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SAPPHIRE Assault Ship
The SAPPHIRE Assault Ship was inspired by Halo's Vulture, at least the front of it was. This tops off my winter-break building, I hope you enjoy!
About this creation
The SAPPHIRE is a new ship built by the Dawn Forge. The ship was originally designed to fly beside the DF dropships for much needed protection, but their effectiveness has allowed the SAPPHIRE to be used in battle.


The SAPPHIRE has a single pilot, but requires a large amount of maintenance (not including repairs) outside of battle. In the above picture you can see the primary air intake, flood lights, and the VTOL thrusters.


The SAPPHIRE is coated in a titanium alloy infused with corundum crystals (giving rise to it's name) that are designed to dull the blades of attacking Csek while on or hovering close to the ground.


Nice shot from behind...


This side view shows the VTOL thrusters. The pilot is standing below the ship for scale. The tail of the ship was original inspired by a shark tail


Unlike a shark, the primary thrust comes from the first set of "wings", additional engines are located in the back for stability

Now for the weapons!


The barrels located on either side of the cockpit fire AP485 armor piercing rounds.









Two .44 caliber turrets on each wing










Side-mountain mortar tubes, these give the SAPPHIRE a nice pirate-ship feel :)









A new, long barreled design of the Mossberg Brownie, and two Cobalt bombs to clear an area of all life





I probably should have closed this area, too many maintenance men have ben trapped down there...



