The PlesioSniper- a plesiosaur-looking ship with a tiny cab towing a large long-range "Lotus" cannon. Physical pictures and CAD renderings included.
About this creation
The PlesioSniper is my most unusual craft to date. It was designed to pick off targets from distances all but unreachable to my other cannons. It looks like a plesiosaur (triassic period aquatic reptile) when folded, and the main long range cannon resembles a lotus blossom when unfolded. Like most of my MOCs (except the NHAALE), it started several months or years ago and has continually evolved since then, until I spontaneously decided to make the color scheme presentable enough for public viewing.
Fig 1: PLESIOSAUR
The most recent addition has been the cockpit, which is built using a 45 degree offset method, a style which, to the best of my knowledge, is more exotic and arguably more difficult than SNOT work. This is the first time I have used it and only the third time I have ever seen it. (the first time I saw it was in the Hong Hovertank by Ryan Wood). The current cockpit was designed to replace the rock raiders cockpit which had been on there since I built it. The original design for the new cockpit had two rather large engines as part of the package, but I decided that they would not look very fish-like and removed them. The smaller engines make sense for a craft like this which usually stays out of a space battle to provide long-range support fire for friendly craft.
The day before I posted this ship on MOCpages, I made a CAD rendering of the ship in two configurations on a whim. I used Mac Brick CAD (macs rock) with Ldraw libraries. It looks good in CAD. The blueprints are on my brickshelf gallery if anyone's interested.
The cockpit- Hey! How did a minifig get in there?! There aren't any doors in this ship! Oh well, he must have phased through the walls to hide from the giant furry canine beasts that invaded my closet...er....main hanger.
Despite my best efforts with details like the fish-like "scales" on the side, I really didn't think these engines went along very well with the overall construction theme. But I took pictures with them to see what kind of reaction I would get. Seriously, tell me what you think. Do you think these would look good as a standard feature?
Lotus cannon unfolded and in flight. Unfolding the beam focus field projectors improves range and helps to cool the cannon. The top two fold in to conceal the cannon's innards and protect it from debris and cosmic radiation, thus improving accuracy. The bottom pair doubles as landing gear.
If you see this silhouette pointing at you from deep space, then a world of hurt is about to rain down upon your head. I tried to make a picture showing what it would look like with this silhouette pointing at you from deep space, but I'm not an artist.