LL-230 Arrow Head Fighter . The old LL-230 Arrow Head fighter may not be the latest in technology, but it's fast and tough enough to hold its own against anything pirates, raiders or smugglers can throw at it. . Status: Intact. I like this version better. I found a way to do the bumblebee striping so it's proportional to the ship, and the more symmetrical greebling on the sides lends a bit more "realism" to the design. Fast, reliable and still in service after all these years, the Arrow Head has proven itself
This version of the Arrow Head is something I finished some time ago, but just never got around to posting. Stupid employment, making me work for money so I can buy things like LEGO and cameras and food... It's the same frame and details, just slightly altered to make the yellow and black "bumblebee" stripes on the side work better. I had three 2x1 tiles on the sides, which looked awful and didn't align very well. This kind of breaks the standard rule about displaying the stripes, but I think it works far better.
The engine is a personal favorite. It's not really that complex, so it carries over the idea that this is an older fighter. Think of it as the F-15 to the F-22: it may be a lot simpler in comparison, and the specs on paper aren't nearly as impressive, but it's still used because god damn it, it just works!
Top and bottom views, of course. Notice the slight gaps in the middle. That's what happens when you use Technic beams to create triangles.
The trans-yellow are supposed to be repulsor lifts... look, the rear landing gear was going to be aligned straight ahead, but it didn't work out the way I wanted, and angled landing gear just looks cooler, alright? Besides, it's Classic Space LEGO, imagination is the whole point!
The landing gear on the front recesses into the frame a bit, so it's actually flat. The rear ones stick out a little bit, but from any decent angle, they look like little stubs or fins or something. It looks nice in person, trust me.
Will you look at the size of that engine? It's massive! That's how the Arrow Head manages to go so fast: it has no choice in the matter. Excellent power output and range make it great for patrol and interceptor roles.
Aside from the two main lasers on the nose, she also has two small lasers mounted below and to the sides of the secondary thrusters. These let the pilot tell any pursuers to get off his tail.
The cockpit itself isn't too fancy, but I did manage to fit not only the pilot, but two control sticks, a main display and a secondary display using 1x1 and 1x2 clips. The trans-yellow 1x1 rounds in the main display are just for color, but look like they do something. Interior lighting? Mood lights for those lonely patrols? Strobes for playing awesome techno? Who knows?
The pilot. Left scarred from an old battle, he prefers to be by himself. Years of service and friends in the right places let him pick and choose his assignments. His love for the old Arrow Head series brings him to any posting that lets him fly one. He's turned down offers for his own squadron simply because they were forced to use newer craft. He once spent a year in the most back-water rock in the known systems simply because they only had this ship. He's even threatened to resign his commission when they tried to promote him, which would have effectively grounded him from flying. Now that is a man who loves his fighter.
I chose to use a black Classic Space mini-fig because you just don't see them anywhere. It's like they don't exist or something. And I figured it would look nice with the color scheme. I can't really tell; I have terrible sense of color. Thankfully, the Classic Space color scheme already has colors and requirements, so I just followed that.
The trans-clear visor and canopy came from a wonderful little store called MAGICBRICKS (located at http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=MAGICBRICKS ). The guy somehow manages to get a hold of these rare and awesome pieces. If you got the money and you need those parts, I'd recommend MAGICBRICKS. Be warned though: they are rare, so the price isn't going to be cheap. But they're soooooo worth it.