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GAIA - Training Viper
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This is a dual-controlled two-seater training Viper in which many young GAIA pilots gain their first viper hours under the watchful eyes of their instructor. This viper is the high-visibility version, so other space-users know to stay well clear of these novice pilots.
About this creation


More than one Viper pilot has a mark on their disciplinary record, due to 'borrowing' the training viper for extra-curricular training sessions, as this cctv still shows.









The single engine delivers more than enough speed to terrify most novice pilots, and their instructors.



Cockpit detail.



Landing gear deployment.



Parked up for the night...


Thanks for looking, I hope I didn't offend your eyes too much with the colour scheme ;p This is my second build for NoVVember 2012.






Comments

 I like it 
  January 20, 2013
the ship is original, another color scheme than 'layered' might have made the lines shine best, but, the cockpit really impressed me, 2 figs side by side is quite cool! the last pic in dock is a dream!
Jon Blackford
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Josh Cantrell
  January 6, 2013
I think I like the hangar as much as the ship. It takes a lot of skill to build the background in proportion to the ship. Great job, man.
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  November 29, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  November 25, 2012
Hehe, I like that color scheme. Great use of the creator pods!
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  November 25, 2012
This is excellent!! Love the original design, shape and color mix. Impressive result. Top five of all the Vipers I've commented so far.
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  November 24, 2012
Now Jon this is definitely a sweet ride and well detailed ship from front to back and left to right. Great colour contrasting. The editing is excellent. Well done.
 I made it 
  November 22, 2012
Quoting Andre Benjamin Just another reason why X-pods are the awesomest Lego elements ever! Seriously, excellent work with this; details like the thrusters and the seats really give this ship the "Oh my gosh!" factor.
Thanks Andre! The pods are fun - trying to think of other uses, but can't see past Vipers until December :/
Quoting Cody G Sweet build, that color scheme is groovy, man!
Cheers Cody, glad you liked it :)
Quoting Ian Mushi Very great. This gets an "S" rank. Also as many others have said, nice work on the cockpit, good use of the pods.
Thanks Ian :)
 I like it 
  November 21, 2012
Just another reason why X-pods are the awesomest Lego elements ever! Seriously, excellent work with this; details like the thrusters and the seats really give this ship the "Oh my gosh!" factor.
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  November 19, 2012
Very great. This gets an "S" rank. Also as many others have said, nice work on the cockpit, good use of the pods.
 I like it 
  November 18, 2012
Sweet build, that color scheme is groovy, man!
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  November 17, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby THe canopy is out of sight, super original! Z
Thanks Chris - those pods had been stashed away gathering dust, but seeing David Alexander Smith using them so well in his builds, had to try something :)
 I made it 
  November 17, 2012
Quoting Matt Hanson What pilot wouldn't take his woman for a ride?! Excellent build! The seats are a stand-alone work of engineering genius by themselves... not to mention the operational landing gear and solid execution! Great work, Jon.
Thanks Matt, appreciated - the seats were fiddly, but finally managed to get them to stay in place, clinging on by one stud :)
 I made it 
  November 17, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Phenomenal work! In addition to what I said on Flickr, I love the retractable landing gear. Also, I can't believe that you still have the hangar bay kicking around! Do all your creations stay together?
Cheers, have to have the landing gear. I can't build good stands, so it's the easy option! Most of my creations are still together, but not sure how long that will last - may have to start building in weird colours or something ;)
 I like it 
  November 17, 2012
What pilot wouldn't take his woman for a ride?! Excellent build! The seats are a stand-alone work of engineering genius by themselves... not to mention the operational landing gear and solid execution! Great work, Jon.
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  November 17, 2012
Masterful VV. Love the colors and the pilot seats are insane!
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  November 17, 2012
very cool!
Jon Blackford
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Chris Melby
  November 16, 2012
THe canopy is out of sight, super original! Z
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  November 16, 2012
Superb take on the VV theme, I even like the colours (!)
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  November 16, 2012
Phenomenal work! In addition to what I said on Flickr, I love the retractable landing gear. Also, I can't believe that you still have the hangar bay kicking around! Do all your creations stay together?
 I like it 
  November 16, 2012
Great idea and workout! Your hangar looks also very impressive. Most i like the round-training-design, and the comfortable seats. Awesome overall!
 I like it 
  November 15, 2012
Excellent design. Especially the cockpit. :)
 I made it 
  November 15, 2012
