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FA-137s "Shiv" Air-Superiority Fighter
The next generation fighter based on the experimental data from the FA-132a JacKnife. It is AEGAKS compatible, though it does not have a pilot block.
About this creation


Shortly before the mass produced M Frame was set to begin deployment, a fierce battle took place in the Agricultural Sector. During this battle, Misato, pilot of the JacKnife experimental fighter was shot down. Though he escaped with no life threatening injuries, the same could not be said of his craft. Kenichi built a new fighter from the data of the JacKnife, the result being the FA-137s Shiv. Upon the successful testing, this fighter was mass produced and distrubuted to guard against aerial drones.



The Shiv is roughly about the same size as the original JacKnife, being only slightly heavier and bigger.



Powered by two high-efficiency Turbofan engines, the Shiv is faster, and uses less fuel than its predecessor. While the engines are larger and heavier, the newer design has cut down on fuel consumption, allowing the Shiv to stay in the air for a max of 3 and a half hours before needing to refuel.



An underside view of the Shiv reveals the weapons, the belly mounted fuel slug for extended flight range and time, and the functional landing gear.



The underside of the Shiv again, this time with the landing gear in the flight position. It's not exactly the best design, but it works well.



This shot shows the weapons and fuel slug stripped away. The Shiv can be equipped with a larger variety of missiles, in addition to the fuel slug. Four hardpoints for missiles along the wings, as well as attachable racks for more missiles along the belly of the fuselage (not shown). In the nose, the Shiv uses two more effective machine guns, rather than the older mini gatlings that had been present.



A view of the Shiv on the ground, illustrating the how the landing gear holds the craft off the ground. They ended up working far better than I expected.



The Shiv in flight. This one is a comparison shot for the one to follow.



The tail stabilizers are capable of adjusting their position, from fully deployed, for normal flight, to verticle. Small servos in the connectors allowing the pilot to control them as he would the rest of the craft.



The tail stabilizers are in actuality seperate airfoils, like the main wing. That means that these surfaces generate a considerable amount of lift. When moved into the verticle position, the lift generated creates something of an air cone between them that speeds air along faster. This means that when the fins are up, the Shiv gains a speed boost, but loses some manuvuerability.



During normal flight and combat, the tail stabilizers remain in the lowered position, providing superior manuvuerability while suffering increased drag from the pressure interference. The cone phenomenon is most commonly used similar to afterburners, such as when taking off, or when the need for speed overpowers the need for manuvuerability.



As with the JacKnife, the Shiv has a refueling probe, allowing for in-air refueling to be done. This can drastically increase the amount of time that the Shiv can be remain in the air, making it very useful for long range assaults into the other sectors.



A clear view of the aft of the Shiv.



An arsenal shot of the Shiv. In detail, the missiles on the outside, which mount to the wingtips, are standard AA missiles, and are always equipped. The two inner missiles are air-to-ground missiles designed to take out enemy armor units. These are not standard and are only equipped when designated. In the center we have the fuel slug, designed to increase the flight time of the Shiv by a full hour and a half. This is standardly installed, but can be ejected once empty or in an emergency. During in flight refueling, this slug is also refilled.

CREATOR'S NOTES:

Well folks, them's the brakes. No special pictures for this one, but it was a lot of fun to redesign. Thabnks for taking the time to take a look!



Comments

 I made it 
  March 21, 2012
Quoting Brody Allen Some very nice piece usage to contrast blockiness with rounded contours to give it a very industrial feel. I also like the color scheme a very similar feel to my MOC: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/286925
That's a very good fighter, and similar colors help too. This one was meant to be industrial, especially since many in Kenichi's design team are survivors of the Industrial sector, so I'm glad it came across like that.
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  March 21, 2012
Some very nice piece usage to contrast blockiness with rounded contours to give it a very industrial feel. I also like the color scheme a very similar feel to my MOC: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/286925
 I made it 
  June 15, 2011
Quoting Parrington Levens Total - Beast!!!
And wait till you see what I have my sleeve concerning this particular design. Hehe
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  May 29, 2011
Total - Beast!!!
 I made it 
  May 9, 2011
Quoting Marc "Edge" R.unde Cool stuff! Very deadly looking fighter. Love the agressive colour scheme and those perfectly fitting engines! ~Marc
Thanks, I thought the red suited it. The engines were fun to design, but using the crates as intakes as a bit difficult to wedge in.
 I like it 
  April 12, 2011
Cool stuff! Very deadly looking fighter. Love the agressive colour scheme and those perfectly fitting engines! ~Marc
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  April 11, 2011
Wicked!
Rabid Goldfish
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Andrew AKA Hump-Free
  March 29, 2011
Hey Man, As Expected Another Fine Build, A Lot Of Detail And The Design Is Nice Looking And Refined, Yet Not Too Flashy. Overall Your Work Made For An Excellent Fighter, Nice Job. Also, I Would Like To Thank You For Joining My Group, I'm Trying To Gather People Of All Sorts Of Skill Levels To Bring In New Ideas And Concepts To Help All Sorts Of People, And In As Many Ways As Possible, So Having You Join Only Helps Me Reach My Goal And Vision.
 I made it 
  March 28, 2011
Quoting Gab BOIDOT I truly think Kwi-Chang's LSF-002 is "superior" than your Air Superioty Fighter.. but cool one any way.
I'm not sure how to answer that. I never drew a comparison there. I simply labeled it "Air-Superiority" because it is designed to hunt and kill other aircraft. I could not build on Kwi-Chang's level, and I'm not sure I liked being compared in that tone.
 I made it 
  March 27, 2011
Quoting crash 703 Incredible! I like the jets the best. Never though of using crates for the front of jets I'll have to try that sometime.
I've made some modifications since taking these pictures. The jet engines now feature small turbofans inside the 'crate' intakes.
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  March 27, 2011
Incredible! I like the jets the best. Never though of using crates for the front of jets I'll have to try that sometime.
 I made it 
  March 27, 2011
Quoting Michael Rutherford Nice looking craft! I like the black and red combo. Looks like a proto-type. It's an impressive amount of weaponry, it carries. What is that part on the end of the fuel probe? The only improvement I can think of is to try to hide that overbite at the tip of the canopy. Attack!
The prode tip is actually a BrickArms plasma pistol. When I got one, this was the best idea I had for it, though I had some others. as for the overbite, it's hard to work around it, and still make the cockpit openable. Still working on it. Counter!
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  March 27, 2011
I love it! This model looks more deadly than Jacknife, still Jacknife have a more sleek look that I like...Difficult to choose which one is my favourite... Oh god, both!
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  March 27, 2011
Very Sharp. I really like the wing design it's a very nice touch with the flaps to create a speed boost. Great Job
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  March 27, 2011
Nice looking craft! I like the black and red combo. Looks like a proto-type. It's an impressive amount of weaponry, it carries. What is that part on the end of the fuel probe? The only improvement I can think of is to try to hide that overbite at the tip of the canopy. Attack!
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  March 27, 2011
Well done, I love the shape! You could stand to bricklink a few 1x1 tiles though to sleek-ify your fighters.
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  March 27, 2011
I dont Know which is better, the Jack or shiv. Very nice fighter!
 
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