The Arbalest is a Victorian Aerospace fighter. It is very fast, heavily shielded, and lethal.
About this creation
In Saber-Scorpion's format for Nova Refuge Ships:
LEGO By: Horatius
Model Name: VAF-209 "Arbalest"
Weight Range: Heavy
Flight Abilities: Air and space, long range, long range interstellar drive
Armaments: 4 Blazer machine guns, 2 missile racks, 2 anti-starship rockets, 1 heavy energy lance, 2 heavy pulse magnets
Capacity: 1 Pilot
Disclaimer: The Arbalest Fighter is a creation based on Saber-Scorpion's personal galaxy. He invented the setting, faction called Victory, and much more. I take no credit for Nova Refuge.
The Arbalest is designed to combat starships, although it also has many weapons for dealing with fighters. Victory chose to have AI instead of a copilot, making it superior in some ways, and inferior in others. The Energy Lance cannon is for destroying shields on starships, and the rockets and missiles help take it down. They are energy missiles, making them ideal for destroying shields. The Blazer machine guns can eliminate distracting smaller fighters, and the heavy pulse magnets knock them out of the way. These can also be used to throw fighters into astroids or debris, or even each other.
An arbalest can be either a crossbow, or the man who shoots the crossbow. For Victory's naming purposes, the Arbalest is the crossbowman. It is armed with two large missiles and four small ones.
The small missile racks can shift into attack position. At this angle, they won't shoot the ship.
On either side of the nose is a pair of Blazer machine guns. They can do serious damage to ships when their shields are down. Not so much to the giant starships, but the Arbalest is mainly focused on taking the shields down. When the shields are down, other fighters are usually sent to destroy it.
An improved version of the Hussar's energy "Lance" is beneath the nose. Though not as powerful as the Gungnir, it can still destroy many ships' shields. The missiles or machine guns then shred the enemy ship. The Arbalest's weapons include two heavy missiles, four small missiles, four Blazer machine guns, one energy "Lance" cannon, a lock-on missile jammer, and a magnet. The magnet is only visible as the round things near the back that realease the magnetic waves, but the main generator is in the middle of the ship. It sends out a magnetic wave that disrupts ships' flight. This can include smashing them into things, ripping them apart, or moving them away.
The cockpit was built so the driver's head can see perfectly through the windshield. I hate ships where the windshield is too far away for the driver to see...
With the top removed, you can see the interior. It's a little roomy, and pretty comfortable.
Here are his controls; two joysticks, two screens, and two buttonpads.
Of course, you can't expect the pilot to climb out of that hole in the ceiling. In fact, if this were a real ship, the roof above the cockpit would not even detatch. The back landing gear comes down...
...and the pilot's seat comes down.
The pilot is part of the landing gear, providing him with a very easy exit. Also, none of the controls come down with him. You can't expect the wires to connect and disconnect from the controls every time he uses the landing gear.
The pilot even has a step to step down from his seat.
The ship is heavy, but the landing gear can hold it. The seat wedges under the bottom, holding it firmly in place. The back landing gear is more for balance than support, so it does not need extra support.
Behind the cockpit is where most of the machinery is. I didn't use any "exposed greebling" on the ship. That would slow it down, and be an openly vulnerable point.
Speaking of greebling, who can guess what is under the flap?
Hidden greebling! It's also symetrical. This was the only greebling I could include, because the landing gear is near the back of the ship. That means that the back must be much heavier than the front so the front doesn't dip, which requires solid blocks for weight. Greebling is not very heavy.
The spectacular red engines. This ship can fly fast and is very agile for something of its size.
It also has an Interstellar Drive.
Size comparrison to the cocky pilot who felt too arrogant to wear the standard helmet or gloves. If an average Lego person is six feet tall, the ship is about 78ft. Yeah, I'm serious. The real size is 23 inches.
The underside isn't very pretty, but it holds together very well. The front half had to be more secure, because it used to dip down when the landing gear was down. It's much better now. In fact, I left the landing gear down overnight, and it didn't collapse.
I tried to make it as sleek as possible, and I was able to make it completely studless. I'm not sure if the fins helped, but I like them there. This took me a while to make, and I am happy with the result.
On my messy Lego table, this is what happens when my dad helps me with Lego...
Here I changed the slope piece to make it fit better.
The tips of the pulse magnets were too bland, so I made them glowing blue.
I changed the cockpit too. It used to have a thin piece holding up the roof of the windshield and ruining the sleekness, but I made some minor changes and fixed it. Most of these edits were small and unnoticeable things, but I changed them because they bothered me. You can also see that it is still intact (and hopefully will be forever :D)
It's a awesome ship but seriously make your own faction and universe it's fun! and then it's not just a copy of someone else's. I like Nova Refuge and all of Justin's creations but don't just copy someone else's universe and stuff unless it's weapons and stuff that's ok... every-one does that...
(in response to a comment you made awhile back in March) I see what you mean about the pilot exiting the bottom of the ship, interesting technique. My big spiel about cockpit glass was that I like it when a ship has at least some functionality over simply ruling out how a pilot gets in and out of a craft. I know it's Legos, but realism rules. Cool ship.
seems more like a capital ship killer than a fighter which is a good thing and it SEEMS that the only bad thing is that at fist glance the blue and white alternate A LOT but if you look closer it looks more normal...Awesome though.
Quoting Caleb Bower
Call me selfish but I could almost say with some certainty that your Arbalest looks strikingly similar to my Musketeer. Not to say that's a bad thing, I think I'd prefer yours over mine truth be told. Good color scheme, good design, good finished product!
I could ramble on about how you didn't invent the triangle shape and such, but I did see the Musketeer before I made this. I probably had your cool shape in my head on some subconcious level when I was building this, but I did not intentionally copy your design. If I were you, I would be suspicious too.