Comments

  January 9, 2014
That is really cool, I just love those black turrets that are there, i suggest that you make a ship with the same features like the blue, and the weapons, that can carry those ships, like the pelican can carry a warthog, but u might not have enough grey
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  December 17, 2011
Quoting Zach jones i need to know, how did you attatch the front at that angle
http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=30364
  December 17, 2011
i need to know, how did you attatch the front at that angle
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  August 1, 2011
the one thing i think would make it better is to give it dropship functionality. I see the best place for that in the tail
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  July 17, 2011
THATS COOL
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  June 25, 2011
Quoting S & O Ltd. Hi Zane I really like your SAPPHIRE and Dusk Dragon, and so I'd like to ask if you could post instructions for the Sapphire because I would like to use it in a sci-fi trilogy story that I will post soon. Thanks
Well I'm glad you like it, but instructions will be difficult due to the fact that I have already disassembled it, and even then instructions are hard to make. But you are more than welcome to build your own and use it for your story :)
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  June 25, 2011
Hi Zane I really like your SAPPHIRE and Dusk Dragon, and so I'd like to ask if you could post instructions for the Sapphire because I would like to use it in a sci-fi trilogy story that I will post soon. Thanks
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  June 12, 2011
Great shape and design! I love your ships!
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  June 10, 2011
I have looked at most of your creations and they are all awesome
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  June 6, 2011
I don't know what dusk dragon is... but alas who cares... again nice attention to detail, especially the weapons.
  June 6, 2011
OK after seeing your Dusk Dragon I had to come and see the Sapphire. This is a really nice looking ship. I really like all the features on it. The weapon systems look great.
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  June 5, 2011
Your creations are inspirational. 5/5
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  May 23, 2011
Certainly has that vulture feel to it. The Blue accent really works well with the dark bley. I always like how you use those wheel well pieces.
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  March 1, 2011
Awesome ships, looks really simple but obviosuly isn't! Keep it up!
Zane Houston
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Abused Pie
  February 26, 2011
Awesome. I like the side mortars.
Zane Houston
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Helmut Vincevelvut
  February 26, 2011
I love this model. I like the design very much.
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  February 26, 2011
Amazing! Simply amazing! Smooth and studless, yet with a rough power that can't be beaten.
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  February 26, 2011
Isn't this the second motd? The same ship? congrats.
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  February 26, 2011
Awesome! Congrats!
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  February 26, 2011
Congrats on MOTD!
  February 26, 2011
Hmmm...It looks like a Halo pelican kind of:)
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  February 26, 2011
Very nice ship. Good shape, and design.
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  February 26, 2011
awesome ship, i feel sorry for those poor mantainence men.
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  February 26, 2011
Wow, this is like the third or fourth MOC that's gotten MOTD that I've already commented on! Congrats again on a build well done, and congrats on MOTD this time around too!
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  February 26, 2011
I love it and really like the grayscale mixed with blue. Ace. Keep up the good work!!!!!
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  February 26, 2011
Excellent job mate, good looking ship. That last pic and comment is funny :)
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  February 26, 2011
wow..... great job!!!!
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  February 26, 2011
Great shape and colour work! I'm impressed!
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  February 22, 2011
Amazing! This is spectacular!
Zane Houston
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Connor Nandell
  January 27, 2011
Nice little blue line on the sides it gives the ship a good look.
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  January 24, 2011
Quoting Yorik Bruhl This is slick. Yo, but where is everyone getting the dark grey bricks?
bricklink
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  January 24, 2011
This is great! I love all the angles, and especially the little mortar tubes on the sides!
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  January 24, 2011
This is slick. Yo, but where is everyone getting the dark grey bricks?
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  January 12, 2011
Wow, this is great. Let those trapped maintenance men rest in peace.
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  January 12, 2011
Quoting W. Mark Great work! I can't help but feel that the blue stripes should have been light bley, though.
Yeah... most of my MOCs lack color entirely so i wanted to have a little bit of non grey scale in there
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  January 12, 2011
Great work! It's very smooth and cool with distinct Dawn Forge styling. I can't help but feel that the blue stripes should have been light bley, though.
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  January 12, 2011
Very sleek design, almost to where you can't tell it's lego.
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  January 12, 2011
Wow, very nice, clean design.
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  January 12, 2011
Love the detail great job
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  January 12, 2011
Sleek dude... xD
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  January 12, 2011
Quoting Jonathan Ladner Awesome build! :D i cant express how cool i think this is
I think your buddy icon does a good enough job of that... haha
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  January 12, 2011
Awesome build! :D i cant express how cool i think this is
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  January 11, 2011
Indeed, the inspiration is apparent. Another beautiful work. Completely different from your others, yet your styling is unmistakable. Excellent piece.
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  January 5, 2011
WOW WOW WOW THIS IS AMAZING ITS JUST SO CREATIVE
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  January 5, 2011
its a lego marvle
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  January 5, 2011
Nice and beefy. but with some slick angles and nice color striping.~H
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  January 5, 2011
Zane, this is really a beautiful build. You have gone to great lengths to make sure it looks like all of the detail is well integrated as a whole. Nice simple backstory rather than a novel. Your color scheme is sweet too. Regards, Eric.
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  January 4, 2011
Amazing! The front of this really caught my eye.
