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GAIA - AT Viper
A heavily armed multi-role viper, equipped with additional cargo space/living area for long range strike missions deep into Draggone space. And an excuse to use some of the huge number of basketball hoops I've somehow managed to accumulate :)
About this creation

The biggest viper I've built so far, but also the most swooshable. Bonus :)


Side View. Not the prettiest bird in the sky...


Top view. This one turned out a lot bigger than originally planned, but I was quite happy with the overall shape.


As this is a viper capable of long range missions, it needed additional living space and cargo area. This made the body longer than usual, but it seems to fit in quite well with the length of the ship.


Rear view. Between the engine pods you can see the access hatch.


Opening the access hatch reveals the fold-down access ramp leading to...

...the cockpit and cargo/living area.



I really wish LEGO would make some pink airtanks...


The access ramp was a real tight sqeeze to fit in, but I couldn't get the canopy to hinge nicely - I had planned to put more detail in the cargo area, but the ramp put a stop to that.


Underside and landing gear deployment. It only just supports the weight/balance of the ship, but it was the only solution I could find that kept the streamlined look of the ship when retracted. The studs on the orange undercarriage are the only ones visible on the exterior of the ship, the landing gear lies flush with the edge of them, couldn't even cheese 'em :(


The obligatory Viper Shot!


Construction shot.


So NoVVember 2012 is over. I'd planned to build four vipers, but only managed three. However, after hassling the other half for much of the month, I persuaded her to leave her comfort zone and have a go at a viper. She'll be posting it later :)


While I was clicking away, I thought I'd take a group shot of the orange themed fleet I'm assembling to conquer the universe. Or to keep the dust off my favourite shelf, I forget...






