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Y-Front Fighter
A long-range space fighter built for the Tarren Trade Authority.
About this creation

As the Tarren Trade Authority of Abergynolwyn IV expanded its territory, cargo vessels started to be raided by pirates and rogue aliens. In order to protect its interests on the fringes of its space, the T.T.A. commissioned the famous space racer builders on Llwyngwril III to design a fast and agile space fighter. The FLR-23a was the result





It was after the FLR-23a had been in service for a few months that people began to notice something about its appearance. The fighter was equipped with twin ion cannons, fed via grey ducts from the ion drive engines. It had large intakes for scooping what few atoms can be found in deep space, to supplement the onboard fuel. It was also a delta wing design to allow for operations in the atmosphere. Unfortunately from above, the FLR-23a looked very like a pair of Y-Fronts, a type of underwear outlawed over three centuries ago by the last Galactic Emperor, Wonko the Sane.





Despite its new name of the "Y-Front Fighter", the FLR-23a proved popular with pilots. The glass nose gave excellent visibility in dogfights. The Y-Front Fighter's space-racing pedigree gave it better speed and agility than anything else in known space. The designers hadn't covered it in too many useless greebles (like their space-racers) and so it had good atmospheric performance too. It is seen here with its weapons bay open and targeting radar deployed.





The Y-Front Fighter had three large ion drives, plus smaller thrusters at the edges of the engine bay. Its main weapon were the twin ion canons, which fired a stream of hyper-speed plasma, bled from the engines and channeled down the ducting to the front of the ship.





All Y-Front Fighters in Tarren Trade Authoriy service were painted in the T.T.A. colours of red & yellow. Privately owned versions were usually operated in the white primer that they came from the factory with. Unfortunately this would soon get covered in all sorts of stains, which were almost impossible to wash off, and so these Y-Fronts ended up as a sort of grey colour.





The twin ion cannons were supplemented by two "Firestreak", long-range intreceptor missiles. These were carried in an internal weapons bay, which also housed the "Blue Circle" targeting radar. The weapons bay doors also functioned as the landing gear for the Y-Front Fighter. This caused more than one crash landing due to pilot error/confusion.





Here we see a Y-Front Fighter coming in to land on the barren and uncivilised planet of Bala II. Frontier worlds like this were the typical operating environment for the FLR-23a squadrons or "packs".





Often the systems where the packs of Y-Fronts were used were underdeveloped, with old or cast-off equipment. Here we see a modified "Classic Space" fueling vehicle being used.





The Y-Front Fighter was the first ship from the Llwyngwril yards to be built with an escape capsule. Here we see a pilot walking away from being shot down in a dog-fight with pirates who made their money trading in illegal exotic birds. This was a persistent problem and it was common to see Y-Fronts tangling with Budgie Smugglers .





As mentioned earlier, the weapons bay doors also functioned as the landing gear. The edges of the doors worked as skids for landing the Y-Front Fighter. It was not unusual for pilots to land with the weapons bay doors safely closed and therefore with the landing gear up. Here we see workers finishing cleaning the paint from a runway after a crash landing. After a landing like this, incompetent pilots would be forced to clean the skid marks off their Y-Fronts.



This MOC was inspired by many things but mainly the Y-Wing from Star Wars, the colours used by Chris Foss for his 70's & 80's spaceships and the classic book on extra-terrestrial life "Aliens Love Underpants". This contains the line "...there are no pants in space...", well now there are!





Comments

 I made it 
  May 26, 2013
Quoting Starscream Soundwave The Y-Front fighter.. Only you could come up with something so ridiculously brilliant! Had me in stitches, fantastic work.
Glad you liked it. I just wanted to make a pair of flying pants :)
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  May 26, 2013
The Y-Front fighter.. Only you could come up with something so ridiculously brilliant! Had me in stitches, fantastic work.
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  December 24, 2012
A fine MOC with a puntastic description.
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  October 17, 2012
A fantastic ship. A hilarious write up, loving the Budgie Smuggling baddies. Pantastic!!!
  August 22, 2012
Look at the Zuroperus-VX and the W-Wing in the ABS group. They are extremely similar. They have cockpits that break apart. Nice...
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  August 16, 2012
Super shape, and perhaps the most effective use of this colourscheme that you've done - I pity those pilots though. There's nothing more embarassing than skid marks on your Y-fronts.
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  August 11, 2012
nice clean design.
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  August 7, 2012
Quoting Benhamin Eukatah Wow. Nice craft... I cannot put escape pods in my craft! I make fighters too, rather Sector-B makes them. Will we see the spaceyards of both of us?
Thank you! To be honest the escape pod was sort of accidental. I built the cockpit as a separate piece and then attached it to the ship. That meant that it could detach as an escape pod too!
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  August 7, 2012
Wow. Nice craft... I cannot put escape pods in my craft! I make fighters too, rather Sector-B makes them. Will we see the spaceyards of both of us?
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  August 2, 2012
fantastic build! Your builds inspire me and make me want to build!!
 I made it 
  July 24, 2012
Quoting Jared . The back engines are a bit reminiscent of the Imperial Star Destroyer from Star Wars, but amazing nonetheless, great job!
I hadn't thought of the thing about the engines. I watched our Star Wars VHS tape so much, when I was a kid, that it stretched. Something obviously went into my brain.
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  July 24, 2012
Cool! Very original design and color-scheme. Your classic space-figs looks great, they fit the classic feel of your builds :-)
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  July 23, 2012
The back engines are a bit reminiscent of the Imperial Star Destroyer from Star Wars, but amazing nonetheless, great job!
 I made it 
  June 23, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett Laugh out loud funny... skidmarks!!! :-) A superb build too.
Thank you! Glad you liked the build & the text. Hope it's not too rude for MOC Pages!
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  June 22, 2012
Laugh out loud funny... skidmarks!!! :-) A superb build too.
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  June 13, 2012
Nifty!
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  June 12, 2012
WOW! The almost hypnotic properties on this is notable!
David Roberts
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Chris Melby
  June 11, 2012
Very cool, love the photo shop too! 10/10
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  June 11, 2012
Crafty design!
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  June 11, 2012
Hahaha! I absolutely love this.
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  June 11, 2012
Great shaping and nice greeblies
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  June 10, 2012
nice shape on that! the standing minifig inside is a nice idea!
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  June 9, 2012
I love this :).
 
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