As the name suggests, this is a light fighter aircraft, often
used as a scout and small close air support
unit. As the image above also shows, it mounts both missiles
and a small 40mm autocannon.
These photos are abnormally blurry.
Sorry 'bout that, but it's a bit
late now to retake them.
The AE-45 is capable as an
exo-fighter, but it is nowhere
as good at the job as other,
purpose designed craft.
Landing is particularly tricky, in or out of an atmosphere.
This rear shot shows the
engine, missile pods,
wing assemblies and tail
system. Lots of redundancy
there; shoot of half the body
and it can still fly, quoth
the pilot's manual. What it doesn't say is that aerodynamics
is shot(no pun intended) afterwards and the pilot's
pod.. fuselage.. thing usually disintegrates about
five seconds afterwards. Man I wish I had thought
to 'borrow' the Deimos' muzzleflash (seaweed)
beforehand as a flame.
You can see my half-hearted
copout attempt at a crude
stand in cringingly close
detail here. Made it out
of two old car chassis,
actually. You can also see
how the wingtip wings are made. The tips are part
number 3474, obtained of the trio of set no. 2543 that I bought because I liked the helmets. (Which are really hard to use, just so you know)
This incredibly blurry
photo proves that a
pilot does, indeed,
fit inside. It also
shows that there are
handlebars in there. How he flies with those things I have no idea.
And, because I am feeling particularly
generous today, instructions (of a sort)
are available. If you can't figure out
how to make one with this gutshot,
chances are you never will. You can
also see that I cheated with the
handlebars, and that the pilot sits in a genuine seat of genuine imitation bum-mould wood.
Which is absolutely not painted plastics.
No guarantee is given that the not-plastic will
exhibit the eponymous capabilities of bum-mould wood.