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Spyrius "Ugly Puppy" Recon . The Ugly Puppy, a new recon ship from the nearly forgotten Spyrius group. It may not be fast, heavily armed, or even pretty to look at... come to think of it, why did they bother making these again? . Status: Intact. It's a bit flimsy in a few spots, but isn't Syprius all about the shady and questionable? Yeah, so, last year, MOCpages had some server issues, and I just noticed now (Feb. 10, 2013) that this MOC was missing its pictures. Rather than just remake it, I uploaded the images again and redid the page. Good job, me. Way to notice that thing that was not working for a year. Ah, the old Spyrius theme. That color scheme just worked so damn well. Red and black with trans-dark blue and a hint of trans-red... they don't make color scheme like that anymore. In fact, they should bring Spyrius back. Here, you can see the two big elements of the MOC: those X-Pod cases and the Duplo canopies. Both are hard to use with most regular bricks and plates, even more so for Duplo, considering it's a different system altogether. The Ugly Puppy actually has three separate parts that are off-axis from standard brick orientation. That's a fancy way of saying it's all angley and stuff. Each pod houses the reactors for the engines as well as communication arrays. Those antennas pick up everything from local traffic to credit card numbers. Every puppy loves to have its belly rubbed. Go ahead. Rub it. Go on, now. Who's a good boy? Who's a gooood boooooy? The engines are hardly up to the job for a recons hip, let alone a lunar scooter. But with all the cut-backs Spyrius has had over the years, they were lucky to get these at a bulk rate. Maybe when they start making some cold hard cash again... The cockpit is fairly large for such a budget ship. It seems that Spyrius really splurged on this part, as- what? Discount cockpits from a line of unsafe drop ships? Really? How many lawsuits against the manufacturer? Wow. As you can see, the pilot has a decent amount of controls, including the best flight and nav systems from ten years ago. The mission officer has access to sensors and communications, as well as the only weapon on board, a single 1.5 barrel repeating laser cannon... from a surplus civilian freighter... from thirty years ago. I love this landing gear. It folds up entirely, hidden, and supports twice the weight of the MOC itself. The rear landing gear... more Spyrius budget cutbacks. Simple design, no shock absorbing, barely holds in place. Inside each pod is a fairly robust reactor that powers all the systems of the Ugly Puppy. With proper power usage, the average flight should be able to power at least 80% of systems at any given time. You want engines and weapons? Yeah, cut-backs... Sorry. Ahhh, the weapons... and I use the plural loosely. It's really more like one and a half barrels. By alternating between the longer and shorter barrels, you can save power and fuel. Yes, this laser may not even be able to shoot down a stationary meteor, but at least it's something, right? Every Space set from the 90s had these little boxes somewhere on a ship, and this is no exception. Crews of an Ugly Puppy are advised to use the storage space for delivering mail and anything else they can get paid for. Spyrius isn't made of money, you know. The crew. Placement on an Ugly Puppy is based upon the most important of all criteria: who showed up for training. This particular crew happened to be the last ones out of bed on the first day Ugly Puppy training was offered, and all the other ships were taken. Oddly enough, the number of times an Ugly Puppy has been captured and its crew arrested is very low. Most of the time, other ships can't take it seriously enough to bother with. Other times, they simply don't want to have to deal with it. Also, the humiliation of being towed into Space police Headquarters in an Ugly Puppy is motivation enough for a crew to avoid capture at all costs.


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