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The Bluenose Project
The Bluenose is named in honor of the famous Canadian fishing and racing schooner built in 1921 in Nova Scotia.
About this creation
Although the International Space Agency (ISA) was pretty much satisfied with how their Galaxy Explorer, Space Cruiser and Transport class of spaceships were performing, and despite the fact that all three types of ship shared lots of key components, mission administrators and engineers on Earth were concerned about the maintenance costs of the fleet. This growing concern, along with the lobby of the private sector, convinced the ISA to start looking for one ship that could do it all.

Private contractors were asked to come up with new and improved designs that could meet this almost impossible request. One of the companies that were allowed to build and test a prototype was the canadian firm Bombardier Aerospace, and their first prototype was called the Bluenose because of its long and blue front end, but also in honour of the famous Bluenose, a Canadian fishing and racing schooner that held the International Fishermen's Trophy for 18 consecutives years in the 1930's.

Much like it's predecessors, the Bluenose relied on a delta-wing design, although the cockpit is much more embedded in the wing.



Two big thrusters could easely lift the ship from the surface.



However, unlike it's predecessors, the Bluenose could be fitted with extension modules, hence enabling it to perform multiple types of duties. We can see here the "Explorer" module before being attached.



Heavy duty connectors, along with electromagnets and hull-integrity shields helped the module attach to the main ship.







Here, we can see the Bluenose in its "Explorer" configuration.











Like the Galaxy Explorer's cargo bay, the Bluenose's Explorer module opened at the back and featured a loading ramp so that a small rover could be deployed.







The module also featured a small science station were two astronauts could sit and conduct multiple scans.



Another module was also created as part of the prototype. This module was specifically designed to haul cargo crates to the new Moonbase.











Like the Space Cruiser's cargo bay, the cargo bay of this module also splits apart in the back to reveal the cargo area, but it is large enough to accomodate a standard moonbase cargo crate.





Here is a view of the module, both attached to the Bluenose and alone.





In this configuration, the Bluenose became a long range patroller-interceptor, both fast and agile.









A better view of the "Patroller" module, both attached and alone.





Finally, the Bluenose could also be configured as a simple yet very fast transport-patroller.











The transport module alone.



Unfortunately, the biggest flaw with the Bombardier's design was the fuel consumption of the spaceship, especially in its "Transport" configuration. And although the Bluenose had a very long range of action in its "Patroller" configuration, the craft itself wasn't very confortable for the pilot and co-pilot for a long journey.

The program was enventually scrapped by the ISA before Bombardier could build another prototype, but the Bluenose did serve in the fleet for 25 years before being de-commissioned, mostly in it "Explorer" and "Cruiser" configuration.



