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LMH-1337 'Sperber'
In an attempt to aid my froggy friends, I've built them a fighter craft so that they can soar above their enemies and rain amphibious death down upon them.
About this creation
Built for Flare's A:DOMINATION contest.

Presenting, the 'Low-altitude Mech Hunter', model 1337!
Ground crew scene go!
Also known as the 'Sperber', this light aircraft is employedby the Luftfrosch to hunt mecha and other armored units. The model pictured here is armed with an underslung Type-47 anti-armor cannon. The Sperber can seat two frog pilots, and is capable of limited space flight.

Like many frog vehicles, the Sperber is a thoroughly unconventional design. The pilots are seated in a large glass canopy which sits forward at an angle. When questioned on this, the head of the design team said, "It looked really cool."
Rule of cool applies moreso to fighters than anything else.

The craft is powered by two D-Class engines, situated close to the body. They allow the Sperber to reach Mach-2 without it's weapon systems, and something less when the guns are strapped on. It's usually better not to try for Mach-2 if you want to keep your guns.
Speedy Frogzales to the rescue!

The rear.
Booty shot!

And now we come to a side view... I really don't know what to say here, I've gotten pretty much all the technical details out of the way... All I can really say here is 'Boom'.
It was the first thing that popped into my head that I could safely type.

Overview! Better than side view, but not as good as 3/4 view. This is probably one of the best angles to shoot it from. With both machine guns and cameras, mind you. You really don't want this thing following your bomber flight.
Hence the 'Boom' remark.

Underside! Y'know, I really don't get to do this too often... Celebrate it! Take in the moment! Your convoy of mechs is now dead. That's what we call a distraction kids.
You should have seen the looks on your faces!

What's better than a rear view? A rear 3/4 view! The frogs really know how to do things stylishly, no?


The massive cockpit section allows the frog pilots a full view of their surroundings, providing they don't consider the ground below them their surroundings. Each of the pilot's seats uses the same technology as a barber's chair, so it can raise, lower, and swivel. This has caused more wrecks than you can possibly imagine.


And now we meet our amphibian aviators! First up we have Warrant Officer Winslow, seated in the front section. He actually pilots the aircraft, and controls the ship's range of radio taunts, which broadcasts hate messages over ever possible channel. The settings range from 'Filthy Human' to 'Dirty Ape', including just about every known species in between. It's quite fun to activate the external speakers and drift over a zoo. Immediately behind Winslow is Flight Commander Friedrich, who controls the weapons systems and monitors the sensory equipment.
Together, they're an unstoppable team of harrasment!

The cockpit section is far more heavily armored than the rest of the ship and also houses the sensors suite, located in the dome on the back of the cockpit. The sensory suite helps detect squishy targets nearby, locate friendly airbases, broadcast taunts, and aids in navigation.


The Sperber employs a rather unique flight system: The front nozzle is primarily for space flight, while the two behind it for atmospheric. Note: The Sperber CANNOT survive reentry. It will burn to a crisp if you try. Please don't try to recreate your favorite TV shows. We lose more pilots like that than you'd think.


Overcompensation station here we come!
The Sperber mounts a hefty Type-47 Anti-Armor cannon, which is typically used to devastating effect on lightly armored vehicles. It has a less spectacular effect on the heavier armor, so the pilots prefer to shoot up the light stuff first. Boom...


Note the large engine intakes. If they weren't this big, it probably couldn't go as fast as it does. However, if something gets caught in them, it will probably result in a magnificient fireball effect, which will shear off at least one wing, inflict catastrophic damage one the cockpit, and then result in a large and showy explosion. It'll look great both on film, and in a video game.
Hollywood here I come!

And last but not least, we have the Froggy ground crew from the main picture.
Lazy good-for-nothings...

And that's it for this one.

Fourth Wall Commentary:
Would you believe this whole thing started out as a mech? Neither would I, if it weren't for the fact that I built it. After I got everything except the legs all prettied up, I decided I didn't want to build legs, and stuck some wings on it. It evolved from there to what you see before you! I was largely inspired by the Zeon Dopp Fighter from Mobile Suit Gundam.



