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WIP: The Sojourner
A work-in progress for an original ship design; the Sojourner, missionary vessel and war chariot for the Knights Templar of the Celestial Oecumene
About this creation
My first ever work-in-progress posting!!!

I've been building this one in my brain for years, and it's going to take some interesting engineering feats to get it done.

This ship plays a hefty role in a story I've had published. Read it free for here.

The Sojourner, private ship for Vaticos missionaries. Templar Knights come in many forms, but the Brotherhood of the Mission are the closest to human in overall appearance. During times of peace, they fly from frontier world to world, bringing their help, charity and faith to hardscrabble colonists, and expanding the Celestial Oecumene through willful conversion, rather than through force.

When the Oecumene does call for a crusade, the knights gather. Though perfectly suited to long decades of lonely wandering through the stars, the Sojourner ships are also deadly warships. From these vessels, Knights lead armies of drone fighters, battling alongside their Coraxiel Bretheren or giving air support to Oecumenical ground forces.

The semi-completed forward spars. These hold shield generators, as well as housing the main cannons. When landing, the 3 spars angle out. the ship lands nose-down, resting as a tripod on the point of the spars.

Looking down the length of a spar. The trans bits are the aperture of a primary cannon.

Bit o' greeblin' where the spars will anchor to the main body. Also, you can see the trilaterlly symmetrical section of the cannon, echoing the entire ship's trilateral symmetry.

The core of the vessel. the main spars will be anchored to this, with engines anchored between them.

The arms of the spars and engines are linked by gears, so that when the 3 spars close, the engines will move backward. When the 3 spars spread wide, the engines will move forward. Why build it like this?
1: it'll make sense when it's done.
1: Cuz i can.




Comments

 I made it 
  April 29, 2013
Quoting Mihe Stonee Hey Eric, this is amazing so far ;-) - and hey moving parts are wonderful ;-) !! What's the state of this construction ?
For a while the state of construction was "Gaarrrgh! My Brain!" Now I've cleared some hurdles, and things are truckin' along. The main spars are anchored to the core, as is the completed cockpit. Engines were built, then tested, then I entountered the "Gaarrrgh! My Brain!" previously mentioned. The engines also contain moving parts, which are linked to the entire ship's configuration. My first solution seemed groovy, but its reliance on rubber bands killed it. As of last night I completed the rainbow-warrior-rough-draft which produces the correct motion with gears alone. It is neat. Now I need to come up with an Aesthetically-pleasing final draft, on color-scheme, which I have the parts to build in triplicate. Then I'll have to build the rear turret, and hopefull it'll all come together well, and This concept won't turn out to be completely out of my capabilities. Have to decide if there's room on this thing to mount droids, or if I'll skip that. Also need to build a display stand and a vignette. So, it's coming along, but won't be done soon.
 I like it 
  April 29, 2013
Hey Eric, this is amazing so far ;-) - and hey moving parts are wonderful ;-) !! What's the state of this construction ?
 I made it 
  October 27, 2012
Quoting Matt Hanson Props for being a sci-fi writer! Looks like this is going to be pretty sweet when it's all said and done. Good luck on the rest of the build!
Thanks! I've got the 3 spars anchored to the core, and a working cockpit... and I may need to take it all off to re-tool the core. Bah! This ain't love, it's a bloody obsession. But the Used Lego store down the street loves me now! After this, I'll want to build something with no white, and NO MOVING PARTS.
 I made it 
  October 27, 2012
Quoting David Alexander Smith This loos really interesting, spent the last few minutes just pondering what that gear set up will do.
Thanks! When one sets of 3 booms tilt up, the other three tilt down... and vice versa. The project is progressing well, though the engineering is killing me. I may finish it before 2013... maybe.
 I like it 
  October 27, 2012
Props for being a sci-fi writer! Looks like this is going to be pretty sweet when it's all said and done. Good luck on the rest of the build!
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
This loos really interesting, spent the last few minutes just pondering what that gear set up will do.
 I like it 
  September 17, 2012
sweet!!!
 
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