The Shuriken is basically a small one-man airborne weapons platform. It moves around via some sort of gravity drive housed in pods on either side of the fuselage. Armament consist of two independently-targeting rapid fire rail guns, two fire-and-forget guided smart missiles, and a multi-munitions launcher. A multi-role weapon, the Shuriken is suitable for air-to-air as well as air-to-ground missions. It's primary role is to provide air cover for mech assaults--clearing the skies of enemy ground-attack aircraft, taking out fixed emplacements and strafing enemy power suits, infantry and vehicles. It lacks sufficient firepower to pose much of a threat to heavy or assault mechs.
This is starting to become a habit for me. When I come up with a fairly small design, I do multiple copies in different colors, with different design variations. (Okay, I did it one other time, with the power armor.)
The Shuriken's survivability is enhanced by its redundancy. There are two engines, two anti-grav generators and two guns. Kinda like the "double-ugly" A-10 Warthog. It can sustain some damage, and still fight and/or flee.
Seriously, I really like the orange and white color scheme. This isn't the best example, owing to my less-than-professional photography efforts. Also, I think the balance here is too skewed towards orange, not enough white.
I had the most trouble with the guns. I like the idea of a boxy, almost appliance-like look like some of Masamune Shirow's cyborg rifles. This doesn't quite do it for me, but I was unable to improve it. The clear 1X1 round is supposed to be a multi-spectrum sighting device.
If I had added some gray, this could have been an Eastern Block Shuriken. Way too Anime to fit the EB design standard, though. Maybe I could do one in Jade Empire sand green and dark gray, but I don't have any dino tails or Asian minifig heads.
Unlike most of my designs, these still look decent even after I remove the weapons. With these color schemes and design variations, this project might have worked out better as a group of competing racers.
great work. i was wondering how you angled the engines? want to do something similar, but on a larger scale. tried using technic pins and technic bricks, but i can't offset the angle properly. any tips?
wow...just wow...im trying to get back into lego's and i dont remember any of these pieces...where do you get em? cause i dont see em in any of the kits around. NICE NICE work tho. if i can ever find out where to buy pieces of these type/color hopefully i'll post some creations soon =)
I like it
March 2, 2007
Awesome...This is one of my personal favorites, I actual used this and a couple others for inspiration on my first MOC. Looks amazing!!!!
This is without a doubt one of the best small LEGO models I've seen in my life. I like how you've managed to make multiples and pack so much detail into a small MOC. Very original shaping, a perfect 5.
Your ships are wicked man. You have every flavor available... The cockpit area especially is quite wickedolia. The main fuselage shape is different, all angles, but somehow seems solid. Wouldn't mind seeing a dissection shot of the main body. Cheers!