This is an underside shot, which was not forgotten. The landing gear, and scanner module, are folded up flush with the body of the shuttle.
Here, the scanner module is extended, and the landing gear is deployed. Also, you can better see the two missiles. The scanner module is inspired by Dr. Akira Ross' ship from the movie, Final Fantasy: Spirits Within, and the deployable scanners from that ship. I can't believe I just made sure to have the honorific title of a fictitious character.
The crew hatch opens to provide a nice, comfortable angle ramp with grills for good traction. The engine panels are closed for landing, as are the hidden guns on the nacelles. Believe it or not, alot of this ship was inspired by a small G.I. Joe underwater craft.
Here we can see the double barreled, hidden, pop-up gun inspired by the S.H.A.R.C. of G.I. Joe fame. And, the protective panel over the primary engines is open, as it would be in flight. By now, you are asking, "Why an entire ship in bley?" To which I would respond, "Many are the mysteries of the universe, and deep is the wisdom of the man on the mountain."
The oversized maintenance access panels on the side of the ship were a new idea I was playing around with. I did this MOC back in, uh, early 2007, I think. I really wanted to add a lot of interesting details to this ship. As a matter of fact, the whole MOC was simply an exercise in improving my building skills by focusing on just building something with cool details. That is the reason why it is all Bley --> I did not want to have to worry about color during this exercise, just focus on building something decent.
Here is this shuttle's impression of R2-D2 after taking a glancing blow from a stormtrooper's E-11 blaster. Also, with this MOC, I was trying out building a windscreen over using a windscreen piece. I got the idea from another AFOL's MOC of the old Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider. Search Brickshelf, you'll see what I mean. I liked the look of it at took a stab at trying it myself. I think it can be a new and interesting approach to windscreens. Keep in mind, Lego took a stab at it too with the minifig Star Destroyer, and the UCS minifig scale Millenium Falcon.
Quoting Zach'O films AKA Zach Vandermark
This is so cool I love it! Its small yet very very awesome! It looks so cool I love the size and shape and every thing could I try and make my own?
Here soon I am going to post pics of the third generation of this MOC. The third generation is very sleek; I got rid of that boxy look by using SNOT technique with slopes on the side. But in the meantime, ya sure, build one or two or three of your own.
I'm agree with Masterchief, it would deserves more comments. I love the Saurian Fighter and this one is quite different, but also very good. Cockpit no made of trans-parts are always interesting and this one is no exception. Overall it looks personnal and very well done. Keep them coming !
I like it
April 21, 2009
What! No coments on this Moc! This is really nice, please post some more lego creations. As for your question, take a look at the rest of my aircraft, as they use the same idea. If that dosent help, I will see what I can do.