Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
CON-7 "Carbine" ConstructionMech
. CON-7 “Carbine” ConstructionMech (30 tons)
Chassis : Bluth Industrial Magnum-9
Power Plant : Renault 120 ICE
Cruise Speed : 43.2 kph (4)
Flank Speed : 64.8 kph (6)
Jump Jets : None
Jump Capacity : None
Heat Sinks : 3
Armor : Caterpillar IndusWeave (Industrial) – (Armor Factor 32) : 3.0 tons
Head – 3/4
Center Torso – 10/4
Rear – 2
Right Torso – 7/4
Rear – 1
Left Torso – 7/4
Rear – 1
Right Arm – 5/4
Left Arm – 5/4
Right Leg – 7/4
Left Leg – 7/4
One (1) Lonca Backhoe (RA)
One (1) SteelTek Cargo Lift Hoist (LA)
Manufacturer : Bluth Corporation, Terra.
Communications System : Marconi 63-T
Targeting & Tracking System : None (LOS)
BattleTech Tracking Stats : – : 1/1 : n : n : n : 45 : – : As Weapon : 0 : 25 : -3 : n : n.
Notes : -
Overview : The first CON-1 ConstructionMech walked off the production lines in 2691 after nearly ten years of development. While the overall design was relatively simple, corporate and judicial patent battles kept the design wrapped in red tape for several years. The Bluth Corporation’s law teams prevailed in the end, and the primary factory based in Little Rock (on Terra’s North American continent) began churning out CON-1s by the dozens weekly.
The Carbine underwent several technical modifications over the interveneing centuries, usually with a newer design unvieled every fifty years or so. The most recent version, the CON-7, is scheduled for release in 3028. Carbines have been exported from Terra in a nearly unbroken line since their inception.
Capabilities : Designed more for urban construction needs, the Carbine’s longer bucket reach makes it more flexible than standard tracked vehicles. With a delicate fifteen-ton rated lift hoist “claw”, the Carbine can easily crush ferrocrete rubble as well as place fragile fiber-optic tubing. The thicker, low-to-ground legs and torso design gives the Carbine a lower center of gravity that helps brace the Mech during more intense digging projects.
The main drawbacks to the Carbine, are its mid-grade industrial armor and its high fuel consumption rate. The armor, while cheaper, does not protect the machine if it is subjected to accidental falls or a sudden avalanche of debris. While these types of accidents are rare, it is always a concern to pilots who use the Carbine in more extreme construction jobs. The ICE-driven power plant consumes a large amount of fuel, limiting the Carbine to short distances and forcing companies to usually dedicate some sort of transportation platform to it.
Deployment : Carbines have been exported from Terra for centuries and are commonly encountered in major construction projects across the Inner Sphere. Their relatively low cost, combined with ease of maintenance makes them popular among large public works in major industrial worlds.
Variants : Rumors persist the new CON-7 model will be little more than cosmetic changes to the standard design. Improved armor and the addition of a larger fuel tank have, however, always been proposed over the years, and might be the new standard for this ancient machine.