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Lets Talk Project Phoenix Part 3: Thunderbolt

Discussion in 'Thunderbolt' started by Cattra Kell, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. Cattra Kell

    Cattra Kell Well-Known Member

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    [size=1em]Image of the Thunderbolt by FlyingDebris

    [size=1em]The Thunderbolt is a 65 ton battlemech which was originally produced in 2491 as an assault mech, but due to 'mech classification changes it is now recognized as one of the most respected heavy mechs out in the Sphere.

    [size=1em]As of the current MWO timeline there are seven different possible variants we could see in MWO once we exclude the clan variant and the custom variants. Lets dive into the Thunderbolt with the confirmed variant for MWO.

    [size=1em]Thunderbolt 5S (TDR-5S), made in 2505.
    [size=1em]65 Tons
    [size=1em]Engine: 260 Standard @ 64.8 km/h (MWO = 64.8, max engine 315)
    [size=1em]Jump Jets: no
    [size=1em]Weapons: 2 Machine Guns, 3 medium lasers, 1 large laser, 1 LRM 15, 1 SRM2
    [size=1em]Hardpoints Confirmed from TRO: 2 ballistic, 4 energy, 2 [size=1em]missile
    [size=1em]Confirmed for MWO: 2 ballistic, 4 energy, 2 missile, 1 AMS

    [size=1em]Thunderbolt 5Sb [size=1em](TDR-5Sb), made in 2680.
    [size=1em]65 Tons
    [size=1em]Engine: 260 Standard @ 64.8 km/h
    [size=1em]Jump Jets: no
    [size=1em]Upgrades: [size=1em]Artemis, Endo Steel, double heat sinks, case
    [size=1em]Weapons: 1 ER PPC, 1 LRM 15, 3 medium lasers, 1 S-SRM2, 2 Small Pulse lasers
    [size=1em]Hardpoints Confirmed from TRO: 6 Energy, 2 Missile

    [size=1em]Thunderbolt 5SE [size=1em](TDR-5SE), made in 2910. [size=1em]- Mobility focus
    [size=1em]65 Tons
    [size=1em]Engine: 260 Standard @ 64.8 km/h
    [size=1em]Jump Jets: no
    [size=1em]Weapons: 1 Large Laser, 3 Medium Lasers, 1 LRM-10
    [size=1em]Hardpoints Confirmed from TRO: 4 Energy, 1 Missile

    [size=1em]Thunderbolt 5SS [size=1em](TDR-5SS), made in 2930.[size=1em] - direct fire focus
    [size=1em]65 Tons
    [size=1em]Engine: 260 Standard @ 64.8 km/h
    [size=1em]Jump Jets: No
    [size=1em]Weapons: 1 Flamer, 1 PPC, 3 Medium Lasers, 1 SRM-6
    [size=1em]Hardpoints Confirmed from TRO: 5 Energy, 1 Missile

    [size=1em]Thunderbolt 7M [size=1em](TDR-7M), made in 3049.
    [size=1em]65 Tons
    [size=1em]Engine: 260 Standard @ 64.8 km/h
    [size=1em]Jump Jets: No
    [size=1em]Upgrades: Ferro-Fibrous, double heat sinks, case
    [size=1em]Weapons: 1 ER Large Laser, 2 Machine Guns, 1 LRM 15, 3 Medium Lasers, 1 Streak SRM2
    [size=1em]Hardpoints Confirmed from TRO: 4 Energy, 2 ballistic, 2 missile

    [size=1em]Thunderbolt 9SE [size=1em](TDR-9SE), made in 3049.
    [size=1em]65 Tons
    [size=1em]Engine: 260 Standard @ 64.8 km/h
    [size=1em]Jump Jets: Yes (4 standard)
    [size=1em]Upgrades: Double Heat Sinks
    [size=1em]Weapons: 1 Large Pulse Laser, 3 Medium Lasers, 1 LRM10
    [size=1em]Hardpoints Confirmed from TRO: 4 Energy, 1 Missile

    [size=1em]Thunderbolt 9S [size=1em](TDR-9S), made in 3050.
    [size=1em]65 Tons
    [size=1em]Engine: 260 Standard @ 64.8 km/h
    [size=1em]Jump Jets: No
    [size=1em]Upgrades: Double Heat Sinks
    [size=1em]Weapons: 1 ER PPC, 2 Machine Guns, 2 Flamers, 1 AMS, 1 SRM6, 3 Medium Lasers
    [size=1em]Hardpoints Confirmed from TRO: 6 Energy, 2 Ballistic, 1 Missile, 1 AMS

    [size=1em]Cattra's 3 variant prediction: TDR-5SS, TDR-9SE, TDR-5S (confirmed)

    [size=1em]Final thoughts: I hope they keep the cockpit on one side of the torso giving players a different style of mech compared to all the centred cockpits. Secondly I would really like to see the missile pod on the shoulder have its own hitbox and armour, etc so that you can blow it off but not lose your torso, but I am doubtful that this will happen. All in all the Thunderbolt and Shadowhawk are by far what I am the most excited about.

    [size=1em]Make sure to tune in tomorrow for the Locust. Same Mech location, same Mech time!

    [size=1em]Keep Overriding Mechwarriors
    [size=1em]- Cattra Kell
     
  2. Archwright

    Archwright Benefactor

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    If it jumps, I want it. Hopefully, they let the 9SE in.
     
  3. Snakerensky

    Snakerensky New Member

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    The Thunderbolt TDR-5SE was the Eridani Light Horse variant and should have four jump jets.
     
  4. Axlotl

    Axlotl New Member

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    Hopefully the shoulder weapons aren't taken out too easily. Loving the concept of it though.
     
  5. Michael

    Michael Grand Poobah Staff Member

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    Think Hunchback 4G but maybe a little less easy to cripple.
     

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