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Avery AAF 212 Hornet
Two-man fighter based off the Avery Hornet from the Terran Trade Authority book "Spacecraft 2000-2100, A.D."
About this creation
Based off the Avery Hornet from the Terran Trade Authority book Spacecraft 2000-2100, A.D.. This was very difficult to translate into Lego due to the limitations of Lego parts and the curviness of the source material. Nevertheless, I feel that the end result was faithful to the original, and am mostly satisfied with it.

Construction Details

The nosecone is constructed of an end cap and eight tapering panels. The taper is formed with 75 degree slopes, and three different techniques were used to mount the sloped panels at the different angles required.

The side panels are 6 x 12 tiles with details built up on the edge studs, attached to the side of the hull using click hinges.

The top and bottom panels were only slightly more complicated, attached to a vertical brick column using hinge bricks, which was in turn mounted on the technic frame using axle bricks.

The quarter panels were the hardest due to the odd angle at which they're canted. I ended up embedding this part in each panel and attaching them to knight/mecha rotation joint bricks, allowing me to adjust the angle in three axes of rotation while keeping them firmly in place.

The superstructure itself is very heavy and overengineered, a result both of the weight of the nose and engine, and of the way the project evolved over time. It is itself very heavy, though most of the weight of the MOC comes from nearly all of the hull being built out of brick walls instead of plates and tiles.

More WIP shots available here.

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   See if you can spot the parts used to make the nose endcap.

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   Getting the dorsal laserlances mounted at this angle was actually quite challenging, especially given the placement of the crew module.

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   Inside the crew module. The trans-smoke panel covering the rear chair is supposed to be a tactical HUD. I had planned to print stickers to add a display to it, but never got around to it.

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   Details are easier to see with the HUD removed, though I'd really like to pull the crew module out sometime, remove one of the walls, and get a good photograph of the inside.


 I made it 
  March 10, 2010
Quoting Andromeda Very nice... but I have to know, is that Catspaw of the old MPC days?
The same! I no longer maintain this page and rarely check messages, so please link over to my Flickr photostream ( and drop me a line there. I'd love to hear from you!
  March 15, 2009
@Andromeda: Yes, it is! I've actually tried to reach out to you a few times over the years, but you try thinning down a Google search that starts with "andromeda". :>
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  February 21, 2009
Oh my. I am looking at the picture in my copy of the Terran Trade Authority Handbook and it is somewhat of a double take. Masterful. I have plans to recreate some "Sharks" and maybe a "Flea" or two myself.
Brandon Bannerman
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Clay Atchley
  April 13, 2007
I am very impressed...A real thing of beauty! I have to say this is one of my favorite things I have seen on MOCpages!
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  April 13, 2007
A testiment to the professional standards that can be attained with lego. The ship is clean and built in an orderly fashion with great contours and colours. As clay stated before me, It really is a thing of beauty and its easy to see that an immense amount of effort and thought went into it's detailed construction - a truly fantastic creation that you have every right to be proud of. ;)
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  July 18, 2006
Wow that s great! I only wish the two blue reactors were on the same side...make it a bit unsymmetrical!! Good work!
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  July 14, 2006
Great MOC. A good translation of the original concept.
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  June 16, 2006
That's a darn pretty color scheme.
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  June 16, 2006
The Hornet strikes me as somewhat large for a fighter, but you pulled off some really neat shapes here, and you did a great job with the scale given the ship's unusual shape. It took me a while to wrap my brain around how you pulled off the nose cone. Keep building, I look forward to seeing more of your work.
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  June 16, 2006
i really like it. its got this utilitarian l0ok, like what a space fighter would really look like
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  June 16, 2006
Superb design; I need to squint to tell that it's made out of lego!
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