Carbine

Carbine ConstructionMech.jpg
CON-7 Carbine ConstructionMech
Production information
Manufacturer Bluth Corporation
Use ConstructionMech
Tech Base Tournment Legal
Model
Equipment Rating
Cost (estimated) 1,562,600 C-Bills
Introduced 2691[1]
Technical specifications
Mass 30
Chassis
Engine Renault 120 ICE
Top Speed 64.8 km/h
Armament N/A
Heat Sinks None
Armor Catepillar IndusWeave
Communications System Marconi 63-T
Targeting Tracking System None
Equipment SteelTek Cargo Lifter, Lonca Backhoe
BV (1.0) 235
BV (2.0) 198[2][3]



Description[edit]

The Carbine (also known simply as "ConstructionMech") was designed for industrial work such as building roads, digging, debris removal and building construction.[4]

History[edit]

The original CON-1 Carbine came off of Bluth's Little Rock factory (on the North American continent of Terra) in 2691. It took over ten years to get the design created by Bluth into production due to a legal battle. Once in production, the CON-1 was produced at a pace of dozens a week. In 3028, the CON-7 model was introduced, timed to the marriage of Melissa Steiner and Hanse Davion so as to attract the attention of all the Great Houses. However, the results of the announcement of the Fourth Succession War put a slump in sales until after the war ended. The 'Mech was sold all throughout the Inner Sphere until 3058, when the Word of Blake seized Terra. All sales ceased and all parts for the machine were removed from the market.

However, new CON-7s have appeared in Chaos March that have post-dated 3058.[5] After the end of the Jihad, Republic of the Sphere investigators discovered that the Word of Blake kept the design in production and made several armed versions to augment their militia forces. (These Carbine-MODs are listed in Variants below.)[6]

By 3132, the design was in use throughout the Inner Sphere. When the HPG Black Out occurred, many of the designs were converted over into makeshift combat 'Mechs.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The 30-ton IndustralMech has an unusual design, due to it's hunchbacked profile. This unusual profile gives illusion that it's cockpit appearance of being mounted in front of the main body while giving it stability handling heavy loads. As with all IndustrialMechs, the design uses civilian grade parts in it's construction. These includes; Industrial Cockpit, "arms" which are hung over the main body. This is for the best possible lifting positions for its cargolifter and backhoe. However, due to the nature of it's work handling and digging, the design is unable to twist it's torso and must turn it's entire body to handle items or tasks.

The CON-7 model is powered by an Renault 120-Rated Internal Combustion Engine, which allows the Mech move to a top speed of 64.8 kph. It's hull is protected by 3 tons of Caterpillar Indusweave Industrial Armor, giving it enough protection handle hazardous construction sites it would be operating in. However, the engine is noted for not being fuel efficient

Though not armed, the 'Mech can use its Lift Hoist and Backhoe as melee weaponry in an emergency.[7]

Cargo[edit]

Its Lift Hoist is rated for 15 tons.

Variants[edit]

  • CON-1 (RL) 
    This armed variant of the Carbine trades the Lift Hoist and Backhoe for five Rocket Launcher 15 systems mounted across the torso. Three heat sinks keep the heat under control. This version lacks hand actuators, so physical attacks are more difficult. BV = 296[8][9]
  • CON-7M Carbine ConstructionMech MOD 
    This version is the simplest possible MOD: It is a standard CON-7 Carbine with the lift hoist and backhoe replaced by pair of 15-tubed Rocket Launcher systems in each it's arms and as well singular mounted in the left torso. Many were created in the Word of Blake Protectorate but with no fire control or reloads, they were of very limited use in combat.[6] BV(2.0)=306[10][11]
  • CON-8 
    The variant introduced in 3066, has Heavier Industrial Armor and Industrial TSM that allows the CON-8 have double the lifting power of the CON-7. This 'Mech also a has 1-ton capacity Extended Fuel Tank, but this does not effect normal game play.[12] BV(2.0)=185[13][14]
  • CON-8H 
    The HaulerMech variant of the CON-8, introduced during the FedCom Civil War period. This retains the CON-8's has Heavier Industrial Armor, Industrial TSM and the 1-ton capacity Extended Fuel Tank, but variant drops the backhoe for for exchange for additional claw-like Lift Hoist help it perform it's duties moving cargo and other heavy items. Additionally the design has two 1-ton cargo bays in each of it's side torsos. BV(2.0)=185[15][16]
  • CON-9 Carbine ConstructionMech MOD 
    This Word of Blake's sight upgrade using a CON-7 as its base design. While not having the additional features of CON-8, it most noted change is the replacement of CON-7's industrial armor with BattleMech standard armor. BV(2.0)=246[17][18]
  • CON-9M Carbine ConstructionMech MOD 
    This Word of Blake militarized version of the regular CON-9. It retains the civilian design specs which includes BattleMech armor. It was widely used by militia forces as an anti-infantry and missile support unit. It also retained the Lift Hoist, allowing it to remove obstacles on the battlefield. The CON-9 was used in last-ditch militia actions frequently during Operation SCOUR. The Mech is fitted with a Advanced FCS giving it military accuracy with its weapons. It is armed with a 10-tubed Long Range Missile launcher mounted in the center torso. A pair of Machine Guns are fitted in place of the backhoe in right arm actuator. Each of the mech's 1-ton ammunition load out are both stored in right torso.[6] BV(2.0)=289</ref>[19][20]
  • CON-9M-B Carbine ConstructionMech MOD 
    A second militarized version of the CON-9M introduced during the Jihad. Like the 9M, the variant also fitted with a Advanced FCS and retaining standard Battlemech armor. It is armed with singular with a Class 5 Light Autocannon mounted in the in right arm with it's two tons of ammunition. The left arm's lifthoist is exchanged for hand actuator.[6] BV(2.0)=293</ref>[21][22]

