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Going Postal
2011 MOCAthalon entry for category "Sci-Fi Concept Art" by team "Moist Towelettes".
About this creation
Moist Towelettes entry for "Sci-Fi Concept Art" in the 2011 MocAthalon, and the first space ship I have made in 30 years.





I'm guessing this is the Medusa class postal delivery vehicle employed by the GPS (Galactic Postal Service). Judging by the engines, it is probably for overnight or same day parcels.



The white tubes on the surface are the business end of the shield generators.



The openings at the front of the nacelles have dual use, innie or outie. During normal flight they take in hydrogen in the path of the ship for use in the power plant. If attacked, they switch to short range focused beam weapons, in which case the ship also switches to a combat auto pilot, as crews of the GPS are not trained for such.



Why does a postal vehicle need such extensive shields and armament? You know the motto of the GPS:


Neither meteor shower,
Nor space dragon,
Nor skull burrowing space weevil
Will keep us from our appointed route.

Honestly, and with sincere apologies to the GPS, the above is, of course, an unwarranted joke. The dedicated men, women, and GELFs (genetically engineered life form) of the GPS take their jobs seriously, and the equipment is present to deal with the all too real, and pernicious, problem of space pirates.









Please note, and this will be especially interesting to Chris (who, for those of you not familiar, is retraining to be a rocket scientist): I do recognize that the colors of the exhaust imply a temperature profile of fairly inefficient engines. The blue is high temperature gas in the stream which represents lost energy not used to propell the ship. Optimally, all the exiting gas should be as low temperature as possible (red), by the time it leaves the wide part of the nozzle. If you have any questions about this, remember that Shifu holds tutorial office hours Wednesdays from 10 to noon. In any case, the shoddy design probably has to do with the last 14 of 17 postal rate hikes requested by the GPS being rejected by the Galactic Senate.















I'm showing the underside with the thruster nozzles removed for ease of placement.







The raw cabin body, my favorite part.











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Special note to the judges: I do not normally explain myself, but, within the context of the competition, feel some need to claim a religious exemption that particularly applies here. I do not believe in studless design, but will not rant against it here (or anywhere). As I've said before, when I want to achieve smooth results, I whittle hickory. Thanks for your indulgence.

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Muchas gracias to the judges and Sterlings for organizing this far out shindig, and good luck with your studies Chris.



