Unlike the bomber craft of other nations, the Hussar is small and speedy, able to get in and out fast, and strike hard. It is most capable of this in space, because its relatively short wings and heavy payload slow its movement in the atmosphere until it fires some of its missiles or bombs.
I built this ship with the intention of coming up with a unique, completely studless design. It all started with the cockpit canopy piece, which is actually the corner window of an airport control tower. Once I had decided to use that for my canopy, I just started building the rest of the ship from there.
The Hussar was built from the back forward, so almost all of the studs are facing forward, not on top like usual. Furthermore, they are all turned at an angle, which allowed for possibly the ship's most distinctive feature: the V-shaped Victorian engines. A nice touch, if I do say so myself.
The Hussar is very heavily armed. It has two heavy rockets on top, typically used in space against capital ships, and two bombs on the bottom, used for bombing ground targets. On the underside of its wings are six air-to-air missiles (the larger missile-looking things under there are actually afterburner rockets). On the front of the bomber are two blazer heavy machine guns and an energy "Lance," a special weapon developed by Victory that is especially effective against shields. It was the precursor to Xarkon's Gungnir Shield-Breaker cannon.
Victorian fighters are supposed to have wings in a slightly V-like shape, but they are not strict about it like Xarkon is with their crown design. Besides, it would be stupid for all of my factions to have little rules like that...
I tried to come up with a system that would allow the seat to fold down so the pilot could climb out. Unfortunately the only way I could think of required this large, bulky mechanism that I felt ruined the ship's sleekness. Meh, this is fine if you ask me.
I came up with this neat little excuse too: The Hussar typically lands in "racks" on the cielings of Victorian hangars. When a pilot wants to fly one, he mounts up on a little hovering platform, called the Hussar Saddle. He then uses this platform to fly up under the Hussar and attach to the bottom. The Saddle will also serve as an ejector seat when necessary during a battle.
"I know you, you're nearly-studless Nick!" "Nearly studless? How can you be nearly studless?" "Like this!" Argh, there it is! The little gas tank port that I felt inclined to include on the side of the ship. This is used for refueling when in the hangar rack. It is also one of the only visible studs on the ship.
The SNOT design is great, and the shape is unique. The engines are also cool. While the Hussar Saddle is a good idea, it might need some work. How does that small ejector seat have an engine for ejecting, controls for the ship (do they attach to the wires and machinery when the saddle is attached to the fighter) and the powerful Lance shieldbreaker? Isn't that a bit too much? The ejector seat alone is almost as powerful as the Hugin! Revise that, and it will be a 5/5 for sure. I have just created my first Victorian fighter, the Arbalest, in honor of being a Defender of Victory in your quiz. How did you make the space backround for the Hussar?
This is a great fighter bomer.It sleek and I like the shape.I have made a drop ship called the "wendigo" for the Victorian special forces and it is now on brickshelf.Plese review it when we put it on Mocpages and review some of our other creations.From Alex and not matt!
Yippie! Its good to see some more Victorian craft. I really like the design and cockpic choice they combine very well. I like the use of the sand blue. however, the rest of the colors seem to be thrown in with no real plan. The cockpic interior seems a little plain...but I'll realize you had to deal with the extremely limited space of the windshield. Overall though...an excelent MOC in my oppinion! Oh and I LOVE the studlessness of it! 5/5 - Legohaulic
Well, once again, excellent job on this...finally, you're starting to put some original and unconventional brick-positioning in your creations! :-P No, seriously, the overall shape is very good, I like the narrow engines and the backview the most, the only flaw about this ship is that it's too...angled, especially if seen from the front. I mean, it would look definitely better if there weren't all those sharp-angled pieces, but I'm also aware that there aren't many rounded pieces to replace them. It creates an interesting effect, though, and after a while you get used to it. Very good job on this one, now I wanna see some Grimm fighters!
Hehe, I see you've been taking some design cues from Legohaulic. :P Well, it's very good, but I've never really been a big fan of studless ships, I mean, they look cool, but with no studs showing they seem to lose their LEGO-ness...