is a simple Flea (Fire Ant), a mech from the real-time tactics video game MechCommander 2 of the BattleTech/MechWarrior franchise, the papercraft is created by Vlmarshall. There are 4 different textures available. The size of finished model is about 159 (H) x 81 (W) x 98 (D) mm.

Focused on speed and firepower, the lightly armored Flea was an extremely rare sight until the arrival of the Wolf's Dragoonsmercenary unit, with the design experiencing a revival as an inexpensive recon and anti-personnel militia 'Mech.

Initially called the TRP-1 Trooper when it was introduced as the Free Worlds League's first light scout BattleMech in 2475, the design was so heavily flawed that it took twenty-five years before all the issues were corrected, with a new name selected to escape the bad press. While produced on and off until the early Succession Wars, excessive losses of the lightly armored design led Earthwerks to switch its production line to manufacturing heavier designs. This changed with the arrival of the Wolf's Dragoons, who brought with them a large number of Fleas and reached an exclusive production arrangement with Earthwerks that resulted in the company opening new lines to replenish the Dragoons' losses in the Fourth Succession War. With multiple lines on Asuncion, Bernardo and Victoria, after letting the Dragoons' exclusivity clause lapse, Earthwerks started selling the easy to manufacture, easy to maintain 'Mech by the DropShip load across the Inner Sphere.

Originally produced exclusively for the Dragoons until the Capellan Confederation acquired the design's blueprints via a Maskirovkaraid during the 3040s, the post-Helm Memory Core FLE-17 variant is based on the older FLE-15 model. Retaining the design's maximum speed of 97.2 km/h, the addition of an Endo Steelchassis frees up weight for a MASC system that allows the 'Mech's speed to be pushed up to 129.6 km/h in short bursts. The increase of speed is required to ensure survival on the modern battlefield, as the FLE-17 is only clad in a pitiful three tons of Livingston Ceramics armor plating. [Source: sarna]

You can download the papercraft model here: MechCommander 2 - Simple Flea (Fire Ant) Free Mech Paper Model Download

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