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RPLA-308C "Howlin' Wolf"
When my right hand's itchin, I gets money fo sho... But when my left eye jump, somebody got to go
About this creation
The time is not far off when corporations will openly control the world. Even now, the politicians chosen for you to vote for are pawns of the corporations, puppets whose strings are pulled by the highest bidder. Every day, laws are passed that expand the rights of the corporations at the expense of the rights of the people. For now it serves the corporations' purpose to operate under the protective cloaks of various governments, but when the corporations have gained enough control, these government entities will become superfluous and obsolete. A CEO will replace the head of state. The legislative body will become a board of directors. There will be no more citizens, only consumers. No countries, only companies. No national flags, just corporate logos.


The second addition to The Skunk Works Corporate Military. My force seems to be growing rather slowly -- I hope I'm not drawn into an open war anytime soon.



























The Wolf, as it's commonly called, is the next evolution in single-man aircraft. Lightly armed and even more lightly armored, it relies on its unsurpassed speed and agility.


With multidirectional rocket engines, the Wolf can outrun and outmaneuver anything in the sky. Skilled pilots have been known to lead heatseeking missiles back onto the jets that fired them.


Its one weapon -- the miniest of miniguns. The Wolf works best deployed as a swarmfighter, or as a scoutcraft able to hit small targets of opportunity. Can also be used in an air support role when bombs and missiles would be overkill.










The whole design started with the engines, which have remained constant throughout the Wolf's evolution. The cockpit was built, scrapped, rebuilt in a new configuration, scrapped again, and re-rebuilt. The CEO is reasonably happy with its final form.




























Each engine nacelle can rotate through a full 360 degrees, and fire from either end. In theory, by simply switching the thrust the craft could stop on a dime at maximum speed and do a full reverse if it had to. Whether it would remain intact through such a maneuver is moot -- the pilot could never survive it.




























With the engines in this position it can hover, and possesses vertical takeoff and landing capability. The rockets aren't very kind to whatever surface it's landing on, however.


So what's it like to fly this "tin can strapped between two rockets"? Pilots have coined the term "exhilifying" to describe it -- for exhilarating, and terrifying.


Everything in The Skunk Works Corporate Military will be named in honor of old bluesmen. The real Howlin' Wolf was a large, imposing man, and the original plan was to have a heavy bomber of some sort named for him. But when the first prototype was fired up, the way those rocket engines roar, it couldn't be called anything else.


Today a new pilot is introduced to the Wolf. He was recently let go by the Dawn Forge when his job was given to a less-qualified peachskinned man. Affirmative action is well-intentioned, but unfair to all parties involved.


"That's all the farther the cockpit opens? Kind of awkward to get in and out of, isn't it?"


"Leather upholstery? When will people learn? You stick to it in summer, you're always afraid of spilling something on it or scratching it..."


"Oh, good, dual cupholders. I got used to that at the Dawn Forge. I guess they spoiled me."


"I'm used to big kickass mechs, but I think I can handle this little devil. It's been awhile, but it'll be good to get back in the air again..."











Breaking character here -- I usually don't do construction shots, mainly because I don't think I ever do anything really revolutionary; I'm not one of those genius builders who's always finding clever new connections. This has to have been done before, but I discovered it independently, so here it is: a lightsaber blade in a technic brick with an X-shaped axle hole fits with enough friction to rotate, yet stay in whatever position you put it in. The same lightsaber piece will fit into the axle hole through a round 2x2 brick, but much tighter. I wouldn't put a lot of weight on this swivel joint, but it's great for small light things. Be wary, though -- not all parts are created equal! Some lightsaber bars fit a lot tighter than others. Don't come crying to me if you get one stuck in some 2x2 round bricks.



