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The Red Baron & The Blue Brothers
A lighty armed but fast & manoeuvrable pod ship from the badlands of Bala II.
About this creation


The year is 2236 A.F. and Wilhelm von Richthofen, the great, great, great god-nephew-in-law (twice removed) of the WW I ace, is a pilot on the wild and lawless world of Bala II. To honour his distant relative, Wilhelm paints his attack pod red.



The pod is armed with a single 30mm pulse cannon but it is capable of amazing aerobatics, thanks to the thrust vectoring from its VTOL engines.



Bala II is a world of mountains and deserts. Wilhelm lands his pod in this wasteland of sand and rocks.



He opens the canopy so that he can head off and find some rock samples for his Mum, who is an expert geologist. In the distance there is a rumbling, whizzing noise and dust cloud...



...The noise is Elke & Jawood, the Blue Brothers. They're rushing across the desert on their high-speed machine, the "Bucking Mule" (that's the polite version!).



These photos were stolen from the testing range and show the Bucking Mule's suspension being tested.



It's not the smoothest ride: hence the name of the vehicle!



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Feedback from the elite vehicle designer Starscream Soundwave has led the Blue Brothers to change the wheels on the "Bucking Mule". This gives it a cleaner look & more motorbike type performance when cornering.



Elke Blue, who always drives, now loves banking the Mule into sharp left turns and dragging his brother through the dirt. Jawood Blue is going to send Starscream Sounwave the cleaning bill for getting the mud off his blue driving suit & helmet!



A sleek and deadly Bounty Hunter's assassination ship lurks in low orbit. Despite being built from "table scrap", it is a fast, dangerous and effective killer. It is armed with a single ship-to-ship homing missile.



Wilhelm von Richthofen has shot down some of the wrong people over the years. They've paid the Bounty Hunter to take revenge! A sensor picks up a signal in the Bounty Hunter's ship. The engines fire up and the ship swoops towards the planet's surface...



...is this the end for the Red Baron...?



...No! The Red Baron lives to fight another day!

Fourth Wall Commentary:

Thanks to Starscream Soundwave for sowing the idea of remodelling the Bucking Mule's Wheels. Many thanks to El Barto ! for the advice on Photoshop and missiles. I went and did something different: sorry! Here's a link to Roy Lichtenstein's original painting.



