I like the locust as a light mech but who's the genius that though "hmmm... you know... if I increase the internal structure and have a heavier engine. I can take off the two machine guns and add one medium and one small laser. Yeah that's worth an extra 20 tons of nothing."
same armor, heat sinks, and (the only redeeming quality but why bother) speed as the locust. Seriously, if you want a locust with out the MGs just take them off and add the medium laser and light laser if that configuration floats your boat. You actually come out on top buy .5 tons that way with the Locust. you could add 8 more points of armor making it officially better than the Cicada.
if you really want a medium to fill the scout role, the Assassin is a better choice sure it's movement is one less but it has jump jets so its got 7/11/7 movement giving it more versatility. it has half a ton more armor and one medium laser with an SRM2 for up close or it can be a ranged harasser with it's LRM5. That's not a lot mind you but it's a scout mech that does have to get close to do damage which you can't say for the Cicada.
Edited by Panzer Faust, 19 May 2012 - 02:28 AM.