Close-ups, details, specs and thoughts about the Infinity.
About this creation
For those that already saw the exterior pics of the Ragnarock 08 "Infinity", here's the awaited interior and detail shots that will show how things fit together and how it's boarded/serviced. If you haven't seen the Infinity yet, I'd suggest taking a look to your left and following the link to see the beauty shots. Otherwise, lets dig in! I've got way too many pictures so I'll try not to talk too much.
Here you can see how the bridge and turret are removed to gain access to forward section of the ship.
The bridge is more streamlined and simple now, after the designers were able to do away with many emergency and redundant systems implemented in the prototype. Major functions still use physical controls in case of computer disruption, but sensors and tactical information is all delivered through holographics.
The area under the turret is lined with projectile racks and emergency helmets. Of course, during any mission the crew wears full suits at all times, but it doesn't hurt to have backups. The thick doors are programmed to shut in case of a loss of decompression in the elevator/staging area.
With the bridge removed, you can see the life support and emergency power generators. Since the midsection is the most heavily armored, the ship can take massive damage and still keep the crew alive even if the ship is disabled.
The main computer is easily replaced during an ammo swap for the forward rotary canons. Whether an electrical surge knocks it out or it's just a simple system freeze, it can be given a fresh core quickly. This is also a good way to provide the ship with top-secret mission data; just supply a core with all the needed information and the crew can be briefed once they set out.
I still like the '01's turret quite a bit, if for nothing else that it was the first true turret I'd ever made. For the '08, I decided to up the specs and give it a rail gun. Of course I found it couldn't be wider than two studs, so I couldn't get too creative, but I'm really happy with how it turned out.
I figured out how to make a turret that could hold a minifig on the '01, but it felt rather bulky and shoddy. For the '08 I thought it would be cool if it could raise up out of the ship's body somehow, and I originally wanted to use worm gears, etc. to make it raise and lower. However, it was a lot simpler to just use the rods.
Here you can see how the ammo packs for the rotary canons are swapped out. The smaller, slim one that's taken out first is for the 30 mm anti-fighter guns built in-between each of the 120 mm barrels. The Infinity carries 400 x 2 rounds of 30 mm rounds.
The larger packs contain more ammo, but uses KE (kinetic energy) rounds instead of HEAT (high explosive, anti-tank) rounds. Generally the increase in rounds more than makes up for lack of firepower, especially with trigger happy pilots. Of course, the main reason for the larger packs is I wanted something to make the Infinity's profile more intimidating XD
The designers felt there would be times when the Ragnarock needed more firepower, so they whipped up these missile racks that can be installed in the middle of a conflict, preferably when the ship comes in to have it's ammo supplies refilled. The Doobie high-maneuverability missiles make a return here, and while they're slower than the 10 HM missiles the '08 has by default, they pack more of a punch. The large white Capital-Class torpedoes are slower, line of sight weapons generally used for bombarding space stations or planets, but with the Infinity's close-range capabilities, it can deliver a crippling blow to a cruisers weak spot before they even know what hit them.
Why does the Infinity have a spoiler, and why does it move up and down? It's hard to say, maybe the designers thought it could be a sport option. Or maybe I just wanted to use that big panel from the Mar's Rover set Lego released a few years ago and this is just how it turned out.
Here's a bunch of shots of the hyperdrive engine/panels removal:
One of the things I really didn't like about the '01, was the rear section. The Infinity is laid out a lot better and has room for more possibilities, like cargo or personnel transport.
Both ships have a bathroom, but the Infinity has a more spacious one that allows the wash sink to actually be in the bathroom. It also has a room opposite that I wasn't sure what to do with, but it could be converted for storage, sleeping or even an emergency bridge.
The rear hatch has a protective outer shell of armor that has to open before the Infinity can dock with other ships. Inside, you can see the manual docking release controls and how the door swings inward. The rear section can also act as an airlock incase one of the crew needs to go out and fix something in an emergency.
This is an animated gif that shows how the crew boards the Infinity... mostly. I wanted to have an elevator on the Ragnarock, but the design of the landing gear made it impossible. Basically it works by using clips to slide down the bars, imitating a hydraulic system.
If you don't like animated gifs or just want a longer look, here you go:
I should probably replace those white bars, but I'm lazy.
Now for the landing gear:
And front with infinity symbol on the bottom:
I tried not to get too fancy with the landing gear, and it works a lot better than it did on the Ragnarock. The double axle front strut and solid axles on the back make it a lot more stable.
This 'Taxi Truck' I threw together at the lat second to try and give some idea of how the Infinity would be moved and serviced. It's kind of a fun little thing, even though it'd probably have to weigh about 50 tons to have enough traction when taxiing.
That's it! Some things might feel unfinished, and I'm sure I'll change the little stuff now and again but I probably won't take more pictures. If you made it this far, please give me a review, I'm always interested in what people think. Thanks for looking!
I like the shape - it has great appeal! Unfortunately, I'm not sure if the coulours are supposed to be like that, or if they are just multicoloured. ( The lime green brick in that door is awefull ) great job and a work well done!