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Mourning Dove
UFO hunting Fighter.
About this creation
I got the hankering to do something like this while playing the game UFO: Alien Invasion. I did not build something from the game, however (which is not even centered around aerial combat). Instead, this turned into a small homage to Zane Houston's work (with apologies to Zane).



Please, no comments about the size of my guns. It's about where you aim them (and possibly the rate of fire).



The pilot is a multiple amputee. He flies the Dove through a machine vision/recognition interface and some embeded cerebral probes. He is a veteran of many sorties and has survived my general lack of interest in minifigs or minifig scale building.









Long and short range missles.















ECM pod.



This plane requires a lot of maintenance, hence the repair robot designed to get a lot of things done fast.





And here is what the Dove pilots are up against. A captured alien pilot.



Not only are they dangerous opponents, they are also rude. During interrogation, they may well stick their tongue out at you.



If they sense they can get a rise out of you, they may stick all 3 tongues out at you.



This is the pilot's somewhat old fashioned girlfriend. This is here because, not expecting to make a lot of MOCs with minifigs, I will not have many chances to put ruffles on a fig. And which of us can go home with our heads held high without having put ruffles on a fig.



In the same vein, Falstaff here flunked out of the Dove pilot training programme because he just drinks beer all day. Can you blame him?



Meanwhile, Popeye is either doing his usual freakish forearm workouts, or he is packing some high tech gadgets under his sleeves. Turns out there are not a lot of parts besides the 1x1 rnd plate and the hose ends that fit between arms and hands and still allow the hands to hold on. Unfortunately, the technic 1/2 bush is not one of them. I though that would have made a better sleeve ruffle.



Ironically, the toothed bush (which would make a great ruffle) fits, but the only plausible color for a dress is aqua. I guess the gray ones could be used for some sci-fi purpose.



This is surprisingly swooshable. It is heavy, but not at all delicate.

4th Wall Commentary: this is where Zane starts rolling his eyes.



