Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"Red" Reviews: Charger CGR-1D10T "Mayday"

Not my mini...will get an image of mine soon. (better paint job)
Name: Charger CGR-1D10T "Mayday"

Mech Class: Assault

Weight: 80 Tons

Tech Base: Inner Sphere

Primary Manufacturer:
Starlight Stables (Solaris)

Olympiad Mechwarriors:
Sam "Mayday" Malone

The "Mayday" is started it's life as a Charger CGR-1A1...Little remains of the original chassis for this massivly overhauled re-model.  The internal structure was re-restructured, with Endo-Steel replacing the heaviest parts.  The standard fussion engine was replaced as well installing a Pitban 400XL...the largest production Fusion engine available.  To get the most of the Engine and make this the one of the fastest Assault mechs in on Solaris, the legs were lengthened by almost three meters. 

The entire chassis was then covered with 14 tons of Ferro-Fiberous armor.  With all the changes the new "Mayday" barely looks like a Charger, but with the 86 Kph top speed it sure does act like one..    


The entire weapon load was replaced with Two ER Large Lasers, Three Medium Pulse Lasers and an ER Small laser.  What Arena mech would be complete without a close combat weapon so a Hatchet was added, those it is more of a cleaver type hatchet that closely resembles a sword.  During the design process-the Hatchet was placed in the Right Arm of the "Mayday", at the request of Sam "Mayday" Malone who is Right-handed.  The design would not allow for the addition of a 2nd actuator, so the left arm has a "dummy" hand that is non-functional.    

Saffron's Analysis:  
A true Arena mech.  Fast, Combat weapon, Max armor.  What is not to like?

Well just a couple of things.  XL engines are a little more fragile then their standard counterparts.  Second, the lack of Jump jets can be an issue on some maps.  Finally the twin ER Large lasers should reach out and touch anything but those are the only weapons that are accurate over 300 meters.

Still, I have a feeling that you will be seeing this mech in the Olympiad for quite a while.

Rating: 8.5 of 10

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