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Caliph- A Matrix Hovership
Caliph, an original hovership designed and flown by the free minds of the enslaved human race as chronicled by the Matrix Trilogy.
About this creation
*would some kind Lugnetian out there mind posting this in .space on Lugnet for me? I applied for membership there over a month ago, and after sending my payment in, nothing at all seems to be happening (with ANY new membership, as far as I can tell.) Thanks in advance! You'd have my eternal gratitude. Or something.*

update: Kudos to Jon Palmer for posting this on Lugnet for me. Much thanks, man! :)

update 2: The (dis)Honorable Mark Sandlin has awarded me the new and minty fresh Brammy Award. I'm touched. :p And I'm kidding about that whole dishonorable thing. Mostly.

I originally posted the Caliph folder on Brickshelf. I hope that those of you who have already seen it will bear with me now as I yap, blab, and mumble about my most recent creation.

Inspired by the Matrix films, and the incredible creations of Jamie Neufeld, Jon Palmer, and Adrian Drake, I present a hovership named Caliph.

I tried to follow design standards set by the past Matrix-themed creations, but twisted things up a bit with my own ideas. This craft is less a fighter than it is a big laser projector. It's a bit larger than interceptor size of Zoar, and smaller than both Yoshima and Nebuchadnezzar.

I included the Trans-Orange tipped antennae arrays of all 3 previous craft, but used 1x1 plates instead of the cones everyone else used.I also moved from the larger tires used by my predecessors for hover-thingies (what are those really called, anyways?) to smaller tires which are more proportional to the body of the ship. I did borrow Jamie's smaller pod design; without those, this ship would be lacking fine movement control. All 7 propulsion pods are adjustable.

The cockpit is somewhat cramped, but offers complete vision to the sides. A control screen allows the pilot to see what's ahead of him.

As with most other human equipment and vehicles, Caliph is a battered craft. Discolored sections show past repairs and replaced hull plates.

The naming of a ship is an interesting thing. This one was hard for me. I completed the model in time for the LUGOLA meeting on the 6th, but didn't have a name for it atthe time. I spent a lot of time just thinking of a name that fit in with the other ships in the Matrixverse.

It wasn't until I finished reading Orson Scott Card's Shadow Puppets that a name finally worked for me. It sounded perfect. Caliph. It has no connection to the design, construction, or purpose of my ship, but it is a word, a name, a title that has a power behind it that I just had to use for this model.

Of final note, the Machines are aware of the potential harm that can be dished out by the hoverships, no matter how insignificant a power they may be. Therefore, the Machines have sent swarms of small drones to keep track of Caliph and all the other hoverships, so that at no time will the Machine Army come under surprise attack.

September 2003

Response to comments:
Zak a- Thanks much, and you're totally right. When I'd completed the ship I felt good about the way it looked, but later on I got to thinking that the front end definitely isn't supported much at all by hoverpods. At the time of making it, I hadn't wanted to detract from the shape of the forward fuselage, but now I see that regardless of aesthetics, that front needs at least 2 more pods.

Repoort- Thanks, dude. I'm glad you like it. :D
It's funny that you compare it to Adrian's Neb, because I, too, feel that this ship has more in common with that craft than Jon's Yoshima or Jamie's Zoar. All 4 craft have common elements, but something in the design of the Nebuchadnezzar and Caliph just seem to be complementary.

Keith- Thank you!
This issue with the hoverpods is pretty important, and I can see now that I shouldn't have neglected the front part of the ship so much. I'll be modifying the Caliph accordingly. Let's see if I can get it perfect this time. ;)

Update: 9-23-03:
Thanks to the suggestions of reviewers here and FBTB, I continued to work on Caliph to give it more hover pods at the laser end of the craft. I am happy to say that the ship is noticeably improved over the first version, with a longer body, increased number of hover pods, increased detailing (hoses and other greeblies), and an interior construction that is cleaner and stronger. I hope to have pics up soon. I guarantee you'll like the new version better. :)



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   Side shot of the craft. Note the similar shape as the Nebuchadnezzar.



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   Rear 3/4 view. Hoverpods and antennae* galore.

*Do we really know what those trans-orange-tipped things are for? I'm clueless.



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   Similar shot as the one of Nebuchadnezzar in the first film.



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   ...you'd think the humans would spot these buggers and clean them off. :p



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   Closeup of the main body of the ship.



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   Underside view.



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   Exploded view of the inner construction of the ship. Not the nicest-looking of constructions, but it works.



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   Sentinel + fleebnork = Fleebinel?
Sentifleeb?
Sentifleebnelnork?



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   Oooooh. Matrixy.



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   Adrian Drake's Nebuchadnezzar.



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   Jon Palmer's Yoshima.



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   Jamie Neufeld's Zoar.



Comments

 I like it 
  December 8, 2007
Looks great, but make the engines more obvious. Adrian Drakes Nebuchadnezzar is amazing, btw.
 I like it 
  September 16, 2003
great but i think it needs more engine pods
 I like it 
  September 15, 2003
I reckon this ship was excellent the first time I reviewed it at FBTB, but nothing too great can never be over-appraised. I am especially a fan of Adrian's Nebuchadnezzar, and your ship goes along with it perfectly. What a tremendous job you've done. Keep it up!
 
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