A space fighter/bomber that can carry a variety of payloads.
About this creation
The Shrike is a fast attack fighter/bomber that is very maneuverable for its size, making it perfect for hit-and-run operations. While not as agile as smaller interceptor-type fighters, it is quite fast and well armed and armored.
My wife thought I should call it the Burnt Muffin, but I didn't feel that had the proper air of intimidation and lethality for a combat craft.
The LDraw file is now available on Brickshelf here. There are a few parts I used not yet made into LDraw parts, so if you look at the comments you'll see where I made a substitution and what the actual part should be.
This photo was taken from the black box of the destroyer Argrazel after its wreckage was discovered. Argrazel was attacked by several Shrikes, armed with Black Widow missiles (top), heavy particle cannons (middle), and EMP bombs (bottom, not visible).
The forward dishes are the sensor and comm arrays. To the rear are EMP bomb launchers, which can quickly reduce energy shield strength and play havoc with unprotected ships. Facing aft from the bomb launchers are flak and chaff dispensers, to defend against seeker missiles.