Related Industrial 'Mechs[edit]

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The information after this notice comes from apocryphal sources; the canonicity of such information is uncertain.
Please view the reference page for information regarding their canonicity.

  • ConstructionMech - This generic version was in use in the 3130s. Considered its own design, it used older 'Mech construction rules in its design. The 'Mech has standard armor, but has same equipment and speed as the Carbine.[23] BV (1.0) = 231
  • ConstructionMech MOD - First seen in the Dark Age year of 3132, this 'Mech has two and a half tons of standard armor (less than the non-MOD ConstructionMech). It is armed with two Machine Guns with one ton ammo and a ten tube long range missile launcher with one ton of ammunition.[24] BV (1.0) = 223

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Design Quirks[edit]

The Carbine features the following Design Quirks:

Note[edit]

Carbine first appeared in as the ConstructionMech in original WizKid DarkAge Collectable Miniatures game. This generic version was not given actual name. Initially it was considered to be its own design. This is due in part of Table Top version of this being created using older 'Mech construction rules in its design. The 'Mech has standard armor, but has same equipment and speed as the Carbine. This was later integrated in one in the same design.

References[edit]

  1. MUL Profile for CON-1 Carbine ConstructionMech - Introduction Date Only. This is for purpose when first one came on line.
  2. MUL Profile for CON-7 Carbine - BV2 and Introduction Date.
  3. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 57 CON-7 Carbine - Record Sheet includes Stats and BV2.
  4. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex, Revised P. 210 CON-7 Carbine - "IN that he helps describes what the Carbine is and it's purpose.
  5. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 210
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 229
  7. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex, Revised PP. 210-211 CON-7 Carbine - "Stats and capacities of the CON-7, describing it's abilities and features. Including the design quirks.
  8. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 66
  9. MUL Profile for CON-1 Carbine (RL) - BV and Introduction Date.
  10. MUL Profile for CON-7M Carbine MOD - BV2 and Era it was operating in.
  11. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 58 CON-7M Carbine MOD - Record Sheet includes Stats and BV2.
  12. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex, pg 216
  13. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 59 CON-8 Carbine - Record Sheet includes Stats and BV2 for the upgraded civilian version of Carbine.
  14. MUL Profile for CON-8 Carbine - BV2 and Era it was operating in.
  15. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 60 CON-8H Carbine - Record Sheet includes Stats and BV2 for the upgraded civilian version of Carbine.
  16. MUL Profile for CON-8 Carbine - BV2 and Era it was operating in.
  17. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 61 CON-9 Carbine - Record Sheet includes Stats and BV2 for Jihad era civilian version of the Carbine.
  18. MUL Profile for CON-9 Carbine - BV2 and Era it was operating in.
  19. MUL Profile for CON-9M Carbine MOD - BV2 and Era it was operating in.
  20. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 62 CON-9M Carbine MOD - Record Sheet includes Stats and BV2 for LRM/Machine Gun version of the Carbine.
  21. MUL Profile for CON-9M-B Carbine MOD - BV2 and Era it was operating in.
  22. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 63 CON-9M-B Carbine MOD - Record Sheet includes Stats and BV2 for LAC/5 version of the Carbine.
  23. Record Sheets: MechWarrior Dark Age I
  24. Record Sheets: MechWarrior Dark Age I

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