Happy Novvember everybody... my first contribution to 2012's month of Vic Viper-y goodness.
About this creation
The AAVV-2 'Cyclone' is a spacecraft with a chequered history. As originally conceived, it was part of a co-operative project between the Albion Hegemony and several of its trade partners to construct a revolutionary new starfighter controlled directly by the thoughts of the pilot - dubbed the 'Neurofighter' project.
The Neurofighter was designed to be light and agile, to take full advantage of the improved response time given by the thought control system.
Unfortunately, the Neurofighter got bogged down in political wrangling between the partners, and 5 years late and billions of credits over budget, the project was abandoned. Even more unfortunately, owing to a bureaucratic oversight, the Albion Hegemony's Defence Ministry went ahead and instructed Anglika Astronautics to build 250 Neurofighters. AA got as far as producing the spaceframes only to discover that the weapons systems, engines and all-important thought control interface were not actually available (as these were to have been produced by other consortium members).
Stuck with 250 useless starfighter hulls and a growing public outcry about misuse of government money, a senior engineer at AA proposed a solution that was gratefully accepted by the Defence Ministry: the spaceframes were retro-fitted with B grade engines from the end of a different production line, dummy weapons systems and a conventional control system, and rolled out to the Albion Defence Fleet as a new advanced flight trainer. The AAVV-2 'Cyclone' was born, and everyone kept their jobs.
Most pilots agree that the Cyclone is an incredibly difficult spacecraft to fly, due to its extreme maneuverability and hair-trigger controls. After training in the Cyclone, flying any of the ADF's real frontline fighters seems easy by comparison!
A fairly straightforward build, but hopefully the first of several VVs this year! Inspiration credit must go to Mark Stafford for his stunning designs - in particular the wings are based on the EDF viper from set 7066. Hope you enjoyed my version!
That's a cool Vic Viper for NnoVVember 2012. It has a really nice classic look. Great job! :-)) P.S.: Could you please add it to the group Vic Viper Owners Club? -> http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/20117 Thanks in advance! :-))
Quoting Hayden .
Very nice Vic Viper! Maybe you could SNOT it?
I've also produced my first space fighter in ages, and gave it an editeds backgrounds, but its not quite as good as yours, what did you use Photoshop?
Thanks for the comment! My next effort will be SNOTty, I didn't have enough pale blue bricks to manage it on this one. I use GIMP for photo editing (basically the same functionality as Photoshop, but you can download it free). If you want to improve your MOC photos, you should check out this group: http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/13655