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Wasp F1
A high-speed interceptor, designed to operate in space or the atmosphere.
About this creation


The Wasp F1 was designed as an ultra high-speed interceptor. It was intended to launch itself from the ground into orbit a quickly as possible and then to neutralise its targets with missiles and cannons. The delta wing allowed the Wasp to fly back into the atmosphere, either to pursue further targets or to land back at base.



The cockpit was extensively glazed, for good visibilty during landing. However, it provided no view upwards at all, with the pilot having to rely on radar and other sensors. This wasn't a major problem, as the Wasp was mainly intended to deal with large interplanetary attack ships. Dogfighting was left to smaller, more nimble ships, such as the FLR-23a.



Power came from a pair of hybrid SCRAM / rocket motor engines. These were supplemented by smaller engines at the side to help with manoeuvring at high speed. The Wasp needed all of its engines to attain orbit but could easily fly in the atmosphere on a single main engine.



The Wasp was armed with a pair of Keckler & Hoch cannon. These were opitcally sighted, using cameras, so as to avoid radar jamming. Three Firestreak missiles gave the Wasp a beyond-visual-range capability, especially against larger ships.



Landing the Wasp could be a tricky operation, as the highly swept delta wing had a very high stall speed. The main operations base on Earth was sited on the coast to allow damaged spacecraft to ditch into the sea. The Wasp put down onto its strong main-gear and then gently rested onto its nose-wheels at around 150 knots.



This sunset shot shows a Wasp sitting outside on the QRA stand by the sea in Llwyngwril.



As with many of the ships designed by Llwyngwril Space Systems, the Wasp did suffer from a few practical draw backs. The first was that the cockpit was several metres above the ground and pilots had to use ladders or special lifts to get in and out.

The colour scheme of the Wasp was chosen when it operated over the famous "Checkered Sea" on the planet Foss IV. It cost so much to paint the ships that they then stayed in these colours for the rest of their service lives, despite being incredibly easy to spot and shoot down. Checkered water from the seas of Foss IV is now used as the main ingredient in its renowned tartan paint factory.


FOURTH WALL

In the real world, this MOC is 86 studs long, with a wingspan of 40 studs. It weighs 1.45kg (3 lbs 4 oz) and is composed of around 2,000 bricks. I started building it in the autumn of 2012 and then had to put the project on hold for the winter. Whilst I was away from home, I did a lot of development work by building a parallel MOC in LDD.



Influences on this MOC are the colours of Chris Foss. Peter Elson's"Trader to the Stars" was also a major influence, especially Mark Stafford's Lego version. The seeds of this MOC were sown when I built my Blue Arrow space freighter. Finally, a childhood spent admiring the likes of the BAC Concorde and Avro Vulcan must have played their part too.




