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UM Carrier (BBN)
About this creation
BrickWorld officially starts tomorrow!

Well, I have finally finished my second ship for the display. If there is anyone left that hasn’t figured it out yet, I have been collaborating with Pete Mowry for nearly a full year now to help him bring together his grand vision. I will not go into too many details…you’ll just have to stop by our display at BrickWorld…or, just wait for us to post pictures in a couple weeks.

So this is my UM Carrier, also known as a BBN. Cutters are a nuisance to the enemies of the UM. They are small and maneuverable; quick yet hard to destroy. They pack heavy firepower and can deliver their package before the enemy even knows they’re being attacked. However, they can’t carry a lot of fuel. They have warp capabilities, but the action is a major drain on their power. So, how to get them into the fray without becoming space flotsam as soon as they arrive?

Enter the UM Carrier. The job of the carrier is simply to transport a squadron of Cutters into a battle. After several successful missions, Cutter pilots began to jokingly refer to the Carriers as the “Bearers of Bad News.” Hence the emerging acronym: BBN. When these ships are being spoken of in official sessions of The Commonwealth High Council, they are referred to as Carriers, but in any other situation, BBN is the accepted term.

I think we, as builders, always keep ourselves pretty healthily convinced that we are being reasonably original in our designs. In the case of this build, I realized that not only am I a big fan of Garry King, but I have been greatly inspired by his works and therefore influenced in many of my builds. If you are reading this and you are unfamiliar with his work, I first want to welcome you to MOCpages and I can’t wait to see your introductory post…and second urge you to grab a drink, cancel any appointments, and click the link to his page that I provided. Enjoy.

Thank you, Garry, for being arguably the best SHIP builder on this site, or any.

Now, it’s off to bed. I have to finish packing in the morning, see if I can’t finish a small shuttle craft for the display, and spend as much time with The Munch as I can since I won’t be seeing her for five days. If you’re also preparing to leave for Schaumburg, have a safe trip and I hope to see you there.







These next shots are to give you a closeup look at some of the details of this ship, including the greebling involved. I decided that I would take the leash off of my love of the greeb for this build.













A look at the engines on this ship. Not quite as impressive as that of the Warship, but I like how they turned out anyway.






The forward cannons in action. Standard operating procedure for a BBN is to exit warp on the fringes of the battle to safely release the Cutters. If any enemy ship gets up the courage to attack, these cannons are meant to, at the very least, discourage the idea.


Fsshhhhh! (That's the sound of an airlock...if you were wondering).


The standard BBN comes equipped with its very own sqadron of eight Cutters. A BBN is generally escorted through warp by two Cutters. Once the eight depart, the original two land and refuel for the battle. If you look up in the front of this shot, you can see the sqadron leader's ship.












Since the top opens, I didn't want to risk turning this thing upside down, so I can't give you good shots of the underside on this one, but hopefully these last three shots will give you an idea of what's under there.






Thanks for looking. This particular ship doesn't meet the criteria to be considered a SHIP, which is okay with me. The whole purpose of this build was to add another ship that wasn't as large as my Warship, to be distinctly different, but to look as though it could be a part of the same fleet.

If you feel so compelled to comment, please do. And if you will be at BW this year, make a little mention of it in your comment.



