Eccentric and reclusive artist Salvador Warhol designed the unusual vehicle he named the Star-Flower in response to criticism of the 'pod' design of single manned vehicles.
During an argument on the subject at a charity dinner he produced a quick sketch and presented it to the Insectoid Ambassador requesting their shipyards get right on with building it! His intention was to show that small and circular could indeed be beautiful. Unfortunately the napkin had a small amount of jelly on it and was eaten by the surprised ambassador whilst returning to the embassy. The Insectoid shipyards later built the Star-Flower from the Ambassadors memory, 'He kinda remembered it looked a bit like this.'
Fortunately for the Insectoids Mr. Warhol is largely divorced from reality and fell instantly in love with the strange, cumbersome and incredibly expensive vehicle presented to him (totally ignoring the low cost/small size aspects of pod-design). Mr Warhol soon got fed up with being laughed at behind his back and was last seen heading into Crysilon space, rumours have recently begun circulating of a star shaped Crysilon warship, but we may never know Salvador Warhols fate.
I consider this the first ship of my 'adult' building, it bears no resemblance to anything I built as a child and uses techniques I only found out about as an online AFOL. As the above backstory hints I have future plans for the Star Flower!
Wow. This particular creation would be feeling right at home in the Spyrius LEGO Space theme, Mark. At any rate, five sided LEGO Space craft are SO hard to make. I always wanted to build a more Earth-based vehicle in the Mi-25 Hind but since that monster of a helicopter has five blades, I always thought that it would be impossible to build such a thing in minifig form. Just how did you build such a particular vehicle anyway? It must have been a pain in the byoo-tocks for you to have built it, though. Oh, and if I could offer one more bit of criticism or two, you need to make each little "petal" of the "flower" into a space fighter and you also need to redo the thrust for such a vehicle. I hope that the changes are nto too drastic and that my suggestions were not offensive to you.