An Alenian research vessel of modern design, propelled by repurposed nuclear weapons and armed with a number of railguns.
About this creation
Why the railguns? Because it's a dirty, dirty mistrustful future we have here. And this thing practically bankrupted my nation, no way am I taking any risks with that sort of money floating in orbit.
30 metres in diameter, 70 metres long at the shock absorbers, four turrets with two 50mm railguns, 40 human crew consisting of five armed troops for defensive and heavy lifting purposes, five vital crew members and five Alenian scientists. The rest of 'em are carefully vetted foreign types, or colonists when I finally get around to invading the Moon.
Nuclear Pulse Propulsion makes it a very powerful ship, pretty much able to do whatever the good captain wants. You see, when your ship moves by exploding nukes behind itself, you get a lot of thrust for not very much bang. And in space? When you've got power and fuel efficiency like that, the solar system's your mussel. You can do whatever you bloody well want, excepting the fact that there isn't really very much to do out past Mars.
Now, those pod things on the sides? There's a bit of artistic licence there. The light grey things should be half as thick, and four times as long. The dark grey ones are about right.
Those pods are crew quarters. They should also be flush with the hull. The idea is that the ship gets going where it's going, starts rotating and extends them. Extend 'em far enough, and you've got artificial gravity. Of course, you can't change orientation or slow the rotation or fire the engines unless you want to render your ship useless unless you retract them.
So it's not a good design for a warship. Which is good, because it isn't one.
There's standard docking ports on the habitats, which aren't shown because oh, I don't know, looking for eight 1x2 jumper plates in white isn't really my cup of tea.
This thing's rotationally symmetrical, you see one side, you've seen 'em all.
There's also four shuttles docked to it; they'd look sort of like a bigger, uglier Soyuz. I couldn't be bothered to show them, again, because I couldn't be bothered looking for parts.
It has a good deal of structual and armour integrity, as well. Structual? Because its fuel is nukes. You need some toughness to live through that. Armour? Because while nothing could survive being shot at with a space railgun, there's still a lot of wayward spanners just looking for an excuse to ruin someone's day.
Why "Tunguska"? Well, it's a vaguely ominous name. It implies destruction.
Now this ship, it rides through space on a trail of nuclear fire. It could land anywhere on the globe purely through engine power and sheer bloody-mindedness. Of course, we would never do that; I mean, it'd be rude to leave a trail of fallout all over someone's country.
Here's a breakdown of how it's made. It's not that fancy, but I like it.
And here's my concept art. You can tell I don't really adhere to concept art, partly because this isn't as long, has less but larger shock absorbers and less turrets. And the length figures for a ship that long are wrong. They're right, now, but for the ship in the concept they're wrong.
Quoting Jeffrey Donlon
Very original design! When I first saw it, I thought that it was a satellite of some sort. This is much cooler than that (although, for minifig scale, it could be a satellite). Good job!
It isn't, actually; it's an adaption of Project Orion, an American experimental program that never bore fruit.
Quoting Jonathan Mitchell
Nice. Who DOESN'T like a trail of nuclear fire? Even though fire doesn't really happen IN space. but who cares? Great build.
Technically speaking, from a distance, the explosions would look a lot like rocket exhaust. Maybe. I don't know, I just like the sound of the words. "Trail of nuclear fire" sounds a lot better than "series of radiation emissions caused by thermonuclear fission".