Comments

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  February 23, 2014
Wow really really nice and creative you made me faint great job!!
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  January 18, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny I remember seeing this, and I wonder why I didn't comment on it. The shape is surreal, the colour scheme even more so. The red line coming from the front to the rear ending in little fins is just such an amazing detail. The cockpit is amazing as well, the usage of the pieces is excellent!
Wow! Thank you! I had a picture in my head of pretty much exactly what I wanted to build, before I started. That's unusual for me.
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  January 18, 2014
I remember seeing this, and I wonder why I didn't comment on it. The shape is surreal, the colour scheme even more so. The red line coming from the front to the rear ending in little fins is just such an amazing detail. The cockpit is amazing as well, the usage of the pieces is excellent!
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  October 7, 2013
Cooooolneessss !!!!
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  September 8, 2013
That cockpit and the plaid color is awesome!
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  July 7, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 the shape, color scheme, and landing gear are fab! the intricacy of the cockpit system makes it worth studying, it s out of this world! congrats!
Wow! Thank you!
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  July 7, 2013
the shape, color scheme, and landing gear are fab! the intricacy of the cockpit system makes it worth studying, it s out of this world! congrats!
David Roberts
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General Electric
  June 8, 2013
Dave, thank you for your review on my DA model, it helps my score and I really appreciate it. I recall seeing this model on The Brother's Brick and very much enjoying it. Your ships are unlike anyone elses, which is saying something. Cheers.
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  June 8, 2013
Quoting General Electric Dave, thank you for your review on my DA model, it helps my score and I really appreciate it. I recall seeing this model on The Brother's Brick and very much enjoying it. Your ships are unlike anyone elses, which is saying something. Cheers.
Wow! Thank you and good luck in this weekend's battles.
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  June 4, 2013
Quoting Marc dZ A masterpiece. From the original design to the incredible dazzle, from the clever landing gears to the complex cockpit. Everything gathers in a stunning creation. I'm amazed. The pic showing it landing really reminds me of Concorde.
Thnk you! Concorde was a definite influence on the shape of this spaceship. It had to be a certain size to get the shape & pattern, so I had lots of room to fit all of the working feature into.
  June 4, 2013
A masterpiece. From the original design to the incredible dazzle, from the clever landing gears to the complex cockpit. Everything gathers in a stunning creation. I'm amazed. The pic showing it landing really reminds me of Concorde.
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  May 27, 2013
Quoting Aidan Bryant I don't know how I haven't managed to comment on this yet. I remember the first rendering, and I also saw it blogged on TBB. I know I don't comment often, which I should since you always seem to have something nice to say on my stuff. But this is a fantastic build. The shape is great, the details are just right. And just like Parr said, the dazzle is amazing. Truly a treat to see! The only complaint I have, is I can't pick this up and fly it around my living room.
Many thanks for your long comment! It's quite hard for me to fly it as it's so long and heavy that it takes two hands!
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  May 26, 2013
I don't know how I haven't managed to comment on this yet. I remember the first rendering, and I also saw it blogged on TBB. I know I don't comment often, which I should since you always seem to have something nice to say on my stuff. But this is a fantastic build. The shape is great, the details are just right. And just like Parr said, the dazzle is amazing. Truly a treat to see! The only complaint I have, is I can't pick this up and fly it around my living room.
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  May 26, 2013
Quoting Parrington Levens OMG this looks so good in real pieces dude. I just love that under wing cocpit. And the design actually works as a camo in terms of it being really hard to spot where a good spot to target is. ie, you can hardly make out the engine intakes or cocpit from a distance. You just see this colourful blur. Wicked design mate, one of my faves around :)
Thank you for your long comment. I totally agree about the camouflage thing: it's a bit like the "dazzle" paint schemes from the First World War. I've realised that it's roughly a year since I posted my first MOC and you were the first to comment on it. Thanks for welcoming & encouraging me to keep on building!
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  May 25, 2013
OMG this looks so good in real pieces dude. I just love that under wing cocpit. And the design actually works as a camo in terms of it being really hard to spot where a good spot to target is. ie, you can hardly make out the engine intakes or cocpit from a distance. You just see this colourful blur. Wicked design mate, one of my faves around :)
  May 25, 2013
Cool ship! I like how it looks like a paper airplane!
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  May 24, 2013
Quoting alex wong I really love the design of it. It contains scientific style meanwhile the functionality seems quite realistic.
Thank you! I hope that this build is a bit realistic. I think you'd need a highly swept wing like this for high Mach numbers in the stratosphere. The MOC is big for just one mini-fig but I think that's sort of realistic for a Single Stage to Orbit craft.
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  May 24, 2013
Quoting BobaFett 2 I love the underside how the red line breaks up the patterns effectively, and how well the underside is integrated into the ship itself.
Thank you! The challenge I set myself was to wrap the pattern all around the ship. The red line just stops the pattern from being totally dazzling and also helps to link the strips of 4x1 bricks together.
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  May 24, 2013
Quoting Mister Lego ~ This is very awesome! The colors are spectacular and the fold out weaponry is also a plus! Sweet ship :D
Thank you! I love pop out and fold out devices, so a big build like this one was an opportunity not to be missed :)
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  May 23, 2013
This is very awesome! The colors are spectacular and the fold out weaponry is also a plus! Sweet ship :D
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  May 23, 2013
