The Memnonia is a fast, heavily armed (for its size), single deck corvette.
About this creation
Classification:Yes, that's right, I finally committed the resources to building something big. It's about 72 studs (60 cm) long and the cabin is tall enough for a minifig to comfortably stand up. This is, in effect, my first capital ship, although only by the loosest definition of the term. By British naval treaty, a corvette like the Memnonia is a sixth rate warship, while capital ships are 1st through third rate. And to scale it would be about 29 meters long (a little longer than a US WWII PT boat), so it does not meet the Star Wars requirement for a capital ship. However, as it is based on naval strategy and not air power strategy as my previous MOCs, I will call it a cap ship anyways.
Construction: My formerly biggest MOC, the Minnow, was plagued by structural problems. Basically the whole thing was held together by the bricks that made up its weapons bay walls. It was strong, but far too heavy to support itself effectively. This time, I used solid walls less often. The crew compartment, as well as much of the front half of the ship, is built with SNOT side panels, windows, and the light upside down dump truck bucket covering the bridge. This made it much lighter and less taxing on the structural components at the expense of armor. This configuration also put load bearing structures where you would not expect them (the main turret is actually a load-bearing turret. If I take it off, the rear end would sag and possibly break off!)
Naming: The Memnonia is named after the Memnonia (mehm-NO-nee-ah) Fossae region of Mars, which I studied with the Mars Student Imaging Project. I have no idea who/what the Memnonia Fossae region is named after.
Engine shot. The main engine disc is slanted, but the thrust-inducing particles still come out straight back. I would have set it straight up, but then I would have to raise the landing gear base and compromise the low rider look.
Sure, lots of people have big MOCs, but can your capital ship do this? This would be like a PT boat standing on its bow. I am not responsible for any damage caused to your MOCs while attempting this stunt.
Side panel with greebs and folding antennae. The Memnonia gives up armor for speed, and the SNOT panels are where the armor is thinnest.
This is the last place on this ship where I do significant greeblage. I promise.
The ship also sports two of these twin Vickers laser cannon turrets. Any resemblance to the British Vickers "K" light machine gun is intentional and asthetic, not functional. The chain-wrapped gears are not magazines but heat sinks. I would have used the Minnow's chain guns here, but they looked comically oversized.
This is what you would see if you were on the other end of said videoconference. Except there would be a ceiling. In case you were wondering how the crew enters and exits the bridge, the commander's chair folds to allow access to the corridor.
The Memnonia has an airlock large enough to hold a motorcycle. It can effectively deploy equipment or personnell to space or the surface of a planet. The two trans-blue half cylinders form the revolving inner doors.
Motortrikes are way more fun than hoverscooters. Don't believe me? Try doing a donut in a hoverscooter. The Memnonia was supposedly built in a time when efficient, low-power flight grade repulsorlifts were impractical and a motortrike was a perfectly high-tech enough thing to have aboard an interstellar warship.
The aftmost chamber, engineering, is separated from the airlock by a revolving inner door. It contains the main reactor and some control panels. The main reactor is conveniently located on the vertical axis of the ship between the main engine and main cannon. Note: main reactor is not actually open to the cabin. I just removed some of the shielding to show the interior.
This shot is supposed to show the main reactor glowing. It didn't come out well, but considering how much I had to disassemble the ship to fit the camera inside, I figured I had to have something to show for it.
Your corvette looks great. I've been thinking of ideas for my own capital ship, again it would be my first big lego creation. At the moment I'll have to be content with making small fighters (have a look at mine). Anyway back to the subject, my favourite's the engine, like the way you detailed it and the use of those "saucer" pieces.
I would just like to say that I think that the guns on the small guns on this thing are just killer-looking. The ship itself though has its weak-spots like the nose of the ship could use some help. Overall, nice MOC.
Kernel, this rocks!! lots of great details... the landing gear, Vickers, the main gun.. I could go on. I like the fact that it has a cargo bay (maybe an armored motorcycle could fit in there as well? The trike is more functional). I love the use of the dump-truck bed. Was always wondering what to do with that piece. Keep up the good work!!