Comments

 I like it 
  September 24, 2011
Bummer that all the pictures aren't back yet. What's up with that? Anyway, new posting, Dude! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/288634#reviews How are things in Wustah?
 I like it 
  July 18, 2011
Well now I really do feel like an axle hole. How I missed the bulk of your MOC-A's I'm not sure. But I do know the way you seemlessly pluged in those trans-blue windscreens is awesome.
 I like it 
  June 21, 2011
The question isn't why the need for such extensive shields and armament, but why not?!? You never know what might be living in some of those rural boxes! Great design and build!
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  March 28, 2011
SpaceBones...
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  March 19, 2011
Awesome, I love the engine's exhaust, and the use of those horns!
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  March 19, 2011
Amazing!!!! so original !!!!
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  March 19, 2011
Loving that cabin.
  March 18, 2011
That is an concept GL would like for sure!!! - Score = 5
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  March 18, 2011
This is way too sweet! You always amaze me with the way you use the pieces, I specially like the shape of the cabin, well done all around.
Tom Simon
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Jarod Waltz
  March 17, 2011
I don't know how but those engine flames don't seem like Lego they seem like just one piece well done
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  March 17, 2011
gotta love someone who builds the rocket flames themselves out of lego. Awesome dude, just awesome, u have taken that wierd style of yours into space!
 I made it 
  March 17, 2011
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= those pink bits... is it wrong if I say I can't stop staring at them? Do I need to rethink my life choices...
Not at all wrong, no. But you may be asking the wrong person.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2011
I did not know you were pro stud. I think one should always be open to doing either studs and flat surfaces depending on the design. If you can pull off either successfully you have my respect. I never noticed this was studs out until you mentioned it, therefore a complete success and a redundant statement to mention it. Also... those pink bits... is it wrong if I say I can't stop staring at them? Do I need to rethink my life choices... 5 points.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2011
Phew, that is pure sweetness there. That cockpit is just so darn perfect, its hard to miss.
Tom Simon
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Thoy Bradley
  March 15, 2011
So Tom, when is your book '1000 ways to utilise animal parts' due for release? We've seen flowers, people, ships... great stuff as always! ~Thoy
Tom Simon
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Jasper Vinkenvleugel
  March 15, 2011
cool! i like the cabin!!!!
Tom Simon
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Soap MacTavish
  March 15, 2011
WOW!!!!! You are amazing how? how? did you make this? Its Awsome! First Time for me! WoW! Great one Tom!~Soap
 I made it 
  March 15, 2011
Quoting W. Mark This is also an odd coincidence for me... I just finished reading the Terry Pratchett book by the same title (which I presume you're familiar with, given the writeup). Both the book and this build are masterpieces.
Well that is the darndest thing. Never heard of this book until you mentioned it. Now I am very curious and must go hunt it down. Thanks so much for the tip.
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
This is also an odd coincidence for me... I just finished reading the Terry Pratchett book by the same title (which I presume you're familiar with, given the writeup). Both the book and this build are masterpieces.
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
that is some sort of crazy. Excellent use of the trans i must say.
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  March 15, 2011
Looks like a ship covered in maggots, it gives me the shivers just looking at it. I love the integration of the blue windshield pieces.
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  March 15, 2011
that cockpit is legendary!!
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  March 15, 2011
...business end of the shield generator... got it! it's not that i skipped the write up, it was just such a visual overload my brain didn't want to attempt to process any words ;)
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  March 15, 2011
You use some of the coolest pieces for some of the most outstanding patterns.
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  March 15, 2011
Very technorganic, no doubt. And as a result, most impressive (and most studs I've seen in a long time). I wish your MCPDV would handle my BL order, instead of our slow postal service. Brilliant work, Tom.
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
looks like a bio-ship to me. Awesome!
 I made it 
  March 15, 2011
Quoting Zane Houston you may have mentioned this in your description but ...
Now you are skipping my write ups? Have I abused you one too many times?
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
wow... THIS is a ship!! The engines are great, you may have mentioned this in your description but are those hairs used for aerodynamics? anyways, i agree with you that the cockpit is the best part; integrating those curved windscreens in an airtight fashion is almost impossible but you pulled it off with 6 of them!! very well done...
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  March 15, 2011
If this is your first spaceship in 30 years, Id LOVE to see what you would make as a pro Spaceship builder!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
Impressive Cockpit. Impressive Cockpit indeed.
 I made it 
  March 15, 2011
Quoting Thoy Bradley So Tom, when is your book '1000 ways to utilise animal parts' due for release? We've seen flowers, people, ships... great stuff as always! ~Thoy
It is my aim as much as possible to make mechanical things from organic parts, and organic things from the opposite. I'd like to make plants from bionicle parts, and tanks from flowers.
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
Check out that brown carpet ... innie and outie ... Huh? What?!? Oh right, the MOC. You nailed the category. Mind-boggling. Creepy, too. Them white flagella at a different glance look like maggots going in and out, feeding on carrion. >> 5 points <<
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
Lots of strangeness going on with this thing, but I can't stop looking at it. The engines and that cabin are very slick. Attack!
 I made it 
  March 15, 2011
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD I had no idea you were such an anti-studlees guy.
I'm pro-stud.
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
Tentacular! Is that even a word ? It should be.. Great ship and I love that cabin. Wear your studs with pride!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
Wow, brilliant! The shape of this is really cool, keep it up!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
Innie and outie eh? You Sir, seem to be a Lego building Master! Your score = 5
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  March 15, 2011
Wow, I had no idea you were such an anti-studlees guy; my stuff must drive you crazy then! The whole time I was viewing this I wanted to shine a blacklight on it(not for DNA discovery)to see those light blue canopies light up. Cool, unique design, Tom, nicely done.~H
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
So I'm a GELF am I? *sigh* Alright, time for a score then back to my studies on solid fuel vs darkmatter energy sources. Score of 5. ~ Chris.
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  March 15, 2011
I love that cabin... usually having more than one color of canopy is a mistake, but here it works. Having that many exposed studs can also be a mistake, but again, it works here. The result is a very unique build. Best of luck with the judges (I doubt you'll need it, though).
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
30 years...wow...great job!
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  March 15, 2011
Tom getting great value for money out of his massive BL order of tentacles here. I really like the unique use for the white ones representing the sheild, and that cabin is lovely - great integration of shapes. Very nice build all round!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
WOW! As soon as I saw the thumbnail of this, I thought: "looks kinda like that weird tank that Tom Simon built". Of course the next thing I did was immediately click on it. Love the look of those tooth pieces. Woulda thunk the Postal Service could ride in such style?
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
CAbin body is great and the shape too, but I don't really like those white lines all over the ship...
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  March 15, 2011
Wicked! That's one hairy lookin' ship!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
WOW...colors of the exhaust is just awsome
 I like it 
  March 15, 2011
The cabin part is great, I love the use of those blue shields, great job
 
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