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The Manticore
About this creation
The Manticore is my third SHIP. At 180 studs, it is significantly larger than my first two SHIPs. I built the Manticore over an agonizingly long 10 1/2 months.

The Manticore is a heavily-armed orbital death machine with enough firepower to destroy nearly anything produced by humankind. It's main armament is one of the most powerful energy weapons ever produced, colloquially known as the Destructo Beam. The ship also carries two smaller but deadly laser turrets on the roof, a number of smaller turrets, and two fighters.

The Manticore firing its Destructo Beam. The Paladin is in the background.





















Tail section closeup:



Midsection closeup:



Front section closeup:



Bridge closeup:



The fighter bays:









View through the windows of the curved section in front:



Functional airlock:







Crew bunks:



The engine room, lounge, and lavatory:



Engine room and capacitor array:



Interior airlock leading to the fighter bays:



The interior of the back section:



An overhead view with all the roof panels removed:



The interior of the front section:



A mechanic working on the Destructo Beam:



The Manticore carries two fighters:







This is me next to the ship, just to give a sense of scale.



I had to make the engines removable to fit the ship in my Honda Civic. I was nearing the end of this build when it occurred to me that I should measure the width of my car, so only the engine section is removable.




Comments

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  August 6, 2014
That bridge!
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  December 29, 2013
I love all the interior details! The giant cannons on top are great, and I like the orange and white touches of color you added!
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  November 25, 2013
fantastic battleship i love it
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  August 25, 2013
Wonderfully designed and built. My favorite part is the bridge.
  June 24, 2013
Another great ship. I really like asymetrical design of both lateral section. Ships ends looks like some evil flowers or eyes of some devious creature , it helps design alot. Interior details have nice industrial shape as World Wars II submarines. Keep building :D
  October 14, 2012
Great looking ship Blake. But for that size I think the laser connons are too big. Maybe more top level sections followed by the bridge could make it more " natural ". Just a thought:-)
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  July 21, 2012
how much does that weigh???
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  May 28, 2012
Such a beautiful and uniquely designed ship!
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  May 22, 2012
WOW..check out the size!its gigantor!!!!and it looks great!!!! 5/5
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  March 6, 2012
The bridge is amazing!
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  February 29, 2012
this whole ship is fantastic! the pure amount of detail you put into this really amounts to a spectacular display!
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  January 18, 2012
Holy Cow! Enormous and great design from front to back. Curiosity: Are these all pieces that you collected over the years, or did you have to go on great expeditions to acquire for this specific work?
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  January 12, 2012
Superb build, thx for the many, good quality photos for us to enjoy its splendour.
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  June 1, 2011
OMG SO AWESOME! 8D The big laser at the front reminds me of something starting with an S... aka o___o / ----- BLAAAAHRGH! ___-----
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  May 28, 2011
I would gnaw my foot off for something like this...
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  April 4, 2011
Marvelous creativity, stunning build quality, compelling design. Congratulations.
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  March 7, 2011
Wow, just truely awsome! i just build a ship MOC and got a new found respect for the Ship building. This is one of my favorites, right up there with KELSO's. There must a huge investment in this. GREAT GREAT GREAT!!!!!
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  March 4, 2011
Hey, Blake, might I suggest getting an 18-wheeled truck in case you want to build anything larger than the Manticore? Seriously, wow, just a great build all over. I mean this thing looks sleek, it looks deadly, and it looks like it could very well be a real space craft design one day. I especially love the unique layout of the main control room windows and the gun turrets.
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  March 4, 2011
This is very neat. I wish I had skills like you.
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  March 4, 2011
Very very very cool
Blake Foster
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LEGO Lord
  March 2, 2011
Oh how I wish I owned that...
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  March 2, 2011
No Offense to anyone out there but it seems like it is always people above their twenties or thirties that make these MOCs, so maybe that is why they can build such AWESOME and Craptacular masterpieces. Again, no offense, but this guy has probably been building and collecting legoes his whole life, so just keep building and you will get as good as this guy someday.
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  March 2, 2011
Quoting omega sniper (rich) nice build. how many studs are the fighters and fighter bay?
Thanks! The fighter bays are 18 studs deep, and the openings are each 20 studs wide. The fighters are each 17 studs long and 17 studs wide.
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  March 2, 2011
nice build. how many studs are the fighters and fighter bay?
