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PCS T.R.A.V.- Pre-Classic Space Totally Ruthless Attack Vehicle
About this creation
The PCS LL-W1 Totally Ruthless Attack Vehicle, acronym T.R.A.V, in memory of Travis Kunce.


I recently acted on a need/desire to rebuild the PCS V.I.C. in the form of a starfighter for PCS fleets. The completed model is small and agile, and features FREEM weaponry similar to its larger PCS brethren but more proportional to its diminutive size. In numbers, the T.R.A.V. annihilates enemy fleet units. Thanks to pilot testing and insane dogfight maneuvering, the T.R.A.V. is constantly upgraded to suit the needs of the PCS Fleet.

These were the concerns I wished to address when creating the new ship from the old:
-Presence of blue in the color scheme. Comments on MOCpages and elsewhere made me look at the blue striping in a different manner. The coloring was unnecessary, so I got rid of all blue.

-Bulky, awqward landing gear. This was one of my issues. I didn't like the clicky hinge gear I came up with. They seemed too easy, too quickly added-on. I came up with thinner landing gear that more closely resembled that of Chris Giddens' landing gear. Somehow I managed to build it in such a way that they actually lock into their flight position. The dark grey revolvers snap lightly over the side cones of the 3-way thruster piece.

-Low quality of detailing. Greebling is a staple element in PCS design. The V.I.C. featured some greebles and detail pieces, but to me they looked like something added on "just because". I decided later that detailing must have a purpose.

-The wings. Many people liked the angular sloping of the wings, but I later looked at them as needlessly large. I removed the big pieces and trimmed the engines down to only vital pieces, much like Giddens' ships.

-Overall lack of "PCS". As a whole, the V.I.C. didn't feel like a PCS ship to me. I called it PCS, but it just wasn't. I finally obtained some of the normal PCS engine pieces (the ball sockets from the AT-TE) as well as a standard PCS minifig torso.

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   Landing gear locked

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   Landing gear deployed

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   El Capitano Wood flies a TRAV right off the assembly line.


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  April 16, 2004
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