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Shuriken
Small one-man airborne weapons platform.
About this creation
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.



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   I started out with this sand blue/dark gray version. I always liked the A-Wing pilot minifig, so I put him in here, but I know he's not color-coordinated.



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   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.)



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   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.



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   I actually voted for the Shuriken development funding, before I voted against it.



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   I would have preferred a single nose-mounted cannon, like on my Pinpoint, but as you can see, this would have required much taller landing gear, which I wanted to avoid.



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   This Shuriken is painted in the "orange sherbet and whip-cream" camo of the planet Baskin-Robbins VII.



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   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.



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   In this shot, you can see the guided missiles mounted under the cockpit section, the fixed front landing skid, and the retracting rear landing skids.



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   Bright yellow is not a good color for a military aircraft, unless you are in the Naboo air force, apparently.



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   I love this shot. Swoopy!



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   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.



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   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.



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   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.



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   Arrows indicate typical direction of travel. I came up with "Shuriken" for the name, because it comes flying in really fast in order to cause pain. Not great, but way better than my other MOC names.



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   The whole air force, the Bolt, the Pinpoint and four Shurikens.



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   Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzeneggar co-starred in Predator, then each went on to become a state governor (Jesse in MN, Arnold in CA). So I ask you, when is it Carl Weathers' turn?



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   Skyhopper pilot guy and Futuron II guy are speeding because they're late for church. Honest, officer...



Comments

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  November 28, 2011
once again, awesome work.i wish i had one.i like the small and semi sleek design.
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  September 11, 2011
it seems this little fella has enjoyed quite a bit of interesting building techniques, that's amazing!!!
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  December 1, 2010
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? ta
Kyle Vrieze
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franklin stout
  October 3, 2010
very nice work. keep it up.
  January 28, 2010
please say you'll make instructions for these things...
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  June 1, 2009
I like the yellow and grey one best.
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  November 27, 2008
give this guy some crdit its great.check my custom v wing
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  April 20, 2008
I wonder why I have not reviewed this sooner... These are great! I love all of the color schemes, but I think that I like the red one the best. Great job!
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  March 14, 2008
Fabulous, marvellous ! Perfect shape, and all the color scheme are very good !
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  January 7, 2008
There are so many,and they are awesome!!!!
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  October 13, 2007
it's so awsome it beets my apple pie...that i buy from the shops anyway its awsome and do you think you could post instructions? if you can great. hope to see more things like this on your page!
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  October 13, 2007
love it! absolutley love the blue one it rocks! however it does not have the heli blade thingies on the side engines...SO ITS BETTER!!!!!!!! awsome work Kyle James
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  July 7, 2007
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 =)
Kyle Vrieze
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Clay Atchley
  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!!!!
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  January 28, 2007
wicked! color schemes are tight. nice angles. great details. it feels very anime to me. hope that is a compliment.
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  December 21, 2006
Very nice...I like all your anti-grav gunships, but this is my favorite.
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  November 17, 2006
AWSOME
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  November 6, 2006
This thing looks like loads of fun! I want to build one. I think I will.
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  June 20, 2006
dude these are nice fighters seriously nice job
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  June 11, 2006
ok i reallt need to make one could you hook a brotha up with instructions
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  January 4, 2006
THUD........................
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  December 26, 2005
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.
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  April 9, 2005
Whoa!!! I-Instructions pleeeease!!!
  March 12, 2005
Your ship remind me of some covenant vehicle/ship i might see in Halo 3. he he Edited: I don't know why I gave you a 2 earlier; my hand-eye coordination is not good after some various outings.
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  January 10, 2005
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!
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  December 14, 2004
I enjoy the variations on a theme. These are music Kyle. Keep playing.
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  November 29, 2004
It looks like it has a lot of interchangable parts with the pinpoint and the bolt, like missile launchers and stuff, even engine parts. In a military vehicle, that's a good idea.
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  November 28, 2004
nice use if pieces.
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  November 28, 2004
Saw these and dropped my jaw, how d'ya do it Kyle?
 
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