PCS LL-18 VIC, or LegoLand 18 Vital Information Courier. This is my first Pre-Classic Space model.
About this creation
update: Thanks Nathan! You the man! :D
Deep-space transmissions and fleet broadcasts are always in danger of being intercepted and decrypted. For an intergalactic force like the PCS Fleet, this problem could result in battles lost and lives in jeopardy. In order to successfully combat the increasing threat of Eastern Block forces, as well as the new 3vil scouring some planets, PCS Fleet Command determined that a fast, reliable, secure means of data transfer was needed which could move battle plans and crucial information between fleet units and planetary bases.
PCS designers have just unveiled this new craft, the PCS LL-18 VIC, or Vital Information Courier.
This ship lacks even the most rudimentary offensive weaponry, since it is never meant to enter combat. Instead, it boasts some of the strongest shields available to the PCS fleet, which are typically used around capital ship bridge command sections. As well, it features 3 scaled-down PCS engine thrusters. Stripped to basic components and fed by power lines uncluttered by weapons systems, these engines are far more efficient than their larger versions, resulting in an incredibly fast vessel that can outrun most any vessel in enemy fleets.
This craft sports micro thrusters at the front, back, and on the sides, just above the wings. Basic antennas sprout from the rear of the ship. Sturdy landing gear supports the craft from below. An armored bay below the pilot's seat holds data cards on which are recorded important data and fleet battle plans.
The pilot of the VIC wears a new uniform to distinguish him from other PCS fleet officers. However, word among the pilots is that Fleet Command will issue a recall of this new uniform in favor of the standard PCS uniform, so that if a courier gets captured by enemy forces he will just appear to be any other PCS grunt.
Another rumor among fleet officers says that the High Admiral himself had a hand in designing this craft. At this time, no confirmation can be given on this info.
Big thanks to Chris Giddens for his help in fine-tuning this ship! I wouldn't have dared touch the PCS genre without consulting with him on how to perfect it.
This craft took me about 2-3 weeks to make. I don't have a ton of time to build nowadays, but this ship took forever to complete because I kept changing the design, always looking for something better. This ship is definitely one of my most-changed designs from start to finish. The original model looked nothing like this one. The cockpit, the engines, the wings, and landing gear, the main fuselage; everything changed almost daily. I'm glad I finally worked out a great design.
It was very enjoyable to build in the PCS genre. I typically make up my own designs in the Star Wars theme, but I break from that every so often, which has resulted in models from Gundam, the Matrix, and now PCS. Expect an Eastern Block ship soon... ;)
Comments and criticism, please!
Response to comments:
Laurent- You give me two smilies because of the size of my moc? I think it's high time I go review your works...
Nathan- Thanks for the offer, dude! I'd be very appreciative if you could do that for me! Glad you like the ship :)
Jose- I'm pleased that you like it. The greeblies on this one were quite fun, and constantly changed during construction. As for the blue accents, well, those are a feature in PCS design, as can be seen here and here. I'm a fan of white ships, and try not to adulterate them with too much color, but since I kept the blue accents to a minimum, I figured it looked okay. :)
Admiral Giddens- Thanks, Chris. Your suggested changes did improve the overall look of the model. I kept the original rear greeblies aside for use in a future moc..they looked cool, just not for this ship. The PELiCAN is very obviously the biggest inspiration for this ship :D
Does Vanguard have room in her hold for both the LL-18 and its newly constructed twin brother? ;) I'll be sure to take pics of the two VICs in the near future.
Soren- Thanks, dude. It tuly does have ugly aspects about, but I believe I achieved my main goal with this model which was to make a scaled-down, slimmer, faster version of the PELiCAN, which is a gorgeous model. I have to admit I don't understand your and Jose's points about the blue accents..to me they are such a small element over a predominantly white model that they are almost unnoticable, and thus not unpleasing to the eye. I do notice now that the smaller ships in Gidden's fleet are completely white and grey without the blue highlights of the larger ships, so perhaps on a future model I'll leave out the blue and see how it looks.
Repoort- As always, thanks for your review of my models! I'm glad you like each new creation so much :D
Mmmm, PCS. Cool shape, especially the nose. "Ugly, but well hung" is a phrase that comes to mind. Dig those forward manuvering thrusters.
Jose is right, the blue doesn't go over well on this design. More gray might look better.
Your greebling is really skillful, just a little spare. That space behind the cockpit is prime real estate for a little nugget of greeb :).