Quoting Everyone
Thanks all, really enjoyed making this one :)
Quoting David Roberts Beautiful, brilliant building. I love both the shape and colour scheme of this VV. I think that the rounded tailplanes work very well and the fuselage is amazing. The way that the two X-pods have been integrated and then the checkered section which turns into the nicely greebled engines is superb. Great seats too!
Cheers David, the pods worked out better than I thought, took a bit of pondering to work out how to fit it all together. I love your tagline btw, space needs brightening up sometimes :)
Quoting Tim C Wow, Jon. So much greatness to talk about here. I like this better than your last Viper for several reasons. First, I love the colors. Reminds me of something that David Roberts would come up with. I thought it was his at first. The dual cockpit is pure genius. Excellent use of the pods. And the pilots' chairs are among the best that I have seen. The single thruster in the back is one of my favorites by you. Some more top notch greebling in there as well. The CCTV shot gave me a chuckle, and the Viper looks fantastic in your hangar. Very well done, and I can't stress enough how nice it is to see you showing up on here again.
Thanks Tim, was a lot of fun to put this one together. I can tell you like a good interior from your latest masterpiece ;)
Quoting Parrington Levens Loved that time stamp! 10012 indeed. And what a glorious hangar to put such sweet looking trainer in. And such a vibrant colour scheme. Brilliant, so that it is high-visible to any surrounding pro pilots. Dude, made my day.
Thought this one would make you chuckle, cheers mate ;)
Quoting Sergei illich awesome, the design is really good but the colors could be better, like maybe a silver primary and a yellow secondary? 9.5/10 overall
Thanks Sergei, I'd take 9.5/10 any day! The colour choice was governed by the pods I had - one lime, one blue. Yellow is my favourite colour though, so watch this space ;)
 I like it 
  November 15, 2012
Now that's some eye candy. I love the cockpit idea and the excellent styling on the seats. The overall shape is really great- thanks for sharing.
 I like it 
  November 15, 2012
Excellent work, that cockpit is something special!
 I like it 
  November 15, 2012
awesome, the design is really good but the colors could be better, like maybe a silver primary and a yellow secondary? 9.5/10 overall
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  November 15, 2012
this is amazing! awesome detail!
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  November 15, 2012
Wow, that's a unique look for a Vic Viper! The colour scheme is cool, too, and the use of the pods for the cockpit is very clever. Great job! :-))
 I like it 
  November 15, 2012
Loved that time stamp! 10012 indeed. And what a glorious hangar to put such sweet looking trainer in. And such a vibrant colour scheme. Brilliant, so that it is high-visible to any surrounding pro pilots. Dude, made my day.
 I like it 
  November 15, 2012
Wow, Jon. So much greatness to talk about here. I like this better than your last Viper for several reasons. First, I love the colors. Reminds me of something that David Roberts would come up with. I thought it was his at first. The dual cockpit is pure genius. Excellent use of the pods. And the pilots' chairs are among the best that I have seen. The single thruster in the back is one of my favorites by you. Some more top notch greebling in there as well. The CCTV shot gave me a chuckle, and the Viper looks fantastic in your hangar. Very well done, and I can't stress enough how nice it is to see you showing up on here again.
 I like it 
  November 15, 2012
Fantastic work!
 I like it 
  November 15, 2012
Beautiful, brilliant building. I love both the shape and colour scheme of this VV. I think that the rounded tailplanes work very well and the fuselage is amazing. The way that the two X-pods have been integrated and then the checkered section which turns into the nicely greebled engines is superb. Great seats too!
 I made it 
  November 15, 2012
Quoting David Alexander Smith The twin xpod cab is great, but you knew I'd like that. The technique for getting the mini fig seats and controls to fit in the pod is one I'll log for a future build - always nice when you learn a new technique from someone else's build. Brilliant again!
Cheers David, and the pods are your fault - some of your builds got me thinking ;)
 I like it 
  November 15, 2012
Dude! Wicked fighter! Extracurricular activities, eh? Interesting... Looks great in that hangar bay, too!
 I like it 
  November 15, 2012
Hee, hee... high visibility due to novice pilots! Fantastic design and color! :)
  November 15, 2012
The twin xpod cab is great, but you knew I'd like that. The technique for getting the mini fig seats and controls to fit in the pod is one I'll log for a future build - always nice when you learn a new technique from someone else's build. Brilliant again!
 I like it 
  November 15, 2012
Nice colors. Ingenious designs!
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  November 15, 2012
Wow, awesome! I love the cockpit and the photo's are very cool
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  November 15, 2012
I like the detailed cockpit.
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  November 15, 2012
The checkerboard pattern is just brilliant! And those seats are unbelievable!
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  November 15, 2012
Fantastic!
 I like it 
  November 15, 2012
awesome !!! what a colorful built ! a very nice idea about the trainer!
 
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