I didn't know know much warrior was still alive today, it's been years since I've heard about it! Timberwolf (I also didn't know it became Mad Cat, though I did notice something odd about their designs and how much they look alike xD) has always been my favorite, even after the appearance of Ragnorok/Ymir, Star Adder/Blood Asp in Mechassualt (2) (actually I'm not sure when they appeared, but that's when I first saw them). Wow, good times. Your design is friggen awesome by the way, that'd make a great new version if I do say so myself. I remeber going up to 200 something rounds in that thing on mechassault in the survival mode, but then I had to go before I died, I was so sad XD.
Very nice! When compared to the "actual" mad cat, this one looks smaller, because of the relatively large cockpit. Possibly also because of the streamlined design. My first thought was that this is a 55 ton version of the madcat, like there is the 90 ton version. As I said, this looks really cool, great job!
There are multiple variants to the Timber Wolf. The original 'Mech was a 75 ton heavy 'Mech, which during the clan invasion was reported as Mad Cat (because the design looks like a cross between a Marauder (MAD) and a Catapult (CAT) and targeting computers would get confused and switch between MAD and CAT while trying to identify the 'Mech) during early encounters in the Inner Sphere. It later received the new official designation as Mad Cat. The Mad Cat Mk II was a vastly improved model based on the original model, increasing the weight to 90 tons, and adding Jump Jets without a severe trade-off in agility, making the Mk II a superior Assault 'Mech. After that, there have been several redesigns or replicas from both clan and Inner Sphere facilities. The 55 Ton version you speak of is the Mk III btw, it did perform pretty well but had noticeable problems with overheating.
Very streamlined and sleek... and I like that you've eliminated the blocky centre-body section that just screamed "shell trap" to me for so bloody long.
Another aspect I see - and I'm wondering why I never thought about it before - is the slide-up covers on the missile pods. The original design has the LRM warheads exposed to incoming fire all the time.
Oh my goodness, that is amazing! What I really like about it is how it manages to capture the style of the original Timber Wolf while still looking unique. It's an excellent redesign of a classic. In fact, I'm torn as to whether or not I like this or Shimmering-Sword's more, though I'm kinda leaning towards yours.