The Testarossa is a concept ship built by Ferocor (Pronounced [fair-oh-core]), the Ferrum Outerspace Corporation. It serves as proof that Ferocor could reverse-engineer and create a cost-effective and reliable mass-production version of the UFS Phoenix.
Side view. The Testarossa is several studs longer than the Phoenix, but still retains a relatively compact and svelte design.
Front view. The Testarossa is surprisingly aerodynamic in atmospheric flight.
Back view. The central mass is the Sublight Ion Impulse Drive, a fairly standard means of sublight propulsion. This particular SIID, however, has a built in "boost" feature that allows the Testarossa to fly at incredibly high speeds. The downside, however, is the Testarossa can't be accurately steered at such speeds thus the "boost" is best reserved for escaping sticky situations. Or ex-girlfriends/ex-wives.
On both sides of the SIID are the FTL-Jump Hyperdrives. These drives allow the Testarossa to make FTL jumps and cover large distances in short amounts of time. They cannot sustain Hyperspace travel for long periods of time, however. That is simply a limitation of such small scale Hyperdrives.
Compared to the Phoenix's Trans-Crystal Hyperdrive, the FTL-Jump Hyperdrives are vastly inferior, however. Due to the fact the former is a technological gift from an ancient race not willing to participate in Galactic events, one can hardly criticize the latter.
Underside. The underside is well armored to defend the ship from atmospheric entry. There are also small lift propulsors that allow for VTOL as the Testarossa has no wheeled landing gear whatsoever. It is important to note that, due to this, pilots should always decelerate to minimum horizontal speed before attempting to land. In the event a pilot lands in typical jet style, ear plugs should be applied liberally to block out the imminent metallic death scream.
Close up of one of the FTL-Jump Hyperdrives and the engine maintenance hatch open.
The middle of the ship also opens to reveal the ship's guts.
A look inside at the Testarossa's guts. Among the various greeblies is a maintenance computer which displays data such as power/fuel levels, system integrity, and hyperdrive strain. It can also play Solitaire and Hearts for those boring maintenances.
The computer is a removable, standalone tablet. Underneath is a hidden storage space for hiding valuables such as a large crystal (barely visible in the container) or your pornography stash.
Cockpit open. Unfortunately, the top cover has to be removed before it can be opened. The Testarossa's cockpit is much bigger than the Phoenix's compact cockpit. This dummy pilot is demonstrating just how comfy the seat is. It's leather!
Piloting the Testarossa is quite unique. Arm rest controls pilot the ship's horizontal and vertical motion. Projected holographic controls are used for all other operations. The Testarossa also has a tangible control panel for if the holo-controls are offline or the pilot hates glowing floating things.
Comparison of the Ferocor Testarossa and the UFS Phoenix.
Comparison of the Ferocor Testarossa to the original Testarossa I started months ago but never finished.
It's missing some parts (I tend to cannabalize a lot of my models)... A lot of parts...
I had an inexplicable urge to build a ship so I did. I'm happy with how it turned out and it's pleasantly nostalgic.
I decided to try something fancy with the main picture since that seems to be a norm with ships. I would have GIMP'd out the backgrounds in all the photos but after a frustrating hour or so on the main, I decided to just leave the others alone...
Some day I'll invest in a big lime green cloth, lights, and a decent camera. Until then, enjoy bad backgrounds :P
I'm not quite sure what to do with the original Testarossa so it's up to you all on MOCpages to decide its ultimate fate. Should I fix it up and finish it, tear it apart, or build something new out of it? Should I leave it alone or do something else entirely?