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  March 2, 2011
why cant i make stuff like this?
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  March 2, 2011
This is a bit more awesome than it should be allowed...
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  March 2, 2011
Quoting NasterBoyen Astar I wonder how long it took you,to build this!
It took 10 1/2 months.
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  March 2, 2011
if i gave you the money wouled you make one for me
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  March 1, 2011
This is so perfect I'm actually salivating. No joke.
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  March 1, 2011
Nice Job
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  March 1, 2011
This is simply awesome! Incredible job!
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  March 1, 2011
This is madness. You should live in Sparta. Seriously speaking, the dome with the Life on Mars glasses is AMUSING.
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  March 1, 2011
Trtuly impressive ! I'm loving the design, and the build - the destroyer style guns especially. great work, on all of it ! - Dan
Blake Foster
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NasterBoyen Astar
  February 28, 2011
I wonder how long it took you,to build this!
Blake Foster
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Bob Marley
  February 28, 2011
10/5 exellent work! Love how the colors fit perfect.
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  February 28, 2011
I like asymmetry done right.
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  February 27, 2011
That and the mythological creature are both awesome. 180 studs? Didn't look that big until I saw the scale shot. ;)
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  February 26, 2011
this is friggin sweet, i love how interact everything is, i love the hanger and the doors
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  February 26, 2011
5/5! i just have to say that right away, cause this thing is awesome. the detail work is amazing! i especially love the minifig scale hangar bay with the fighters inside. and the asymetrical design looks really good. and i love the little airlock doors that can actually open! definitely the coolest creation i have seen in the last few weeks. fantastic! (and now i just have to check out your other stuff to see if there is more good stuff)
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  February 26, 2011
Awesome. I particularly like the bridge, and the hangars, and... Okay, you realise this thing is completely awesome, right?
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  February 26, 2011
This is off the chart! Incredible detail. Brilliant design. Very impressive build dude!
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  February 26, 2011
Quoting søren johansen We want more technique pictures:-) Is it build in dark bluish gray parts and did you purchase from bricklink? Your sence for creativity and unusual skills and ways of using parts is very imperssive. This gives Daniel Jassim something to think about. I'm a bit concerned about the interior, but the difficult angels and the fact it is a warship with fighter bays, kind of narrows it down. The curved section on the right side with windows could be nice to see from the inside. MOC of the year!!!
Thanks! I've added some more photos of the interior, as it was not covered very well by my first photoshoot. The ship is entirely old gray. I only use Bricklink when I need something specific. I purchased most of my collection used on ebay. I have some photos of the techniques (including the curved section in front) here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blake-foster/sets/72157625977732837/
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  February 26, 2011
Quoting Peter deYeule I think I've seen a picture of the front part last year at classic-space.com and I was like ''Oh man, this is going to be a masterpiece''. I'm glad to see the final version of the ship. It would be cool to had a picture of the interior of the front part because it's really impressive. It also would have been nice if the Manticore could have carried more fighters. It would have give him more firepower but I understand why you did this.
Thanks! I've added some more photos.
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  February 26, 2011
Quoting søren johansen Yes, finally you came out from your hide:-) I been watching your work on The Manticore at Flickr, where the building progress pictures are and was blown away. Tt seems like you nailed it big time, creating a assymetric shape and still kepping it sleek. The front beam blaster is very detailed, greebles and SNOT are well executed. It's funny to study your skills and see what you have for us spectators. I can only imagine how you got the different shapes and which parts you used. I can understand that you are in the engeneering business and is very creative. Did you create a skeleton to buils from, using technic parts? MASTERPIECE:-)
Thanks! The ship has Technic frames in both the floor and ceiling. The floor also has three layers of solid brick, to keep it from breaking in half in the mid section (due to the fighter bays, it has no wall on the starboard side and very little interior support). The bridge is build with click hinges and flex tube. The Destructor Beam is built out of rings of click hinges. The curved section on the port side is built out of hinge plates and flex tube. I have photos of some of the techniques here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blake-foster/sets/72157625977732837/
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  February 26, 2011
Quoting Farhan Salman That's very awesome. How you made that front part? It's very nice.
The Destructo Beam is built around rings of click hinges. The curved section on the port side is held together by flex tube and hinge plates. I have some photos of the techniques here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blake-foster/sets/72157625977732837/
