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BSE CX200 Carrack Cruiser . The Black Sun Empire navy's modified version of the Carrack Cruiser . Yo! Well it took me long enough to make another decent model, didn't it? The first couple of MOCs these summer holidays were just quick things, nothing too grand or special. I had plans to maaaaaaybe make another big car, and definitely at least make another Black Sun Empire model. I had the idea for this one, started work on it... then, sort of didn't do much for a while, as I was busy with other things too. Then came an unexpected being away for three weeks, and when I got back I had a bored day that ended up in lots of work on this ship, and nearly finishing it; the last few bits I did this morning. So here it is. The original idea was to make something Dreadnaught style, though I then realised that the Carrack Cruiser had a similar shape, just smaller. I'll save the Dreadnaught for another time :) Going through my pile of parts, I found a cool way to make the slanted-back engines, and a rounded front end... though I was short on baseplates, so this resulted in me only having enough to make the top, bottom, and only one side... nevertheless, I persisted, and ended up with the idea that one side would be built, with all the outer greebles; whilst I'd leave the other side open, to see the interior. Anyway - enough talk here. Due to popular demand, I'll make a special effort and go back to my original way of describing the ship as we go along, one photo at a time... Top view. The Carrack Cruiser is over twice as long as the Corvette, for comparison. Top and rear view - sorry this one came out a little blurry. Rear view - look at all those engines! Side view of the rear engine section, check out the way it's slanted backwards, as well as slowly getting taller nearer the end. Side view of the whole ship. Though powerful and capable of similar speeds to the BSE Corvette, it is not one of the more commonly used warships of the Black Sun Empire Navy. Head-on view; guns all round on the top, bottom and both sides. Sid-ish view of the front, showing how the curved circular shape was made, the overall shape of the front section having been altered from that of the original Carrack Cruiser by the Black Sun Empire. View of the side of the middle section - two pairs of mega-big cannons on each side, and a bunch of bits that serve no real purpose save decoration. Close-up of the side cannons. This ship, though heavily armed, is relatively, in comparison, less armed than the smaller BS100 Corvette, which is more frequently used in battle. Top view of the front - showing twin stinger guns on the front section and the communications dish behind. Top view of the middle section - composed of pointless decorative greebles and less pointless turbolaser cannons in each corner. Top view of the rear section, which has a heavy tri-turbolaser turret on each side. Shot of the angle used in the main picture, without the starry background. A pretty decent 3/4 view from the rear. Another engine shot. Because lots of engines are cool. Another 3/4 shot, this time from the front. You wouldn't tell the commander of this ship that his vessel is slightly phallic in shape if you were facing him in a standoff. Well, not unless your ship was a Star Destroyer or something. Interior fun! As most of my ships so far, the interior and exterior are completey not to the same scale - the interior is minifig scale, whereas if the exterior also was the ship would be to big to even think of trying to build. This shot just shows the whole open side section. Starting back-to-front, for some reason; here's a first shot of the engine/maintenance section. A rack of torches lies on one wall. More engine room - at the back, a container for... stuff. Whoops... this photo is upside-down... sorry. Well you see here an upside-down engine. The top of the engine, slightly obscured by the lack of light getting in there. bottom of the engine, which for some reason looks like it needs drilling. Whoops another off-angle one... it's hard to fit the camcorder in some places due to the screen that flips out on the side. If you flip it back in, it turns off, so I had to rotate the camcorder. Seen sideways, it shows the full engine from the side, top to bottom. Enough engines - here's the cargo/storage room. On the bottom; containers on each side, and heavy blasters racked at the back. The same, except some dudes are standing in the way of our view. On top, a big shelf on each side, reached to by a central ladder. Oh look, a missile, yay! Same thing, but no missile. From the ceiling hangs a big net for... I dunno, I guess more stuff. Or crew members that don't behave. Getting near to the front; the living section. Underneath, a table, equipment containers at the back and a blaster rack on one wall. On the left, another small container, steps to the cockpit, and behind the lego-dude, more steps to the upstairs area. Upstairs has a big table with chairs and some decorative hanging lamps. To the left upstairs is the combat flight simulator, not currently in use. Top view of the cockpit area. Like the BSE Corvette, I went with the Star Destroyer plan of a central aisle with techy geeks on each side working the computers - except this time a bit more so. Nerds on the right. Nerds on the left. This guy has a cape, he must be Commander Badass. Commander Badass as seen from outside, if you got that near. View looking down into the ship, from the front of the cockpit. Another shot of the whole cargo room, with engine room in the background. Another view of the whole living section. Erm... yet another view of the living section. Oh, and yet another view of the cargo room. And here's that cargo net hanging from the ceiling.


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