Comments

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  July 11, 2014
Hehe, you're a big space ship builder and I never even realised. Neat.
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  July 4, 2014
A great looking design, with your usual quality panels of greebles. Even better is that this isn't just a pretty shell and has a fully detailed hangar full of swooshable micro-ships. Excellent.
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  June 26, 2014
Great work. I usually value MOCs and things in life for how much effort was put into them. Despite that, even without that fact this ship is very realitic looking with full of detail. If I may, try to make some WIP photos from interior framework. I feel that making solid framework is much more difficult than making greebles.
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  June 21, 2014
It seems my comment was removed... Anyways, great work again! I really like the hanger bay :)
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  June 20, 2014
Great job with the shaping as well as the details inside and out! I always enjoy seeing your ships and seeing the time and effort poured into come off as a visual feast for my eyes.
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  June 15, 2014
Awesome vessel, great work. Sweet hanger, great turrets.
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  June 15, 2014
Very nice! The greebles are great!
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  June 15, 2014
Another spectacular craft. Good luck with your showing at Brickworld.
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  June 13, 2014
Greebles are always great to look at, and this is no exception. Lots of neat connections and patterns here. The shaping of this Carrier is well done, and I especially like how the top opens. It's great that you kept the detail level the same inside the opening as well. Awesome job!
 I like it 
  June 13, 2014
Incredible ship! Yeah, like everybody else I love the hangar. I wish I could see the finished display in person - can't wait to see the photos.
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  June 12, 2014
Okay, this was awesome even before the top opened up and the squad of mini death-bringers came out. Now THAT was cool! I love the side pods and the back section on this one especially, Tim. Really wish I could make it to Brickworld. One year...
 I like it 
  June 12, 2014
Mmmmmm hooooo this hangar OMG !!!!! Love it !!!
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  June 12, 2014
Fascinating workout of an great concept-carrier! Welllldone it fits your UM-fleet! Most I like the split-Engines and the airlock-doors. I am on the wrong continent for visiting BW...but i wish you all the best for your display. Awesome work!
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  June 12, 2014
Fantastic detailing, especially in those engines. Great work on the hangar bay as well.
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  June 11, 2014
Wow! This is amazing! I love the detailing. Brilliant work!
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  June 11, 2014
SHIP or not, it's still hugely impressive. Brilliant work.
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  June 11, 2014
I look forward to seeing this in a couple of days!
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  June 11, 2014
Gret Job! Very impressive creation!
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  June 10, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Tim C. = Greeblehound extraordinaire. Cry Havoc, let slip the dog of greebles! Sick dude, but in a great way. XD What a fleet you have there sir. Still love those cutters, and now we're thrown a dose of fantastic logic. This behemoth's awesomeness is matched by its absolutely perfect name. Can NOT wait to see this in person as well as its maniacal creator. ;) See you there. Outstanding!
Hahaha! Thanks, Matt. Just not enough Shakespearean quotes altered to fit our hobby in this world. I knew the Cutters wouldn't be enough. Logic was more a nemesis in that case. I did a lot of tossing and turning in bed over the idea of those little fighters travelling astronomical distances only to immediately engage in battle. Truthfully, when this whole thing started, I wasn't planning on building two large ships. If for no better reason, my collection would just buckle under such pressure. "Thank goodness for BrickLink," I say. "My husband is a fool," my wife retorts. And what's this "maniacal" stuff. A little touched, sure, but maniacal? ;)
 I like it 
  June 10, 2014
Awesome!
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  June 10, 2014
Nice addition to the fleet Tim ;) great job
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  June 10, 2014
Excellent!
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  June 10, 2014
you re right about Garry King, his ships are amazing, and give him a good run for his money with yours, superb! great looks and techniques, the pics are fabulous! good luck in the event!
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  June 10, 2014
Excellent work Tim! It definitely fits in the "style" you usually build in, yet is also different enough from your other ships. I like the concept of having the ships launched from above the ship (via the two doors); most space carriers I've seen involve a hanger bay either open to the side or forwards. The cutters are just the icing on the cake!
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  June 10, 2014
I love the stalwart look of the frontal command center... reminds me of a guarding bulldog or mastiff! :)
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  June 10, 2014
Great work, Tim! Love the shape!
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  June 10, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Amazing. I love the combination of smooth panels and excellent greebling. Terrific shaping and cool weapons.
Thanks, Doc. Glad you like it. When I first started building ships, I was just covering them with greebs. I discovered later on that the smooth panels are just as important. I would recommend checking out Jon Blackford's ships, particularly "Relentless Fire" to see what I mean.
