The 'Herald' is an aerial vehicle I've built for a contest on Saber-Scorpion's Lair Forum...I didn't know whether to enter the contest or not until two days to the deadline, then at last I made up my mind, and built this. Incidentally, this is also my first complete Lego creation since I discovered the AFOL community this summer, and I have to say I'm quite satisfied with myself. Hey, afterall I've been without Lego building for almost three years!
Here's a bit of fictional-but-not-so-absurd facts I wrote about the plane and the whole project:
"The THAR-05 (the sigle standing for Transonic Higly Advanced Recon), or 'Herald of Victory', as it's more familiarly known among the developers and the testers of the project, is the final result of a five-years Victorian experiment on new fuels and engines, aimed at the creation of an innovative propulsion system, capable of both excellent performances and minimum overheating and energy loss. The main result of the experiment was the creation of a brand-new type of fuel, a semiliquid peroxyde of palladium nicknamed 'eutherite', and of a new-generation reaction thruster able to use it. The new engine, codenamed 'XRF-05', works using the extraordinary expansion property of eutherite. A pair of twin computers, one for each wing, calculate with extreme precision both the exact amount of comburent that the huge turbines have to provide in order to catalyze optimally the reaction, the percentage of additives injected during the combustion, and the temperature needed by the dissipating ends to achieve the maximum gas expansion. With all of these conditions accomplished at the same time, the reaction is so efficient that an aircraft can do more than 250,000 kilometres, travelling up to Mach 25 (equivalent to 25 times the speed of sound), without having to stop for fueling. Eutherion is carried in solenoidal bars, as entrapping the semiliquid compound in strong magnetic fields is the only way to prevent it from reacting with other substances.
Obviously, the whole system (known as EUTWIN) is still highly experimental and unreliable, not mentioning the fact that the engines are so powerful that they literally torn apart any pre-existant spaceship structure used for the testing. Victorian engineers had to build a ship that was both resistant and versatile, since the EUTWIN systeem needed constant tuning and adjusting during the tests. The THAR, rechristened 'the Herald of Victory' because of its sleek shape, unbelievable speed and absence of weapons, was so created. Its structure has been thought in order to withstand the more than extreme accelerations provided by the EUTWIN, so the fusolage is made of solid, isotropic duranium alloy, and the pilot itself has to wear a special suit that, connected with the active inertial compensator in the cockpit (hence the seemingly strange position the pilot have to assume during the transonic flight), allow him to survive the tremendous forces of the EUTWIN flight. The controls are partially neural, partially manual, and many new-generation holographic HUDs can be found in the cockpit. The Herald also features two standard, average-powered Victorian engines to reach the optimal altitude needed to activate the EUTWIN, and to allow the ship to travel in space. The whole THAR project has been declared a complete success, and the perfectioning of the EUTWIN system has already turned in the developing of alternative uses for the Herald ship. One of the newest addiction is a complex and highly advanced surface scanning system, that uses the analysis of the semirifraction of multifrequency electromagnetic emissions to provide an incredibly detailed rendering of both the surface and the undersoil."
Now, after the wings have sensibly been removed (or else you would've seen more my hands trying to keep the cursed thing whole than the actual Lego creation), you'll be able to see the crumped cockpit and the opening system.
The uttely complicated and somewhat ugly system I used to get both sturdiness and the possibility to rotate...it's the best way I could think for the moment, but if you have a better solution I'll be glad to try it.
Man, that thing is WEIRD! But hey, it's cool. Certainly very unique, especially the way the pilot goes in. I like that. The most questionable part is the feeble-looking wing attachments. Still, I'm definitely impressed. Good luck in the contest!