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Blackout
Deep space reconnaissance and infiltration vessel.
About this creation
Description: The Blackout is a deep space reconnaissance and infiltration vessel. It has two reusable probes externally mounted near the back. The four engines give the Blackout great performance and resiliency. Defensive armament includes four fixed lasers and also a set of twin lasers mounted on a 360 degree turret.

Construction: I used the captive axle technique to join the engines to the hull, which simplified construction and added greatly to the strength of the MOC. The hull is built using hexagonal plates, octagonal bricks, and castle walls. I have been developing the hex technique over the course of several MOCS, and now have it refined for strength using technic plates and axles.

Notes: This MOC looks nice in RL. I took pains to use new unscuffed pieces to give it a gloss-black look. Black pieces show scuffs easily.

UPDATE: There is no interior, the two major construction techniques I used pretty much preclude it. It was built to be minifig scale, but can also be imagined to be a smaller scale.



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   My first try at adding a background. I have used PSP 7 quite a bit over the years, so I gave it a whirl.



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   Engines are pinned via intermediate structure using captive axle technique.



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   I was fairly happy with my discovery for a use for the little curved slopes. I think they look cool as engine fairings.



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   The clear blue pieces are backed with white. They glow better when illuminated.



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   The snout.



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   Glamour shot.



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   The view from above.



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   I spent a lot of time on the curves and proportions.



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   This viewpoint kinda shows the coke-bottle shape of the engines - to give them a more interesting profile.



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   Another view of the engines.



Comments

 I like it 
  September 20, 2007
I really like it, awesome engines, awesome front, awesome middle. It IS quite like Jassim, great.
 I like it 
  January 27, 2007
Sweet! I've become a fan of the no-studs approach, which this reflects well. Although someone mentioned it felt a little blockly, I think the shape/form of the ship is quite nice. I particularly like the repeating segments along the length of the body - gives it a feel of armor plating. Looking forward to more MOC's from you in the future (would love to see what you could do with interiors and minifig work as well).
 I like it 
  January 20, 2007
its batman... in space! its really good i can see you've spent quite a while on it and thought of new ways to use pieces and it shows as its definately the best MOC iv seen in quite a long time
 I like it 
  January 16, 2007
awsome. though, i also wonder if it is mini-fig scaled or not?
 I like it 
  January 15, 2007
great moc and pictures of it, I allways find it hard to photograph lego so it looks as good in real life but you realy nailed it. one question, is there any interior for minifigs? If there is, give us pics of it! Good work^^
 I like it 
  January 15, 2007
Overall blocky shape but well-smoothed and well-rounded. The engines are very nice! And good photos! Give us another!
 I like it 
  January 15, 2007
Good stuff. I was wondering tho... is this a mini or is it minifig scale? It is very hard for me to tell.
 I like it 
  January 15, 2007
Ooooooh. I love the blackened stealth. You truly are a dangerous builder. Nice work.
 I like it 
  January 15, 2007
Great work, a nicely built ship with few studs.
 I like it 
  January 14, 2007
Since black Lego creations are notoriously difficult to photograph well and these pictures are making me drool, I can only imagine how this beast must look in person. Impressive Mocpages debut.
 
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