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M:Tron Neo 'Orpheus' escort fighter
In the years following the Classic Space era, the M:Trons retained their focus on exploration and trading. However, increasing losses of valuable goods to ne'er-do-wells such as Blacktron and the UFOliens forced them to turn their technological knowhow to defence. The Orpheus fighter was one of their first, and most successful, projects.
About this creation

Designed as a low-maintenance, short range fighter, the Orpheus was small enough to operate from outposts on moons or asteroids, or carrier-class ships. It's primary role was to escort transports to and from hyperspace jump-points.


Armament included two focused positron lances for dog-fighting; against more heavily armoured ships, twin EMP subsystem disruptors mounted on the lower hull were employed instead. With these, the Orpheus could generally disable an attacker's engines or weapons systems for long enough for a convoy to escape into hyperspace.


The capacity for interstellar flight was sacrificed in favour of maneuvrability, meaning that a skilled Orpheus pilot could easily outfly rivals such as the Allied Avenger and the Cyber Saucer.


The famous M:Tron magnetic technology was used to connect the cockpit to the main hull of the ship. The cockpit could be jettisoned as an escape pod, or attached to a different hull, meaning that pilots could customise their controls and then transfer them from ship to ship.


Obligatory underside shot: the SNOB (Studs Neatly On the Bottom) wedge in the middle slides backwards to allow the cockpit to drop away.

This was originally built for Novvember 2012, even though it's taken me 6 months to post the photos! The swept-forward shape is inspired by the Myrmidon fighter from the old-but-still-excellent space sim, Freespace 2.



Comments

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  January 17, 2014
The chunky look plus the curved slopes and new canopy make this an awesome update of the old familiar M: Tron.
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  June 22, 2013
I still think stuff like Mtron and blacktron should be brough back, those were good times! Loos good, modern but with a strong touch of nostalgia
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  June 3, 2013
M-Tron will always be my favourite theme!
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  June 3, 2013
Very compact and unconventional VV, and very cool. Looks like a ship I'd want to fly around in.
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  June 3, 2013
Beautiful M-Tron VV! Looks like an attacking fish. The magnetic playability with the sliding release is ace!
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  June 2, 2013
Great ship, and I love the SNOB work - a new term!
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  June 2, 2013
Quoting Erik Hendrikx Awesome looking fighter! I love the removable cockpit! It reminds me of Space: Above and Beyond. Will you be making other fighters/spacecrafts to which the cockpit connects? That would be quite cool to see!
That was the original idea! It got overtaken by other projects but I would like to do that.
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  June 2, 2013
Awesome looking fighter! I love the removable cockpit! It reminds me of Space: Above and Beyond. Will you be making other fighters/spacecrafts to which the cockpit connects? That would be quite cool to see!
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  May 31, 2013
One of the coolest classic space styled builds I've seen to-date! Cool shape!
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  May 31, 2013
Killer ship, Chief! Great shots, too!
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  May 31, 2013
Sleek design!
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  May 31, 2013
The form reminds me of classic M-tron with the vaguely industrial look. I like the magnet cockpit functionality and expert use of the bubble canopy.
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  May 31, 2013
Brilliant neo-M:Tron!
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  May 31, 2013
An interesting shaped craft, especially the prongs on either side of the cockpit. The magnetically detaching escape pod is a great idea. I must get some Lego magnets from Bricklink. I also like the idea of SNOB, SNOT is far too slimey to spaceships from.
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  May 31, 2013
Brilliant design and very swwoshable. Love the removable escape pod
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  May 31, 2013
Sweet little flyer! Love the forward swept bi-wings and the detachable, and fully customizable, cockpit. That's just genius!
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  May 31, 2013
That's really a great one - even you are a little bit late with 6 month... :-) ! The playability is awesome!
 
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