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Phoenix Heavy Fighter . Yet another large generic fighter . The Phoenix Heavy Fighter holds the distinction of being one of the largest single-seat starfighters on the open market. Often favored by deep-space patrol forces as well as bounty hunters and pirates for its long range and life-support endurance, it is a common sight in many border systems. I have actually had this ship sitting around since the beginning of summer vacation, but I spent a lot of time refining the design and color scheme. I didn't really want to post until I had gotten some black slopes to replace the dark grey ones and generally cleaned up the color scheme, but recently I decided to destroy this ship so I could re-use some of the parts in a better fighter that should appear after Christmas. It isn't all that bad though -- this ship taught me a lot about sculpting with angled curved slopes, which came in handy on the Assault Shuttle. Top view. Front. This has been my favorite view since I first built this ship. However, if you look carefully you can see that the two wings are tilted at different angles. This is because they're held by click hinges and one of the hinges was faulty. In the new fighter the wings will be held up by Technic angle connectors, eliminating this problem. Also because of this, the retractable landing gear didn't work, so I won't show you that. It'd just fall over if I put it on the landing gear. Side. Though the fighter has a nearly flawless aerodynamic shape, that is more of a marketing ploy on the part of the designer than anything else. Because it lacks turbine engines, the Phoenix isn't really that efficient in atmospheric flight. Stern on showing the main drive torch and the secondary plasma thrusters. Bow on. Another good view. A shot of the thruster housings and the secondary maneuvering jets. I actually think they're one of the best parts of the model. Middle of the fuselage, showing the guns and most of the minimal detailing. With Assault Shuttle for scale. The Phoenix is forty studs long, exactly half the size of the Assault Shuttle. Flying in formation.


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