Posted November 2007
Model status: Intact, sitting on a shelf in my dorm room.
The Etyvon was constructed over a week or so in the summer of '07 as an effort to "go out with a bang," since I am now in college and have been forced into my "dark ages." The name of the ship has no significance in particular, being derived from the linguistic term etymon, meaning (according to Encarta) "an earlier form of a word or part of a word, especially the first recorded form in any language" or "a word or part of a word from which another word is derived." As with the majority of MOCs, the Etyvon was not inspired by any source in particular; I built it practically from scratch, with only a vague concept guiding the construction efforts. The completed form bears some resemblance to the Incom T65 X-wing and its kin.
In theory, the Etyvon is a short-range heavy assault fighter, carrying massively powerful shields and formidable weaponry, while still retaining excellent speed and decent maneuverability, which it accomplishes by sacrificing virtually any other feature.
The Etyvon's fuel-sucking propulsion system limits flight time to 36 hours, henceforth the fighter is used only as local defense or as part of a convoy. It consists of twin helical ion centrifuges feeding into a repulsion field at the nozzle. The engines are exposed to space to aid cooling, since the dense shielding makes armor superfluous.
This is an absolutely amazing design! I especially like the different colors you added on brickshelf. The details on the engine (both visual and written) are great. Ii reminds me of a fighter ship from battle star galactica only about 100 times more attractive and cooler. I can more than ensure that this is identifiable as a "bang" and if you return, when and if the dark-ages end, it will be a nice placeholder for you to come back to. I am on my last year of high school and will likely have to think about my entering into the "dark ages" myself...
Wicked as heck. Great use of Bionicle parts. The overall shape is cool but the dteails are too. A few of the sutds showing bug me though... particularly the hollow ones on the nose. I would have put a tile or maybe even a pair of silver Viking horns there. Still, that's obviously just nitpicking - the ship is AWESOME. Great job.
I like your idea of using those Bionicle parts for engine nacelles, but the smooth look is kind of ruined by the studs on top of the front half of the ship-- put plates there! Overall, the ship somehow looks more alien than human, and it sort of seems out of place piloted by a regular minifig.
When I was picking up discounted Bionicle sets I envisioned working those weird pieces into a unique looking ship or something just like this, and was never able to pull it off. Thank you for letting me live vicariously through your great MOC here.