Comments

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  April 28, 2013
this ship is amazing! I like the use of the brick separator!
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  January 1, 2013
wow! fine fleet! great designs, all very different, and still, all very good looking, bravo! my fav of course is the space classic, lol!
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  December 13, 2012
Love the Brick remover tail! Or fin. -.^ Whatever.
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  December 13, 2012
Jon what an amazing and brilliantly crafted ship. The design, colours, shaping, the detail. SUPER HUGE WOW FACTOR. Your one super builder. Well done.
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  December 12, 2012
Awsome!
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  December 10, 2012
One of the nicest Viper of Novvember 2012.
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  December 10, 2012
Wow, I really like the orange and the dark grey, I should consider making something with those color choices.
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  December 9, 2012
Cool ship! Good use of the brick separator and basketball hoops.
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  December 9, 2012
Wow! This is just awesome!!! The colouring is great, and my favourite is the way the hatch opens! But I've never thought about using the brick-separater for a wing! This is a magnificent, inspiring MOC!
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  December 8, 2012
Speechless... The mix DBG and orange is truely awesome. The shape and size bring a real feeling of powerness. The work on the cockpit and rest room is stunning. Impressive build!!! The last pic is a hit!
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  December 6, 2012
Awesome style! Looks like a deadly double syringe for the Draggone. :-) Lovely tricked out interior, as well. ~Cheers
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  December 6, 2012
Wow, fantastic ships! I really dig the style you have, hard to believe I haven't faved you yet.
  December 5, 2012
Simply beautiful. The ship has such an organic look and feel. I especially like the use of old basketball hoops. Fantastic build, 5/5.
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  December 5, 2012
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  December 5, 2012
Wow - I had a quick peek on my phone a couple of days ago but didn't have the time (or screen size) to really appreciate the intricacy of the build. Great (and ambitious!) interior, awesome colours and techniques as usual, and a working landing gear! Really impressive.
 I like it 
  December 3, 2012
I love the brick separator tail and it's great too hear that this is a swoooshable, practical ship, despite its size and some excellent building angles. I like that the diagonal stripes on the wings are brick built. This is another very effective use of your orange & dark grey theme. This ship is the first VV that I've seen with some accomodation beyond the cockpit: nice idea.
  December 3, 2012
Congratulations, this is VV has earned the 1st place as "NnoVVember 2012 Vic Viper of the Month" at the Vic Viper Owners Club!
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  December 3, 2012
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe Fantastic NPU on the hoop-rings! (The brick-separator not so much so...) Excellent builds anyway!
Thanks Henrik! I wasn't sure about the brick separator either ;)
Quoting David Alexander Smith Hey Jon, I'd pop over to the VV owners club sometime, you have a nice surprise waiting for you there. Congratulations!
That was a nice surprise, cheers :)
Quoting Nick Barrett Really handsome, and swooshable too; what more could you want ?
Thanks Nick, swooshability is a rare bonus with my builds, they usually fall to pieces as soon as you touch them :/
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  December 3, 2012
Fantastic NPU on the hoop-rings! (The brick-separator not so much so...) Excellent builds anyway!
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  December 2, 2012
wow!! :0 this is amazing!!
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  December 2, 2012
Hey Jon, I'd pop over to the VV owners club sometime, you have a nice surprise waiting for you there. Congratulations!
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  December 2, 2012
Really handsome, and swooshable too; what more could you want ?
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  December 2, 2012
Quoting Tim C Hello again, Jon. I was looking at this VV again and realized that I had overlooked a certain detail. Great job with that piece separator. Every once in a while, you see someone utilize that piece, but not often to such great success. Also, this was, in my opinion, MOCpages' best Viper of the Novvember. I would like to feature it in a Novvember edition of my Pick of the Week. With your permission, of course.
Hehe, glad you noticed - it was pretty much by chance it was included, and to be honest I feel it was a bit of a 'cop out' to use it as the tail like that, but it kind of worked :) I'd be honoured to be included on your page, thanks again!
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  December 2, 2012
Quoting Tim C What a cool Viper, Jon! First off, great colors. The orange and dk bley combo really works. The use of the hoops is nothing short of genius. I love the rear hatch. The best part of it is that it isn't just a set of hinges and a plate and lookie, a hatch. The fact that you have to move one piece aside, lower the hatch and then the gangplank really tips the awesomeness scale. Nice work making the landing gear fit despite your space constraints. Although it is weird to see studs on a Jon B ship;) Great ending shots. Especially the three orange ships. It's amazing to me that you are able to keep all these wonderful builds together and still come up with more greatness. I saw the hangar in your earlier VV. Is Relentless Fire still intact as well? Great work, as always, Jon. Oh, and I absolutely can't wait to see Paula's Viper. It will be interesting to see that clear interior design talent applied to a space build of any kind, let alone a VV.
Thanks for the kind comments Tim, always appreciated from a builder with your obvious talents. Glad you like the ramp etc - it was a real challenge to squeeze it in, and it was at the expense of some planned details in the interior. But I figured the pilot needed to get in and out, so... My sincerest apologies about the exterior studs, it was very difficult for me to post this MOC for this reason - exposed studs *shudder* ;) In hindsight, I could have lowered the landing gear by a plate, but the end of NoVVember was looming :) Most of my MOCS, including Relentless Fire are still in one piece, but that can't continue - getting short on pieces. I'm hoping to display some of them next year at a show or two in the UK before I dismantle them, but we'll see - I want to build another SHIP ;)
Quoting Mike Johnson Dang it Jon, just when I thought I finally aome up with a cool chip for GAIA universe you blow me out of the sky again with something even better! I must admit I love what you did with the interior and landing gear. SImply amazing as always.
Thanks Mike! I figure GAIA will be needing a whole new fleet to deal with the new werewolf threat you've introduced - your latest build is top stuff, a real beastie (and I'm not just referring to the pilot!)
Quoting Eric Landreneau HAha, I get it. Swooshable. Baskeball hoops. That pun's even better if you didn't intend it!
Not intended, but hey :)
Quoting Stephan Schumann Exhilarating! You say it became to big - i think that it is compared to all the goodies it has included, in an respectfull scale. I like those tubes, and you found a way to use many of them, and it looks great. The pilotseat is genius. Thanks for showing the group-photo, that is always very interesting.
Thanks Stephan, I suppose it is proportional to the interior content - I think I'll return to smaller vipers in future though, running out of shelf space :/
Quoting Topsy Creatori(StoveTop nomore!) Cool VV! The hoops give it some kinda nuclear/dynamo type effect! :)
Cheers! Using the hoops in long rows like that was the only way I could think of incorporating them into a VV, quite pleased with the way they looked in the end :)
