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Memnonia
The Memnonia is a fast, heavily armed (for its size), single deck corvette.
About this creation
Classification:Yes, that's right, I finally committed the resources to building something big. It's about 72 studs (60 cm) long and the cabin is tall enough for a minifig to comfortably stand up. This is, in effect, my first capital ship, although only by the loosest definition of the term. By British naval treaty, a corvette like the Memnonia is a sixth rate warship, while capital ships are 1st through third rate. And to scale it would be about 29 meters long (a little longer than a US WWII PT boat), so it does not meet the Star Wars requirement for a capital ship. However, as it is based on naval strategy and not air power strategy as my previous MOCs, I will call it a cap ship anyways.


Construction: My formerly biggest MOC, the Minnow, was plagued by structural problems. Basically the whole thing was held together by the bricks that made up its weapons bay walls. It was strong, but far too heavy to support itself effectively. This time, I used solid walls less often. The crew compartment, as well as much of the front half of the ship, is built with SNOT side panels, windows, and the light upside down dump truck bucket covering the bridge. This made it much lighter and less taxing on the structural components at the expense of armor. This configuration also put load bearing structures where you would not expect them (the main turret is actually a load-bearing turret. If I take it off, the rear end would sag and possibly break off!)


Naming: The Memnonia is named after the Memnonia (mehm-NO-nee-ah) Fossae region of Mars, which I studied with the Mars Student Imaging Project. I have no idea who/what the Memnonia Fossae region is named after.



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   The Memnonia is 72 studs or 60 cm long. It almost maxed out the close-up mode for my camera.



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   Side shot.



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   Although it is primarily a space warship, I decided that the Memnonia should still be able to land on planets. I equipped it with retractable landing gear accordingly.



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   Profile....



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   Engine shot. The main engine disc is slanted, but the thrust-inducing particles still come out straight back. I would have set it straight up, but then I would have to raise the landing gear base and compromise the low rider look.



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   Sure, lots of people have big MOCs, but can your capital ship do this? This would be like a PT boat standing on its bow. I am not responsible for any damage caused to your MOCs while attempting this stunt.



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   The above position isn't completely useless. It lets me show the engine and underside with the gear up.



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   With engine cowling removed. Greebles taste better with chrome.



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   Side panel with greebs and folding antennae. The Memnonia gives up armor for speed, and the SNOT panels are where the armor is thinnest.
This is the last place on this ship where I do significant greeblage. I promise.



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   The second-biggest gun on the Memnonia: the fancy-pants recoil action blaster cannon. I mounted the barrels on little springs so they coud recoil.



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   Side shot of the cannon that defends the Memnonia's underside.



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   The ship also sports two of these twin Vickers laser cannon turrets. Any resemblance to the British Vickers "K" light machine gun is intentional and asthetic, not functional. The chain-wrapped gears are not magazines but heat sinks. I would have used the Minnow's chain guns here, but they looked comically oversized.



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   There are three additional Vickers guns in a turret under the bridge. That gives the Memnonia a total of seven of these Vickers anti-fighter weapons.



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   Every corvette must have one big gun. This is mine. The twin hyper-pulse cannon turret.



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   Thanks to Dan Jassim and Kyle Keppler for inspiring the design of
the main cannon.



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   Articulation...



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   Exterior shot of the dump truck bucket bridge.



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   Interior of the bridge. The crew from left to right are: pilot, weapons officer, commander.



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   Alternate bridge interior shot. The big monitor in front is where seamless, high image quality inter-ship videoconferencing takes place.



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   This is what you would see if you were on the other end of said videoconference. Except there would be a ceiling. In case you were wondering how the crew enters and exits the bridge, the commander's chair folds to allow access to the corridor.



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   Aft of the bridge is the kitchen/observation area. On the rack above the grill are the kitchen utensils: shovel, bayonet, lightsabre, power drill. Nothing you wouldn't find in my kitchen.



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   Behind the SNOT side panels are the crew quarters. Two bunks in foreground, one in the background. The yellow-doored structure to the left is the space toilet.



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   The aft bunk folds up to allow for better operation of the inner airlock door.



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   The Memnonia has an airlock large enough to hold a motorcycle. It can effectively deploy equipment or personnell to space or the surface of a planet. The two trans-blue half cylinders form the revolving inner doors.



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   The floor of the airlock drops down to form the outer door.



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   Motortrikes are way more fun than hoverscooters. Don't believe me? Try doing a donut in a hoverscooter. The Memnonia was supposedly built in a time when efficient, low-power flight grade repulsorlifts were impractical and a motortrike was a perfectly high-tech enough thing to have aboard an interstellar warship.



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   The still-unnamed motortrike that fits in the Memnonia's airlock was designed for transporting cargo or personnell around space bases and exploring any planet it might land on.



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   The aftmost chamber, engineering, is separated from the airlock by a revolving inner door. It contains the main reactor and some control panels. The main reactor is conveniently located on the vertical axis of the ship between the main engine and main cannon. Note: main reactor is not actually open to the cabin. I just removed some of the shielding to show the interior.



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   This shot is supposed to show the main reactor glowing. It didn't come out well, but considering how much I had to disassemble the ship to fit the camera inside, I figured I had to have something to show for it.



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   There was a lobster in the fridge. The crew was going to eat him, but they found he made a much more interesting pet for chasing aroung the ship and such.



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   Here, two crew members appear to have the creature cornered with some kitchen utensils.



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   Wusses.



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   Thank you for viewing the Memnonia. If you have any questions or CC about my first "capital ship", please leave a comment.

No lobsters were harmed in the making of this MOC.



Comments

 I like it 
  April 10, 2013
This thing is beautiful! Fantastic designs. Could you please look at his: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/358404 Thanks
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  September 2, 2008
Your corvette looks great. I've been thinking of ideas for my own capital ship, again it would be my first big lego creation. At the moment I'll have to be content with making small fighters (have a look at mine). Anyway back to the subject, my favourite's the engine, like the way you detailed it and the use of those "saucer" pieces.
 I like it 
  May 25, 2008
...and did i mention how totally COOL those Vickers turrets are!
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  April 20, 2005
Heh, I thought it was micro-scale until I saw the cockpit, interesting use of that rock raiders piece. Your best work yet, IMO.
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  March 25, 2005
someone knows how to use his 4970's. nice ship, but look out...those lobsters have some dirty little shenanigans up their....uh...sleeves.
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  March 20, 2005
I would just like to say that I think that the guns on the small guns on this thing are just killer-looking. The ship itself though has its weak-spots like the nose of the ship could use some help. Overall, nice MOC.
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  March 20, 2005
Kernel, this rocks!! lots of great details... the landing gear, Vickers, the main gun.. I could go on. I like the fact that it has a cargo bay (maybe an armored motorcycle could fit in there as well? The trike is more functional). I love the use of the dump-truck bed. Was always wondering what to do with that piece. Keep up the good work!!
 
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