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  June 10, 2014
Quoting Michael Rutherford That is a very cool carrier. I really like the bridge section. For some reason, it reminds me of the Honor Harrington novels. I like the cutters, but you kind of set your squadron leader up for failure by making his ship so easy to spot. I mean... it's kind of like putting a bull’s-eye on the leaders back isn't it? At any rate, it's a great MOC. Attack!
Thanks for the compliments, Mike. I've never read any of the Honor Harrington novels, which is probably strange for a sci-fi fan slash bookstore manager. Are you making a recommendation? It's funny, Mike. I knew someone would pick up on the whole bullseye thing. I'm not surprised it would be a guy who's always attacking;) The truth is I considered that when I was building it. I was deciding to go with the white or the black for the center line in the fighters and went with white, but I liked the black look so much that I didn't want it discluded. And, you'll be happy to know that I decided long ago not to actually expose these ships to any real combat situations;) Defend!
 I made it 
  June 10, 2014
Quoting El Barto ! Intense! And those Cutters are wicked! Although I probably would have gone for a launch tube, but that's just me... Looking forward to see this in person, Dude!
Thanks, Barto. Just shows the difference in our influences. Launch tubes are BSG, (and I can't deny I considered launch tubes), and large bay doors are very SW. Truthfully, I was trying to figure out some way to have the Cutters attached to the outside of ship, like the saucers attached to the mothership in Independence Day, but I couldn't come up with a practical way of pulling that off and I was on a time crunch.
 I made it 
  June 10, 2014
Quoting Joshua O'Rourke It looks awesome, Tim! I want to go to Brickworld so badly, but I couldn't make it work to go :( Maybe next year. . .
Thanks, Joshua. Glad you like it. Sorry you can't make it.
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  June 10, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Brilliant work once more Tim! The bridge looks amazing I like the two grill pieces just above the windows. It breaks up the rounded features and gives it a nice armored appearance . I just love the hanger bay . The doors at the entrance to the bay are a great touch. I like all the laser turrets all over this beast. I can't wait to see this display in all it's glory. So take good pictures!
Thanks, Clayton! I can't wait to see the display either. It has been a year of waiting for me and I can't believe it's nearly here. I'm glad you noticed the doors. It was one of the smaller details that I thought I would be enjoying alone.
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  June 10, 2014
Quoting Karol J Wow! Excellent ship! I very like small ships. Cute! Perfect build!
Thanks, Karol. Here's hoping the enemies they encounter won't also think they're cute;)
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  June 10, 2014
Quoting Stephan N wow, i like the massive form. And all the many details, the hangar is particularly outstanding. Your greebles are implemented loving. The beautifully worked out cutter ships are absolutely awesome. All in all, a unique work.
Thanks, Stephan. I'm glad you like it. I always implement my greebles lovingly;) I really was going for a less "massive" ship, but it seems that I will always come up with bulky.
 I made it 
  June 10, 2014
Quoting Rennesis @war Wauw the hangarbay you've created is just awesome. I'm also trying to implment it in one of my LDD-designs.
Thanks, Rennesis. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
 I made it 
  June 10, 2014
Quoting Ska 2D2 I like the hanger bay especially! Great job!
Thanks, Ska. That was definitely the most troubling area of the build, so I'm glad it turned out well.
 I like it 
  June 10, 2014
Amazing. I love the combination of smooth panels and excellent greebling. Terrific shaping and cool weapons.
 I like it 
  June 10, 2014
That is a very cool carrier. I really like the bridge section. For some reason, it reminds me of the Honor Harrington novels. I like the cutters, but you kind of set your squadron leader up for failure by making his ship so easy to spot. I mean... it's kind of like putting a bull’s-eye on the leaders back isn't it? At any rate, it's a great MOC. Attack!
 I like it 
  June 10, 2014
Intense! And those Cutters are wicked! Although I probably would have gone for a launch tube, but that's just me... Looking forward to see this in person, Dude!
 I like it 
  June 10, 2014
It looks awesome, Tim! I want to go to Brickworld so badly, but I couldn't make it work to go :( Maybe next year. . .
 I like it 
  June 10, 2014
Tim C. = Greeblehound extraordinaire. Cry Havoc, let slip the dog of greebles! Sick dude, but in a great way. XD What a fleet you have there sir. Still love those cutters, and now we're thrown a dose of fantastic logic. This behemoth's awesomeness is matched by its absolutely perfect name. Can NOT wait to see this in person as well as its maniacal creator. ;) See you there. Outstanding!
 I like it 
  June 10, 2014
Brilliant work once more Tim! The bridge looks amazing I like the two grill pieces just above the windows. It breaks up the rounded features and gives it a nice armored appearance . I just love the hanger bay . The doors at the entrance to the bay are a great touch. I like all the laser turrets all over this beast. I can't wait to see this display in all it's glory. So take good pictures!
 I like it 
  June 10, 2014
Wow! Excellent ship! I very like small ships. Cute! Perfect build!
 I like it 
  June 10, 2014
wow, i like the massive form. And all the many details, the hangar is particularly outstanding. Your greebles are implemented loving. The beautifully worked out cutter ships are absolutely awesome. All in all, a unique work.
 I like it 
  June 10, 2014
Wauw the hangarbay you've created is just awesome. I'm also trying to implment it in one of my LDD-designs.
  June 10, 2014
I like the hanger bay especially! Great job!
 
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