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Dromedary Class Starfighter
About this creation

The Dromedary class starfighter is a Canadian starship for destroying space stations, large starfreighters, satellites, and orbital bombardment platforms. It is designed so that a base to launch from is not necessary, thus making it a valuable guerrilla ship. Armed with a nuclear missile and a pair of machine guns, it generally performs hit-and-run strikes then flees hostile starfighters. This is a creation for the Real World Starfighter Contest. Here's a run-through of how a Dromedary starfighter would carry out a mission...



1. The fighter extends a collapsable helicopter rotor. Fed by the ship's fuel, it spins fast enough to lift the vessel away from Earth's surface to an altitude of at least 4500 meters.



2. The rotors are then turned off and returned to their compartment.



3. Before the ship falls too much, the engine kicks in. This rockets the Dromedary into space.



4. The missile is cradled to the ship by two magnetic clamps. The missile has sensors that register when these clamps are disengaged, and upon disengagement it activates its rocket propulsion system and jets forward to deliver the payload.



5. Upon firing the rocket, the starfighter will generally flee planet-ward. However, the machine guns can be used in a pinch if other starships are on an intercept course.



6. After atmospheric reentry, the fighter releases a parachute to slow the descent.



7. Once velocity has reached a reasonable level, the rotors are used to further slow the vessel and go to the landing site.



8. Landing gear in the sides...



... And front/bottom fold out to protect the starship's underside.



The cockpit is situated to give the pilot superior visibility.



The Dromedary with the parachute and rotors out. The parachute is 100% purist, being Darth Vader's cape from a technic figure.



The side, with many greebles... er... crucial systems.
Thanks for stopping by!





