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Mantis-Class Barracuda (Vic Viper)
An organic, fish, and futuristic inspired vic viper built for Novvember on flickr!
About this creation

The Mantis-Class Barracuda was developed by an alien Terran race. Fusing machine and nature, the organic/mech fighter capitalizes upon synergy and energy efficiency. Energy orbs stretch from the rear of the fighter, up the two forward prongs and can release deadly plasma shock waves upon firing.

It's Novvember! Woo- I finally finished! Spending basically the whole month building this baby, I've disregarded homework, and run into problems numerous times. The main one being the inverted cockpit. I was going for an inverted cockpit because a. it seems more necessary/helpful for space warfare b. no one has done it yet... I think. I was also going for an organic, futuristic, and fish-like appearance. I was strongly influenced by the Mantis race in Conquest Frontier Wars, as well as a picture I took of a jellyfish.
Cheers!







Interior energy greebling up the forward prongs. Energy is built up towards the front and fired as plasma at the end of the prongs.


In this front shot you can get a better feel for the fish design I was trying to get with the eyes popping our the side of the cockpit, resembling a head.


Side shot. The top fin further progresses the appearance of an organic fish fin.

Back right rear shot.


Back engine shot elevated.


Engine outtakes.


Kudos to Cole Blaq for the ingenious interior engine concept. Nothing is loose in there. Everything is connected and in place.


Rear back left shot.


The whole front head/cockpit area is what I started out with. It was a giant pain in the ass inverting and holding those windscreens in place. Then I threw in detail with the controls/chair.


What's a detailed ship without an opening cockpit though? ;)


Both sides open.


Side shot of the interior cockpit.


Interior shot of the cockpit and chair. Everything here is connected and in place.


An undershot looking up into the cockpit. The stacked windscreens resemble gills.


Exploded side shot of the cockpit. I spent 2 hours working on just this part alone.


I wanted everything to be connected and have a wrap-around screen for the pilot.




Top shot looking into the interior.


With the bug pilot inside. There is plenty of room, and tons of detail.





Full side shot opened cockpit.


As previously stated, a main idea of the ship was to go with an organic feel. The side loading ladder is meant to resemble some sort of fungal growth or vine that is fused with machinery.




The bug pilot and his ship. In the future, everyone looks like a bug.


Angled front top shot.


Front top shot.


Back top shot.


Again kudos to Cole Blaq for the ingenious interior engine concept. Everything here is connected and held in place.


The back engine area was also a pain in the ass to build, but I'm pretty happy with what I got. The side panels shoot open during take-off.


Engine outtake during take off.


The inverted cockpit: much more suitable for space warfare. You can now get a full view of what's bellow you, and dive in on your targets.


Surprisingly, everything came together quite nicely after some tinkering. It was hard to match up the snot, inverted bricks, and keep the engine/whole ship stable for carrying/swooshing/display purposes. Mission accomplished.


Grade for stability and swooshability: A+


The organic loading ladder and the bug pilot.








Built November 2009 for the Novvember Vic Vipers pool on flickr.




Comments

 I like it 
  May 23, 2014
As the producer/designer of Conquest Frontier Wars - I LOVE IT ! Great work - I just wish we could have done that sequel. EP
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  May 7, 2011
HOLY 'COW'! That is EPIC EPIC EPIC!
legorevolution .
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Reid Seghers
  April 6, 2010
this is great just one question is ti upside down? if so wat does it look like reight side up is it a hole new thing? wait.....thats three questions sorry! : ) beware my smiley!
legorevolution .
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Reid Seghers
  April 6, 2010
this is great just one question is ti upside down? if so wat does it look like reight side up is it a hole new thing? wait.....thats three questions sorry! : ) beware my smiley!
 I like it 
  January 12, 2010
I've seen it on Flickr but didn't notice it as much as it deserves. This is an incredible build, you're really skilled, and the aquatic look is amazing, a piece of art really !
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  December 12, 2009
This is just great! You should build more in this theme!
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  December 10, 2009
Wow, nice! Great design and color work!
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  December 8, 2009
WOW thats all I can say!!!
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  December 8, 2009
Skillful build, wonderful design, stunning colors, good detail. Great MOC.
  December 8, 2009
>>It never got much attention<< Well, it got my attention and I still love it. I wouldn't fly it, though. Can't see above you :P
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  December 8, 2009
This is awesome! Looks almost like covenant
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  December 8, 2009
Very nice. Quite organic, and remarkably aquatic in appearance. Those stacked windscreens look like a royal pain to pull off. Pilot's interesting, engine's compact but beautifully greebled and the -mocpages blocker, word obfuscation- roosterpit is the single best part. The chair and screens are just, well, great. Lovely when a small, detailed moc comes together, innit? My only gripe is the wings; they'd be better, in my opinion, if they were angled downwards a bit. Sort of an inverted Y shape.
 I made it 
  December 8, 2009
Quoting Geoff Herndon Huh. I'm trying to figure out why this isn't today's most popular MOC, because it really should be listed as such. That said, bautiful work achieving and organic tech feel with this. The layered canopies are also highly original. I guess what I mean to say is: Very, VERY nice.
It never got much attention :( I'm not one to complain but I spent a lot of time and technique on it to achieve detail, the organic look, etc. Oh well, hopefully the ones who notice it enjoy it.
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  December 8, 2009
This will probably reach thirty comments tommorow :P. Anyways I saw this on cabbage, it was epic! CCX says hi!
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  December 7, 2009
Huh. I'm trying to figure out why this isn't today's most popular MOC, because it really should be listed as such. That said, bautiful work achieving and organic tech feel with this. The layered canopies are also highly original. I guess what I mean to say is: Very, VERY nice.
 I like it 
  December 7, 2009
wow thats amazing!swooshability hahaha
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  December 7, 2009
Nice,reminds my of a space squid.
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  December 7, 2009
Nice,reminds my of a space squid.
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  December 7, 2009
I saw this on the CABG but forgot to comment. The detail is superb and great SNOT usage.
 
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