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Victorian Hoplite Hoverbike
If I could go into the future and bring back one thing (assuming it existed), it would be a hover-bike.
About this creation
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   A little thicker than your average "hoverbike," the Victorian Hoplite is somewhere between a small hovercar or hover-platform in size. It has thick armor and a pair of mounted weapons. This is because, unlike the Xarkon Hornet, the Victorian Hoplite was not a modified civilian vehicle. No, the Victorian engineers designed these for serious combat.



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   The whole design of these vehicles is based entirely aroun that piece in the middle with the silver and black "V" on it. I jumped when I saw them on Bricklink because they're perfect for something Victorian.



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   Because of those pieces, I was planning not to put any decals on the vehicle. Alas, I only had one solid-blue version of the slope I ended up using for the back. The ther was adorned with an unsightly logo saying "TV". Unsure of this "brasso" technique that I have yet to use myself, I ended up just putting a decal over it.



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   Swooshable, like all hoverbikes. I was at first just trying to slop these together quickly, but I ended up going through MANY different designs before I was satisfied. And I kept trying to make them studless. Unfortunately I couldn't find a good way to cover up that unsightly stud on the end of each 1x3 slope, so you'll just have to live with those. Meh, they don't hurt it, methinks.



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   And now, a demonstration of two Hoplites facing off with three Hornets.



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   The first Hornet falls quickly against the powerful Blazer machine guns on the Hoplite. The Hornet's armor simply cannot withstand them.



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   The Hornet is faster and more maneuverable than the Hoplite, however, so it's able to make a sharper turn. The wide Hoplites just can't bank well enough. I guess wider isn't always better. Still, they won't flip as easily, right?



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   The tough armor of the Hoplite can take a few nicks from the Hornet's installed laser guns, but the pilot knows he won't last forever.



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   So he just backs up (no the yellow thing on the front isn't an engine; it's a light. I just did that trail to show he was moving backwards).



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   The Hornet falls right into the pilot's trap. But the pilot has fallen right in line with the next Hornet, and his armor is already damaged.



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   So it's curtains for that pilot! Hoplites are still light vehicles. The other half of their name isn't as true, however. They do not have the ability to hop.



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   Wow, this pilot's daring. Smashing into the side of the Hornet, he overturns the unstable craft and runs over it with his bulkier vehicle!



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   Don't try this trick at home, kids. Also, your civilian version of the Hornet should never be used in combat. In fact, the Xarkon military also prefers not to use the Hornet in combat. It's strictly a recon vehicle.



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   And so the last man standing rides away, in his victorious Victorian Hoplite.

In reply to Jimmy Page: Why would you need hoverbikes fighting each other? Well, gee, why do you need airplanes or tanks fighting each other? Because it's WAR! And how are my bird people and fire people any different from other sci-fi aliens? Star Trek has elf people and bumpy-headed people. Star Wars has fish people, cat people, octopus people... heck, everything you can think of.

You know, it's people like you who are the discouragers of the world. When you see a person who is doing what he enjoys (such as building LEGO creations and making up stories) and has been successful at it and become popular... you immediately do your best to pull him down, belittle him and step on him... mostly out of pure jealousy. In your eyes, no one should be so successful doing what he enjoys. I've already come into contact with many of your kind and learned that the only thing to be done is to ignore you. You're not going to stop me from building. So just move along. Get a life and leave mine alone.

In reply to Adrian Juarez: Hey, I'm glad someone agrees with me that the Hornets are cooler! Everyone else seems to like the Hoplites better... But yeah, the Hoplites were meant to be bulkier, as I said, but I wouldn't mind doing a lighter bike for the Vics too. And yes, the Hoplite is my creation, not Ryan's. I don't post Ryan's creations on my MOCpage (which is why there's no Cavalier Fighter here). ;-)



Comments

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  November 25, 2008
Man, I would have thought the Hornets would have completely destroyed the Hoplites...OH, well...You win some, you lose some...
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  December 13, 2007
i love that hover bike. see my stuff
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  November 3, 2007
As a fan of white and blue, these are very good hoverbikes. Still can't get over the '50s-ish engines on the xarkon bikes. To Jimmy Page:It's called "creativity". This is our chosen hobby, what we're good at. so SHUT UP!!!
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  July 18, 2007
Can you please send me instructions for ANY of your creations exept the Drop pod and hornet?! Thank you.
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  July 18, 2007
Can you please send me instructions for ANY of your creations exept the Drop pod and hornet?! Thank you.
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  July 8, 2007
nice hover bikes! O yeah, Jimmy page, shut you trap.
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  April 13, 2007
I'm a huge fan of your LEGOs but I have to say that the Hoplites are awesome but kinda bulky and look more like land speeders. I think you should classify them as such, and then make a new Victorian hover bike that looks more like a hover bike. I love the Hornets though. Good work, I look forward to seeing more Nova Refuge here and on your site. Side Question:(Did you create the Hoplites or did your brother?)
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  February 11, 2007
Very cool, i like this nova refuge stuff, its very interesting.
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  September 27, 2006
Nova refuge is Lego and all legos are coll!!!
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  April 17, 2006
Victory is victorious!
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  April 16, 2006
Excellent! What a cool looking speeder (It pains me to say this but it's so much better than the "Hornet" speeders) It's so cool! And studless. Good work justin, GOOD work...
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  February 10, 2006
whats wrong with exo force
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  January 23, 2006
Loving the whole theme of hover bikes. Small, sleek recon vehicles have that racy charm. Excellent use of SNOT (studs not on top) Bulding :)
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  December 8, 2005
MUAHAHAHA! The Claw! It looks like a claw in the front, IMHO. I like the SNOT...and curves...(they go so well together, noticed?) and yeah. Better than the hornets. Except the engines, I like the engines on the hornets. Well, whatever. Great job in such a small creation...
Justin Saber-Scorpion Stebbins
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Elliot claveau
  December 7, 2005
Yay! Im the only survivor! (you use my caracter in takeover of mordark!). Really good! better than the hornet.
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  December 6, 2005
Loads better than your other bike, IMO (I never really liked the Hornet much). I like the slopes mounted on the side, sort of remind me of my Victorian Hoverbike. I like the teeth on the front. Nice job!
 
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