So, another Classic deity has come to fill up the new Hovercraft section. Aeolus was the Greek (later Roman, hence the Latin spelling) god or ruler of winds. He lived, according to Homer (the poet, not the Simpsons character), on a floating island named after himself (Aeolia).
This hoverbike is used by civilians as well as armies. Basically, if youíre rich, you can expect to own one. In armies, this vehicle would be used for convoys and scouting missions, since it can be armed with two guns and has a high average speed but lacks armour, and as such wouldnít survive very long in heavy attacks. The biggest advantage of the Aeolus hoverbikes is that they can easily cross difficult terrain, such as swamps or desert. They are also nicely immune to older types of mines, which rely on direct contact to explode.
I started building the front of this MOC, which came together quite easily. At that point I ran out of parts, so I had to wait until Project Poseidon was deconstructed. I then finished building the rear, and constructed a display standard. Although the guns are easily misaligned, the MOC itself is excellently swooshable, something that pictures can hardly convey Ė so youíll have to take my word for it. Another thing you canít see (well) in the pics is that there is a greeble-engine behind the driverís seat. Since the MOC is now deconstructed, asking for pictures of it from now on only shows your stupidity.
And here are the pictures!
1 Main pic, here we see the Aeolus in her full, photoshopped glory. Ainít she a beauty?
2 Obligatory ďif you see this youíre about to be run over by several tonnes of designer army vehicleĒ-view. Yes, Iím quite aware no army would buy such expensive material, but look how happy it made the pilot! Also a chance to take a look at the front-hoverpad-thingy-greebles.
3 This is probably where all the speed comes from: Pretty angles!
4 Rear and elevated view. Iím quite pleased with the lines in this MOC.
5 Birdís eye view. You can see here that the pilot is an important part of the structure: without him, there would be too little friction in the joint that creates the angle between the front and rear section.
6 Close-up of the cockpit and pilot. I never understood these goggles: they canít fit normally on a helmet, and pushing them down make the minifig look cross-eyed. But look at that happy smile! I would, too, if the only other way to drive one of these was to become a millionaire.
7 Bottom. Studs Facing Every Which Way!
8 For the American market. A chance to look at the guns.
9 Two Epsilons are happily fixing the Aeolus: thereís something wrong with the left hoverpad, and the guns must be put on. The pilot is preparing to make an offer someone canít refuse, and his vehicle must be ready for it.
10 Yes, that hatch opens: the Epsilons also wanted to check the engine.
I hope you had fun watching the pictures and reading the captions. Please take the time to write a review, itís greatly appreciated.
This is a wonderful creation and a speeder that has a real-world look to it. So many speeders don't look believable unlike the Aeolus. Your skill with angles inspires me to practice complex joints and I enjoy learning about ancient Greek myths along the way! Well done!
Excellent shape, with all the angles meeting up very well in a small package. Not always the easiest thing to pull off! My only issue is when the guns are on, they kind of get lost in all the rest of the gray/blay greeblefest. I'd like them in black, to stand out, or (if you really want to target the American market) make them bigger. You know us Americans and our gun fetish!