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SERAPH Aerospace Superiority Fighter
A continuous project for the last two months. Inspired by Ikaruga and dasnewten. More pics to come when I have the time.
About this creation
The Seraph-class Superiority fighter was originally designed to be the prototype run for a series of mass-produced interceptor units, but as the four development prototypes and the singular frame archetype became more and more complicated, rising costs and a series of accidents cut the funding completely. The only surviving unit was the original frame, which was the only one modified to full specs. These specifications are highly classified, and a rumor has been floating around (despite the best efforts of the design team to quell it) that a fearsome secret weapon was added to the ship on top of it's already impressive capabilities. A single phrase, "Eternus Ira Obviam Deus", is the only record of any such hidden capability-- a weapon so powerful, it was never deployed in actual combat. The fighter is now sealed away in a location known to only one man, the last surviving remnant of a power beyond imagining.

The data gathered during it's construction and singular test flight was instrumental in the construction of a new line of spacecraft, though none would ever surpass it's complexity or potency...

Armament:
2x VSCKAP-Ex.PAV-BISMTUH-013- The Bismuth (Vacuum Sealed, Pressurized Breach, Kinetic Armor Piercing Experimental Automatic Prototype, BISMTUH (Ballistic-centered Integral Spin Multi-environment Type, Ultra Heavy) nonproduction version 13) are twin ultra-rapid-fire, high-caliber machineguns which are designed to work in all environments, including out of atmosphere. They have two magazines, an extremely distinctive feature. The forward magazines are sickle-shaped, and actually do not contain the projectiles themselves. Instead, these chambers store small plugs made of a high-potency delayed combustion plastic explosive. These plugs serve to make the breach and inner barrel of the weapon an airtight fit, and so allow it to be pressurized, thus enabling the projectiles to function as normal even out of atmosphere. Since the barrel is pressurized and combustion begins as soon as the bullet leaves the pressure chamber (by tearing through and igniting the plug), the bullet has additional velocity and stability imparted by the controlled blast.

4x UHL-LD-CCE-CFLC-003- These weapons (Ultra High Latency, Long Duration Cryogenic Cooling Enabled, Continuous Fire Laser Cannon, type 003) act as intermediate range support, allowing a continuous line of anti-material LASER to be dragged through opponents or incoming munitions.

6x CPIC-MP-HSLLT-MLT-026- Missile tubes (Compact Pressurized Internal Chamber, Multiple Payload High Speed Launch and Loading Type, Missile Launch Tube, model 26) made to quickly fire various types of payloads. The missiles themselves are guided internally and cross-referenced with a computer system installed in the fighter. Additional rounds of ammunition are stored in an internal armored magazine.

[REDACTED]

Statistics:
Average Sublight Velocity: [REDACTED]
Peak Sublight Velocity: [REDACTED]
Average in-atmosphere velocity: [REDACTED]
Peak in-atmosphere velocity: [REDACTED]
Consumables: 1200 hours continuous operation, 20,000 rounds BISMUTH, missiles (amount varies by type)
Armor density: [REDACTED]



A series of compilation views.



An overhead loadout shot, for the accompanying Flickr group (and because it's cool).



My favorite view of the fighter, this picture really shows the significant influence from Ikaruga (AWESOME game), dasnewten (Flickr user) and some other sources.

An incredibly difficult, though also incredibly fun, build. I will not give instructions.

C&C welcome!



