The first successful LynchStar design, the Scorpion is largely considered a relic by contemporary standards. Scorpions were originally produced with a triple rack of 130mm rocket tubes firing a conventional high-explosive payload. While effective, the single use rockets limited Scorpions to at most three volleys before needing to retire for rearmament. Despite this hinderance, the Scorpion’s high groundspeed and maneuverability somewhat offset the liability of its restricted munitions capacity. However, Scorpions were rarely deployed far from resupply lines making them ill-suited to raiding operations and often relegated to defensive garrisons.
The longevity of the Scorpion remains its economy. Cheap to produce and arm, Lynchstar marketed the vehicle to not only large industrialized nations but smaller warlords and other regional miscreants. While the cost and effort to acquire more conventionally armed vehicles in those lawless regions was often prohibitive, Lynchstar provided covert dropship service via heavy cargo drones – flying battalions of Scorpions into every contested region able to pay.
In the recent skirmishes with Shangri-LA, Scorpions used by Gaia First! utilized retrofitted rocket systems with experimental R-Grav launch tubes and smart-linked automated munitions. Replacing each 20 kg rocket with 6, 1 kg compacted munition disks outfitted with R-Grav launch collars provides a 600% increase in the Scorpion’s operational capacity. R-Grav launch collars create a controlled burst of repulsive gravity. Removing the need for explosive propulsion allows Gaia First! to stack munition disks one atop the other inside the launch tubes increasing the payload of the Scorpion. It is still unknown how Gaia First! obtained such advanced R-Grav capabilities.
No longer resigned to harassment and rear-echelon defense operations, Gaia First! has breathed potent new life into the Scorpion design by combining bleeding edge technology with a stable, tested carriage.
This 10-piece resin model comes unassembled and unpainted.
1x gas tank
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Scorpion Fire Support ATV
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