Comments

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  August 25, 2013
Great build this. Super idea and impressive built-in functions from start to finish. Love it!
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  June 3, 2013
very good job!!
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  August 30, 2012
Excellent Luke. loving your form and style with this build.
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  August 22, 2012
Cool spacecraft! Interesting para-shoot!
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  August 15, 2012
Great work!
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  August 9, 2012
Sooo many details great job my favorite part would have to be the cockpit.
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  August 8, 2012
Quoting Quad ????? Cool shape and I like all the different functionality you've added to this. But I have to ask the question: What does this have to do with a one-humped camel?
Thanks, the compartments that contain the parachute and rotors form a slight hump shape.
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  August 8, 2012
Quoting Dave Benson So, the Canadians will conquer the world with this? :)
Well, not the entire world. Just a few nice vacation spots. ;)
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  August 8, 2012
Quoting 17 - Chief Andreas L. It's overall shape reminds me of the Humpback-freighter from Freelancer. It looks quite nice but I'm concerned about the window: Do you know how much trash circles the earth? One microscopic piece hitting the window and your mission is over. You would not build a tank with a panorama wind shield, would you. At last, a nuke might be somewhat overpowered for some simple bombing run. The EMP would surely fry your ship's electronics before it would out of range. Normal explosives might be enough.
I'm not sure that I'm familiar with that ship, I'll search it up later. Thanks, I agree. Perhaps there's some sort of magnetic shielding to protect the cockpit and circuitry. Besides, you never know when you'll need a ridiculously over-powered missile...
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  August 8, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett All that sport going on a few miles down the road from me has me thinking about the coming MOC Olympics. If we meet in the second round this time I'm the one who's scared... This is gorgeous.
Thanks Nick, the games are certainly approaching fast. If we do face each other, I'd pray that the category's not cars or architecture...
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  August 8, 2012
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy You obviously put as much effort into thinking this ship through as into building it. You know how much I like that, therfore, this is a rather special creation. The parachute and the rotor are dangerously close together during the landing process, but I think the pilot releases the parachute completely before he uses the rotor. Very cool design and ideas. Good luck in the contest (in case it's not over already).
Thanks, I'm glad you like the idea. I would have released the parachute, but it's held on rather well so we just have to imagine it detached. ;)
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  August 8, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby One other thing I want to mention, and just ignore if you are using a different technique for masking the image for a new background, but on the edit points of the mask, you can set the points to be either linear or smooth, if you set them to smooth, then you can really tune in the mask around a radius like the cockpit. If you don't have that capability, then you have to have about 3 times as many edit points to create a perfectly smooth cut. Z
I don't think that my program has that capability, but I'll check. Thanks for the tip!
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  August 8, 2012
Quoting Deus Otiosus The rotor should really be larger. But otherwise it is a nice starship, although I am not sure how gunpowder-based guns fire in space...
I knew that someone would say that, which is why I mentioned that the rotor is fed by the rocket fuel allowing it to spin far faster than normal. As for gunpowder, we Canadians have a few secrets... ;)
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  August 8, 2012
Quoting Space Gypsy . Wait, Canada has a Space Programme? Nice build. It has a very unorthodox shape compared to other space ships on MOCpages.
It does now. ;) Thanks, I tried for a different look than the norm.
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  August 8, 2012
Quoting JS Can Definitely a unique looking starfighter, however I'm not a fan of the rotor feature, but the rest is quite nice and original.
Thanks, I agree that it could use some altering.
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  August 8, 2012
Quoting Tim C Awesome, Luke. Another great starfighter. I like how you went all white on this one. The cockpit is fantastic. Some real top-class problem solving to get that canopy in there. The extra compartments for the rotor and the parachute are a nice real-world touch. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.
Thanks, chances are you'll be seeing some castle in the coming weeks, but you never know. ;)
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  August 8, 2012
Quoting Parrington Levens This is SO different looking dude, cool and original as far as I can tell. And it's mini-fig scale!
Thanks, it's good to have a change from microscale.
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  August 8, 2012
So, the Canadians will conquer the world with this? :)
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  August 7, 2012
Great mix of organics and mechanical in the hull shape. ~Dave
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  August 7, 2012
It's overall shape reminds me of the Humpback-freighter from Freelancer. It looks quite nice but I'm concerned about the window: Do you know how much trash circles the earth? One microscopic piece hitting the window and your mission is over. You would not build a tank with a panorama wind shield, would you. At last, a nuke might be somewhat overpowered for some simple bombing run. The EMP would surely fry your ship's electronics before it would out of range. Normal explosives might be enough.
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  August 6, 2012
This is totally awesome. Cool concept from start to finish. Great detail work. I love the landing gear.
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  August 3, 2012
Ha! Ha! Funny (build and comments), innovating, clever (parachute and rotor-blades). An uncommon stunning MOC. Great job!!
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  August 3, 2012
Some fun features! I like the cockpit design.
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  August 3, 2012
All that sport going on a few miles down the road from me has me thinking about the coming MOC Olympics. If we meet in the second round this time I'm the one who's scared... This is gorgeous.
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  August 3, 2012
Great looking ship Luke, love the shape of it and the cool features you added. The cockpit is outstanding. An excellent build.
LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
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Chris Melby
  August 2, 2012
One other thing I want to mention, and just ignore if you are using a different technique for masking the image for a new background, but on the edit points of the mask, you can set the points to be either linear or smooth, if you set them to smooth, then you can really tune in the mask around a radius like the cockpit. If you don't have that capability, then you have to have about 3 times as many edit points to create a perfectly smooth cut. Z
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  August 2, 2012
This brings a whole new dimesion to the word awesome!
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  August 2, 2012
Unique design Luke. I particularly like the cockpit!
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  August 2, 2012
You obviously put as much effort into thinking this ship through as into building it. You know how much I like that, therfore, this is a rather special creation. The parachute and the rotor are dangerously close together during the landing process, but I think the pilot releases the parachute completely before he uses the rotor. Very cool design and ideas. Good luck in the contest (in case it's not over already).
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  August 2, 2012
Excellent work, very practical looking!
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  August 2, 2012
Very cool, dude! This is awesome. It reminds me of the "Discovery" from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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  August 2, 2012
Interesting design.
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  August 2, 2012
I like all those crucial systems! A neat idea for a satellite attack, too.
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  August 2, 2012
nice partusage ! and cool designed ideas on that!
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  August 2, 2012
This is great! The cockpit and the fold-up rotor are my favorite parts.
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  August 2, 2012
I love the name, it fits the shape so, so well. An excellent build all round and an interesting method of achieving spaceflight.
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  August 2, 2012
Psshh, purist parachute :P
  August 2, 2012
Fantastic !!!! can you see my moc please ;) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/335442 Thanks
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  August 2, 2012
The rotor should really be larger. But otherwise it is a nice starship, although I am not sure how gunpowder-based guns fire in space...
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  August 2, 2012
Wait, Canada has a Space Programme? Nice build. It has a very unorthodox shape compared to other space ships on MOCpages.
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  August 2, 2012
Excellent MOC and cool description! You have a good hand for details!
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  August 2, 2012
very cool! 5/5
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  August 2, 2012
The cockpit at the end of that cone neck is very cool.
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  August 2, 2012
Definitely a unique looking starfighter, however I'm not a fan of the rotor feature, but the rest is quite nice and original.
  August 2, 2012
Wow. Spectacular editing. -LB Senior
LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
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Chris Melby
  August 1, 2012
Man, I love the way you used those rims at the rear, I love those parts, you can really create some sic-fi stuff with them! Nice Luke. Z
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  August 1, 2012
Cool shape and I like all the different functionality you've added to this. But I have to ask the question: What does this have to do with a one-humped camel?
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  August 1, 2012
I'm speechless. Wonderful ship.
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  August 1, 2012
Cool build! Go Canada, eh!
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  August 1, 2012
Great work!
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  August 1, 2012
Wow outstanding spacecraft! I really like that bulky/sleek look..... if you get what I mean.....
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  August 1, 2012
Wow, super awesome! Nice one!
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  August 1, 2012
Awesome, Luke. Another great starfighter. I like how you went all white on this one. The cockpit is fantastic. Some real top-class problem solving to get that canopy in there. The extra compartments for the rotor and the parachute are a nice real-world touch. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.
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  August 1, 2012
Wow, loving the shape! ball cockpit is really cool and I like how you incorporated the parachute and rotors to make it seem more realistic than what you normally see in Sci-fi. 5/5 :)
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  August 1, 2012
This is SO different looking dude, cool and original as far as I can tell. And it's mini-fig scale!
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  August 1, 2012
Awesome job on the "crucial systems" ;)
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  August 1, 2012
very interesting build!
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  August 1, 2012
Quite a versatile vehicle! :)
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  August 1, 2012
Very well thought out! Particularly like the cockpit section, and the helicopter rotor use is an awesome idea. Excellent work!
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  August 1, 2012
I love the design! Great Job! GO CANADA GO!
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  August 1, 2012
NPU! great greebling! love the shape!
 
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