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VOAT "Rotting Pelican"
About this creation
The Rotting Pelican is a smuggler's ship, owned and piloted by Varg Sinep. Varg has chosen 'flight' over 'fight' and stripped back all unnecesary weight from his transport, leaving only the essentials, such as engines, shield generator, hyperdrive, repulsors and sensors. Thus the rotting Pelican is quite fast and agile for it's size.

I've wanted to try a ship that was "see-through" or hollow in some way but I never had the guts until now. I must say that this was an absolute blast to build. I think I rediscovered my inner technic fan on this one (pre-dark age I built a huge technic Apache gunship with working rotors and suspension-wish I'd taken a decent photo of it!) I started off with 2 engines here and tried to build a basic frame around that. The first attempt was extremely boxy and I nearly gave up but I broke it down and started from scratch. After that it just kinda grew bigger and more complex. To me it looks like it needs more bley greebles but I found when I added more they overwhelmed the thin black technic frame so it was a bit of a balancing act between having enough componentry to look realistic and still keeping a delicate shape. I wanted just enough of a rame to suggest the original body shape. There are slight variations in the colours; namely a few old grey pieces and those hoses have dark bley ends-I hope Uspez will forgive me! You can see from a few of the shots the frame isn't the sturdiest thing ever and not all the angles aline properly. Either this adds character and realism to the ship or it's just poorly built. I know which one I'm picking!

Think I might try another one. Do one yourself-it's fun-as!






















For visual consistency I tried to keep these side angles all nearly the same.









Front gear retracted.

Underneath-rear section.



Rear gear retracted.







Comments

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  May 21, 2011
Lovely...all around. Using gates for part of the frame is pure genius. This is one of those ships that, if I were a mini-fig, I'd want.
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  September 6, 2009
It really pushes my buttons that stuff like this is buried under complete and total crap. I should have seen this ship a long time ago.
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  September 6, 2009
What directory is this under?
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  April 27, 2009
WOW, this ship speaks to me, and it should speak to us all. We should be hearing: this is how to build a ship of greebles, without a body. You used not only ladders (sometimes a challenge, but always interesting), you used spooky cemetery gates (in a starship?), and you used the black stairwell piece upside down (and not as stairs). I think you un-intentionally pwned so many of us aspiring ship builders. At first from a distance, I thought this was a Blacktron II ship, but no, this is something far better. Great greebling build here!!!
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  January 7, 2009
plenty of nice things here but this has got to be the best. nice work and 5/5.
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  December 13, 2008
Kewl, the skeleton effect has really payed off, it looks really cool - you'd expect to see it floating around space abandoned - because its so ghostly...
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  November 13, 2008
darn! it did it again! so far for my idea on studying greebling.. it just is never going to be as good as this!
Shannon Ocean
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  November 7, 2008
I LOVE the smell of decomposing bird carcass in the morning! AHAHAHAHAHA Joker.
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  November 7, 2008
Let's see... great concept, check. great build, check. Interesting backstory, check. yep, I love it. I was actually thinking of doing a ship myself and calling it the Shaddix but I don't have enough pink bricks. ~ Chris.
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  November 3, 2008
WOW, this is a great ship!
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  November 2, 2008
You've pulled off the bare-bones look perfectly! I really like the name, too.
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  November 1, 2008
Mind-blowing vessel mate... ...I am actually speechless... :p
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  November 1, 2008
Nice! The skeletal quality to this one's unique. Reminds me of a dune buggy for space. Gotta wonder what we're all doing with names, though...Rotting Pelican, Rusty Ferret. Next ship I build is gonna have a happy name...like "the Skittles" or "the Happy Tumor!"
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  November 1, 2008
Great Spaceship! Shape is great! some nice little details here!
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  November 1, 2008
Very cool. Nice sharp pics, good shape, nice details, good collors, etc. The engines look perfect. Nice parts used. The cockpit looks nice. BTW: where you get that minifig head? Anyway, keep them coming!~Joris
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  November 1, 2008
I'm really a little lost for words here. This is quite amazing, and inspiring. Is it me or is the "skeletal" look suddenly becoming very popular?
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  November 1, 2008
This is possibly my favorite VOAT so far. I love your idea -- take an aerodynamic ship and strip it down to bare bones -- and you managed to build it very well. Awesome work.
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  November 1, 2008
I'm agree with Sven : without a doubt, your most impressive ship ! From the first inch to the last, it's full of great ideas, and the overall look is perfect. The most "Uspez Morbo" of you VOAT (logical in a way). Great MOC !!!
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  November 1, 2008
I think this is one of the best creations you ever made! Sure, it has a rotting look. And that is what I think is so brilliant about this ship. If you look at it you really think it is only held together by the technic structure around the whole thing. Also love the cockpit! The green works really good with the rest of the ship! Brilliant job on this! Phew! That was one of the longest comments I've ever written. But this creation really deserves it!
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  November 1, 2008
3 words... FAR FROM ROTTING! This looks shiny and new man! If only I could buy this. Anyways, extremely well designed and tough too. 5 smilies to you!
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  November 1, 2008
Just kidding :D This makes me happy as I sit here eating my late night cereal. The exposed engine is pretty beyond belief cool looking and as far as breaking away from the 2 color rule, I've broken it before too: as long as it's a necessity it's alright. Nice job Ocean!
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  November 1, 2008
i love this! check out my mocs
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  October 31, 2008
By far your best yet, if you ask me. Great use of classic colors; I only wish I had more of that florescent dark green. The hollow look to it is unique; you should stick with it!
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  October 31, 2008
i love this! check out my mocs
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  October 31, 2008
As I'm a fan of girder-like structures anyway, I of course like how you connected the cockpit to the rest of the ship. The general look of the whole vessel is very good, too.
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  October 31, 2008
Surprisingly im a big fan of the 2color cockpit!;) the concept of the ship is really original and so are the construction techniques and the use of parts. it has somewhat of a blacktron look but in a more fancy, more subtle way! congratualtions:p
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  October 31, 2008
It's good to see that you are using thise gate peices. Coolness Shan~LL
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  October 31, 2008
Andrew: the black b/g is a sheet of cardboard and I think it's actually more charcoal than black. It's also quite glossy so it usually shows up less darker than black Lego and the glossiness helps reflect more light too. I should get some dark brown carboard too; I think that may have looked better here.
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  October 31, 2008
Awesomly detailed, cool shape, and the black, gray green combo works perfectly. Can I ask tho, How do you photograph on a black background so nicely?
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  October 31, 2008
Sweet! I really like the "necessities only" concept you've got going on!
 
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