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Y5MCR2: Thinship
An entry into Yuri's 5th MOCiversary Contest for team Even: the Blacktron Vortex class raider!
About this creation

During the major re-design that took place between first and generation Blacktron ships, a number of radical options were considered, including the 'Thinship' concept. The idea of a fighter so thin as to be barely detectable when directly approaching a target appealed to the sneaky Blacktron paradigm.


Of course, the trouble with most thinships is that they present a large target as soon as they turn. Therefore, the Variable Orientation Rotary Thinfighter (EXperimental) - VORTEX - was designed so that the hull could rotate around the cockpit, allowing it always to present the minimum profile to an opponent, without the pilot getting nauseous.


Footage from an early field trial, showing two VORTEX fighters attempting to hijack a spice transport belonging to the Capsicum Guild, whose monopoly on hot chilli pepper production had pushed black market values to record levels.


"Mayday! Mayday! Bogies on my six! This one's getting too hot for me, I'm going to have to dump the cargo!"


Of course, the rotary properties of the VORTEX also allowed it to function as a flatship; in this configuration it could also make VTOL landings. And, purely coincidentally, act as a fairly effective spinning top...



The major disadvantage of the vortex fighter, and ultimately the reason why only a few prototypes were built, was the problems its shape created when it came to landing and storage in bases or capital ships.


In an attempt to address this problem, Blacktron ground crew jerry-rigged a dedicated Custom Utility Platform out of spare parts from captured ships.


Probably the only example you'll see of a CUP holding a saucer...


The CUP could also support and transport the thinfighter in its vertical configuration, although this presented certain difficulties if the pilot wished to disembark.


After several unfortunate accidents involving borken legs and malfunctioning short-range jetpacks, the Technical Engineering Auxiliary Support Pontoon - On & Off Node was also developed.


At last, the perfect combination of saucer, CUP and TEASPOON. How refreshing. Milk & sugar anyone?


Addendum: the 'Flaming Pepper' spice transport is a rare example of the thinship concept being applied to a freight vessel, with the aim of running customs blockades. At ~75 studs long, I think this is both a thinship and a longship... does that make it a Thongship?


As you can probably see I had a blast with this one. The silliness of the thinship idea really appeals to me - thanks to Yuri for the concept, and giving us a reason to have a go at it!




Comments

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  July 11, 2014
ha, ha, what a cool and funny concept!
  March 5, 2014
lol
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  March 4, 2014
Stuart, do you bike at all (and post photos of your biking on Flickr)? If not, do you have any photos of yourself online anywhere? Not that I plan to use knowledge of your image for evil, or anything... Even a description of yourself would be handy.
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  March 1, 2014
More like best thinship ever! The peppership gives you back what the t-n-green windshield took away (what an eyesore!).
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  March 1, 2014
Absolutely brilliant! Super acronyms and a I like how they build on each other. The gimballed cockpit is a great idea and I like how you've included those yellow panels into the brick wings. The chilli shaped spice freighter is a so appropriate and reminds me of the Dune stories, especially this illustrationhttp://www.chrisfossart.com/2011/04/pirate-spaceship/ A real tour de force of novel design, building and story telling!
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  February 27, 2014
This is pure win - better than Russia, Norway, and Canada combined. Love the rotating cockpit, and the launch platform car is brilliant. Top-tier!
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  February 27, 2014
really cool Blacktronpower! beautiful done idea!
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  February 27, 2014
A cool concept beautifully executed.
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  February 27, 2014
What a cool concept. I love the rotating cockpit and companion vehicle.
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  February 27, 2014
Mr. Lucas, You had me with the fighter... I mean all that blackness, yellowness, and diskishness...but then I saw all the support equipment! That wheeled transport is a work of genius! Thank you for what you do. Oh, and the pic of the moc spinning. Dazzling. Attack!
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  February 27, 2014
I love it! The way the cockpit spins is amazing.
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  February 27, 2014
Lothinship appeals to me more, I have a dirty mind, hehe.
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  February 27, 2014
That was fun! Cool ship and nifty accessories. Good luck with the judge!
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  February 27, 2014
Great work, love the write up!
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  February 27, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Stu, you pulled out all the stops! And we are so glad you did, so that we could get to see all the rotational goodnesses! Of course... Peppers in Space is a great concept! I think I must be a bit clairvoyant, as I started thinking about peppers a few days ago when I was thinking about what you might be building, oh my... very spooky... ethernet vibes?!! And of course the commentary is charming! :)
Peppers in Space eh? That is a pretty bizarre coincidence! It's a fun idea though, I might do some more food-related spacecraft after the contest is finished!
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  February 27, 2014
very, very cool
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  February 26, 2014
I remember these ship types when I first explored mocpages. Another great example of letting your imagination have fun with Lego. You can't really resist naming them funny. Had a good laugh though.
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  February 26, 2014
Very cool! A great idea very well executed.
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  February 26, 2014
Milk, no sugar please... this was a delight! Thanks for the entertainment, and the building skills.
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  February 26, 2014
Such a decent fighter! The rotating cockpit feature really tops off the ship. A job well done! Keep On Brickin'!
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  February 26, 2014
Stu, you pulled out all the stops! And we are so glad you did, so that we could get to see all the rotational goodnesses! Of course... Peppers in Space is a great concept! I think I must be a bit clairvoyant, as I started thinking about peppers a few days ago when I was thinking about what you might be building, oh my... very spooky... ethernet vibes?!! And of course the commentary is charming! :)
  February 26, 2014
Brilliant! Fantastic work!
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  February 26, 2014
Haha! These are simply fantastic! Brilliant ideas and renderings. Wow. Bravo! The "top ship" is a nice touch too (two birds with one stone, eh?).
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  February 26, 2014
HA! I love these. That chili pepper spaceship gave me a good chuckle. The spinning top feature on the black ship also made me smile. The round design really adds interest to the whole and major kudos on the rotating cockpit. Superb work.
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  February 26, 2014
Absolutely perfect Stuart! Hilarious story with equally hilarious acronyms. The fun you had with this shines through brilliantly. Evoking Blacktron was sheer genius. The fact that it is also a spinning top knocks this clear out of the park. You have successfully run full tilt with this gem. Outstanding!
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  February 26, 2014
that's pretty cool!
 
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