This Porsche space ship belongs to a bounty hunter and trader from the Sirius sector.
About this creation
What you see here is a modified Porsche 477, retrofitted with a pair of combat lasers and two additional thrusters. Among the their 4XX line of space ships, Porsche made a particularly successful market entry with the 477, which comes with a standard hyperdrive motor along with its conventional thrusters. The relation to Porsche's cars from three centuries ago becomes especially apparent in the side view.
The dual drive makes it attractive to frequent travelers who do not want to miss the excitement of old-style astrogation and high g's. The price tag, of course, is easily in the petajoule range.
The ship shown here belongs to a bounty hunter and trader in used goods from the Sirius sector. That's what she says, anyway, and at least the 'used' part is likely correct. As a freelancer, one cannot really afford to look like money is an issue and often it is the vehicle that make the first impression.
The choice of the Porsche model was largely motivated by nostalgic feelings, favoring the classic design from the owner's birth planet over the more freaky look of the colonized worlds.
If the police were asking about the combat lasers, they would be politely informed that they were demilitarized and cut down to 0.1% of their nominal power, making them perfectly legal, and that a certificate of that fact could be readily produced. But more likely, no one would ever ask, because, as the saying goes around Sirius, you don't bark at dogs.
The piece that got this model started was the 8x2 orange-black spike, used for modeling the bow. It is a part that absolutely wants to be put into a space ship. And while it dictates a color scheme with a somewhat limited choice or parts, it is definitely worth it.
At 15 studs long and about half mini-figure scale, this model is a little larger than most of my MOCs, but still well within the micro-scale realm. Its 33 parts are quoted at 11,49 Euros from Design-by-me and should come at about 4 Euros from Pick-a-brick.
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