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  January 3, 2011
Wow!
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  January 3, 2011
Now that is impressive!
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  January 3, 2011
Nice build here! Those blue stripes are a great touch. Awesome!
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  January 3, 2011
Quoting Josh Cooper Would you mind if I used this general design for a smaller, similar platform, like as an escort/ accompaniment to your ship?
Go for it! the more, the merrier :)
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  January 3, 2011
Nice design with great details. The color scheme with blue areas makes it even more interesting.
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  January 3, 2011
Excellent design and grebbling!
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  January 3, 2011
I like this. It's a very compact design, but not in a way that's lacking anything; if anything, the awesome attention to detail ensures that this ship has more to it than many ships I've seen twice its size. Good job.
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  January 3, 2011
Amazing work. An absolutely beautiful moc. Great job! Would you mind if I used this general design for a smaller, similar platform, like as an escort/ accompaniment to your ship? Because I'm about to make a dawn forge moc anyway, and this is really cool. So is that ok?
Zane Houston
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Lego Creator
  January 2, 2011
I like how you made it studless. check this out and tell me if you like it. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244435
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  January 2, 2011
it,s awsome
  January 2, 2011
wow.....this is .....AMAZING 5 stars!!!!
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  January 2, 2011
Can you please make instructions?
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  January 2, 2011
Quoting Mike Johnson I would love to do some Dawn Forge myself but I don't have nearly the amount of grey to pull it off.
yeah it's definitely my favorite theme, you can always start small though :)
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  January 2, 2011
That is a fine ship!
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  January 2, 2011
Well you know what they say about maintenance men. You can't kill them and then stuff their caracsses in a hold to just one! Anyway this is a death dealing work of art. I would love to do some Dawn Forge myself but I don't have nearly the amount of grey to pull it off. I guess I'll have to stick to other genres for the time being.
Zane Houston
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Chris Kruining
  January 1, 2011
awesome
Zane Houston
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Damon P
  January 1, 2011
WOW! Its perfect! I like the thrusters on the bottom. Great job!
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  January 1, 2011
All the angles are done very nicely, and I especially like the bottom thrusters.
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  January 1, 2011
Awesome man. Really Cool
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  January 1, 2011
Thanks for the comments everyone! I'm happy you enjoy it.
Quoting Jason Dominguez Beautiful ship here. Detailing with blue was a good choice and the weapons are wonderfully designed. Though it seeme to me that this craft would benefit from having a copilot/gunner.
To be honest, I really wanted to have a second pilot, and I could have included him but I only had one of those blue visors... haha
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  January 1, 2011
Beautiful ship here. Detailing with blue was a good choice and the weapons are wonderfully designed. Though it seeme to me that this craft would benefit from having a copilot/gunner.
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  January 1, 2011
nicely designed and nice combonation of ideas.
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  January 1, 2011
Best. Ship. Ever. Period.
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  January 1, 2011
This is totally the kind of assault ship that I adore - I like it a lot, nice work.
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  January 1, 2011
to cool for school
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  January 1, 2011
Yeah, NICE! This really has that blocky "plated" kind of feel that BK's Dawn Forge series has - you've definitely done justice to the theme with this one. Good design, clean build, nice color placement - well done!
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  January 1, 2011
Incredible build, looks fantastic.
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  January 1, 2011
This is awesome!!
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  January 1, 2011
The only word that can describe this is "pristine"! Exceptional work!
Zane Houston
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The Lego Man ...
  December 31, 2010
Incredible...kinda nice someone is tackling this amazing them by the air!
Zane Houston
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Dominick S
  December 31, 2010
Another AWESOME Dawn Forge creation from Mr. Zane Housten!
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  December 31, 2010
Thanks for the comments everyone!
Quoting JS Can Love the turrets. How did you get the rings around the base of the turrets to go on a slant with the shape of the wing?
umm long story short i attached some studs into a pair of technic bricks and just rotated it, I barely had room to pull that off but it works :)
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  December 31, 2010
Very nice shape. Great mileage out of minimal greebling. And, again, liking the visuals of those colored bands. They are well placed to accent the shaping.
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  December 31, 2010
I like those blue stripes
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  December 31, 2010
Great Design, love the colors.Great MOC overall.
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  December 31, 2010
Great looking gunship man! Beautiful execution, my favorite details are the rear turrets and the variable angled VTOL thruster. Bravo sir!
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  December 31, 2010
Now THAT is legit. I'll add you as a favorite builder now. I love the c-ckpit area, and those turrets on the rear wings are awesome, reminds me of those turrets on that big shuttle from Avatar. PLEASE keep building stuff like this!
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  December 31, 2010
Nice ship. >Eric
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  December 31, 2010
Love the turrets. How did you get the rings around the base of the turrets to go on a slant with the shape of the wing?
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  December 31, 2010
Hot Dam! That is one sexy looking craft there!
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  December 31, 2010
This one feels genuinely real, which is pretty hard to cultivate in plastic. Well done.
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  December 31, 2010
the guns,the color and everything in it is just beautiful!great work
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  December 31, 2010
beautiful i love everything about it nice trim color
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  December 31, 2010
wow those details are incredible!
 
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