A tri-lateral fuselage, made from a sensor-jamming material, armed with three energy weapons, and capable of pulling twists and turns that would make most pilots sick after thirty seconds... all of this adds up to a distinctive and notorious fighter.
About this creation
Status: Intact... I hope. It's not fragile, but it might not survive an encounter with the floor or anything combining hard and moving. The third of four (maybe five) ships I have made for my friends. Based upon the Chig advanced fighter from Space: Above and Beyond, this was harder than the last two. Tri-lateral is a phrase I want to avoid for the next while. I hope Colin enjoys it!
The original Chiggy Von Richtofen was much smoother, with a scale-like pattern on its hull. Screw that, all spaceships need to be sleek and shiny! With curvey bits! And slopes! Yeah, slopes are awesome!
Since this used a lot of funky angles and some questionable angles, it wasn't easy to make it work. I had to experiment with using hinges a bit, but it worked out. The angle of the wings is about 10 degrees off the center axis. THAT'S NOT EASY! I am wishing, though, that those canopies came in solid black now.
Fun fact: the canopy is held onto the main body by an incredibly unlikely occurrence of geometry and luck. The grey 1x1 rounds on the back of the cockpit line up perfectly with the two grey studs on the front of the ship! Lucky for me, otherwise I wouldn't have a way to connect them securely. I guess this means the pilot can escape in a pod now.
Very little in the way of reference photos = artistic liberties taken. Seriously, I found only four photos, and some blurry video on YouTube. Seriously, internet: get on that, would you?
I think the texture that the various plates and bricks create on the wing sections looks nicer than just flat and consistent. In fact, each wing has a different arrangement of panel sin the outside. Go ahead, look for them.
Perfectly balanced on all axis, it can stand on two wings, one wing, on its end... it's almost perfectly symmetrical, with only slight differences on the nose.
The skull sticker is from the Space Skulls set. Thanks god I bought it but never used the stickers. The skull is an important part of the original design. The engines also match the original design, but with some fudging for practicality.