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Ice trawler Polynya
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This is the ice-trawler Polynya, a vehicle used to tow space bergs from the Oort cloud and Kuiper belt to the Neptune way station for processing in to fuel. Constructed by the Sevmash exo division at the Alpha Centauri Bd Severodvinsk orbital dockyards, the Polynyas keel was laid down in 2382 and released from dry dock for fitting on 14.4.2384. Polynya became operational on 12.11.2384 and after successful trials was delivered to its new owners Kuiper Chemicals at the Triton orbital yard. This was my entry to the SHIPtember build on Flickr, it was a little late but it was amazingly fun to build. Polynya is Micro scale and has working dry dock doors and full working interior lighting.
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Crew
Flight crew (Captain, XO, Navigators, pilot, co-pilot) 8
Support staff 6 (Ships doctor, Science officer, Head Engineer, Assistants)
Saddle crew 4 (Saddle manager, Dynamics, Temps and Astronav)
Ice workers (Toolpusher, Linesman, Motorman, Rough necks) 10

Support vehicles
2 Meru Berthon life rafts
2 GMeg rigger utility vehicles
1 Surface to space transport shuttle



Propulsion

The Penta Sub-light drive is a focused particle accelerator system (particle ram). The drive uses advanced superconductors with an open plasma bath to focus the reaction, with four exhaust nozzles linked to the eight loop acceleration device
For faster than light travel the Polynya uses a lensed Gravitation Wormhole Drive (LGWD also known as a Lygwid drive) this also generates the external void shielding that protects the ship from micrometeorites and other space debris





Dry dock

The Polynya is equipped with a dry dock, this is used for any ship to ship crew transfers and for resupply. This also gives the Ice trawler the ability to dry dock service any of her vehicles while in deep space.



Meru Berthon life raft

The Meru Berthon is the life raft used on many non military vessels, although many of the military groups have made requests for a navy spec Berthon raft, Meru simply state they do not wish to trade with the butchers of war. Each raft has 20 fluidic grav suspension booths with a 200 year life support system, room for an additional 10 people with no suspension provided, triple layer void shielding, partial AG systems and WH f.t.l beacon. This raft is batch oxidised in the Sol interplanetary treaty rescue colours (introduced after the Ganymede civil war 2276 SID)



GMeg rigger utility vehicle

GM's RUV is operated by one person sitting in the 'cab' of the vehicle, the life support systems can handle another 4 passengers but its short range make this only suitable for tasks such as inspection duty. The pressurized cab enables the pilot to work in a shirt sleeve environment. At the front of the RUV is a pair of manipulator arms combined with multifunction adaptors for multiple tasks from simple pick and place to complex welding and joining.



Saddle and work bay

Polynyas rear work bay and deck form the business end of the Ice trawler, complete with two GMeg rigger utility vehicles, holding space for two mobile temperature control units and the Snow ball winch and trawl apparatus. This area is the centre of operations for the preparation of equipment passed up from the main hold to be used by the trawling work gangs. Above the work bay is the work area command bridge, manned by the Saddle manager (saddle is a slang term for the work area command bridge) and his crew of operatives.




Comments

 I like it 
  August 16, 2014
I wish that there were more and bigger photos to do this MOC justice. It's a great shape and packed with details. I like the whole back story too: itcs an interesting concept. Great work!
 I made it 
  June 26, 2014
Quoting Matt Hanson Cool story and sci fi bits. Oh, and the ship is pretty cool too. Very clean build. The stand looks like it was a bit of a build in itself, but you may want to rethink the color - black makes it look like part of the ship (when trying to picture it as a whole). - Matt
Thanks for the feedback, the stand was based on the display stands used for Katana swords.
 I like it 
  June 19, 2014
Cool story and sci fi bits. Oh, and the ship is pretty cool too. Very clean build. The stand looks like it was a bit of a build in itself, but you may want to rethink the color - black makes it look like part of the ship (when trying to picture it as a whole). - Matt
 I like it 
  June 15, 2014
Wow! That's cool! Sculpting indeed. Great use of techniques and a cool story behind it too.
 I made it 
  June 14, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Your model rocks! The shaping is brilliant, and the detailing is great. Cool little ships too. Super job.
Thanks fella, this was my first proper go at a SHIP since starting to build again. I think at some point I might try building one of the other chemical companys trawlers.
 I like it 
  June 14, 2014
Your model rocks! The shaping is brilliant, and the detailing is great. Cool little ships too. Super job.
 
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