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  February 26, 2011
Quoting JS Can Blake, this is a fantastic MOC. I hesitate to use the word 'elegant' to describe a warship, but to me, that's what it is. The size, flow, concept and details all come together in a wonderful way. I could see this out in space. The fact that you also made it mini-fig scale with a real interior add so much. PS- looks like a couple of old school space figs in the bridge, right?
Thanks! You're right, the pilots are both Futuron figs, albeit with newer heads from the SPIII line. One of them is a cyclops.
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  February 26, 2011
It's amazing! It's so good built, that almost can't recognise it is from LEGO bricks! I very like that it is minifig scale and interior is built too, especialy the 'hangar' for the 2 small spacecraft! Thanks that you share it with us!
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  February 26, 2011
This, my friend, is freaking awesome!!! Unfrakkinglievably beautiful!! I love the dome and the front section. Hell, I love everything about it!!:-) Well Done!
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  February 25, 2011
I never get tired of SNOT ships. The brick work on the protruding bow sections is brilliant. I especially like the clean look of the deck guns. Definitely a contender in the sci-fi category for the Mocie awards!
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  February 25, 2011
Wow! I wish I had this many lego! A very impressive ship, great attention to detail.
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  February 25, 2011
xtreme building. No studs and really smooth with great details en a lot of "finesse" Keep on building
  February 25, 2011
We want more technique pictures:-) Is it build in dark bluish gray parts and did you purchase from bricklink? Your sence for creativity and unusual skills and ways of using parts is very imperssive. This gives Daniel Jassim something to think about. I'm a bit concerned about the interior, but the difficult angels and the fact it is a warship with fighter bays, kind of narrows it down. The curved section on the right side with windows could be nice to see from the inside. MOC of the year!!!
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  February 24, 2011
undescribingly awesome great detail and style,would you be willing to sell
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  February 24, 2011
I am speechless. Yes, I am without speech.
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  February 24, 2011
My keyboard doesn't have enough letters to describe how perfectly awesome this is!
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  February 24, 2011
Quoting Eva George uh well i have 1 question, does any1 know how he built this??? cause its just,, GREAT!!!!
Thanks for your comments! I'm never sure how to answer that question, but I can give it a shot. I started with a sketch of the basic layout. I scanned the the sketch, blew it up to life size, and printed it on to 10 pages to serve as a guide (take a look at this photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blake-foster/4501164993/in/set-72157623767918864/) I used a lot of unusual building techniques. Some of them are documented here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blake-foster/sets/72157625977732837/
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  February 23, 2011
Awesome MOC! I really like the Destructo Beam and fighter bays. Keep up the good work!
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  February 22, 2011
I Really like this moc ! The detail and creativity is awesome ! Very good job!
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  February 22, 2011
this is amazing
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  February 22, 2011
I think I've seen a picture of the front part last year at classic-space.com and I was like ''Oh man, this is going to be a masterpiece''. I'm glad to see the final version of the ship. It would be cool to had a picture of the interior of the front part because it's really impressive. It also would have been nice if the Manticore could have carried more fighters. It would have give him more firepower but I understand why you did this.
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  February 22, 2011
Very nicely built, good shape and technique, like the weapons and the fact it is minifig scale. Keep it up!
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  February 21, 2011
Absolutely incredible. What an array of shapes and structures! This is one of the most advanced and unique ships I have ever seen.
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  February 21, 2011
50000/5!!!
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  February 21, 2011
VERY AWESOME ASSYMETRIC SHIP !!!!! Outstanding !!
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  February 21, 2011
Yes, finally you came out from your hide:-) I been watching your work on The Manticore at Flickr, where the building progress pictures are and was blown away. Tt seems like you nailed it big time, creating a assymetric shape and still kepping it sleek. The front beam blaster is very detailed, greebles and SNOT are well executed. It's funny to study your skills and see what you have for us spectators. I can only imagine how you got the different shapes and which parts you used. I can understand that you are in the engeneering business and is very creative. Did you create a skeleton to buils from, using technic parts? MASTERPIECE:-)
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  February 20, 2011
Brilliant work, I was very surprised to see an interior since the ship looks so solid, which is great, I love the command bridge and fighter bays, unbelievable you managed to get that all in there, fantastic job !
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  February 20, 2011
