The Star Shuttle is a long range, non-combat starship
About this creation
The Star Shuttle is a basic shuttle-type spacecraft. I made it to exist in the Star Wars universe but I guess it could fit in elsewhere. The Star Shuttle is not a combat ship but could be used in military applications. This particular ship is for transporting Republic (or Rebel) officials from system to system. I made this model in the spring of 2002 and it has since been scrapped. The model was about 75 studs long, 40 studs wide, and 24 bricks tall. Because I tried to pack in a lot of detail, inside and out, the model ate up a tremendous amount of bricks and was very heavy for it's size. Overall, I think it is a good model with some cool details.
The Star Shuttle started off with the engines. I had purchased 2 Life on Mars #7315, which included a flimsy solar panel piece. Although the piece seemed pretty useless at first, as I toyed with it I had the idea to make it the forward scoop for an engine nacelle. The first version of the shuttle had 2 engines. Brad Hamilton gave me one of his panels and I upgraded the shuttle with a third engine nacelle on top.
The top view, offering a look at some of the engine detailing. I chose red as the secondary color because I wanted to incorporate the latest sand red bricks. Although it was used sparingly, the addition of sand red helped give the ship a more weathered look.
The landing ramp/main entry is my favorite feature on this model. Although it is fairly simple, it took me over an hour to finally figure out. Shown here is the door closed and ramp fully retracted. Note: at the top right is one of the "knobs" to the sliding doors inside, pulled out.
I like this, it has a great overall design. I have one gripe though, and this is only my opinion, but I think the third nacelle is overkill. I think the design would flow more smoothly with just 2. But that is just me. Color scheme is fantastic.
HOW HAS THERE NOT BEEN COMMENTS ON THIS SINCE MAY LAST YEAR!?!? Your creations were the first I ever saw, and some of the very best that I've seen! My favorate ships you've built are probably this and the Explorer.
Okay, this it just awesome. And you're models have greatly inspired me; right now I'm working on a ship that is a bit similar to the Dragonstar, and that's where I got the inspiration. And I love the features in this ship, the retractable ramp is amazing!