Welcome to the new age of sonic spacecraft. This is my new ship design, the Sonicraft-frame Dark Shrike ship. The Dark Shrike is designed for speed, and is quite streamlined. In the military, Sonicraft-frame ships are outfitted with light guns and one missile. The missile is a high-yield aeonmatter warhead, ripping apart reality and anything caught in its blast radius, and Sonicraft pilots use this to destroy large ships while going too fast for anything to retaliate.
The back of the ship. Sorry about the camera- I wish I could get you better photos, but... Anyway, Here you can see the take off and landing thruster (the dish) and the main engine (the red bits in the middle). I didn't pay attention to the rear like I did on the sides, but I think it pulls off OK.
The side of the ship. I altered the "wings" a lot, and at first, I had a really "cobbled together", "falling apart" style, with loads of different-coloured/designed panels in loads of different places. Then I found a ton of black panels, ande I thought of a stealthy feel, the results of which you see here. On the sides are those clear lights (for urban areas and dark places) and blue afterburners. These afterburners don't produce heat due to the special fuel they use, and don't show up as a heat signature (more stealthy) while giving an INSANE speed boost to the Dark Shrike. Also, you can see the pretty simple cannons, the grey cylinders on the front of the wing.
The Dark Shrike's cockpit interior. Note the absence of controls. This I will explain- to control a Sonicraft-frame and its immense speed potential, a human needs to literally become the ship- controlling it via sensory input diversion. This is achieved by the pilot inserting an implant into the back of their necks. The implant diverts only specific signals, so all senses (except smell, obviously) are transferred into the ship yet the brain can still keep the pilot alive, and the pilot can still pull out the implant when landed safely. Sounds kinda bizarre, huh?
The pilot, Sheiya. Sheiya was the original pilot of the Dark Shrike on its test flight, and when the onboard (experimental) stealth system was activated, she found she couldn't turn it off. The scientists monitoring her didn't realize the stealth system also masked transmissions from the ship, so her lifesigns showed up blank. Presuming she was dead, they left without knowing what happened to her...
Eventually, the ship crashed into a "junk planet", a sort of asteroid full of scrap metal and parts. This knocked Sheiya out and subsequently gave her amnesia. She woke up and didn't recognize the strange world she was in. However, she found she could instinctively repair the ship using various parts, get off-planet and find a colony. Now, Sheiya works as a bounty hunter, doing anything to regain her lost past and memories.
A shot of the cockpit, with Sheiya, from a different angle. Again, sorry about the bad pictures.
A shot of the underside. Here you can see the lone missile, which actually fires! It's a pressure-fire missile, from some Star Wars set.
Finally, a shot of the special stand I made for the ship, as it flies slightly nose heavy. Pretty inventive, I thought.
-EDIT-: Look closely... You'll notice there are hardly ANY studs showing at all. Well, apart from two on the end of the wing and one on each of the cannon barrels and missile (which don't really count). This is the first smooth, studless ship I've made, but you could say I cheated by using lots of black panels... I call it ingenious myself!
Thanks for reading, leave a honest review (if you think it's crap, at least have the ball bearings to tell me why) and that's it for another model, courtesy of me.