Comments

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  November 27, 2011
Great proportions, color and detail!! i especially like the engines. hey um.. can you join my group Architectural Waffles? And could you please do a how to on this moc? PLEAAASSSSEEEEE!!
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  August 29, 2010
I actually discovered that connection at the end a long time ago, but I couldn't find a way to practically apply it to anything, so congratulations. Great minds think alike.
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  February 16, 2009
Nice ... that's a "beefy" lil' craft you have there ... very impressive ! ... but what i'm equally impressed with is your opening statement ... "The time is not far off when corporations will openly control the world. Even now, the politicians chosen for you to vote for are pawns of the corporations, puppets whose strings are pulled by the highest bidder. Every day, laws are passed that expand the rights of the corporations at the expense of the rights of the people. For now it serves the corporations' purpose to operate under the protective cloaks of various governments, but when the corporations have gained enough control, these government entities will become superfluous and obsolete. A CEO will replace the head of state. The legislative body will become a board of directors. There will be no more citizens, only consumers. No countries, only companies. No national flags, just corporate logos." ... that's a scarey thought.
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  January 12, 2009
hey, you are good so dont get down about not being a revolutionary. remember many revolutionaries have been shot, so maybe its a good thing to just make excelent work with the old true and tried techniquies.
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  August 12, 2008
nice, I like those rocket engines, great job
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  April 5, 2008
It has something wonderful, but I would not be able say what...
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  March 27, 2008
I can't say too much about it (the Walmart Nation restricts our speech), but I can say it looks great. Always low prices, Always Low taxes, always...
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  March 20, 2008
Nice fighter. Small, many details and a great looking seat!
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  March 19, 2008
Just because I am a proud citizen of the United States of Microsoft does not mean that I think we on the verge of selling out. (Pauses to take a sip of cherry Coca Cola, imported from the soverign state of coketon) I just moved to this country from Tacobellopolis and am enjoying all that our Lord, The Just and true Master Gates (hallowed be his name), provides for us. I, for one, am thankful for his blessings as should you all!
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  March 19, 2008
Very nice craft you have there Executive Young, though there seems to be some confusion regarding your new pilot's dismissal from Dawn Forge. Be aware that he was dishonorably discharged for razing a large portion of the Arabella mech hangar while drunkenly joyriding in a Schism class walker...with Commander Sproule’s daughter on his lap. Keep your eye on this one.
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  March 19, 2008
That is really good! I love how you combined SNOT and greebles.
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  March 18, 2008
I'm imagining this with either engine going off in different directions and spinning wildly through the air like one of those spinning fireworks... poor newbie pilot. The engine design is really nice but my favorite parts are actually the side walls.
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  March 18, 2008
Pure compact awesomeness. I like your clever little canopy-hinge, even if the cockpit doesn't open very far.
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  March 18, 2008
GREEBS!they get me every time,every time.Nice Moc.
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  March 18, 2008
Great build, Shannon. I agree with Kelso, the engines are definitely the high point on this ship. 5/5
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  March 18, 2008
Just because you don't do something revolutionary doesn't mean you shouldn't show us construction shots. Personally, I like it when people disclose everything about their MOC. Anyways, yeah, you have a pretty cool little ship. Just a few more tiles and it would be studless.
Shannon Young
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Nunoyo Bizznizz
  March 17, 2008
I like this a lot. It looks really fast. Great cockpit design, especially the interior.
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  March 17, 2008
And here I thought the inspiration was the front sections of two micro rebel blockade runners. Clever design on the engines and it looks like I may have to ramp up production in my Hyper-Corp genre. Lee.
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  March 17, 2008
Nice little piece of Corporate candy! Wouldn't mind takin' one these for a spin on a Saturday afternoon...ah, but then it's not for us "consumers" is it. Looooove the engine design! Another testament to the notion that good things can come in little packages!
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  March 17, 2008
I recognise that Skank-Works style! :D What a zippy little bugger, full of your usual creative brickplay! Very swooshable. If I say the canopy hangin tough out the back bothers me a little you won't declare war on my faction will you? I better get a move on with that Womabt mech just in case...
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  March 17, 2008
alright! now that is cool! I do have a few problems, though. one is the uncovered piece of windshield hangin' off the back. the other is the gun. its not exactly original. I think a better approach would be to stick something on the two cored studs on either side of the cockpit. this would also allow for better pilot visibility. the engines are great, and the seat is just magnificent. overall, stunning job.
 
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