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Antikythera
An ancient single seat space fighter/artifact.
About this creation
This ship allowed me to put to good use my bricks of my least-used LEGO brick color; yellow.

This story took almost as long to come up with as the ship itself. :-)
Enjoy.


According to our archaeologists, the Antikythera was most likely an experimental space fighter built shortly before the fall of the Anemonean confederation. It was discovered almost perfectly preserved in an asteroid very difficult to find but very easy to excavate. This indicates that a rogue test pilot, sensing the end of his empire, may have stolen it and buried it in hopes of returning to use it as a bounty hunting tool in the kleptocracy that followed the coup.

Obviously, the pilot never returned to claim his buried starship. Our pilots and technicians ran some tests on the reconstructed fighter, and found that its maneuverability met or exceeded that of several modern ships of similar size. This high degree of motion comes from a combination of the three thrust vectoring paddles on each engine and the maneuvering jets situated on the nose.

The most surprising thing about this fighter is its mechanical flight control computer. This startling development probably came as a way to conserve electronic components (of which the Anemoneans were running low at the time we estimate it was built) and because of its immunity to all sorts of electronic countemeasures. This includes EMPs, directed microwave interference beams, and even the ion cannons favored by the enemies of the confederation. Only the flight control systems were found intact, so we had to build the navigation and weapon guidance systems from electronic components which would be rendered useless by such weapons. Nonetheless, such technology assured that this ship would be difficult to disable and its pilot nearly impossible to capture. Since we do not know the original name of this test spacecraft, we named it after the Antikythera mechanism, a primitive mechanical computer.



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   The Antikythera. That's Aunt-eye-kai-THEE-ra



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   Front



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   Monopod landing gear. They don't make them like they used to.



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   Thruster shot.



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   Observe the aft of this fine vessel.



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   Pull backe on the dorsal fin and the back opens up.



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   The Antikythera is lightly armed. In fact, it was probably never armed when it was an experimental craft. This version was retrofitted with two "AncientHammer" plasma cannons. The missile sored in the aft section gave it a fighting chance against larger ships which would otherwise obliterate it.



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   Underside.



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   Gear up



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   In flight, with the thrust vector fins extended. By extending certain fins while keeping others stationary, the ship can vent gases off to one side, thus redirecting the forces acting on it.



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   Front, in flight.



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   From the top...



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   and side, with gear up.



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   The most surprising bit of the ship: the mechanical flight control computer. A system of pulleys and cogs interprets the pilot's movement of the stick and manipulates the directional thrusters in front accordingly. Instructions are sent to the engines via hydraulic fluid in tubes running the length of the ship.



Comments

 I like it 
  February 13, 2007
I REALY like the engines, I've also made engines with a similer thrust vectoring system, though it's not on my site...hmm
 I like it 
  August 31, 2006
WOW THIS THING IS AMAZING!!! And I love the story behind it too! THe yellow really gives it a, new fealing, cause after all that time i'm sure that the paint would come off. The restoration team did a great job cleaning it up and re-painting it!
 I like it 
  August 20, 2005
Great design, and nice details. Good use of a color that we all look at and say "what am I going to do with this?".
 I like it 
  August 10, 2005
Awesome. I really like the design. The story is interesting as well. I like the fact that you call it an ancient starship. That's cool.
 
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