Please enjoy my version of Battlestar Galactica's Colonial Raptor. This versatile ship is capable of FTL (a faster-than-light) travel, ship-to-ship maneuvering, and atmospheric flight.
Here's a (blurry) close look at the way I solved the front angles. I used plates on the side fronts of the cockpit, with a rubber band in the middle to hold them in place. I could not figure out a simple way to use hinges, and rubber bands are often my next choice.
The engines came out best when I used tank tracks around 2x2 cylinders, stuffed into the openings of 4x4 disks.
The wing angles were hard to capture. I always felt like there must be some Bionicle piece out there that could capture the curvy intake section better.
For the curious, a look at the underbelly. Nothing too fancy here. I wanted the rear support struts to be attached to the wings, but that didn't work with the hinge-based angle I had build into the wings. Hence, the unattractive Technic option.
These three pictures demonstrate how closely I tried to follow the Raptor's lines. All those "stealthy" angles were problematic. I feel like I solved most of the angles, and got most of the overall proportions.
For me, one of the big challenges started with the cockpit. It doesn't perfectly match the real version, which leads to proportional discrepancies throughout.
Bonus challenge: Four parts are spray painted - two each of two kinds of parts. If you can be the first to I.D. them, I'll visit your page and make sure to leave some comments.
***Since no one has attempted the challenge, I'll add this: They are on the wings.***
Song: I can't help myself sometimes. I make up crazy songs all the time (just ask my kids). Sometimes, they actually work. Below, you'll read a version of a Taylor Swift song, set in the Battlestar Galactica universe. If you haven't watched the show, you'll probably be lost. For those who have seen it, the song is set in Season 2. The "new" Sharon (Athena) has just shown up, and is dealing with the intense hatred the humans have for all Cylons. You can play Taylor's song if you wish, or just read the lyrics and sing out loud.
"Why You Gotta Hate Machines?"
lyrics by Wes Pitter
parody of "Mean" by Taylor Swift
You, with your admiral's stripes
And your fleet and your crew that you use against me
You have thrown me in the brig again
Got me feeling like a Cylon
You, with your noble cause, you turn around
And you treat me like an animal
You picking on the nonhuman.
Boomer took you down, with just two little shots
But you don't know, what you don't know is
Someday I'll be living in a Cylon city
And some of your crew will come with me.
Someday I'll be Sharon to those who know me.
For now, I'll be your detainee.
Why you hate the good machines?
You, with your census numbers
your cancer cured and your hallucinations
You have questioned all my programming,
As if I didn't try to save you.
I walk with guards and chains
Trying to block out stares from my former comrades
I just wanna be a pilot too
I bet you get tired of toasters
Trying to bust a cap
But this Cylon's not like that
You took her kid, but she’s not mad
And you don't know, what you don't know...
Someday I'll be living in a Cylon city
Surrounded by a million of me.
Someday I'll be uploaded to a copy
When my hubby pulls a gun on me...
Why you hate the nice machines?
And I can see you years from now on the bridge
Looking over your battle plans
With the same toy ships and planets but
You're really forgetting
That there's a good chance you aren't just what you seem to be
Way deep down inside you might be just like me
Cus five of you are machines
Yeah, five of you are machines.
You're sleepers, you don't know it, but you'll be switched on.
You'll be...like me...human...machines...
Someday we'll be living in a Cylon city
More than just gears and gooey spleens.
Someday I'll be good enough for you to trust me
But deep down you just don’t like machines.
Why you gotta hate machines?
Quoting El Barto !
The only thing I might do is bring the engines down just a bit, and bring the tail sections in a little. That should close off the open space that shows in the 3/4 shot.
Ya know, I thought about both those changes for different reasons, but once you said that, I was like "Wow - I should do that!" And now that my 2-year old daughter has knocked the Raptor off my Lego table, I'm going to get that chance!
Love the Raptor! I built one of these during the final season of the show so I have an intense appreciation for the front part of the wings. Your use of wedges and slopes is really really good! I used a complex fragile combination of turntables, hinges, and plates to try to capture that goofy shape, but I like your way much better! KUDOS to ya' man! Excellent MOC!
Excellent build! Pretty darned accurate, too! The only thing I might do is bring the engines down just a bit, and bring the tail sections in a little. That should close off the open space that shows in the 3/4 shot. But the wings especially turned out great, all those whacky angles... Awesome!