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Cupps TR-7-CI by Norsehound Cupps TR-7-CI by Norsehound
Cupps island origionally purchased three Russian Export TR-7Ds, but several others were aquired over the years to build up their military. By the time of the United Nations' attempted to invade the island for the first time, it was estimated as much as five Russian TR-7s were on the island- all of them converted to TR-7-CIs.

Secretly modified after their aquisition, the TR-7Ds received experimental upgrades to boost their performance higher than that of the Russian TR-7A and B models. In addition to self-lubricating joints, all of the TR-7-CIs had their reactors replaced with hyper compact self-sustaining T-genorators (provided by exiled mechanical scientist Andrew Shullings from Sweeden). All of the TR-7-CIs also incoporated micronized jet engines to allow the armor limited flight capabilities and extended jump range. Speed-wise, the TR-7-CIs could clock approximately 200mph with their jets on- something the origional russian designers never intended. Reguardless, observations point to the TR-7-CI being this capable.

This particular model was the third of the origional russian exports. It was assigned to Baron Alexi Ryanov; a defector from the Russian military to Cupps island in support of their will for self-government outside of U.N. jurisdiction. Among some fine-tuning, the Baron armed his axel with a gigantic sonic axe that could cleave any United-nations use medium axel in half. Also included in the upgrades was the replacement of the left shoulder shield (the right one is standard) with a larger one that could be used for ramming attacks.

During the conflicts where this mecha was spotted many observers have questioned the Baron's choice of colors. Yellow was perhaps for the large grasslands dominating the south-western part of the island... but for months the strange patterns on the right shoulder held unknown significance (yet terrorized any United Nations pilot to go against the Baron in Axel-Axel combat). In an interview four years after the first invasion attempt, the Baron disclosed that the particular patterns there (and the small figures on the left-side shoulder plate) were drawn by his eight-year-old daughter. She has also named his mecha "Charlie" after their first dog.
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acerr85 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
nice
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WithintheMechanism Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
I dig it. And the explanation is quite good. I find it inspiring to attempt to add more character to my own designs.
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Muench Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Would love to see a picture with that mech and the Barons Daughter sitting on his shoulder.
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Octaver Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006
It reminds me of the The O from Zeta Gundam :D

Very nice.
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006
Hmm...yellow...and big skirt armor...

Problem is the Baron isn't a newtype. And Siccoro didn't have an eight year old daughter to draw on his mech :D
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Octaver Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006
Scirocco having children? What a messed up family that would be...
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006
If elpe showed up a lot sooner maybe she'd be an ok substitute...but...*shrugs*

I should also point out, thankfully, that the BearCI does not have any hidden hands.
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Yuki117 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006
No Front Mission didnt have the axes. Yea, I got to admit that there are definate similarities with Square's games, but insiration has to sring from somewhere, eh? This setup is awesome, deffinately imposing, specially with those stats! I like the lil'barroness's drawing thing.
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Sovietcommando Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The more I look at these mechs, the more it reminds me of Front Mission. =D
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006
Ah yes, but Front Mission didn't have gigantic killer vibrating axes that cleave things :D
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