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V-57 Magnum
This is the moonbase compatable V-57 Magnum built by Volesky Aerospace. While not the most manuverable fighter, it is cheap to produce and ideally suited for moonbase defense. For these reasons it is widely used by colonial defense militias and well-funded police forces. It carries two medium lasers and a rocket pod.
About this creation
I came up with the idea for the cockpit on this thing a while ago after seeing this picture on CSF. For some reason my mind immediately latched on to the idea of a single dome like that, and quickly put it next to a moonbase connection. I first experimented with the idea and the general shape I wanted in a prototype ship that was clearly too blocky to pursue. Eventually I got reinspired to use the cockpit layout on a smaller scale.

Looking at it now I think the cockpit sticks out too much, but that can be simple enough to fix. I am planning several civilian MOCs based on the Magnum (hopefully at least one for Adrian's contest).



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   Gotta love Photoshop. I wish I could figure out a good way to make engine glows.



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   Yes, that's a standard moonbase connection with a nice airlock. Kinda makes the thing look bulky and square, but I never expected it to look pretty.



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   Rockets and guns!



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   Spiffy engine pods. This definately won't be the last time I use those.



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   I got nothing interesting to say about this picture.



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   Slightly blurry view of the greebs on top.



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   The top of the cockpit area is removable. I put in a bunch of computer- and machinery-looking tiles at the back, but in retrospect I should have greebled it.



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   View with the door open



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   The landing gear was a complete afterthought. As a result they suck ass. They hold the thing up, but they look like crap.



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   I'm still debating whether I like it better with or without the landing gear. I hate for ships to be without it, but this gear is just so lame.



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   Same shot as before, but flying this time...or balancing on some x-pods, as the case may be.



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   No caption for you!



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   One of my favorite parts was the greebling in here. I needed some way to transition the stripes from brick height to tile width, so I just put a hole in the ship. This shot is kinda dark and doesn't show all the detail.



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   Update: here's a better picture of the greebs in the engines.



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   And here's one with the flash on so you can see all the greebly goodness.



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   Introducing the Boring Moonbase Mockup (tm). Since I haven't built a moonbase module yet, I threw together a stage prop for demonstration purposes.



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   Comming in for landing... er, docking, or whatever.



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   Wait for it...



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   Successful airlock mating! *heh heh... mating*



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   I think a real moonbase module might support the weight, but obviously I haven't tested it.



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   Meet Lt. Gordon Phillips, pilot for the Moonbase Militia.



Comments

 I like it 
  March 22, 2007
Just discovered your ship. Very cool I must say. Love the asymmetry and greebling. hehe mating...
 I like it 
  February 26, 2006
It has a very interesting design. Although I'm not happy with the colors and some of the designs of it, it's very interesting to think about. Nice job! Can you please tell me how you cut out the ship and pasted it onto the background? I have Photoshop CS2 right now and I really wanna know how you did it!
 
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