BX3-Sparrow . Turbojet/ramjet hybrid reconnaissance fighter . In our continued efforts to protect the assets of the corporation, Pimm Industries is proud to introduce the BX3-Sparrow. The Sparrow is a jet fighter designed for reconnaissance and as an all-purpose fighter. Built by the aerospace division this particular jet is assigned to the Highland’s Company.
Weight: 22,700kg (25 tons)
Engines: 2X Pimm Industries PS9 turbojet/ramjet hybrid
Thrust: max w/afterburner 145 kN (32,500 lbf)/engine
Speed: Mach 3.0+
Range: 1,500km combat, 2,800km cruise
2X 20mm auto-cannnon
4X long-range missles – air-to-air, or air-to-ground
Armour: Undisclosed. Laminate design with experimental energy
Classification: jet fighter/reconnaissance
The BX3 includes a modified version of the patented bioelectrical interface, which allows the pilot to control the plane through thought alone. The pilots of these planes have had to undergo various surgical modifications in order to allow them to handle the high g-forces generated during combat. As such, above the knee amputations as well as tethering of the pericardium to the chest wall; four test pilots were killed before it was realized that the heart was tearing away from aorta during 15g maneuvers. The lower limbs were also removed to prevent blood from pooling in the legs and thighs.
This started out as a VTOL, but transformed over the week that I worked on it. I started playing with various wing designs and the VTOL was set to the side for now. I also stepped out of the box a bit and added a couple of chrome pieces. I had bought the chrome grill pieces for the Pimm Industries Headquarters (estimated build date – far in the future), but thought I could spare a few for this build.
Hope you enjoy this one. My wife contributed more to this creation than any other – I was bouncing ideas off of her continuously. As much as I love the black colour, it is almost impossible to get good photos of black objects. This creation was no exception to this difficulty. I took about forty photos trying to get a few that were good enough to post, but none of them truly show the model as it is meant to be seen – ‘swooshing’ through the air in my son’s hands.
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Shannon Ocean's Review:
I assume he got the dreaded "your review has been sent", which never seem to get posted ;-)
At any rate, here it is:
Ok, it looks very bird-like and for having a biological influence in your creations automatically gets you 5/5 from me. I'll echo everyone else's view and say the wings are indeed sublime, especially the "V" tail, the chrome is awesome and it seems you're sliding closer to Cyborg racer territory with the pilot interface. KEEP SLIDING! I'll get a Cyborg Raceship outta you yet! (Hope your kids realise what an awesome dad they've got!)
Great to see your stuff again. Take care Lee. All the best from Down Under!
- Thanks for the review - I might build a racer yet.