Good observations regarding the engineering aspects. My initial estimate of where the center of gravity would end up was slightly off, so late in the building process (2 days before BrickCon) I had to re-factor the internal frame and side panels to bring the stand forward. The entire structure is quite heavy (ship + stand = 14.4kg / 31.7lbs), but the stand is built like a tank, and positioned well enough that I was able to get away with a fairly small footprint. Two beams protrude from the internal frame through the side panels and integrate into the stand, providing the illusion that the ship is hovering between the walls of the stand without any support directly beneath it.
It's all been said, but, amazing ship. Not only is the design, color, and shape exceptional but most people probably don't think about the engineering aspect of a build like this. On top of the asthetic you've found the fulcrum point and had to balance it on its own stand - which I'm sure was a proccess all on its own. Not to mention the inner workings have to be able to support its own weight. Incredible job, sir.
So glad to see this beautiful creation gracing the MOCpages community. It was definitely my favorite piece from what I saw of this year's Brick Con, and a terrific addition to your portfolio. Fantastic work yet again!
This is very, very nice. Dark blue isn't a common colour for spacecraft, and the symmetrical cross-section looks very alien. It'd probably be a bit better if it really was perfectly symmetrical, but as it is it's a really nice ship. (or SHIP, depending on size.) I'd make some mention of the techniques involved, but I've got no idea of how this sort of thing goes together. I'd imagine it wouldn't be extremely complex, apart from the bow, but there's sure to be some significant stresses at work along the spine.
Jon, this is an amazing creation. The photos are great, but they don't do it any justice. It is hard to believe it is 166 studs long! It has a clean look that I think ships of this size should have. The color scheme and level of detail are the best features. The support craft also look great. Regards, Eric.