Comments

 I like it 
  August 19, 2011
Cool!
 I like it 
  June 21, 2011
Sharp and good looking ship! I definitely love the part where you can detach one from another. I would have changed the landing gears but it's alright! Anyway, awesome ship! 5/5
 I like it 
  January 7, 2011
Definitely one of my favorite space MOCs! Not only does it capture the Galaxy Commander era faithfully, the modularity is reminiscent of many classic Japanese toys of the 70s and 80s (Microman, Diaclone, etc). I also like the incorporation of newer parts into the design (like the Spyrius/Exploriens canopy) as well as updated spacemen.
 I like it 
  November 5, 2010
Sweet! The modules really give it that classic space vibe and the shape and design is very reminincent of good ol classic space.
 I like it 
  September 22, 2010
Nice. The extra modules look really cool also, and when attached they look like they are part of the ship itself rather than loosely connected in a not very good way like alot of modular ships.
 I made it 
  September 17, 2010
Quoting Marcus Forsberg What a retro vibe this creation has. Talk about Classic Space evolved, very well done!
Thanks Marcus! That's the look I was aiming for!
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 oooh! tu as adapte l interchangeabilitee aux vaisseaux!super!tres profile!aerodynamique! super concept,je crois que ca pourrait bien etre ta signature ce concept la,pousse a fond! ok, ameliorations ,mmmm,pas facile,attends un peu...ok,je trouves que ce type de vaisseau pourrait etre type charge legere-fighter,mais que tu devrait lui pondre un grand frere pour bien assir le concept,et je le ferait plus gros et plus audacieux,mais avec tes paterns de signature,aussi j en sortirais un vehicule terrestre dans lequel j y aurrais mis le paquet,style 8 wide ! excellent travail! bonne chance!
Ça va me prendre d'autres pièces bleues et blanches si je dois en refaire un plus gros... mais merci des commentaires!
Quoting Mark Kupietz That's beautiful
Thanks!
 I like it 
  September 17, 2010
That's beautiful
  September 14, 2010
oooh! tu as adapte l interchangeabilitee aux vaisseaux!super!tres profile!aerodynamique! super concept,je crois que ca pourrait bien etre ta signature ce concept la,pousse a fond! ok, ameliorations ,mmmm,pas facile,attends un peu...ok,je trouves que ce type de vaisseau pourrait etre type charge legere-fighter,mais que tu devrait lui pondre un grand frere pour bien assir le concept,et je le ferait plus gros et plus audacieux,mais avec tes paterns de signature,aussi j en sortirais un vehicule terrestre dans lequel j y aurrais mis le paquet,style 8 wide ! excellent travail! bonne chance!
 I like it 
  September 8, 2010
What a retro vibe this creation has. Talk about Classic Space evolved, very well done!
 I made it 
  September 2, 2010
Quoting Cody G Very well done, I love all the different modifications to the MOC, all of them look great!
Coming from you Cody, I take that comment as a great compliment. Thanks!
 I like it 
  September 2, 2010
Very well done, I love all the different modifications to the MOC, all of them look great!
 I made it 
  September 1, 2010
Quoting Crimso Giger Je l'avais deja aperçu mais sans avoir le temps de bien tout voir ! Et pourtant il merite vraiment qu'on s'y arrete. Desolé d'etre lyrique, mais il respire "l'amour du travail bien fait" ! Contrairement à mes MOCs qui sont trés spontanés, ce vaisseau semble le fruit d'une longue reflection. Les modules sont la cerise sur le gateau. On dirait vraiment un set inedit -et excellent- de la grande epoque des Lego Classic Space ! Seul Jonotron fait aussi bien dans le genre, et c'est un compliment - Bravo !!!
Merci! Je le prends effectivement comme un compliment! Je dois avouer que le vaisseau est un peu venu tout seul alors que j'observais la grand pièce d'aile qu'on retrouve dans les anciens kits de navette spatiale (pièce qui a servi de base au vaisseau principal). Par contre, une fois le projet entamé et après avoir décidé d'en faire un vaisseau modulaire, j'ai effectivement mis beaucoup de temps pour construire les différents modules, mais surtout pour bien agencer les couleurs, le style et les fonctionnalités de chacun. Et tout le long du projet, j'avais effectivement le souci que le produit final s'agence parfaitement avec d'autres ensembles de l'époque. Bref, ce n'est effectivement pas un projet d'une soirée!
 I like it 
  September 1, 2010
