This ship is basically a huge engine with a cockpit, wings, and weapon pods slapped onto it, so itís capable of incredible speed. As I have done with some of my otherstuff, I have neglected to give this ship a name, so tell me what you think I should call it someone else named it the Hoovertron. After reading some stuff about photography such as this thread, I decided that the camera in my computer, which I have been using to take pictures of my creations ever since I joined this website, is not suitable for taking pictures of MOCs, especially ones that are mostly black such as this (whew, that was a long sentence). Therefore, I borrowed my momís camera, an Olympus C-4040ZOOM. You can read the reference manual for it here. Iíve included pictures that were taken with both this camera and the one built into my computer for comparison. When I was first getting into LEGOģ building, little did I know that good photography skills would eventually become an indispensable part of doing it as a hobby (actually itís not, but it is if you want to put your models on the internet, which I think is essential to becoming the best LEGOģ builder that you possibly can). Iím a terrible photographer, so, in addition to constructive feedback (or just praise) about the model itself, I would appreciate advice about photography, or maybe suggestions about what kind of camera I should get for myself.
Hereís almost the same picture, except this one was taken with the iSight camera thatís built into my computer. The difference is remarkable!
Front view (taken with the digital camera).
Front view (taken with the iSight camera).
Side view (taken with the digital camera). This ship is armed with four powerful cannons, one above and below each wing, and two smaller ones on the shipís underside.
Side view (taken with the iSight camera).
Rear view (taken with the digital camera). I was either going to use trans-red or trans-neon green for the engines. I chose trans-neon green because it contrasts more with the rest of the shipís colors.
Rear view (taken with the iSight camera).
Top view. I didnít include the top-view picture that was taken with the digital camera because itís too blurry.
Bottom view (taken with the digital camera). You can see the two maneuvering jets on the wings. This is my first time making wings out of SNOT bricks and slopes. However, I donít think the studlessness of them sufficiently compensates for the fact that the rest of the ship is pretty much covered in studs.
Bottom view (taken with the iSight camera).
Hereís a picture of the guns on the bottom of the ship. They can move 90į to shoot at ground targets. This picture was taken with the iSight camera, because I didnít figure out how to make the digital camera focus and take close-up shots.
Despite its outward appearance, the cockpit has a roomy, comfortable interior. Thereís even storage space behind the seat for the pilotís personal belongings. However, the pilot doesnít get much visibility from the little windscreen.
I put the pilot on a DS to get him closer to the camera (the one in my computer). Until I get a set that has those reverse-colored Stormtroopers, the pilot will have to have Darth Vaderís torso. His belt came from these legs. By the way, that DS belongs to my brother Silas. I mostly use it to play Animal Crossing: Wild World. Send an E-mail to scyallarus AT yahoo DOT com if you would like to visit our town.
The ship is built around an ugly framework that youíre not supposed to see. Now that I think about it, I probably could have done some interesting things with this design. I should make a second version with maintenance access panels that open to reveal greebling, or a door on the bottom with landing gear inside.
Hereís something fun you can do with it.
After that, you can reassemble it sans innards, although itís not very sturdy. The pilot is not pleased about all this.
Donít get too close to the engine intake!
Response to Shannon Ocean:
Thanks for the name!
Response to Matt S:
Thanks for your name ideas, too. I might use one of them for my next MOC.
Response to Bob Flux:
The canopy is from this set. You're not implying that I customized a piece, are you? Come on, you know I wouldn't do that!
Jeeze, whereas a regular commercial liner only sucks 1 or 2 sparrows on a regular basis, this thing looks like it could digest an entire flock of pterodactyls. The jurassic enviromentalists will NOT be happy. Great moc btw Keep it up!
This looks great! Mainly because of the color scheme with that black and orange. I love the unique design which is present in most of your creations that shows that you are a very creative builder. Well done!
The concept of riding atop a single, extremely powerful engine is brilliant (it kind of reminds me of the scene from Dr. Strangelove where slim Pickins rides the atomic bomb in...)
Great use if hinge plates and awsome colour scheme and i'm curious as to where the orange Alpha team canopy came from..Hmmmm?
Smashing work (but I'd personally like the see the fluo green radials gone, but hey, thats just me...!)
You're on a pretty good roll here spaceshipwise, beginning at least with the Wicked Wolf. Definite improvements over your earlier work, looks like practice is making perfect. Usually I'm biased towards the no-studs look, but I like them around the intake here. I think I'd like the trans-red engines better, the yellow contrasts maybe a bit too much. And right on about the photography comment, if you're going to inflict your MOCs on the rest of the world, the world needs to be able to see them clearly. (I wince when I look at some of my older Lego pics.) Your digital camera should have a macro function for closeups -- I think the button for it is usually a flower symbol.