Comments

 I made it 
  May 8, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee You do realize that Jawood wouldn't need to get his suit cleaned if the Mule had mudflaps. I'm just sayin'. XD Haven't seen this one before, love the pod. Also love the fact that you made fun of Liechtenstein's work. Bravo!
Thank you! I'm afraid that the whole Lichtenstein thing comes from my Mum. She does cross-stitch and other embroidery but not of the usual stuff like flowers. She did a 3'x2' tapestry version of "Whaam!" when we were kids and it still hangs on the stairs outside by old bedroom.
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  May 8, 2014
You do realize that Jawood wouldn't need to get his suit cleaned if the Mule had mudflaps. I'm just sayin'. XD Haven't seen this one before, love the pod. Also love the fact that you made fun of Liechtenstein's work. Bravo!
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  May 8, 2014
Quoting Nico Bakker You're building real great spaceships! It reminds me also at the thunderbirds. I frogot them for a while.
Thank you!
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  May 8, 2014
You're building real great spaceships! It reminds me also at the thunderbirds. I frogot them for a while.
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  October 13, 2012
Thank you for mentioning me! It was unnecessary, but greatly appreciated! :) I prefer the new look of the Bucking Mule too, now unmistakably a bike ;)
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  September 26, 2012
Kudos on the use of the Lichtenstein, some clever retro designing here.
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  September 22, 2012
Really digging the Red Baron. The other stuff is just bonus goodness.
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  September 22, 2012
Yet more colourful and crazy designs, I love them all. The bucking mule is my favourite. Really like the WW1 references.
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  September 22, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Three for the price of one? Awesome! Great work on all of these, I especially like the second.
Thanks for your comments! I'm trying to build a new spaceship with red & yellow checkered wings. All I've built so far is the wings! Every time I try to build the rest of it, other things happen: hence this collection :)
 I like it 
  September 20, 2012
Three for the price of one? Awesome! Great work on all of these, I especially like the second.
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  September 20, 2012
Love that comic book styled photo, just great! Nifty builds too!
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  September 20, 2012
Really likin' that Red Baron! Kind of reminds me of a smaller, more agile Slave 1. Great use of those X-Pod lids as well!
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  September 20, 2012
Amazing stuff... the Bucking Mule is pure brilliance - Starscream had the right idea about the wheels. I want one of these!
 I made it 
  September 19, 2012
Quoting TheLegoNoitAll . NO!!! The Red Baron turns on his deflector shields and strikes back with a deadly missile! Is this the end of the Bounty Hunter?... Of Course it is!!!
Thanks for your comments! At first I agreed with El Barto ! and the Red Baron was toast. Then I relented and added an extra photo to the MOC. Hope you like it!
 I made it 
  September 19, 2012
Quoting David Alexander Smith We're you thinking of Maximiian from the Black Hole hen you were building this? The blue bike is a great piece usage exercise.
Knowing you to have an interest in art-history, I thought that I'd let you know that I've added a final photo to this MOC.
 I made it 
  September 19, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Cool! I hate it when I want to post something and its too dark for good photos.. The window will be very small soon too! :(
New photos & link to you are now uploaded. The Mule is definitely better as a bike.
 I made it 
  September 19, 2012
Quoting Parrington Levens The blue thing is totally out there! Hahaha, never seen or imagined anything like it!
Thanks for your comments: glad you like the Blue Brother's machine. I've done some changes and posted some extra photos.
 I made it 
  September 19, 2012
Quoting Jared . I certainly hope not! I'd love to see more of it!
I've added a new photo and saved the Red Baron :)
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  September 19, 2012
Quoting Yuri Fassio Hahaha! Your Space stuff's the best! Some of your designs remind me of Crimso Giger. You should check his stuff, I surely wouldn't mind seeing your take on the Zorg Empire theme.
Thanks for the comments and recommendation! I've seen some of his already and like the coloured, brick-built sci-fi. I've added some new photos to this MOC.
 I made it 
  September 19, 2012
Quoting Stuart Lucas Great parts usage here, especially the ADU canopy on the red baron's ship and the pod sides for wheels... puntastic as ever. The bounty hunter ship reminds me slighty in colourscheme and concept of the CAM 130 Cyclops, not sure if that was an inspiration...
I've added some new photos of the Mule, with some changes to the wheels.
 I made it 
  September 19, 2012
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J The mule kicks arse!
Glad you like it! I've added some photos of the modified-Mule.
 I made it 
  September 19, 2012
Quoting Stuart Lucas Great parts usage here, especially the ADU canopy on the red baron's ship and the pod sides for wheels... puntastic as ever. The bounty hunter ship reminds me slighty in colourscheme and concept of the CAM 130 Cyclops, not sure if that was an inspiration...
Thanks for your comments! I know exactly what you mean about the bounty hunter ship. The shape & colour came from just putting bricks together but when I saw the result I almost called it the Cyclops after the TTA ship. An improved version of the mule will be out soon.
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Great parts usage here, especially the ADU canopy on the red baron's ship and the pod sides for wheels... puntastic as ever. The bounty hunter ship reminds me slighty in colourscheme and concept of the CAM 130 Cyclops, not sure if that was an inspiration...
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  September 18, 2012
The mule kicks arse!
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  September 18, 2012
neat fun!
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  September 18, 2012
Hahaha! Your Space stuff's the best! Some of your designs remind me of Crimso Giger. You should check his stuff, I surely wouldn't mind seeing your take on the Zorg Empire theme.
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
The blue thing is totally out there! Hahaha, never seen or imagined anything like it!
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
I certainly hope not! I'd love to see more of it!
  September 18, 2012
Cool! I hate it when I want to post something and its too dark for good photos.. The window will be very small soon too! :(
 I made it 
  September 18, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Awesome stuff, as usual. Love the blue bike/car thing, and the Red Baron looks cool too :) 'Despite being made from 'table scrap' it is' < LOL
Thanks for your bike/car comment! I've taken the wheels off and turned them around so that the vehicle looks more like a bike. I'll add a new picture, with a link to you, when there's light to do the photo tomorrow.
 I made it 
  September 18, 2012
Quoting David Alexander Smith We're you thinking of Maximiian from the Black Hole hen you were building this? The blue bike is a great piece usage exercise.
I never got to see "The Black Hole" when I was a kid. We used to go to the cinema about once a year usually to see James Bond or Herbie. I suppose I should find it on DVD and complete my education! There is something from Aldous Huxley in the text though.
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
great builds!
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  September 18, 2012
We're you thinking of Maximiian from the Black Hole hen you were building this? The blue bike is a great piece usage exercise.
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
Awesome stuff, as usual. Love the blue bike/car thing, and the Red Baron looks cool too :) 'Despite being made from 'table scrap' it is' < LOL
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  September 18, 2012
A lot of fun and funny stuff here! :)
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  September 18, 2012
Cool builds! Looks like the Red Baron is toast!
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  September 18, 2012
NO!!! The Red Baron turns on his deflector shields and strikes back with a deadly missile! Is this the end of the Bounty Hunter?... Of Course it is!!!
 
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