Comments

 I like it 
  August 5, 2012
Wow, I just found myself another favorite builder! Stunning work! don't know why I never came across this ship before?! Great build even though I am a few years late!!
 I made it 
  December 4, 2009
Quoting Areetsa C Well, believe it or not, before now I'd never actually seen any screenshots of Ikaruga. Heard about it in a comic I read, but never really looked for pics.
If you like shmups, it more or less can't be beat. It's very expensive to get nowadays, if you don't have Xbox Live, but IMO it's definitely worth it. I love the heck out of it-- so much so, that I'm ranked 10th worldwide on the last level, on Hard XD
  December 4, 2009
Well, believe it or not, before now I'd never actually seen any screenshots of Ikaruga. Heard about it in a comic I read, but never really looked for pics.
 I made it 
  December 3, 2009
Quoting Areetsa C Well, I'm certainly interested, if only because I've heard a lot of good things about Ikaruga, but blah blah long story blah ISP doesn't like flickr blah inbuilt siteblocker blah. It's such a shame really, from what little I can see in the few deeplinked images that don't get blocked, on TBB and so forth, most of the really good mocs are getting posted on flickr these days. Wait a moment, those guns... That's where you got the magazines near the muzzles on this, huh?
Yup. As I said, this build was highly inspired by the Iky. And dasnewten, who tragically only posts on Flickr.
  December 3, 2009
Well, I'm certainly interested, if only because I've heard a lot of good things about Ikaruga, but blah blah long story blah ISP doesn't like flickr blah inbuilt siteblocker blah. It's such a shame really, from what little I can see in the few deeplinked images that don't get blocked, on TBB and so forth, most of the really good mocs are getting posted on flickr these days. Wait a moment, those guns... That's where you got the magazines near the muzzles on this, huh?
 I made it 
  December 3, 2009
Quoting Areetsa C So, anything new in the pipes?
yeah, in a couple days I'll take more phtos of my Vic Viper and post them here. I'm also working, slowly on a minifig scale version of the Ikaruga, (renders: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/stureek/Ikaruga/) in the dark form. I posted a few pics on my Flickr, if you're interested. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobyhein/
  December 3, 2009
So, anything new in the pipes?
 I like it 
  September 20, 2009
Hey man, congrats on getting blogged! I wasn't too surprised though, because this thing totally deserves it. Again, congratulations! Pieces ~ Nowhereman
 I made it 
  September 20, 2009
...I think I'm in some kind of euphoric shock state... I've been blogged on TBB! Yay! http://www.brothers-brick.com/2009/09/19/seraph-superiority-fighter-by-tobyhein/
 I made it 
  September 17, 2009
Quoting Nowhere man Hey Toby! It's great to see that you're still active with the legos, and um... wow! I'm honestly mind-blown. When I saw the thumb-nail I figured that it was a Cole Blaq or Geoff Herndon creation honestly because of the beautifully shaped and meticulously detailed qualities that this thing radiates. I'm lovin' the modular weapons, the overall shape, the aft end of the fighter, especially the engine area, and the cockpit. I mean really. I'm 109% blown away and then some. I've recently become a huge Cole Blaq style fighter fan and this thing just delivers in heaps. My only critical thought about this is that you didn't give us any warning. As such I'm trying to feel around on the floor to pick up my jaw without taking my eyes off the screen. Which, as you can imagine, is sorta hard. In other news, recently completed a leisurely 1-hour 43-minute speed run through Prime 1, trying out that magmoor bit you pioneered, and I'm actually working on (not just planning on working on ;) a micro-scale city with a microspace battle going on (would it be called micro-atmospheric though?) and a couple of new techniques that I haven't seen before. much work to do still so don't expect it for awhile. I apologize for the excessively long comment. Shoot me one back if you get the chance (preferably on my updated homepage). Pieces ~ Nowhereman
I'm not sure what of your stuff you would want me to comment on, so I'll just reply here. First off, thank you. So. Much. Second, long comments are never a problem. Third, it's true I gave very little warning (I posted 2 comments on Flickr about it and told Dali+Phong, but you were never online at the same time) because that's just how I roll... Taking everyone by surprise, my ninja skills decapitate you with blinding rays of awesomeness (JK)! However, on a more serious note, I kind of wanted to kickoff my new session of posts with a bang. 1 hour 43 minutes is still way good, and I still haven't finished mine since it evolved into an any % SW assisted run and my inner perfectionist kicked my old attempts to pieces. I'm close to a new SW that just doesn't seem to be quite right yet, but if I get it to work I just may have something... Your micro-city/space dio sounds very interesting and promising, so good luck to you. Also, I read your updated homepage-- I'm honored by your kind words (both here and there), and was also quite interested to hear that you're enrolling in collegiate courses. I'm a Junior this year doing all AP/IB (IB > AP, in difficulty too) courses-- and since I'm advanced in math, I have Calculus same year as my hardest history class and same year as chemistry. Because of this, I can definitely sympathize with the feeling of not having enough time to do what you want to during a single day due to homework, sports, etc. So, thanks again. I have to go do my (aforementioned) homework now. [long reply FTW]
