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W.I.P - IRU ('The Rabbit')
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Help! I don't usually do this...actually, this is my second post, so I don't usually do anything. Anyway, I guess I'm trying to say that I'm the kind of guy that only wants to post finished, spit-polished MOCs but I accept the fact that I need help in the aesthetics and photography departments. Sooo…
About this creation
Here's the deal: I know this ship looks funky, and in a site that focuses almost solely on appearance you may want to vomit and not look on - but wait! - It’s just that my focus is on functionality and possible real-life application; I just suck at making my ideas look good. That’s where you guys (and gal) come in. You’ll (hopefully) find that the idea behind this ship is amazing!...Or, just cool...Or, none of the above. In any case the point is: Good idea – bad aesthetics. I will say no more but to just look on…and prosper. I mean: …and critique.

This is the Orbiter unit by itself with the communications array in the front and the multi-ray telescope in the aft. (Aft definition: Ba-ba-ba-backside!)

The two big jets are the main pedals of this bike and the little jet in the center - like the one in the front - is a positioner jet.

This is the plane carrying the mech unit. It detaches from the orbiter to land on a planetary body. Its wings can move all the way up or down depending on whether it’s in entry or hovering to find a spot to land.

Once on the ground the mech unit pops-off and proceeds to conduct its sample taking or scientific whatevers.

El Mech unit; It's where the name Rabbit came from.

I dig this compact but powerful engine. On the other side....

...We have the thrusters. This design was inspired by two things: 1) Wanting to make other-than-wheel propulsion. 2) Real-life aero spike jets.

Our trusty pilot is begging for ideas to bring this MOC to complete fruition... So let’s hear it!

My questions:
How can I have the orbiter appear to be floating? Fishing line?
What is a good photo lab computer program to get all those cool effects you guys have?
Does anybody have a bunch of white smooth tiles they don’t want?!

**Update: I haven't touched this ship in a few months because I like to do this thing where I literally stare at a build trying to visualize what I can do better. Well, I've been doing that and the good news is I've gotten inspiration but the bad news is I need parts! So, until I get all my parts I will continue to stare at it. But I would still appreciate your keep 'em coming!

Thanks, Matt


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  May 21, 2011
What a ship!
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  December 6, 2010
Alright, here is the requested constructive criticism: Make it "float" by using a background that contrasts with the model, and a stand that matches the background. This will make editting out both stand and background a walk in the park... you can replace them with blank space or a starfield of your choice. The model itself... Actually, I think the plane and mech by themselves are pretty cool. I'd recommend beefing up and perfecting the plane. The mech is great as it is... it needs no improvement!
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  November 20, 2010
Great start you have going! I am just like you when it comes to staring at a creation; it can lead to projects that take forever, but the end results make it all worthwhile. Everyone has given you some great tips to go on. For the 'floating' effect, I use the Photoshop 'cloning tool' to erase the stand that I set the ship up on; it allows you to paint over the stand by mimicking the color/shade of the background color. It's a little tricky to figure out at first, but if I can do it, you can too. Can't wait to see what these tips help bring out of you!~H
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  October 23, 2010
Actually looks like you have a pretty good start in all departments: photographing a white subject in front of the black background makes for easy viewing, the funky shape of the ship is very much in its favor, and while aesthetics are prominent here, there are also examples of function, story, and humor. Let it all out man, whatever you have to express.
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  October 1, 2010
Oh wow, quite excellent! I love that walking Mech as well! `Ryan
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  September 27, 2010
woah this is amazing! :D
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  September 16, 2010
For your lack of white tiles (which may or may not be necessary) you can always get them here As for the photo effects, I have always just used a combination of paint, publisher, and picture manager. Paint to make the background completely white, Publisher to set the background to clear and merge with a background pic, and picture manager to make the colors look good. Hanging it for floating would work, I've never done that though. lots of clear bricks is my preferred mode of levitation, although it probably wouldn't look as good as fishing line in your case. All that said, this is a great MOC as-is, and I really love the mech!
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  September 5, 2010
Really cool stuff here - great job ! ;)
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  July 17, 2010
Hey David, thanks for checking out the IRU - It stands for: Individual Research Unit
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  July 17, 2010
This design is very interesting. I like the overall idea of a ship in three parts, with an orbiter, an atmospheric carrier and a mech for ground operation. Sorry, I don't have any answer about your questions... But I look forward to seeing the final pictures. BTW, what's IRU for ? And thanks for your comment on my cruiser.
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  July 5, 2010
This is looking very nice. I see that you're a little frustrated by the exposed studs on your wings; I know your brick supply is limited (have you heard about Bricklink yet?) but you could try a studs not on top technique for the wings. It is a little thicker than a plate with tiles on it, but once you learn how to use the slopes the right way, you can sculpt some really interesting shapes. Keep up the good work, I look forward to seeing more builds from you.
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  July 3, 2010
An amazing job on the design concept, and the amazing three piece separation, as for your questions, I think Kelso pretty much nailed them:P Well done mate, I really like this design!
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  July 3, 2010
Hey, not bad! I particularly like the Mech carrier concept. Very cool idea. As for display and on line presentation...1) Fishing line would work just fine if you want to hang it, but keep in mind hanging it means it will need to hang from SOMETHING - either a stand or a support attached to the ceileing. 2) Photoshop is probably your best option for a effects and presentation. While the application is a bit more complex (and therefore more difficult to learn) than others, the payoff is worth it. Good luck!
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  July 1, 2010
Quoting Apeta Piprottar BTW, do you think I should go into the army when I grow Uup?
UUMMM?? Are you serious? I don't know. Personally, I think every able-bodied male should do at least one tour in the military, preferably in the infantry. But what do I know? How about this: If you're on this site you should be one of the following: Engineer, Artist or Trekie.
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  June 18, 2010
Wicked awesome! First, I thought it was a humble jumble of bricks, but then I found out it was this awesome, Robot Starfighter combo. BTW, do you think I should go into the army when I grow Uup?
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  June 15, 2010
Quoting Ced The Clever For floating effect, I've seen transparent bricks formed into a stable pedestal that seems to do the trick. It's not quite as transparent as fishing line, but is way less stress. ----Thanks Ced, I thought of transparent blocks but I want the floating device to be invisible. There is one shot I want where the orbiter is floating in the back-round and the other ship is flying away from it in the fore-ground, but I don't know how to make that happen. Anyone?
  June 15, 2010
For floating effect, I've seen transparent bricks formed into a stable pedestal that seems to do the trick. It's not quite as transparent as fishing line, but is way less stress. I use Photoshop 7, it has everything I'd ever need and probably a lot more that I won't. Awesome MOC btw.
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