Merlin (BattleMech)

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Merlin
Production information
Manufacturer Mountain Wolf BattleMechs[1],
Sabanillas Mining Company
Production Year 3010
Model MLN-1A
Class Heavy
Cost 4,960,000 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 60 tons
Chassis Heavy Star QAT-4
Armor Longanecker PlastiSteel
Engine Pitban 240
Communications System Magestrix Alpha
Targeting Tracking System Magestrix Gamma
Heat Sinks 18
Speed 64.8 km/h
Jump Jets Pitban LFT-50
Armament
BV (1.0) 1,039[1][2]
BV (2.0) 1,217[3]

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[edit] Description

The Merlin debuted in 3010 as a product of the rebuilt Mountain Wolf BattleMechs. The Merlin was hailed as a technological marvel at the time it was released, as it was the first completely new design to be developed in over 100 years. The Merlin uses components that are all reliable and readily available, making the Merlin a durable and easy-to-repair 'Mech. The 'Mech is powered by a Pitban 240 fusion engine that gives it a top speed of 64.8 km/h. The Merlin carries ten and a half tons of armor, which is a respectable amount of protection for its weight. Additionally, the Merlin carries eighteen heat sinks to handle its heavy heat load.[1]

[edit] Weapons and Equipment

The Merlin is armed to be able to engage an enemy at any range. For long range combat, the 'Mech carries a Magna Hellstar PPC and a Holly LRM-5 launcher. To protect itself at medium to short ranges, a pair of Martell Model 5 Medium Lasers provide the Merlin with respectable short range firepower. Finally, to protect the 'Mech against infantry attacks, the Merlin has a Zippo Flamer and a Sperry Browning Machine Gun.[1]

[edit] Variants

  • MLN-1B 
    The 1B variant removes the Machine Gun and its ammunition and replaces them with an additional heat sink to help handle the Merlin's heat load. BV (1.0) = 1,060[4][5], BV (2.0) = 1,228[6]
  • MLN-1C 
    This upgrade to the 1B replaces the Medium Lasers with ER Medium Lasers. BV (1.0) = 1,051[7], BV (2.0) = 1,267[8]

[edit] Custom Variants

  • MLN-1B Merlin Porter 
    A uniquely customized Merlin, which was created by a tech named Porter Romero on the world Armington. He salvaged the 'Mech from a pirate raid during the 3060s. Using a wrecked militia Bulldog for parts, he replaced the ruined PPC and LRM-5 with the tank's Large Laser and SRM 4 Launcher as well as adding additional armor. BV (1.0) = 909[9]

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[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 142-143, "Merlin Profile"
  2. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 256
  3. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 264
  4. Combat Operations, p. 136
  5. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 257
  6. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 265
  7. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 258
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 266
  9. Record Sheets: Unique 'Mechs p. 8 - Merlin Porter - Custom Variant published by BattleCorps website.
  10. Experimental Technical Readout: Boondocks p. 4, 17 - MLN-SX Merlin - Experimental Prototype Merlin.

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