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.
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!!!
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.
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!"
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
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 !!!
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!
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!
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
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.