Comments

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  June 30, 2012
The Crossover has begun!
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  February 5, 2012
Hey, I was wondering if you could send an Email to the following address, humpfreerates@gmail.com
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  January 1, 2012
A beautiful design, well done! Certainly not a dove of peace.
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  December 28, 2011
Mate, I have added afew extra chapters to my GAIA novel at this site, incase you were still interested, lol. Cheers dude! http://www.wattpad.com/2982520-a-legacy-of-steel-chapter-one
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  December 6, 2011
Quoting El Barto ! New episode, Dude! How's shark boy?
Oh yeah, thanks. Give me a day. I'm stuck in the middle of a brain buster here. Man I need a nap. Sharkboy is well on his way to a trip to a child psychiatrist for OCD. Man I need a nap.
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  December 6, 2011
New episode, Dude! How's shark boy?
Tom Simon
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Andrew AKA Hump-Free
  December 2, 2011
Very nicely done, its look has a realistic feel to it, while retaining the Science Fiction appeal. Adding all the supporting characters, such as the maintenance robots, was a nice touch to add to the immersive quality of the MOC. Nice wok as always.
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  December 2, 2011
Quoting Mister Bones the actual morning dove is quite tasty by the way.
Hahaha! It's also the most frequently shot game bird in the US. I had it in mind as a joke that the UFOs usually win, but I'm not into lengthy write ups anymore.
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  December 2, 2011
Not sure how I missed this, but I love it! Such a sweet shapre on the Morning Dove.....the actual morning dove is quite tasty by the way, but I digress. Love the figs, good stuff there!
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  December 2, 2011
This bird's no dove, it's a full fledged raptor! The symmetry of the design gives it that Flash Gordon 30's look while still being just as sleek as any modern design. There's no question in my mind that your a top class builder in these parts.
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  December 2, 2011
Wow! I love its sleek, curved and unic design! Great work!
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  December 1, 2011
It's a very interesting design, and it's the sort that I've often pondered on making. Good job!
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  November 23, 2011
very sleek!
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  November 21, 2011
The symmetry is flawless. Nice name and theme to keep it fresh.
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  November 21, 2011
Quoting Parrington Levens Very smooth bird mate, (that pilot in that dress) the craft's sweet also ;) very nice lines indeed...
I thought you would appreciate some nice curves.
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  November 21, 2011
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible I pity you when you will try to get the grey lightsaber beams out of the little cogwheel thingies.
You make a good point. I've fought that fight before, and it's not clear that I won.
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  November 21, 2011
Very smooth bird mate, (that pilot in that dress) the craft's sweet also ;) very nice lines indeed...
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  November 21, 2011
Very, very well done. I love the wings, though I pity you when you will try to get the grey lightsaber beams out of the little cogwheel thingies.
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  November 21, 2011
Awesome fighter, I like the unique tecniques you used and such. The figs also gave me a laugh.
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  November 21, 2011
I hope to see you more often here again, especially with such extraordinary creations. The range of parts and the ways you used them in your ship is stunning.
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  November 21, 2011
You're on BrickPop, Chief! http://brickpop.com/
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  November 21, 2011
It's a bird! It's a plane! it's a ... wow, lots of crazy details and nifty use of parts!
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  November 21, 2011
Brilliant work! Very sleek design, and I love that tail!
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  November 21, 2011
Hey Tom, glad to see a creation from you mate. Loving the mix of offset angles and curves in the shaping of the body and nice greeblies to break up the larger expanses of grey an the wings. Lovely job.
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  November 21, 2011
Fun fig stuff at the end there! And that ship is... well, beautiful! Good to see you back in the saddle here! ~ Chris.
Tom Simon
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Thoy Bradley
  November 20, 2011
Looks good Tom, and thank you for sharing those techniques. I will have to keep this MOC in mind should I feel the need for some fig decorating. Great to see another post from you. ~Thoy
Tom Simon
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Vladimir R.
  November 20, 2011
Really great shape. I love how you did engine in back.
Tom Simon
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Lucas .
  November 20, 2011
Fantastic work, the angles of the ship look really great! I also love the fact that you didn't just create a ship but also created a maintenance robot to go with it!
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  November 20, 2011
Lol, getting a bit creative there with the amputee. This is fffrickin amazing!!!
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  November 20, 2011
Beautiful craft, appropriate name, wonderful figs. :)
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  November 20, 2011
You may have figured out that space scenes are MUCH easier than sky shots. Just sayin'...
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  November 20, 2011
Very nice! Love the shape.
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  November 20, 2011
It definitely has a very avian look to it when viewing from above/below. The shaping on the engines is quite nice and I really dig the repair droid. Good stuff, glad your still throwing bricks up, er, together. =) ~H
  November 20, 2011
That's a really cool fighter. Great shaping and parts usage. My favorite parts are the Technic angular wheels used for the cannons and the mud guards used as air intakes. Well done!
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  November 20, 2011
Quoting Nick Barrett That robot would make a good Citroen mechanic.
If that's a collaborative effort in the making, Nick, I'd be delighted.
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  November 20, 2011
Quoting Zane Houston WHOOO!!!!
Thanks heaps Zane. With your examples around, it would be a poor student who would not be spurred to some creativity.
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  November 20, 2011
Quoting El Barto ! Main pic turned out great, especially for homemade photoediting softwars!
Thanks man, but I'm still unworthy. After adding the sky, I started going for a couple of condensation trails, but wussed out.
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  November 20, 2011
WHOOO!!!! THAT right there is a beautiful alien hunter! not only have you mastered the art of studlessness but the details are incredible. Just like in everything else you have ever built, you display multiple unique techniques using pieces that most people would throw into an "unusable pile"; my favorites in particular are the use of those four-toothed-globular-tecnic-gears (worst description ever but I don't care!) and the wheel covers you have on top of the wings, I've had a good amount of those for a long time and I have yet to incorporate them into something. Very, very well done!!!
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  November 20, 2011
That's a pretty sweet ship you built, the shaping is pretty unique and interesting.
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  November 20, 2011
Very cool looking plane/space ship. Loads of awesome techniques and a great piece of original design too. 10/10
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  November 20, 2011
Great lookin' bird, Dude! All sorts of cool angles and curves. Main pic turned out great, especially for homemade photoediting softwars!
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  November 20, 2011
Crazy shapes, man! Well done!
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  November 20, 2011
Great design Tom!!! Very well done!
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  November 20, 2011
That's a mean looking fighter. Awesome design. I love all the fins in the back and the weapons are impressive too.
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  November 20, 2011
Amazing!!!
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  November 20, 2011
Fantastic shape!
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  November 20, 2011
Wow, that was unexpected! Beautiful ship. That robot would make a good Citroen mechanic, although I'm not sure about the three tongues - I can put up with the rudeness... Great MOC.
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  November 20, 2011
This is just fantastic. Amazing use of parts!
 
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