I love the underside how the red line breaks up the patterns effectively, and how well the underside is integrated into the ship itself.
David Roberts
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Emerald Knight
  May 22, 2013
fabulous ! and such a striking colour scheme !>.....well done
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  May 22, 2013
I really love the design of it. It contains scientific style meanwhile the functionality seems quite realistic.
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  May 22, 2013
Quoting Jasro 8 Such a complex, wonderful build. Style, playability, function and design all in one.
I remember looking at the illustrations in the Terran Trade Authority books when I was a kid and thinking that I'd never own enough Lego to build anything like the ships in those books. Now with a VISA card and bricklink and the newer curved bricks I can fulfill my childhood dreams :)
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  May 22, 2013
Quoting Emerald Knight fabulous ! and such a striking colour scheme !>.....well done
Thank you! When I break this MOC up, I might have enough yellow and black 1 x 4 s to start to build an old-style castle!
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  May 22, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . I remember the ldd version but this is even better. Fantastic build and a great write up too. Loving the landing gear :D
Thank you! I've always wanted to build a spaceship with "proper" landing gear but this was the first time I've built something big enough to fit it inside. Glad you enjoyed the write up too!
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  May 22, 2013
Such a complex, wonderful build. Style, playability, function and design all in one.
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  May 22, 2013
Max score!
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  May 21, 2013
Quoting Spock ~ Two on the explorer page at the same time.Well done!
Thank you!
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  May 21, 2013
Two on the explorer page at the same time.Well done!
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  May 21, 2013
Quoting JWG 258 great features and presentation. The use of those windscreens to make a cockpit is genius
It's taken so long to finish this project that I'd forgotten where I gathered ideas from. Using those windscreens like that wasn't my idea, I got it from a Mark Stafford MOC: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/189651
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  May 21, 2013
great features and presentation. The use of those windscreens to make a cockpit is genius
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  May 21, 2013
I remember the ldd version but this is even better. Fantastic build and a great write up too. Loving the landing gear :D
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  May 21, 2013
Quoting Tris B It looks like something from the cover of an old Maplin catalogue. Do they still do make them? I always loved them.
I think that they used art from folk that I like to use as references, such Peter Elson etc., who did loads of paintings for sci-fi publishers.
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  May 21, 2013
It looks like something from the cover of an old Maplin catalogue. Do they still do make them? I always loved them.
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  May 21, 2013
I'm just about speechless. Brilliant.
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  May 21, 2013
Quoting Stuart Lucas And, you're back! A great way to announce your reunion with your Lego collection... This is stunningly huge, making the colourscheme, angles and shaping all the more effective. I do like the underslung cockpit, ladders or no ladders.
Thank you! This had to be a big model to fit all of the checks in. I drew it out on graph-paper first and had to cellotape an extra bit of paper on to fit the design on. I then bought most of the 4 x 1 black and yellow bricks in world :) When I take this to bits, I could make a huge old-style castle!
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  May 21, 2013
And, you're back! A great way to announce your reunion with your Lego collection... This is stunningly huge, making the colourscheme, angles and shaping all the more effective. I do like the underslung cockpit, ladders or no ladders.
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  May 21, 2013
Impressive !!!! I love it, the color and the shape are stunning !!
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  May 20, 2013
Awesome ship! Really love that cockpit!
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  May 20, 2013
Quoting Vladimir van Hoek Excellent creation! Very complete with the nicely tucked away weapons and landing gear!
Thank you. It was great to have the opportunity with this big build to include all of the folding things.
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  May 20, 2013
Excellent creation! Very complete with the nicely tucked away weapons and landing gear!
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  May 20, 2013
Superb!
  May 20, 2013
interesting reason ;-) - but yeah, sometimes the best results come up, cause some other things don't work...
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  May 20, 2013
Quoting Mihe Stonee Just brilliant David! I really enjoy your creative designs ;-) the idea to put the cockpit on the underside looks a little bit like a zeppelin, but it's also wonderful... !
I just couldn't fit the cockpit on top! I like your idea of it being like the gondola under a Zeppelin. I hadn't thought of that.
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  May 20, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett Tartan paint!! hee hee. Stunning, and very different ship, too.
I though that you might spot that one. Of course those tall legs on the nose landing gear were highly vulnerable to damage and sometimes the ship had to be propped up. Trainee mechanics were often sent for a long stand.
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  May 20, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree YESSSS!!! This is perfect. The front landing gear is reminiscent of the old U2s with those silly wheels on the ends of the wings. The entire undercarriage is a wonder to behold. I love how completely insanely designed it is. No visibility ABOVE a flyer? Sickeningly genius! And the color scheme insures that this will NEVER be lost in a parking lot or snowstorm. Superb!
I love your reference to the U-2, especially as its little wheels actually fell off on take-off, just like something that the folks at Llwyngwril Space Systems would have created.
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  May 20, 2013
Quoting TheLegoNoitAll . This is awesome! the colors are great! the shaping is incredible, and my favorite part is the cockpit, the way it opens, and closes perfectly is incredible! that part must have taken forever to figure out! great job!
