A light, nearly studless space fighter which stresses firepower.
About this creation
SPIKE= Space Pirate Interceptor and Kombat Engagement craft. The whole thing is about seven inches long.
This light fighter is armed to the teeth to take out some of the more heavily armored pirate vessels terrorizing modern commerce routes. It is the legacy of the Nine Inch NHAALE in name, role, and armament.
1x "Vengeance" MK V cannon mounted on nose
2x "HelixHammer" cannons mounted on nose
8x Torpedoes in side-mounted pods
6x Missiles on external hardpoints
This ship has a few things that I have never done before.
1) Nose to tail SNOT construction. I didn't plan it that way, but the main cannon started out as a SNOT piece and started extending back all the way to the engines as I built.
2) Studless exterior. With the missiles removed from their hardpoints, the SPIKE has one usable stud on the exterior, and that's in the middle of the main cannon where I couldn't really put anything to cover it.
3) "Backwards" slanted cockpit. I've seen this technique used on a few MOCs like the Sand Shark by Chris Malloy. In most cases, it helped pull off a smooth execution of the ship, so I figured I would give it a try.
Enjoy, and leave a comment if you have something to say.
Business ends of the HelixHammer (top corners) and Vengeance Mark V (center) cannons. The ironsight is a primitive yet effective backup optical targeting system for these destructive weapons. The Vengeance has pickaxes framing its aperture because I was on a roll with hand tools that day.
When I was building this, I thought it should be like the Antikythera's foil ship. While the AK stresses maneuverability, the SPIKE should stress firepower. The AK is ornate, a gleaming example of a navy's space superiority, while the SPIKE is gritty and utilitarian. These fighters represent completely opposing views of what a light fighter should be. Somehow, they both turn out to be great examples of the platform.
Wow, it's been a while since you've posted anything new. Anyway, 'tis quite good. I like the color scheme, very blacktron-esqe. The pickaxes rock too, as does the name. :-P One thing I don't like is the backwards cockpit... never been a fan of that, and it makes it look like the back is the front and vice-versa. Still, not enough for me to detract a smiley. Keep building!