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It's most likely an acronym, but what does it mean exactly? (In German it's WBF, bonus points for that one).

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up vote 15 down vote accepted

From the Starcraft 1 manual (where the unit debuted), emphasis mine:

SCV Role: Space Construction Vehicle
 Armament: Fusion Cutters

Initially used during the reconstruction of the Tarsonian Orbital Platforms, the T-280 SCV (Space Construction Vehicle) became a staple in intra-Colonial construction and engineering due to its ability to perform a multitude of tasks, including the construction of new buildings and the transportation of raw resource materials. It is this versatility, and an unmatched reliability, that make the SCV an invaluable tool in rapidly establishing Marine encampments and strike bases on any terrain.

Edit: I found a picture of a German version of the Terran Tech Tree.

WBF stands for Weltraumbau-Fahrzeug (or Weltraumbaufahrzeug) alt text

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And the German is simply a literal translation of the English, here. – JavadocMD Nov 30 '10 at 21:24
@JavadocMD Indeed Weltraum-bau-fahrzeug in Google Translate provides that exact translation. – C. Ross Nov 30 '10 at 21:41
I love it when you use pictures to prove something. Makes this feel more like a first party source of information – tzenes Nov 30 '10 at 22:56
My favorite is the German localization of Marine: Space-Marine! – Cheezmeister Sep 15 '11 at 2:03

It stands for 'Space Construction Vehicle'. Heres a link

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