!!!!! WOW it is a true piece of lego design and inginuity.Great job. What will you build next?
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  February 20, 2011
!!!!! WOW it is a true piece of lego design and inginuity.Great job. What will you build next?
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  February 20, 2011
The shape is simply incredible, the destructo beam is awesome and those fighters are so neat!
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  February 20, 2011
The best I've seen since Dan Jassim has left the building. A feast for the eye. A masterpiece. And as far as I'm concerned: MOC of the year!
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  February 20, 2011
AH, so THIS is where you've been. Worth it though. It's one of the most unusual ship designs I've seen in a while, especially the bridge. And you actually used the garage sliding doors! I'd use some, but half of my garage door is gone. I also like the way you did the name just above the hangar. Well done!
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  February 20, 2011
That's very awesome. How you made that front part? It's very nice.
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  February 20, 2011
Brilliant work!
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  February 20, 2011
Very well done, with nice greebles.
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  February 20, 2011
Holy S!#% man! That's awesome. Great job!
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  February 20, 2011
That's a really cool ship. Do you have assembly instructions for the fighters?
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  February 20, 2011
Such a beautiful ship. So very well designed. It looks like a much larger scale craft until you see the people inside and then it just blows me away how intricate this craft is. Fantastic work! ^Blub^
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  February 20, 2011
I particularly like the discriminating use of asymmetry. Not overdone, but enough to create little moments of surprise. Furthermore, the large axial Destructo Beam wins a seal of approval.
Blake Foster
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CISCE .
  February 19, 2011
Handsome ship. Is it single? :p
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  February 19, 2011
Gorgeous!
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  February 19, 2011
Awesome build, great overall concept and brilliant details to bring it all together!
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  February 19, 2011
I love the asymmetry of this SHIP. Great details, especially like the airlock!
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  February 19, 2011
This is freaking brilliant!! amazing job.
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  February 19, 2011
Love It! Great Job Dude
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  February 19, 2011
Intense build! Great details inside and out, the work you put into it shows. Excellent!
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  February 19, 2011
Everything about this ship looks gorgeous! It's truly a great piece of work =)
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  February 19, 2011
brilliant!
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  February 19, 2011
This is amazing! It's so well-crafted and detailed.
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  February 19, 2011
Great design elements. Everything looks functional and above all, destructive.
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  February 19, 2011
Wow! great MOC, and cool bridge.
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  February 19, 2011
This is simply amazing! The bridge is excellent, and the fighter bay is a great touch!
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  February 19, 2011
Wow! I love how you made the bridge!
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  February 19, 2011
holy cow dude i dont even know what that thing is from but excellent job!!!! u got the inside and some fighter bays holy cow!! great job
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  February 19, 2011
holy cow dude i dont even know what that thing is from but excellent job!!!! u got the inside and some fighter bays holy cow!! great job
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  February 19, 2011
Very nice! You even have my favorite part about a ship THE INTERIOR! >Eric
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  February 19, 2011
Blake, this is a fantastic MOC. I hesitate to use the word 'elegant' to describe a warship, but to me, that's what it is. The size, flow, concept and details all come together in a wonderful way. I could see this out in space. The fact that you also made it mini-fig scale with a real interior add so much. PS- looks like a couple of old school space figs in the bridge, right?
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  February 19, 2011
WOW! I'm speechless...This is INCREDIBLE! I LOVE the design. VERY, VERY cool!
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  February 19, 2011
Yes! Massive!
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  February 19, 2011
epic... i don't know what else to say... simply epic, i love this ship!!!
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  February 19, 2011
wow, this ship is amazing! i especially love the use of the windscreens in the control tower. nice job!
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  February 19, 2011
Holy moly! Amazing! I love the bridge and hanger bays! I'd say it was well worth the wait!
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  February 19, 2011
wow, just... wow.
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  February 19, 2011
Now this is something special, for a sec I lost my breath while looking at the pictures! Amazing work! Everything is outstanding!
 
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