AMT/Ertl's Star Wars Episode 1 - The Tra-don

(Page One - Introduction)

Saturday, January 28, 2012
(Originally written back in June 13, 2003)

Note: For you Star Wars buffs, this "alternate Star Wars reality story" introduction was actually originally written several years prior to the "Attack of the Clones" Movie. This (unfortunately) shows how long I've been working on this modeling project.

With the disastrous conclusion to the conflict on Naboo, the Trade Federation (TF) collapsed. However, the Baktoid Armour Workshop (BAW) - (the designers and manufacturers of most of the TF fighting robots and vehicles) - went on to prosper. This was due to numerous innovative designs that the BAW had incorporated into their weapons.

One of the most powerful weapons was the Armored Assault Tank (AAT). Shortly after the war on Naboo, an alien race called the Tallisians purchased the rights of the AAT from the BAW.

The Tallisian military leaders discovered that although the AAT was already a very dangerous weapon, with the incorporation of Tallisian technological upgrades, it could truly become a lethal and devastating weapons platform.

Following the acquisition of the specifications of the AAT and several operational units, the Tallisians began working on ways to make the tank more effective. What resulted was the "Tra-don," (or Destroyer).

There were two major areas the Tallisians concentrated their transformation efforts on: Mobility and Firepower.

Although the AAT was propelled with anti-grav repulsors, the tank was neither very fast nor maneuverable. By revamping the anti-grav repulsor system and installing eight Kli-dan Phaller (KP) engine components, rapid deployment speeds could now be achieved. In addition, phenomenal maneuverability also resulted.

Two primary engine components were installed aft of the platform, along with two secondary components mounted on the sides (pointing outward). Four deceleration components were mounted onto the front of the platform.

With the incorporation of a new navigational system, quick penetration into enemy positions was now achievable.

The tank displayed a speed and agility previously unobtainable in a battle platform of its size and weight.

Rear winglets supplied additional lift while the Destroyer was in hyper-cruise mode. The two side engines provided lateral stability and mobility, with the four forward engines provided rapid deceleration.

With the innovations incorporated, speeds of up to 170 har-tecs (150 mph) could now be achieved.

The second area the upgrade program addressed was in increasing the armament. The three types of shells launched from the front of the AAT, along with the front, side and primary laser guns all combined to give this battle tank a very powerful punch. However, more could be done.

A total of 12 Hor-don missiles were mounted on the top and side of the primary laser cannon. These were the most advanced missiles in the Tallisian's inventory. When deployed, an internal cloaking unit made them practically invisible. In addition, they contained a powerful shielding generator, along with a self-homing device (internal radar unit). The addition of these Hor-don missiles gave the Destroyer a most lethal aerial punch.

The Tra-don's short-range offense was beefed up with the addition of one rear facing and two diagonally facing rapid-pulse laser cannons. These three additions provided the tank with rear and lateral coverage.

By far the most potent weapon added were the four Phlar-lex (nuclear) missiles innocently nestled in the front, lower indention of the platform. These missiles, when used in conjunction with a deployed aerial detection unit extended the Destroyer's nuclear capability to extremely long ranges.

With the upgrades incorporated into the Tra-don, this battle tank indeed became the effective weapon that had been envisioned.

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