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Sniper
The PlesioSniper- a plesiosaur-looking ship with a tiny cab towing a large long-range "Lotus" cannon. Physical pictures and CAD renderings included.
About this creation
The PlesioSniper is my most unusual craft to date. It was designed to pick off targets from distances all but unreachable to my other cannons. It looks like a plesiosaur (triassic period aquatic reptile) when folded, and the main long range cannon resembles a lotus blossom when unfolded. Like most of my MOCs (except the NHAALE), it started several months or years ago and has continually evolved since then, until I spontaneously decided to make the color scheme presentable enough for public viewing.

Fig 1: PLESIOSAUR


The most recent addition has been the cockpit, which is built using a 45 degree offset method, a style which, to the best of my knowledge, is more exotic and arguably more difficult than SNOT work. This is the first time I have used it and only the third time I have ever seen it. (the first time I saw it was in the Hong Hovertank by Ryan Wood). The current cockpit was designed to replace the rock raiders cockpit which had been on there since I built it. The original design for the new cockpit had two rather large engines as part of the package, but I decided that they would not look very fish-like and removed them. The smaller engines make sense for a craft like this which usually stays out of a space battle to provide long-range support fire for friendly craft.

The day before I posted this ship on MOCpages, I made a CAD rendering of the ship in two configurations on a whim. I used Mac Brick CAD (macs rock) with Ldraw libraries. It looks good in CAD. The blueprints are on my brickshelf gallery if anyone's interested.



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   The obligatory first shot- everything buttoned up.



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   First shot duplicated in CAD.



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   Side shot- not the most flattering angle, but it does show the fish-like silhouette.



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   Head-on. The cockpit obscures the rest of the ship.



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   Front-top view.



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   The cockpit- Hey! How did a minifig get in there?! There aren't any doors in this ship! Oh well, he must have phased through the walls to hide from the giant furry canine beasts that invaded my closet...er....main hanger.



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   The cockpit alone. This is actually a 3/4 view, not a front view. You heard right, that's a 45 degree offset construction.



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   This is a front view



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   The cockpit interior. I have a gift for making small, uncomfortable cockpits. *hopes sheer coolness of construction will make up for lack of doors and cramped interior*



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   Thruster shot. This ship is not a fighter. It doesn't really need large engines.



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   Of course, for those of you who must have extra horsepower, there is the sport package, which has larger engines on swivel joints.



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   Despite my best efforts with details like the fish-like "scales" on the side, I really didn't think these engines went along very well with the overall construction theme. But I took pictures with them to see what kind of reaction I would get. Seriously, tell me what you think. Do you think these would look good as a standard feature?



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   Showing the articulation of the "neck". Through this unusual configuration, a skilled pilot can get more-than-decent maneuverability out of a ship which would otherwise handle like an 18-wheeler.



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   Hm... I wonder what could be in here?



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   The Lotus cannon, all folded up.



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   Lotus cannon unfolded and in flight. Unfolding the beam focus field projectors improves range and helps to cool the cannon. The top two fold in to conceal the cannon's innards and protect it from debris and cosmic radiation, thus improving accuracy. The bottom pair doubles as landing gear.



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   Another shot of the Lotus cannon unfolded. Named so because the field projectors resemble the slender petals of a lotus flower.



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   If you see this silhouette pointing at you from deep space, then a world of hurt is about to rain down upon your head. I tried to make a picture showing what it would look like with this silhouette pointing at you from deep space, but I'm not an artist.



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   Front shot with all unfolded.



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   Overall, I'd have to say this is the money shot. My favorite. It's so beautiful and yet so deadly at the same time.



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   The money shot in CAD. *sniffs*



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   Profile of the unfolded configuration. Yes, those supports are tubes made of plain printer paper.



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   Wha....!? How did our sniper ace get out of the cockpit!?

Anyway, thanks for reading and putting up with my CAD.



Comments

 I like it 
  April 7, 2010
really good reminds me of something but dont know what???? made a sniper you might like
 I like it 
  January 18, 2008
awesome! some person oblivously rated this one a bunch of times because all the reviews are 5. this is awesome.
 I like it 
  December 21, 2006
Very cool, very original. Maybe a little more refinement needed but top marks for thinking outside the box. Keep em' coming!
 I like it 
  January 4, 2006
i can describe this in 1000000000000000000000 words, or just say 1 word that describe this creation, this word is : WOW!!!
 I like it 
  March 1, 2005
Truly one-of-kind MOC. If you're building new version of it, then put more details on it. And some more weapuns, perhaps? Please visit our forum: http://laml.proboards3.com/index.cgi
 I like it 
  January 28, 2005
Very original... haven't seen anything like it.. totally froshizzle my nizzle. Cheers! ~ Paul.
 I like it 
  January 28, 2005
Awesome, Very original. I especially like the cockpit design.
 
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