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P 38 Flying Fork -- ground support craft
The Flying Fork is the newest mockery added to my space pirates universe.
About this creation
To fully grasp the following sketchy backstory for this MOC, you need to be familiar with the space pirates universe I've sort of developed. If you're familiar with The White Lightning, The Red Baron, The Andrulean Firestorm , and my Vaptor then you're set.




The P38 Flying Fork is dedicated to the memory of the great WWII-era plane, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, which was called the "Fork-tailed Devil" by the Germans. That one you can find a link to on your own.

The Shenandoah carries 12 of these Flying Forks, which are designed for close-in support of ground forces planet-side. Although close support is the main mission, the Flying Fork is capable of flying fighter cover for the Shenandoah in a pinch.



She's armed with twin laser cannons under each "tine" of the fork and can be outfitted with bombs and rockets at the commander's whim. Fully loaded she's a bit cumbersome due to a fairly flat profile, but with a punch of a button all explosive ordnance can be jettisoned and the Flying Fork becomes a snarling, highly maneuverable fighter.




"I don't know what we'd do without our Flyin' Forks," says Marine Brigadier General Zorov "Fuzzy" Navello. "When we get boots on the ground, it's good to look up and see one of the Forks blasting whatever's ahead of us. We'd never have pulled off that raid on UP supply depot and armory on Praxis Ohno without them. One Fork's worth a regiment of Marines -- and that's as good of a compliment as anybody could ever give."




Builder's notes: I wasn't going to build another spaceship -- honest. I got the idea for the basic look of the cockpit while avoiding sorting after doing a new episode of Glomshire Knights the other night and then was compelled to actually do something with it. I really need to focus on integrating all the sections of a MOC in a better way to smooth out rough patches and make things look better. Still, I'm happy with this as is. I tried a couple new things here and I think they turned out OK. I'm very pleased with the cockpit's SNOT aspects. Since Bricks in Space is the theme for Brickworld this year, guess what I'm bringing to Chicago?

That's right, money and a taser. The money's for me to buy Lego. The taser's for Lee Jones in case he decides to get cute. I'd use it on Kelso too, but he's been tased so much he says it feels like touching your tongue to a nine-volt battery -- it makes him all tingly.



Comments

 I like it 
  May 13, 2010
Very very nice shape, I especially like the tail end it looks kinda fish-like somehow. I am a huge fan of white with a hint of blue.
 I like it 
  May 13, 2010
Excellent build Dennis! I love the lines. The P-38 is one of my favorite aircraft of all time! I can't believe how quickly BW is coming upon us! Looking forward to seeing this and the rest of your builds in person!
Dennis Price
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That LDD Guy
  May 12, 2010
I like it!
Dennis Price
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Dave and John Xandegar
  May 12, 2010
Dennis has always had a knack for these small spacecraft. As we recall, he had some pretty interesting pieces at Brickworld last year. This one's pretty cool, Bud...love the overall white and the shape of the vertical stabilizers (fins, Chris...fins). 36 days to go...getting excited?
 I like it 
  May 12, 2010
Continuing with the emperor's puns... So, were the test pilots told to go fork themselves when they wanted another assignment? Could this thing conveivably go fast enough to come upon itself in the road? Yeah, I got nuthin'... fork it. (Licking a 9volt huh...?) ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  May 12, 2010
Another beauty. I'd fork out a few bucks for this thing, but I made a wrong turn at the fork in the road. Stick a fork in this fork filled review, it's done.
 I like it 
  May 12, 2010
this is cool! you should make a troop transport ship like this
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  May 12, 2010
In fact, so excited that I had better change my shorts. Lee.
 I made it 
  May 12, 2010
Quoting Dave and John Xandegar Dennis has always had a knack for these small spacecraft. As we recall, he had some pretty interesting pieces at Brickworld last year. This one's pretty cool, Bud...love the overall white and the shape of the vertical stabilizers (fins, Chris...fins). 36 days to go...getting excited?
Very excited!
 I like it 
  May 12, 2010
Sweet, and glad to see that it's inspired by the P-38 Lightning! Maybe you should name it something like SP-38 or DP-38!
 I like it 
  May 12, 2010
Very nice design and I love the fact it is inspired by the P-38, one of my favorite aircraft!
 I like it 
  May 12, 2010
Well done, Dennis! I think this is one of your best yet. Good design, and some nice parts usage as well. I think just a hint more color blocking to break up the white (maybe just a sticker or two would do it), and you'd take it even a step farther. But meanwhile, some really nice work here!
 I like it 
  May 12, 2010
Very nice Dennis. I must like it, I've just approved it for addition to the Space Pirate pool on Flickr (in my role as all-powerful and knowing mod). Keep up the good work.
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  May 12, 2010
Cool, you're building some ships now with regularity, atleast for me, that's great to see...
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  May 12, 2010
More sci-fi made in Deathdog... I like this new you.
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  May 12, 2010
Hey, that is a nice space craft that you have there, bub, and I also loved the backstory on it, too. It also looks good, it has nice SNOT action as well as greebling, and it is based upon one of the better fighters in many of the Strikers 1945 games, which I love. Also, I, too, once not only built a forked space craft of my own but I had built a series of them, too. One of them became known as the Terran Trident series and ended up having four or five itinerations and the other one ended up looking like a fighter from the RayStorm series on steroids called the Bear. Sadly, pictures of only the Bear survived and they were in my pre-digital photography period of LEGO building. However, the Bear ended up takin about three days to build (as in actual days) and it ended up having almost as many pieces in it as the Galactic Enforcer from the LEGO Space Police III set yet, despite being a big fighter in its own right, was only about half the size as the Galactic Enforcer. Still, your fighter is quite nice even though it was not your intent on building one. Hopefully, I will win the contest that I entered at LEGOLAND California this past weekend, too. I would comment on the Taser thing but MOCPages might see my comment as bad and using Tasers on people, even IF they are annoying, is not a good or safe idea, sir, especially those that pack one million volts or more, too.
 
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