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Tanager
Some people call it the Flying Creamsicle. Those people get vaporized.
About this creation
(Insert obligatory nerdilicious pseudo-scientific specs on armament, engines, etc. here:)

This MOCpage has been modified from its original version: It has undergone a long-overdue and much-needed renovation in the wake of the Great Brickshelf Brouhaha of '07 -- pictures that were once available only on Brickshelf are now here where they should be.


A tanager is a small bird, typically brightly colored with short round wings. It also sounds like "tangerine."







The big curved orange piece for each side's engine, those are from the Exo-Force tank. So this is another outgrowth of the increasingly common Lego® question: "What the heck am I gonna do with THAT piece?"






Not that I'm totally against the big specialized pieces -- I'm still buying the sets, after all. But sometimes I yearn for the days of my youth, when eight or ten smaller more versatile pieces would go into a structure Lego® now puts out as one huge clunky piece.






Is it laziness? A product of the continued dumbing-down of the world? Or a sly challenge to freaks like me who feel the need to find alternate uses for these things? (A challenge I have failed to meet for the past decade, in the case of my giant Insectoid leg supports.)






And say what you will about Exo-Force -- yes, their hair is ridiculous; yes, their mechs and war machines are silly and flimsy. But there are good parts in those sets, slopes and wedges and joints. And you're buying the set for the pieces, right? Nobody's proudly displaying the official Exo-Force models on their shelf. I hope.





And at least the Exo-Force guys still have nice yellow complexions. I don't like the peach heads. I bought the Slave I set and when I got it home I found out a peach head guy came in it. I was depressed the rest of the day.






So what do you do when a peach head set comes out with a piece you really want? Thank Buddha for Bricklink!







The preceding rambling tangent was brought to you by the letter M.







A few more angles, but sorry, no more rambling. I've been staring at this computer screen for hours cleaning up my MOCpages, and I'm tired.




























And now the fabulous cockpit/cargo opening sequence, previously only available on Brickshelf!

































































Think of it as a Space sports car -- sleek and fast, but with an almost criminal lack of trunk space.




Comments

 I like it 
  March 17, 2013
I blame you for my recent obsession with those darned prongs! I looked at this years ago, and now, If there isn't a prong in my moc, then I have to add one. Gahh! Still, this is a nice little creation.
 I like it 
  June 18, 2009
This is way cool as usual, and the write-up had made me laugh more then once. Now, I'm going to remove all the nerdiculous pseudo-scientific specs from my MOCs...
 I like it 
  December 19, 2008
Ah, the original Tanager. From the first pic I was pretty confused: I thought it was some kind of microscale ship, but then I saw the lovely cockpit arrangement. Very cool removable cockpit and cargo hold! I feel the same way about those ridiculously large parts and have never found a use for those orange slopes.
 I like it 
  July 23, 2008
Your 'Final Frontier' creations are great. (I like this one particularly) so, that is why I ask you, would you like to join the brotherhood of the crow?
 I like it 
  March 31, 2008
Togor like creamsicles! Must hold back and not eat!
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  November 2, 2007
Lego's big plane comes with those wierd orange dome thingies in white. But that's not the point. The point is, what is your native language? Nice MOCs.
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  October 20, 2007
Dude, thanks for the review, I thought I'd repay the favor! I like this, and I have the same problem, those dang orange domey things are a pain! If only they were gray or white!! I like the lines of this, and the useage of those domies.
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  August 12, 2007
Yes! I love cream-cicle ships, yes there is another somewhere.
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  July 29, 2007
MMMMM, creamsicle, does it dave a fudge sister ship?
 I like it 
  May 30, 2007
All I can say is: thank you letter M!
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  May 4, 2007
The ship itself is good, but you could have actually described it instead of going off on a "rambling tangent". Actually, since you named it the "Tanager" and put it in the "Random Insanity" folder, I'm assuming that's part of the ship's theme. UPDATE: Nevermind, it's not in that folder anymore, but it was when I wrote that. And why is my review all the way up here? I was the first to review this.
 I like it 
  March 31, 2007
Perfection in symetry - there's nothing I don't like about it...even the loud orange colour blend is excellent. the siting of the cockpit is well thought out - it makes a change for a ship to have this cockpit orientation rather than the usual "get me a huge ladder to clamber up to the impossibly high cockpit!" routine. All round orangey goodness. great work.! ;)
Shannon Young
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Clay Atchley
  March 23, 2007
I love it...I like the location of the cockpit! The color combination works well for the vehicle!!!
 I like it 
  March 23, 2007
Too cool!! A nice smaller MOC with excellent use of those #@*! exo pieces. Cool lines, and I'm diggin' the colors (kinda like the gray and orange on the underside!). And as far as your Bricklink comment...Amen brother...amen!
 I like it 
  March 23, 2007
very cool creation with a neat simple design and a nice color scheme...overall quite elegant! cheers pierre
 
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