The Blue Arrow . A fast general cargo spaceship. .
The Blue Arrow was built by the famous space-racer shipyards of Llwyngwril X. Much of its technology was originally developed for the Saeth Melyn racing spacecraft.
Power for the Blue Arrow came from a single, massive ion fusion drive, nicknamed "The Death Star".
The captain of the ship sat on the righthand side of the cockpit, as all civilised systems flew on the left side of the spacelanes and still do. He looked out over the top deck, with its two cargo hatches, which was painted in the distinctive checkerboard pattern of McKenna's All-Weather Space Trucking Co.
The Blue Arrow was the Llwyngwril X shipyard's second ship built using the SLR technique (Studs Left & Right). It was orginally built from SNOT but ended up as a green and slimey mess. This ship was the largest to come from these designers, at over 55 studs long.
The Blue Arrow is seen here leaving Earth orbit. The ship was a fairly clean and greeble free design. Having said that, the purpose of the long, red probe on the front of the ship was never determined and it was suggested that this was just a giant greeble. Other people claimed that the probe just covered up a hole in the nose of the spaceship.
Engineering problems meant that the Blue Arrow could not be painted in the checker-board pattern on its underside. This view shows the striped pattern to good effect, along with the front main cargo door. The white tube thing in front of the cargo door fell off during a crash landing on Bala II. It was discovered to be a large greeble, which the designers had used to cover up a join in the nose of the spaceship.
This view of the underside shows the doors to the bays on either side of the hold open, showing the VTOL lift thrusters and defense weapons. The Blue Arrow was armed with a twin laser canon on the port side and two Redtop missiles in the starboard bay.
In this close-up, the two landing skids have been folded down. The targeting radar for the Firestreak missiles can also be seen, folded into the port bay.
Although the cargo hold could be accessed from the cockpit and cabin area, the cargo blocked the way to the front loading ramp.
A ladder automatically folded out into the front top cargo hatch, allowing the crew to get down to the ground. The ladder was then removed to unload the cargo.
The Blue Arrow was flown by a crew of two. The cockpit was filled with a variety of high-tech navigation aids. Some of these were there to enable the ship to evade the law enforcement agencies. With its small cargo capacity but high speed and long range, the Blue Arrow was a classic smuggling ship.
The living area of the blue Arrow was small but adequate for the crew of two. It included a bed and a computer for checking for updates on MOCpages. A mechanic once told the crew that the strange grey thing on the rear bulkhead held the engine on but he was obviously joking!
This last view shows the Blue Arrow with a typical cargo. There's a nuclear canister pallette, a Classic Space container and something which may have been a generator or perhaps it was a big lump of greebles. This was a very small load for such a large ship. It wasn't until the designers on Llwyngwril X produced the Garej Glas that they showed they could build a really practical spacecraft.
Historians of the Llwyngwril X spaceship builders have claimed that the shape and colour scheme of the Blue Arrow were influenced by the 20th century spacecraft designer Chriss Foss's Blood Star Conspiracy.