Buster

Buster.jpg
BV XXI Buster HaulerMech
Production information
Manufacturer Bluth Corporation
Use HaulerMech
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Model
Equipment Rating
Cost 2,001,000[1]
Introduced 2615[2][3]
Technical specifications
Mass 50 Tons
Chassis
Engine GM 150 ICE
Top Speed 54 km/h
Armament None
Heat Sinks None
Armor Hughes CommerWeave II
Communications System Doering Hi-Def Mk II
Equipment 2x Lift Hoists
3x Cargo Bays
BV (1.0)
BV (2.0) 228[4]



Description[edit]

The Buster class IndustrialMech was created by the Bluth Corporation in 2615. By 2795, the Buster HaulerMech series was so popular that several factories across the Terran Hegemony produced it. The Buster was particularly popular with heavy mining operations, where it could easily load the massive output of a mine into transports quickly. Many DropPorts also used the Buster to load and unload DropShips. The ability to move cargo with more finesse than a vehicle, combined with the leg mounted track system, allowed Buster to navigate tight spaces.[2]

The introduction of the Powerman family forced the Buster from the number one sales spot. The lawsuits between Bluth Corporation and Sitwell Corporation (the Powerman's producer) alleging industrial espionage, trade secret infringement, and other various charges eventually destroyed Bluth Corporation. The Buster remains in production around the Inner Sphere.[2]

The latest member of the Buster family, the Buster XXI, Introduced in 3060, this version is equipped with Tracks and Industrial TSM which makes it even more effective.[2][5][6]

During the Jihad, the Word of Blake created several Buster IndustrialMech-MODs for use by the Blake Protectorate Militia.[7]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

As an IndustrialMech, the Buster has no armament. However, for its role as LoaderMech it has two Lift Hoists to help lift additional cargo beyond its own hand actuators.[2]

Cargo[edit]

The standard Buster has a Lift Hoist in each arm, and a five ton cargo bay in the left and right torso. The center torso has a one ton cargo bay, allowing the Buster to carry eleven tons of cargo internally.[2][8][9]

Variants[edit]

  • Buster XV 
    This earlier version of the Buster lacks Tracks and Industrial TSM, but is otherwise identical to the Buster XXI. BV (2.0) = 222[10]

Some desperate forces have armed their Busters to oppose BattleMechs. (These modifications are often referred to as "IndustrialMech-MODs".[7] These MOD versions are all equipped with Advanced Fire Control and double the armor protection of the standard Buster, but it remains Commercial Armor so this increased protection is negligible.[11]

  • Buster (AC)/Buster XV-M HaulerMech MOD 
    This variant carries an Autocannon/5 in the right torso and an LRM-10 in the left torso. Each weapon has a ton of ammunition. The weapons completely replace the Lift Hoists and Cargo Bays. Five single heat sinks are added. BV (2.0) = 443[12][7][13]
  • Buster (PPC)/Buster XV-M-B HaulerMech MOD 
    This version puts a Particle Projection Cannon in the right torso, completely filling the Cargo Bay that was mounted there. Ten heat sinks are added to allow the PPC to fire. This version of the Buster removes the Lift Hoists, but keeps a two ton cargo bay in the left torso. BV (2.0) = 475[14][7][15]
  • Buster XV-M-C HaulerMech MOD 
    This is one of two variants first seen in use by the Word of Blake Protectorate Militia. This Buster was equipped with a Gauss Rifle with two tons of ammunition, backed up by two Rocket Launcher 10s. BV (2.0) = 726[16]
  • Buster XV-M-W 
    Another Word of Blake variant, this model carries a single LB 10-X autocannon with a ton of each ammunition type. Unlike the other Buster MODs, it is also equipped with an Ejection Seat. BV (2.0) = 713[17]

Design Quirks[edit]

The BC XXI Buster features the following Design Quirks:[18]

Notes[edit]

Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex lists the top speed of the Buster at 44 km/h. This is incorrect according to the TechManual speed calculations, which lists top speed as 1.5 times base speed. The Buster's top speed should therefore be 54 km/h. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike lists the Buster's Running MP as 5, reflecting this change.[2]

Image of the Buster was introduced in Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons. The Buster did not have an image of it's own when it was first mentioned in the original TRO: Vehicle Annex. The artist's signature was not printed on the image, thus initially the artist name was officially unknown. However the artist name was revealed to be Chris Daranouvong.

Stats for the "armed" Buster first appeared in Historical: Operation Klondike and Record Sheets: Operation Klondike. These armed versions would be revisited and later added to the Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex, Revised and its later published Record Sheet book for IndustrialMechs and Exoskeletons.

As of this writing, Catalyst Game Lab's Master Unit List for the Buster is incomplete with missing variants from later Record Sheet Book for Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex, Revised. The featured XXI model of the IndustrialMech which does appear in the MUL is missing it's Battle Value.

References[edit]

  1. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 76
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex, p. 206, "Buster 'Mech Profile"
  3. MUL Profile for Buster XXI HaulerMech - Introduction Year.
  4. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 89
  5. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 218
  6. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 89
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 229
  8. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 76 Buster record sheet
  9. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 89 Buster XXI
  10. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 84
  11. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, pp. 85-88
  12. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 77
  13. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 85
  14. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 78
  15. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 86
  16. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 87
  17. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 88
  18. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 218, "Buster Profile"

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