Always like seeing these sorts of projects.
And huzzah, Solidworks! Many an hour lost, and many a curse uttered, due to that beast. But I just can't drop it.
True, it's eaten much of my life but without it I'd be lost. Also I get it legitimately for 20 bucks a year HAH!
I like the idea and the design so far looks excellent! My only concern is that the lascannon/heavy bolter will have a very limited, frontal range of fire, so this glorious new behemoth of war will theoretically be especially vulnerable from the sides / rear... But I am sure that your main armament will more than make up for that, honored tech-priest.
The Lascannon/Heavy bolter is intended as a hull mounted foward firing weapon as per previous successful designs (such as the sanctified ancient Sherman). For more coverage see below.
The design looks good so far. Will you give it sponson mounts, or just add Heavy weapons to the turret sides, like the modified M1 Abrams in Michael Bay's 'Transformers'?
Sponson Weapons will be represented by a low profile CROWS mount placed over the commander's hatch, for those unfamiliar with the acronym (Commonly Remote Operated Weapons System) think of it like a smaller version of the razorback's turret. 3 systems are currently in design, a 3 barreled heavy bolter, a 4 nozzeled melta weapon, and a twin plasma weapon designed off of the plasma executioner (anyone got high res photos of those suckers, I need 1 to get the design started).
I feel the CROWS mount will fairly represent current weapon coverage in this edition and if they ever sink back to older styles well... let your opponent's complain.
In addition to this a notch on the loader's hatch will be designed to allow the attachment of a pintle mounted weapon, though I will be leaving the procurement of said weapons to individual units as field modifications, the same goes for coaxial mounts when configuring tanks to conqueror and Stygies patterns.
Now for progress!
The turret ring begins. I may shrink this down to allow for more clearance over certain hull details.
Finally the turret begins to take shape. I've decided to take a break from the hull to allow internal processing to work on it as is. The rear block in intended for stowage and will be accessable from the rear of the tank. Weapon mounting is next on the list.
Full assembly so far. I'm concerned about leaving the chamfered edge on the side of the turret but for now it remains to allow the turret to move 360 degrees without inhibition from parts of the hull.
Progress marches on. Hope to finish the entire assembly by the first week of march. Better to be sure than to waste resources producing substandard prototypes.
Current plans are for a primary battle cannon, gatting cannon, and twin las weapons. Unsure about others, demand for other primary armaments seems low and can be relegated to later design.