Comments

 I made it 
  August 2, 2010
Thank you kind sir :D
 I like it 
  August 2, 2010
Great little fighter, and hilarious to boot. Nice!
Ribbits M
 I like it 
Jorge Kemper
  July 29, 2010
I give it a 4. Its very good but its small. I do like it though.-Jorge
 I made it 
  July 29, 2010
Quoting Matt David This capricious turn of events is most unforeseen. I have been thrown for a loop, bamboozled, the wool pulled over my eyes. Not in my wildest dreams nor my most untamed imaginative whims could I have seen this unexpected move.
Actually, it is out of character for me to do something so expected, so predictable... Well, I think I'm going to have to reevaluate my life and the usage of frogs... Although, it is different in that it's not a mech or a tank of some form. @Cody: Thanks! The cockpit is my favorite little bit!
 I like it 
  July 29, 2010
Excellent build, the CP looks, as you said, really cool. :)
  July 29, 2010
This capricious turn of events is most unforeseen. I have been thrown for a loop, bamboozled, the wool pulled over my eyes. Not in my wildest dreams nor my most untamed imaginative whims could I have seen this unexpected move.
 I made it 
  July 29, 2010
Quoting Matt David Blast! Frogs! Blindsided! Who could have guessed!?
I know, it's a totally uncharacteristic and unpredictable move on my part. Truly I am an implacable foe.
 I like it 
  July 29, 2010
Blast! Frogs! Blindsided! Who could have guessed!?
 I made it 
  July 29, 2010
Quoting Jorge Kemper I give it a 4. Its very good but its small. I do like it though.-Jorge
Thank you, however I have to argue the point that something doesn't have to be big to be good. Afterall, the Frog is a very tiny piece, and this craft is massive in comparison. Just think how big it would be if the frogs were figs, and it was to scale with THEM instead. @Finn: Thanks! I'm glad the resemblance shows through.
 I like it 
  July 28, 2010
Yeh, it deffinatly looks like the Dopp. Oh, and rating of 4. Nice job
 I made it 
  July 28, 2010
Thanks guys! I really appreciate the high scores! Even if you did kill my chance at a perfect score, Luke ;)
 I like it 
  July 28, 2010
I score this (4). Owing in no small part to your excellent write-up.
 I like it 
  July 28, 2010
This is REALLY fantastic! I would be ashamed of myself if I gave this anything less than a... 5 (five). You really nailed the idea of this contest! Great job! Good luck with the other three judges.
 I made it 
  July 27, 2010
Quoting Justin L. Can I make something like this? You know, animal pilots and all? Of course, I'll give credit.
The animal pilots thing isn't my idea, so no credit is needed! The only thing you'd need to list me for is if you make something based on this design.
 I like it 
  July 27, 2010
Can I make something like this? You know, animal pilots and all? Of course, I'll give credit.
 I made it 
  July 27, 2010
Quoting Parrington Levens Really neat, great design, fantastic greebling, really nailed the theme, the cocpit is brilliant, and the underside and rear greebling is too good for a 4. -I give this one 5 points.
Well, you ninja'd me there Mr. Levens. Thanks so much for the great score! I really appreciate it!
 I made it 
  July 27, 2010
Quoting Alexander Pierson This is very reminiscent of the Dop fighter from the original Mobile Suit Gundam. Its almost uncanny in places. Pretty good!
As it should be! The Dopp is a fascinating fighter, and one of my favorite designs. @Rori: Thanks man! I'm loving building them. It's a nice break from reality. @El Barto: Thank ye matey, yer comment do be appreciated!
 I like it 
  July 27, 2010
Really neat, great design, fantastic greebling, really nailed the theme, the cocpit is brilliant, and the underside and rear greebling is too good for a 4. -I give this one 5 points.
 I like it 
  July 27, 2010
"It looked cool" LOL im loving your frog creations ^_^
 I like it 
  July 27, 2010
This is very reminiscent of the Dop fighter from the original Mobile Suit Gundam. Its almost uncanny in places. Pretty good!
 I like it 
  July 27, 2010
Pretty cool, Dude!
 I made it 
  July 27, 2010
Thanks guys!
 I like it 
  July 27, 2010
I'm in love with the uniqueness of this design. Wonderful job.
 I like it 
  July 27, 2010
nice! good luck!
 
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