An improved version of my personal star-fighter. This is my first spaceship in recent memory; I think it turned out pretty well. The ship has exceptional maneuverability, due to its small size and powerful engines. It has pretty good shields and armor for a ship of its size, though because of that the weapons are lower powered then on most other star-fighters.
About this creation
Hope you all like that main photo, that is what you get for having a mom who owns a photography studio. I think it's actually a bit much, but when she starts going, you can't really stop her.
A breef history behind this MOC Mark I
This is the third version of a MOC that originally built back in 4th grade (2002 I think). The Original was designed as a "Battle Bot" and was used in contest of strength with other LEGO builders. The original couldn't even hold a minifig and after many years after it became a space ship, I built a new one by the same name daubed MK II. Mark II
The Mark II had many improvements over the original, such as it actually had the weapons and engines I said it had so I no longer had to imagine that they were there. This version could now hold a minifig as well, though in all this transformation, it lost a lot of the shape which made the ship look really cool. Mark III
Then, a few months into 2012, I decided that Mini Rammer really needed another version, since the MK II was 4 or 5 years old and really showing its age compared to the newer creations on my display shelf. The whole thing took about 2 days, give or take a few hours. I wanted to improve on the detail added in the second version and bring back the classic shape of the original. This is by far the best version of it, at least in detail, the structural strength of each MOC went down as the numbers went up. The sides are held on by a single stud and an extra tile to help them not wobble so much. I am also kind of said that I had to take apart the MK II to build this. I plane to rebuild it soon, since I bought some more parts, but I really wanted to take a picture with all 3 versions at once.
Specs: Simple ones, don't expect model numbers on anything.
*Propulsion: 4 Reverse-grav Engines; two main, two smaller back-ups.
*Armament: 4 small (for a star-fighter) blaster cannons; charge shot capable. 2 proton torpedo launch tubes (total 4 torps). Mounting points under side wings -(decreases mobility heavily especially in atmosphere) for bombs or rockets.
*Power: Light energy collection unit/converter, feed by collection particles in fuselage/wings.
*Middle-verse portal capable.
*The Middle-verse portal works by allowing your ship to transport to the space between dimensions, thus creating its own dimension. Then you create another portal back to the dimension you just left, which has different parameters (I think that is the right word) then the current dimension (your ship) so you can chose any spot in that dimension to come out in. You generally would create a light only portal first just to make sure your not coming out in the middle of a star destroyer or something.
Main picture (without edits)
This is the best cockpit I have made so far, (the first was just a blue wedge piece and the second one had no controls and was open air so I had to use a lot of imagination to keep its pilot from suffocating - LOL)! The MK III's cockpit is fully inclosed and has control panels, flight stick, and throttle lever -(which I am very unhappy with since it should really look like the kind they have on a 737, where the right and left engines can be controlled separately).
The seat flipped down to access the storage compartment and internal workings of the engines/power supply.
The MK I and MK III with their "creator."
I don't really have any future plans for this particular MOC, it is pretty good as is, but someday I would like to build a 2/1 minifig scale version to show more detail. I will also now defiantly have to rebuild my other MOC Ultimate Rammer since its cargo bay is only 8 wide and this new version is 9 studs wide. (and maybe give it a different name too, since that doesn't work as well as Mini Rammer does).
Quoting Danny Johnson
Nice work! I really enjoyed the use of the wheels and wheel cover plates to make engines on the front, and you've made a great cockpit in such a small space, the folding chair is awesome! -Danny
Those are supposed to be proton torpedo launch tubes actually. The engine design I use doesn't require engines in the front for going backward, the thrust in the rear engines can be reversed. I am pretty happy with it, might try and touch up the colors, maybe, but I like how it came out. Thanks for the comment!