It's been a while since I've made anything Star Wars (the "Stingray"), and it's been even longer since I've ever gone to FBTB. But I do enjoy lurking in the contests board, so when I saw a contest that involved more imagination than just making some Star Wars vehicle from the movies, I decided to enter.
Also quoting the story: "the back of the helmet ... now appeared to be jacked into the seat. Some kind of neural interface?"
The helmet the pilot is wearing hooks to the back of the seat. You can just see it in this picture.
After reading the story, I made a list of details that I knew I would have to adhere to and printed it. This is what it said:
- Half as long as an X-Wing but just as wide
- No TIE ball cockpit
- Hull extends from cockpit like a tail
- Wide, curving wings
- Large engine under tail
- Thrusters imbedded in the end of each wing
- Microthrusters along the sides of the body
- Lumpy protrusions on the ship for the guns
- Cockpit is spacious and sleek
- Pilot wears special helmet that hooks to the seat
- Normally colored dark metallic
- Fades to solid black on command
Here, you can see the engines on the tips of the wings and the large engine under the tail that extends from the hull. The orange dots on the wings and the sides of the body represent the small "microthrusters."
Also notice the wide, curving wings. I tried to put a neato little black stripe design onto the surface of the wing (mainly because I was running out of dark grey). By the way, all dark grey bricks on this ship are Old Dark Grey. There are some light bley elements though...
This ship was terribly hard to make. I put a lot more time and effort into my creations now than I used to... and this one was especially bad because it's an ODD number of studs wide, and it's totally STUDLESS.
The underside. Note the torpedo tubes. They were mentioned in the story, but it didn't say where they were located. So I just put them under the wing, since the black slope I already had there to support the wing had convenient technic holes in it anyway.
Here it is with the landing gear folded up. I wanted to make all three landing gear able to fold up into the ship's belly, but unfortunately I found it nearly impossible on such a small fighter. So you'll have to settle for just the front gear.
There have been some amazing entries in this contest, but I've noticed that many of them don't follow the description very closely. I tried to follow it as closely as I possibly could while still having an original design.
The solid black version was a TOTAL PAIN to make! If I'd known how much trouble it was going to be just for a MINI Jedi Starfighter if I won... I probably wouldn't have bothered making it. Still, hopefully it will help me win.
Here's the underside. Yep, even the torpedo tubes are black. The only things that I could NOT find in black were the 1x6 curved slopes and the 1x4 joint piece for the landing gear. The landing gear doesn't matter, I don't think, since it's on the bottom and mostly covered up in flight anyway. And I think the trans-black subsitutes I found for the curved slopes actually make it look even cooler. Right now I'm imagining them as being the cloaking device emitters or something...
Yes, when the ship cloaks, even the BOOSTER GLOW gets darker! I thought it was a nice touch. Black and trans-red just go so well together. For more details, see my creation called "The Manegarm" under Nova Refuge.
I gotta say, I love the name. Voidfighter. Very cool. Although, while I was building my ship (I was building it during a thunderstorm, by the way), I kept wanting to call it the "Thunderclap." I'm thinking I might modify the model after the contest and turn it into a ship called the Thunderclap.
These pictures don't quite do the ship justice, methinks. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a three-dimensional object is worth 1,500 at least (500 for the extra dimension). Though personally, I'd estimate it at more around 3,000 or so.
EDIT: Ah well, I didn't win the contest. Let's see, if I'm counting this correctly, I came in approximately... 6th place. Still, I got votes. Good enough I guess.
Hmm, I'm still trying to figure out why some people are saying the color scheme is blotchy. It looks pretty organized to me: light grey on the engines, black stripes on the wings and tail, and the rest of it's dark grey. Is it the black curved slopes on the cockpit you're complaining about? I thought the false-greebling design on them sort of improved the detail of the ship myself. Oh well.
In reply to Jbshare: Yes, this ship is basically the same as the Grimm's Army Cloudbreaker. You see, after spending all the time building this model, I didn't want it to go to waste and just be destroyed and forgotten. I really liked the design. So I made it into the Cloudbreaker.
Maybe they don't simultaneously exist...maybe you Photoshopped it! Haha, just kiddin'...very nice job! If you don't win the contest, then the judges should see a therapist...you should've entered the FBTB R-Wing Contest!!!
I didn't even see this as a voidfighter entry! It's a pretty nice ship, though. I had tried to make a bar going inbetween those cockpit pieces im my police speeder earlier, but the 2x2x4 slope was sticking down so far that the pilots couldn't see each other. That looks much better than what I did. Although it sounds like you're modeling this after some ship, another windscreen option is to take one of those martian/exo-force venom strike windshields (about a 4x8 horizontally) and stick it inbetween, with the outside angles on a curve. This is evident in my old v-wing-ish moc, and in Jon Palmer's blade runner police car.
WOW!! dude i think you are the BEST CREATOR THAT EVER LIVED IN THIS UNIVERSE!!! i have been viewing your lego's since your first post on haloplanet.com and all i can say is thank you for puting the "L" in lego(<that was very very cheesey lol but your legos rule!!!)
And another void crashes into the mayhem! The stealth version brings home the bacon for me, your other one just seems plagued with color blotches like earlier mentioned. I've seen many of your mocs and have formulated some words for you: "go and buy and poster board!". Your skills are too valuable to be wasted by a a semi-professional backdrop!
Very nice. You ended up with the wing angle I would have prefered on my voidfighter. Very inventive cockpit too. My only complaint would be that the colors seem a bit splotchy in places, but overall, great job!
Justin, it's nice to see you entering an FBTB contest after doing so much FBTB-contest-lurking. ;) Very cool entry. I love the splitting cockpit windshields that you implemented. Great job building two models in both modes; those trans-smoke curved wedges on the stealth's wings look pretty good. Some things I think could be improved would be to chuck out the cliche tire engine and build up something more unique, and also add some more details to the undersides of the body and wings. Anyways, nice job!