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"Beetle" Lander for an Unbuilt Dio
The Insectoids shall rise again! No, wait, there they go, sinking back into their customary obscurity.
About this creation
In an attempt to counterract a severe economic depression on their home planet, a group of Insectoid investors contracted with The Skunk Works to build "Alien Safari," thus luring the all-important tourist dollar.

Plans for the infrastructure were ambitious. First, a luxury hotel with elevated landing pad(s). Second, a monorail or tram system to carry the tourist group along. And then, diorama after diorama depicting all the strange and wonderful alien wildlife, plantlife, and landscaping.

The Skunk Works founder and CEO Shannon Young looked at how unbelievably much work that was going to be and did what any sane corporate raider would do: he took the Insectoids' money and ran. Alien Safari was dead almost before it was born.

Will the project ever be built? That's for the interplanetary courts to decide. The courts being in the pockets of the huge multi-trillion dollar corporations, don't hold your breath for the poor Insectoids.



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   The unlovely back end. The top and back gave me all sorts of trouble, I never did work them out to my satisfaction.



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   When it became clear that the diorama for the lander to go in wasn't getting built, making it look perfect stopped making any sense. I slapped some kind of lid on it and called it good.



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   I had to build the lander first, so I'd know how big a landing pad would have to be, which would in turn determine how big the spaceport/hotel complex would have to be to support it.



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   The tourist group of eight just barely fits. (Assume they're held in place during flight by a magnetic field or something.) Here we have three humans, one mystery alien, two UFOliens, and two martians crammed into the back.



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   With no Alien Safari to ferry tourists to, our friendly green bubble-headed pilot is out of a job. And she has 20,000 mouths to feed.



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   I wanted it to look like a beetle, and I guess it still kind of does. A grossly obese one.



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   Everything was to be insect themed, from the hive-shaped hotel to the lander to the centipede-shaped tram. And in realistic colors too, not the garish neons of the official Insectoids of the late nineties. It just got to sounding like WAY too much trouble.



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   The fattest water skipper ever!
That's it, and no begging for me to finish the dioramas. (By which I mean, please beg for the dioramas, it gratifies my ego.)



Comments

 I like it 
  April 18, 2009
MAKE teh DiO!!
 I like it 
  August 12, 2007
Oh yes, make us Martians stand in the back! WE WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS DISCRIMINATION ANY LONGER!!! WE WILL BE FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 I like it 
  July 22, 2007
Awesome insect-like craft, and aptly names too. Keep up the great engineering design work.
 I like it 
  May 25, 2007
This is great; "this" being the MOC and moreso, your commentary. I wish I had Level 5 Security Clearance.
 I like it 
  May 25, 2007
Fantastic looking craft. Saw it on Brickshelf earlier, glad it made it to these pages!
 
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