Thank you! To be honest the cockpit wasn't too hard to design. I started from the middle and worked out to the front and back. The most difficult bit was get some studs upwards for the pilot to sit on, when the rest of the cockpit is upide-down work.
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  May 20, 2013
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Oh man, I just want to pick this up and throw it like a paper airplane. ;) Fantastic build, the colour scheme is very striking, made more-so by the brilliant write-up. Your MOCs have better storylines than most television shows lately... Awesome cockpit design as well, the triple viewport looks ace.
Oh yes, I forgot to mention paper aeroplanes in the list of influences :) I'm glad you like the cockpit. I built it in LDD first and then had to find the parts on Bricklink. I'm glad you like the background stories too. I don't own a TV but I do listen to BBC Radio 4 a lot. I think that it's why my brain is full of weird junk. Find "The Unbelievable Truth" or "Just a Minute".
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  May 20, 2013
Just brilliant David! I really enjoy your creative designs ;-) the idea to put the cockpit on the underside looks a little bit like a zeppelin, but it's also wonderful... !
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  May 20, 2013
Tartan paint!! hee hee. Stunning, and very different ship, too.
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  May 19, 2013
YESSSS!!! This is perfect. The front landing gear is reminiscent of the old U2s with those silly wheels on the ends of the wings. The entire undercarriage is a wonder to behold. I love how completely insanely designed it is. No visibility ABOVE a flyer? Sickeningly genius! And the color scheme insures that this will NEVER be lost in a parking lot or snowstorm. Superb!
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  May 19, 2013
This is awesome! the colors are great! the shaping is incredible, and my favorite part is the cockpit, the way it opens, and closes perfectly is incredible! that part must have taken forever to figure out! great job!
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  May 19, 2013
Oh man, I just want to pick this up and throw it like a paper airplane. ;) Fantastic build, the colour scheme is very striking, made more-so by the brilliant write-up. Your MOCs have better storylines than most television shows lately... Awesome cockpit design as well, the triple viewport looks ace.
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  May 19, 2013
Quoting Clever Crowe I admire your diligence in dual-building irl and ldd. That takes patience I deny possessing (well, perhaps IRL, but certainly not for LDD). I draw the line at hours and HOURS behind the wheel of Photoshop. =) Cheers!
I spent the winter away from my bricks, so LDD was the only choice. LDD is great once you've got a handle on the weird way that Lego catalogues the bricks. As for Photoshop: that's quite quick once you've used it a bit. I quite enjoy looking around the free wallpaper sites for background pictures of stars and planets.
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  May 19, 2013
I admire your diligence in dual-building irl and ldd. That takes patience I deny possessing (well, perhaps IRL, but certainly not for LDD). I draw the line at hours and HOURS behind the wheel of Photoshop. =) Cheers!
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  May 19, 2013
your ships are amazing!! I love this one!!
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  May 19, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Awesomeness! Great design and color scheme, a deadly combination!
If only Chris Foss had done the styling for the orignal BSG: just imagine what the Galactica would look like ;)
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  May 19, 2013
Awesomeness! Great design and color scheme, a deadly combination!
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  May 19, 2013
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Finally, you have been working on this for months! Thankfully, you have not disappointed, this is a spectacular creation, easily my favourite from you. I love the sleek, smooth look, and the cockpit is excellent! Great build, well worth the wait!
Thank you! Sorry for the long wait!
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  May 19, 2013
This is superb! I love the shaping, both in the delta wing and hung engines and cockpit. I'm impressed that you can fit landing gear in there, and that you've explained the impracticalities of the fighter in its' universe. This is a great ship.
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  May 19, 2013
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . That color scheme is utterly brilliant! The whole thing just oozes cool.
Thank you! It really is based on those sci-fi illustrations from the 1970's: they were truely cool.
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  May 19, 2013
Quoting Justin L. Nice job! It's a lot bigger than it looks. :P
It sure is! In real units it's 64cm by 32cm.
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  May 19, 2013
Quoting David Alexander Smith It's like stumbling across an old friend finally seeing this in all its bricky glory. The landing gear is superb, as are the pop up weaponry. Star of the show is the magnificent shape and hung canopy. Your best build yet; one of the best spaceships I've seen in LEGO period.
Thank you for your kind comments. It's definitely a real release to finally publish this MOC. It sits on its stand in my sitting room. Every time I go in I giggle and wonder the 10 year old me would have made of all. As with all of my MOCs, playability is important and I can swoosh this spaceship: it just takes two hands!
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  May 19, 2013
Nice job! It's a lot bigger than it looks. :P
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  May 19, 2013
this is great!! in my opinion its one of your best creations yet, amazing job!!
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  May 19, 2013
Finally, you have been working on this for months! Thankfully, you have not disappointed, this is a spectacular creation, easily my favourite from you. I love the sleek, smooth look, and the cockpit is excellent! Great build, well worth the wait!
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  May 19, 2013
superb in colouring and detail
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  May 19, 2013
It's like stumbling across an old friend finally seeing this in all its bricky glory. The landing gear is superb, as are the pop up weaponry. Star of the show is the magnificent shape and hung canopy. Your best build yet; one of the best spaceships I've seen in LEGO period.
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  May 19, 2013
That color scheme is utterly brilliant! The whole thing just oozes cool.
 
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