My entry into the Grimm's Army Vehicle Design Contest.
About this creation
The TA-32 was originally a product of the Zygbarese, who needed the vessel in order to transport large amounts of infantry and small vehicles over long distances in relatively ample amounts of time. The 32 was eventually decomissioned from the Zybarese military because of it's frequent malfunctions during mid-flight and the constant maintenence needed in order to keep the 32 in functional condition. Kenny "Fatman" Blackwell, a rich gang leader in the slums of Mordark saw potential in the aging craft, and eventually bought one from the Zygbarese, who gladly gave the "hunk of junk" over to Blackwell. Blackwell customized it to his needs, he added duranium plating over the bay doors, fit in some rather expensive Pulse Generation engines and boosters, and for finishing touches, he added in two roof-mounted automated turrets to complement the already availible chin gun (which was the only arnament on the 32 before customization). Even though the reputation of the 32 for malfunctioning continued, Blackwell was able to do fantastic pieces of work with it until it came to the ear of Grimm I himself. (Blackwell was eventually assasinated because of his ascending power in Mordark so quickly) Grimm purchased the remaining 32's from the Zygbarese at a very low rate and upgraded the 32 the same way as Blackwell did, this time, adding in two homing rockets into each frontal landing pod, and giving the 32 a complete Grimm paintjob. The 32 was renamed the Grouper after a certain merc commented on how huge and bulking the ship was.
The Grouper is armed with one automated chin gun (capable of moving up and down), two automated roof-mounted turrets, and four homing rockets total (controlled by pilot and co-pilot), as well as a kick-butt amount of mercenaries inside or on the roof. The 32 has an automation computer at the back of the craft which allows a crew member to turn off the roof-mounted automations in order for him/her to control both roof turrets manually. The Grouper is relatively slow even with the Pulse Generation engines and boosters installed, only able to attain a top speed of about 175-300 MPH when in the air. The 32 has 8 underside boosters which makes the vessel take off and land properly as well as keeping it in the air. The 32 also has an infamous history of breaking down, such as malfunctioning weapons or catching fire and exploding in midair (very rare), which is one of it's main weaknesses. The Grouper is also heavily armored, capable of withstanding great amounts of abuse before actually being taken down, plus, the thing is also as heavy as **** (lol). It's troop capacity is rather fair, being able to cram in anywhere from 10-25 mercs with the open space availible. It can also transport small light vehicles if needed, like stolen Hornet bikes. Overall, the Grouper is a tough, sturdy, and good transport, it's only main weakness being malfunctioning and constant maintenence.
This was my entry into the Grimm's Army Vehicle Design Contest at Justin Stebbin's Nova Refuge website. I did mix bley and dark gray, the bley is the duranium plating, and the dark gray is ordinary metal. So don't flame me. Believe it or not, it won 3rd place overall. I skipped on the prize, but not the title :P.
No, it's not a SHIP if you're wondering. And yes, it does look like the Eagle Transport from Space: 1999. I used the Eagle as this MOC's inspiration while having no clue of what the Eagle was or that it was as widely-known as it is (that's my impression).
Just pretend there's shockproof glass on the cockpit piece.
The skull is sloppy because it was painted on by the mercs (though it could also be that my decals probably suck). Yes, I tried to trace it from Justin's template.
Decal work. The yellow and orange against the red is flames.
The chin gun can move up and down.
Lightning bolts. Reminds me of the San Diego Chargers.
The eye IS red, the camera just made it look brown.
The turret is fully rotatable and can point up and down. Simple, but effective. Until it becomes hotwired and malfunctions, haha.
Once again, the bley is duranium plating. Not that I really care about color-mixing anymore... :)
The mercs run forward. When the bay doors open up, it serves as a ramp.
There's two fire extinguishers. I mean, you're gonna need a couple to put out the occasional fire from malfunctions on the Grouper.
This is the computer console that controls weapon automations. From here, the crew member can manually control the top turrets. The black thing on the wall is a giant console screen.
Not only do the gray hands serve as a sort of wall "grate." They can serve as an intimidating spike factor when the door comes swinging down on people.
The engines are simplistic and few, but this is all I could fit on.
The booster located between the two engines is to give the Grouper a speed burst when running away from enemy fighters. There's two, but the bottom booster is hidden from view because of the engines.
This decal is my favorite.
One of the two frontal landing pods. See those bley cones? Those are two of the four homing rockets. These aren't automated.
One of the two rear landing pods.
Pod greebles. I recycled many of these greebles from my old Supply Truck. Yes, I tore that truck up to make this.
You can identify the back and frontal pods from the construction that the frontals' sand green are both flat. And the rears' have fins.
Yes, that's grating on the roof. There's no air conditioning in the troop area, so the Zygbarese put grates to get air into the cabin. Cheap bas****s... lol
These are all 8 of the boosters needed to get the Grouper off the ground and in the air. And if you're wondering, the landing skids can't retract. Off course, if this was all real, I wouldn't want them to retract. They look too cool sticking out :P.
For some odd reason, the crew of this Grouper all have uniforms. This is also a good scale of how big the minifig is to the Grouper. Proving that the Grouper is big after all.
even if u did it on purpose, i think it clashes really badly. whether this makes it a worse MOC or perhaps makes it a more thrown together vehicle, which from what i know of grimm's army is fitting, i will not judge. I like the overall shape and think this is a vey good