Monday, November 12, 2012

Thallium - Div20 Midsized

Midsized, Hvy Ch., Hvy. Sus., 4 PR Tires, Large PP, Driver; Laser front, HRSWC, 10 oil/smoke dischargers, 4 bumper triggers, 38 pts WG/WH, 10 pts CA around PP & driver, 197 pts sloped Armor: F35 B35 R45 L45 T20 U17; HC 3, Acc. 5, Top 97.5, 5268 lbs., $19997.20
  • Turret Option - Midsized, Std. Ch., Hvy Sus., Large PP, 4 PR tires, driver; Laser in Turret, HRSWC, 4 bumper triggers, 4 oil/smoke dischargers, 20 pts WG rear, 10 pts WH front, 10 pts CA around PP & driver, 121 pts sloped armor: F24 B20 R25 L25 T15 U12; HC 3, Acc. 5, Top 105, 4798 lbs., $19479.60

  • Div25 Option - Midsized, Xhvy. Ch., Hvy Sus., Large PP (PC&SC), 4 Solid-Radial tires, driver; Laser in Turret, SWC, 4 bumper triggers, 8 oil/smoke dischargers, 38 pts LR-WG/WH, 9 pts FPLR-CA around PP & driver, 216 pts sloped LR plastic armor: F40 B40 R45 L45 T26 U20; HC 4, Acc. 5, Top 100, 5756.6 lbs., $24987.26
Design Notes - This started as flash of wonder: what about a div20 laser car with a HRSWC? That could be nearly unstoppable! Or whatever. Turns out, you need to tone down a lot to get the price under 20 - including losing a turret! As you can see, a Div20 turret option is ugly. The Div25 version removed the HRSWC for improvements everywhere else, but then it may be underpowered for that division. All told, the Div20 non-turret version has very solid armor, decent HC, and a thoroughly lethal weapon. Because even after all the passed years when so much has been done to reduce the laser's effectiveness, but I still get a cold chill when facing an enemy with even a stock laser.

Name Notes - According to the Wiki: "Thallium is a chemical element with symbol Tl and atomic number 81. This soft gray poor metal is not found free in nature. When isolated, it resembles tin, but discolors when exposed to air." I just like the name (based on this, maybe?)

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