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  December 2, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight What a great looking ship! Some lovely unique details in this, especially the loops on the front, er, prongs(?). Saw it on http://www.thelegocarblog.wordpress.com today, congrats! 5 stars
Cheers! The hoops are something I've wanted to use for a while, glad to finally be able to put them to good use :) Thanks for the link, I would have missed that. They know it doesn't have wheels, right? ;)
Quoting Nils O. Wow, another cool Viper! I really like the shaping and the parts usage (especially the basketball hoops, the parts seperator and the ball joint elements on the landing gear). The Classic Space stripes are a nice detail, too. Great job! :-)) P.S.: Thanks for adding this one, to "The Club", too :-))
Thanks Nils, and a big thanks for creating the group - VVs are always a favourite of mine, it's good to see so many collected together like that.
Quoting David Alexander Smith The orange and dark grey is a great colour combination, the orange comet is till one of my all time favourites of your MOCs. The interior and access hatch on this one are fantastic. The pilots chair looks genuinely comfy. Excellent.
Thanks David. The Orange Comet is a favourite of mine too, it was a satisfying challenge overcome for me :) Gotta keep those pilots comfy when you give them that much firepower!
Quoting Parrington Levens Wicked use of those hoops dude, and the colour scheme rocks. I like the not so graceful but totally 'pragmatic' design. And the flight/gunner cocpits are fantastic! Good night Draggone scum!
Glad you like it mate, had to fit the hoops in somewhere, they've been lying around for ages. Don't worry about the Draggone, I have a bunch of black hoses I'm trying to put to good use, fitting for a Draggone ship I believe ;)
Quoting Olaf Kummer Lots of detail, a nice texture for the prongs, and even a quote of classic space with those yellow-black stripes. Splendid!
Cheers Olaf, I'm trying to put a reference to good old CS in all my builds these days, it will always be my favourite LEGO theme ;)
Quoting Chris Roach great colour scheme, great detail!
Thanks Chris, I seem to be having an 'orange and dark bley phase' at the mo ;)
 I like it 
  December 1, 2012
Hello again, Jon. I was looking at this VV again and realized that I had overlooked a certain detail. Great job with that piece separator. Every once in a while, you see someone utilize that piece, but not often to such great success. Also, this was, in my opinion, MOCpages' best Viper of the Novvember. I would like to feature it in a Novvember edition of my Pick of the Week. With your permission, of course.
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
Dang it Jon, just when I thought I finally aome up with a cool chip for GAIA universe you blow me out of the sky again with something even better! I must admit I love what you did with the interior and landing gear. SImply amazing as always.
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
Wow! This one is crazy good! It is amazing how different the shape is with the two wing sections. Everything is just so well thought out and you even made orange look good.. THREE TIMES!
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  November 30, 2012
Great choice of colors. I like how its detailed and greebled while keeping an overall streamlined look.
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  November 30, 2012
Very nice and interesting Color choice
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  November 30, 2012
Wow, awesome! I love the colours and design!
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  November 30, 2012
Bestest fleet eber. Really awesome VV, some fantastic brick work
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  November 30, 2012
Fantastic build and part usage. Love the seat
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
HAha, I get it. Swooshable. Baskeball hoops. That pun's even better if you didn't intend it!
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  November 30, 2012
Totally wicked! That access ramp is a great feature, and the cockpit is perfect. Awesome work, Chief!
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  November 30, 2012
Great design. Love the detail overall, but especially the cockpit. Great landing gear as well.
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
Exhilarating! You say it became to big - i think that it is compared to all the goodies it has included, in an respectfull scale. I like those tubes, and you found a way to use many of them, and it looks great. The pilotseat is genius. Thanks for showing the group-photo, that is always very interesting.
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  November 30, 2012
Basketball hoops? Sir, you have discovered the extreme realm of creative thinking. The ship has an overall, nice structure along the sides, as well as the exit ramp. ~Ryan
  November 30, 2012
Impressive! Some great piece usage here!
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
Cool VV! The hoops give it some kinda nuclear/dynamo type effect! :)
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
This is great! Love the design to the colors picked out. Nice job on the extra cargo space on the viper as well. Keep it up.
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  November 30, 2012
a smart built... awesome in every detail ! your colorchoice i liked from the first one. and on this Viper the basketball pieces are stunning... ;-)
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
What a cool Viper, Jon! First off, great colors. The orange and dk bley combo really works. The use of the hoops is nothing short of genius. I love the rear hatch. The best part of it is that it isn't just a set of hinges and a plate and lookie, a hatch. The fact that you have to move one piece aside, lower the hatch and then the gangplank really tips the awesomeness scale. Nice work making the landing gear fit despite your space constraints. Although it is weird to see studs on a Jon B ship;) Great ending shots. Especially the three orange ships. It's amazing to me that you are able to keep all these wonderful builds together and still come up with more greatness. I saw the hangar in your earlier VV. Is Relentless Fire still intact as well? Great work, as always, Jon. Oh, and I absolutely can't wait to see Paula's Viper. It will be interesting to see that clear interior design talent applied to a space build of any kind, let alone a VV.
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
Incredible work, the hoops work perfectly. You never cease to amaze with your colour use, and the shaping is fantastic.
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  November 30, 2012
Marvelous! I really like those orange tubes, and the use of the rdesigned brick seperator. I also enjoy the more bulk added into the viper, and all those functions that make up the boarding ramp. Truly an awesome work.
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  November 30, 2012
dude that is EXCELLENT!! What a cool effect with those hoops. Well done sir!
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
What a great looking ship! Some lovely unique details in this, especially the loops on the front, er, prongs(?). Saw it on http://www.thelegocarblog.wordpress.com today, congrats! 5 stars
  November 30, 2012
Wow, another cool Viper! I really like the shaping and the parts usage (especially the basketball hoops, the parts seperator and the ball joint elements on the landing gear). The Classic Space stripes are a nice detail, too. Great job! :-)) P.S.: Thanks for adding this one, to "The Club", too :-))
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
The orange and dark grey is a great colour combination, the orange comet is till one of my all time favourites of your MOCs. The interior and access hatch on this one are fantastic. The pilots chair looks genuinely comfy. Excellent.
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
Wicked use of those hoops dude, and the colour scheme rocks. I like the not so graceful but totally 'pragmatic' design. And the flight/gunner cocpits are fantastic! Good night Draggone scum!
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
Lots of detail, a nice texture for the prongs, and even a quote of classic space with those yellow-black stripes. Splendid!
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
great colour scheme, great detail!
 
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