GAIA - AT Viper . A heavily armed multi-role viper, equipped with additional cargo space/living area for long range strike missions deep into Draggone space. And an excuse to use some of the huge number of basketball hoops I've somehow managed to accumulate :) .
The biggest viper I've built so far, but also the most swooshable. Bonus :)
Side View. Not the prettiest bird in the sky...
Top view. This one turned out a lot bigger than originally planned, but I was quite happy with the overall shape.
As this is a viper capable of long range missions, it needed additional living space and cargo area. This made the body longer than usual, but it seems to fit in quite well with the length of the ship.
Rear view. Between the engine pods you can see the access hatch.
Opening the access hatch reveals the fold-down access ramp leading to...
...the cockpit and cargo/living area.
I really wish LEGO would make some pink airtanks...
The access ramp was a real tight sqeeze to fit in, but I couldn't get the canopy to hinge nicely - I had planned to put more detail in the cargo area, but the ramp put a stop to that.
Underside and landing gear deployment. It only just supports the weight/balance of the ship, but it was the only solution I could find that kept the streamlined look of the ship when retracted. The studs on the orange undercarriage are the only ones visible on the exterior of the ship, the landing gear lies flush with the edge of them, couldn't even cheese 'em :(
The obligatory Viper Shot!
So NoVVember 2012 is over. I'd planned to build four vipers, but only managed three. However, after hassling the other half for much of the month, I persuaded her to leave her comfort zone and have a go at a viper. She'll be posting it later :)
While I was clicking away, I thought I'd take a group shot of the orange themed fleet I'm assembling to conquer the universe. Or to keep the dust off my favourite shelf, I forget...