Je l'avais deja aperçu mais sans avoir le temps de bien tout voir ! Et pourtant il merite vraiment qu'on s'y arrete. Desolé d'etre lyrique, mais il respire "l'amour du travail bien fait" ! Contrairement à mes MOCs qui sont trés spontanés, ce vaisseau semble le fruit d'une longue reflection. Les modules sont la cerise sur le gateau. On dirait vraiment un set inedit -et excellent- de la grande epoque des Lego Classic Space ! Seul Jonotron fait aussi bien dans le genre, et c'est un compliment - Bravo !!!
 I made it 
  August 27, 2010
Quoting Peter deYeule J'adore le Bluenose. Très classic-space comme design mais en même temps, plus modernes, plus attrayants pour l'oeil, moins anguleux que les modèles originaux. En plus, c'est vraiment le genre de MOC avec lequel on aurait envie de jouer. Le petit véhicule à l'arrière et les parties détachables lui donne encore plus de valeur à mes yeux. Nice job comme disent les anglais.
Merci beaucoup du commentaire. C'est vraiment apprécié!
 I like it 
  August 26, 2010
J'adore le Bluenose. Très classic-space comme design mais en même temps, plus modernes, plus attrayants pour l'oeil, moins anguleux que les modèles originaux. En plus, c'est vraiment le genre de MOC avec lequel on aurait envie de jouer. Le petit véhicule à l'arrière et les parties détachables lui donne encore plus de valeur à mes yeux. Nice job comme disent les anglais.
 I made it 
  July 19, 2010
Quoting David Calvet Je n'avais pas eu le temps de lire l'histoire hier, c'est chose faite et elle est vraiment très chouette. C'est vraiment une très belle MOCpage: un magnifique vaisseau, des explications très réalistes et des photos très réussies. Bravo ! Au fait, tu es canadien ?
Merci David. Oui, je suis un Canadien et je vis près de Montréal. Je suis d'ailleurs un membre de QuéLUG (www.quelug.org).
Quoting Parrington Levens Gorgeous classic space, well done, good to have a new brother in classic-space-arms...
Coming from you, that comment is a real honour, because I think YOUR stuff is amazing. So thank you very much!
Quoting Octus Deborge A great starship, well done !
Thanks!
 I like it 
  July 18, 2010
A great starship, well done !
 I like it 
  July 18, 2010
Gorgeous classic space, well done, good to have a new brother in classic-space-arms...
 I like it 
  July 18, 2010
Je n'avais pas eu le temps de lire l'histoire hier, c'est chose faite et elle est vraiment très chouette. C'est vraiment une très belle MOCpage: un magnifique vaisseau, des explications très réalistes et des photos très réussies. Bravo ! Au fait, tu es canadien ?
 I made it 
  July 18, 2010
Quoting David Calvet I love it !!! The color scheme, the shape and, above all, the modularity are awesome ! Why don't you sell the design to LEGO so that I can buy it ? Keep up the great work !
Merci du commentaire! LEGO n'achètera jamais mes designs car ça leur coûterait trop cher de refaire les pièces discontinuées... ;)
Quoting J0N0TR0N1C SYSTEMS Super-Sweet. I LOVE the modular design -- so much playability. The color scheme is well done and the overall shape is classically inspired, but also very original. You've used some elements on this MOC that I didn't even know existed. Great build!
Thanks for the comments! I don't recall using that many "out of left field" elements, but I did use a few modern pieces to give it more sleek lines in some places.
Quoting Matt Hanson Bombardier - Love it! You should make an "MXZ" spaceship next! Ha!(Only those from the frozen North will get that) Love the back-story for this, along with the functional and modular aspects of the ship. I didn't know Canadians could make space craft!! My SORR Endeavor doesn't compare to this but you might enjoy it. Nice MOC!
Thank you for the kind words! In regards to the backstory, I figured that, since it's supposed to happen in a distant future, Bombardier could have started to make spacecrafts. Afterall, they do build jet airplanes, so why not take the next step? ;)
 I like it 
  July 17, 2010
Bombardier - Love it! You should make an "MXZ" spaceship next! Ha!(Only those from the frozen North will get that) Love the back-story for this, along with the functional and modular aspects of the ship. I didn't know Canadians could make space craft!! My SORR Endeavor doesn't compare to this but you might enjoy it. Nice MOC!
  July 17, 2010
Super-Sweet. I LOVE the modular design -- so much playability. The color scheme is well done and the overall shape is classically inspired, but also very original. You've used some elements on this MOC that I didn't even know existed. Great build!
 I like it 
  July 17, 2010
I love it !!! The color scheme, the shape and, above all, the modularity are awesome ! Why don't you sell the design to LEGO so that I can buy it ? Keep up the great work !
 
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