Yeah the variation in the concept art makes it a tough call doesnt it, none the less i took your advice for my next chassis here it is for comparrison, the barrels are shorter and the cannon assembly sits higher on the "wrist"
I think its truer to the design myself although the first one is not unpleasant to look at either, but the length of the barrels reminded me of the masakari/warhawk, which at a certain level did the vulture chassis a disservice.
The barrels are now level with the beak of the mech, which i think is a better design.
They ride over the top half of the hip actuator hub instead of the lower half in the first chassis.
The shorter barrels also help this model scale better with the rest of my collection , thats perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of these models is keeping each build in scale with all the others, i have to factor in the tech base, as well as things like jump, a 75 ton with jump has to look slightly smaller than a 75 without etc.
Anyway from here i can either copy and convert to the second design, or the first for the rest of the project
Second design stand alone pic
I hear what you say about the curve on the CBT version, and i was sorely tempted to just build these 4 from the ground up in the CBT style, my timberwolves/madcats are CBT and that would have made for a perfect match when putting a star together. But i had the templates left from my original MW4 vulture model, and using them took months off the build.
I knew i was going to hybridise them, and am rather happy with the result
Your advice about the first design was an invaluable contribution to the second, so i would be interested in which you like better, as i said the rest of the project can go down either path now, personally i think the design changes you suggested bring the model closer to the true vulture design.
Thanks again for the input