The Charioteer Heavy Fighter-Bomber is the toughest hunk 'o junk fighter-bomber around. Made for the Victorian Vehicle Design Contest on the Saber-Scorpion's Lair Forums.
About this creation
This is the Charioteer, a Victorian heavy fighter-bomber made for the Victorian Vehicle Design Contest on the Saber-Scorpion's Lair Forums. Though this big beast looks like a bomber, it easily serves as a fighter (even though it's probably not the most maneuverable...)due to two huge blazer chainguns and a laser minigun I've placed on the Charioteer. Let's start out with some history on this big hunk 'o junk!
P.A. 325 - Nutopia Aerospace Works, the aerospace division of NuWorks, is called upon by the top brass of Victory's defense forces to create a new aerospace fighter-bomber to replace Victory's current aerospace figher-bomber, an aging design that is inferior to Xarkon's Valkyrie. Engineers begin working on a design for this new fighter-bomber.
P.A. 326 - The design plans for Nutopia Aerospace Works' new fighter-bomber are finalized, and a prototpye of it is created using these plans.
P.A. 327 - After a year of undergoing initial testing, Nutopia's design is approved by the leaders of the Victorian Defense Forces, and a squadron of pre-production fighters is created. This squadron is used for testing purposes.
P.A. 329 - A production model of the fighter-bomber, now dubbed the Charioteer, is created, and mass-production begins.
P.A. 333 - About 500 Charioteers have been produced, stationed at various military bases in Victory.
...Which is why it needs these landing gears. Here, we see a rather ugly picture of this one of this beast's landing gears. Heh, this thing's so heavy that landing gears can't support it alone. I had to put a fin in the back to keep it from collapsing due to its own weight.
One of the aforementioned chainguns. It's capable of firing about 400 rounds per minute, and each chaingun has an ammo magazine of about 200 rounds. So, if a pilot doesn't use his ammo conservatively, he can literally fire all his ammo away in under a minute.
Here's the laser minigun I mentioned earlier. It's generally used as a close range defensive option, considering it's weaker and has a shorter range than the chainguns. Also, it can move up and down a few degrees, giving it a wide arc of fire.
RAR!!! The belly of the beast! Seen here are the two bomb bay doors open. I told you there was another bomb bay. Anyway, the two bomb bays allow for a huge payload of bombs, plus missiles and additional bombs can be attached to the wings.
The front landing gear extended and the hatch open. You see, I put a method for the pilot to get in and out of the cockpit, in addition to the traditional method of using a ladder to climb down from the cockpit.
This is the cockpit of the Charioteer. I tried to not make it overdetailed with control panels, so the pilot could fit in there. Thus, the cockpit only contains a 2x2 stud slope piece with a radar and such printed on it and a 2x1 tile piece with control thingies.
EL GASPETH!!! T3H PILOT!!! :P This is pretty much an exact replica of a Victorian pilot, aside from the decal, which I made myself. Yeah, sue me for copying Saber-Scorpion, but a lot of work went into making the replication of his decal, so it's not like I'm blatantly ripping him off without putting any work into it. Besides, I would have ordered decals from Scorp, but by the time I got around to building the pilot, it was too late to order decals, plus I'm pretty much broke right now...
Heh, I couldn't resisting making replications of ALL of Scorp's Victorian decals, which is exactly what I did. Seen here are the pilot, two soldiers, a Squad Commander, and an officer. You know, I can actually imagine this on a postcard: "Greetings from sunny Victory!"
The officer isn't exactly perfect, as I don't have those shoulder thingies Scorp used, and I couldn't find any blue hands for the officer. Let's just say he took his gloves off and that he's a lower ranking officer that doesn't have the shoulder pads.
Ah, and we shouldn't forget out cute little droid companion, R2-D... - Wait! Doh! Wrong sci-fi universe...
So, I decided to use an R2-D2 head on the Lego creation, originally as a targeting computer sort of thing for a turret I was going to put on the top of the Charioteer. But, I scrapped that idea and now this little dome is a camera of sorts. It allows the pilot to see enemies that are out of his field of vision, thus alerting him to possible attacks. Also, it can be used to survey damage on taken on the Charioteer's upper surfaces and to provide targeting information for weaponry.
Heh... I put a big "V" on the tail of the Charioteer. This is to distinguish that the fighter is a true and blue (and white (not the race, the color), hehe...) Victorian and to make it prettier. :P Me lieks t3h prettyz.
I also made a refueling rig that hovers around and refuels aircraft. I was going to take a picture of it refueling the Charioteer, but my camera's batteries went dead just as I was taking the shot. Bah, stupid Murphy's Law...
Well, it's definitely a lot better than your Xarkon entry, but it's still a bit boxy. Still, it's definitely well-thought-out, and I appreciate that... with the features, the background story, etc. Nice background images too. I need to start increasing the size of my backgrounds too, come to think of it... the native resolution of my new monitor is 1680x1050!