 I like it 
  September 17, 2009
This is wildly cool. I'll have to come back when I'm not so tired to check out all the details. Really great work!
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
on a final note, you may find this of interest -> http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/152997 <- Keep on building ~ Nowhereman
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
Hey Toby! It's great to see that you're still active with the legos, and um... wow! I'm honestly mind-blown. When I saw the thumb-nail I figured that it was a Cole Blaq or Geoff Herndon creation honestly because of the beautifully shaped and meticulously detailed qualities that this thing radiates. I'm lovin' the modular weapons, the overall shape, the aft end of the fighter, especially the engine area, and the cockpit. I mean really. I'm 109% blown away and then some. I've recently become a huge Cole Blaq style fighter fan and this thing just delivers in heaps. My only critical thought about this is that you didn't give us any warning. As such I'm trying to feel around on the floor to pick up my jaw without taking my eyes off the screen. Which, as you can imagine, is sorta hard. In other news, recently completed a leisurely 1-hour 43-minute speed run through Prime 1, trying out that magmoor bit you pioneered, and I'm actually working on (not just planning on working on ;) a micro-scale city with a microspace battle going on (would it be called micro-atmospheric though?) and a couple of new techniques that I haven't seen before. much work to do still so don't expect it for awhile. I apologize for the excessively long comment. Shoot me one back if you get the chance (preferably on my updated homepage). Pieces ~ Nowhereman
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
An expertly built fighter craft!
 I made it 
  September 16, 2009
Quoting Dali Zheng Oh. My. Amazing MOC, though I wouldn't expect any less from you. I had the same idea for the ammo magazine though I never built anything large enough to use it. The details and angles on this are superb!
Thanks Dali. The first bit, especially :D Oh, and thanks to all who do not have a specific reply as well!
 I made it 
  September 16, 2009
Quoting Tyler Evans AKA "Drake" thats a big loadout for an interceptor! why did you put the mags in front? if someone shoots one, BOOM the front gets blown away.
Why did I put them in front? There is one reason, and one reason alone... ...because it's cool. And, it makes sense as a container for pressurizing plug-thingies. Or something. But that makes at least three reasons >.<
 I made it 
  September 16, 2009
Quoting Nathan J Excellent job. I'll likely be posting some comments and notes on the flickr pics. And it's sad that you have to state that you won't give instructions :)
It is, isn't it. I MAY post a breakdown when (if) I ever disassemble this thing, which likely won't be for a long while. Thanks, and on Flickr too!
  September 16, 2009
Awesomeness.
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
thats a big loadout for an interceptor! why did you put the mags in front? if someone shoots one, BOOM the front gets blown away.
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
Interesting concept with the cartridges on the front. At least, I think that's what they are. This is one of those really epic builds with all the cool angles that I absolutely love, but can never get to work.
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
This ship is freaking epic! By far the most impressive ship I have seen.
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
Very, very nice. Quite strange to my eyes, but that's really just me.
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
Oh. My. Amazing MOC, though I wouldn't expect any less from you. I had the same idea for the ammo magazine though I never built anything large enough to use it. The details and angles on this are superb!
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
Really amazing detailing on this ship! Definitely one of my favorites I've seen. I love what you've done with the big ol' guns on the front with the ammo sticking out of them.
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
simply beautiful! the awesome guns, the amazing design and concept! those angles, uuuhhy, incredible! <3 it
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
fantastic angles...
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
Amazing!! Wow that is just so awesome... wow I just can't get over it... so good. I like every thing about it. Keep on Bricking.
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
Excellent job. I'll likely be posting some comments and notes on the flickr pics. And it's sad that you have to state that you won't give instructions :)
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
Wow. The shape of the back part is truly amazing! So compilcated techinques and stuff! ABsolutely great work! I love those weapons!
 
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