When you cross Batmanís Tumbler with a doll house and a flying Mandalorian tankÖ
About this creation
The Lead Coffin (also referred to as the Black Box) is the heavily modified vessel of a centuries old rogue whoís something of a packrat.
Heís faced several charges for possession of illegal arms, assassin droids, and highly dangerous artifacts. Other alleged crimes include grand theft starship, erasure of public and private records about himself, forced entry to government and military buildings, sabotaging diplomatic endeavors, et cetera. Thereís a reason he hasnít painted any identifying marks on its hull.
Recently, probably to feed a star destroyer-sized ego, heís taken on a female protťgť to mold into his own image. It also helps to have someone to walk around Nar Shaddaa for you when the Hutts want your head or to take care of your enterprises while youíre captured by the Empire.
I got pretty tired of building craft from pre-existing images using the same old techniques. Looking around the pages, particularly at the ďOnly Big SHIPsĒ group, I decided it was time I tried something off the wall. I built her around a central spine of Technic blocks, hoping to make it all as SNOT as possible. This has lead to numerous complications:
Itís not modular. No section of the ship can be fully opened up for play or photography without pulling half the ship apart. This was done for structural reasons.
Sheís not the sturdiest (donít even think of swooshing). Because of the central spine, the heavy sides want to pull it apart sometimes. Iím sure complications like this befall any larger ship or SNOT project. Still, this is my first one, so Iím learning.
Noticeably, this thing is incompleteóas in half the ship isnít there. Iím a little overwhelmed as to how to get it all in there with my present pieces. The front two landing gear (ideally, they should support the two sides of the ship) are essential, but absent. Thereís also the whole matter of finding a way to integrate the missile system and the bomb dropper.
Iím also trying to find a spot for the shipís lavatory. If youíre flying across the galaxy, you need a sonic shower once in a while.
Probably, itíll be stuffed into the righthand compartment along with the heavy ordinance.
It would also be nice to have a cargo hold of sorts to store things like illegal arms, stimulants, killer bugs, and rations.
The ship should also sport a pair of decent-sized turrets as well, probably on the sides. Frankly, I donít know what Iíll do with this thingís flat, fat sides. The ship lacks a defined, interesting profile. I want to be able to carry the tank aesthetic to the rest of the front and sides, so I cannot go hog wild greebling.
And the rear. Nowhere is the ship more boxy and un-intimidating than its aft end. I must confess, I threw this part together without thinking how it would all look. Iím not really sure the four slitted engines are menacing enough. Or at all. Again, with a more dominant shape or pattern of shapes, I could beef up this rear end. But no big circles. Angular sub shapes, with the occasional curve, but no huge round boosters.
Here are some other teasers.
Weíll see if I run out of summer before the Coffin submits to me. Iíve only been working on it since the middle of December. Your feedback welcome folks.
This is amazing! I wasn't really sure what to think of it until near the end when I realized this was HUGE and well designed! The interior is fantastic and I'm blown away by all the weird techniques! Good idea with the bathroom paper, seems the crew is a bit messy though! I sincerely hope you will be posting more on this soon!