This was originally Shannon Ocean’s idea. Here's the URL of his home page, because I can't get the link to work: www.mocpages.com/home.php/5770. He made these cyborg racers: Thermal Frost YYZ Psychotron Silverwing
Here’s what he wrote about them:
“Cyborg raceships are a new breed of spaceships: half man, half machine. The fastest and craziest pilots volunteer to be surgically wet-wired to their spacecraft, to truly be 'one' with their machine. Cyborg raceships are the only kind to race in dangerous asteroid field and planetary ring championships. You may feel that being permanently bolted to a machine is a bit sadistic but I can think of worse fates than [being] stuck to a high performance spacecraft!”
I finally got around to making my own cyborg race-ship, so here it is. I broke the tradition of naming them after songs by calling this one the Bone Shark I continued the tradition of naming them after songs by calling this one the Barracuda, because of the fish skeleton symbols on some of the pieces. It’s shown in walking mode in the main photo, but it can change into flight position. Remember, these ships don’t have to be aerodynamic, because the races take place in space. Go ahead, build your own!
The only organic component of this ship is the pilot’s brain, which is protected by a thick, armored canopy.
Front view. The two circles under the big number 3 are light sensors that connect directly to the pilot’s occipital lobe. In addition to vision in the optical light spectrum common to human eyes, these advanced sensors can give the Bone Shark Barracuda infrared and ultraviolet vision.
There are two robotic manipulator arms on the front legs, in case the Bone Shark Barracuda needs to handle something. They’re mostly used for signing autographs for its many devoted fans. Thanks to these, coupled with the ability to walk on its own, the Bone Shark Barracuda leads a relatively normal life while not racing.
Side view. You can see the two extra eyes just behind the canopy, which, along with the two on the front, give the Bone Shark Barracuda a full 360° view of its surroundings. The large tanks on the backs of its legs are mostly full of fuel for the tremendously powerful engines, but they also carry oxygen, nutrients, and a waste-recycling system to keep the brain alive for long periods of time.
Because I used ball-and-socket joints for the back legs, I had to come up with a way to lock them in place for flight mode. First, notice that there is a hole under the number 3 on each leg.
There are also holes on the body that are parallel to the ones on the legs.
Two axles like these are needed.
They go through both holes to hold the ball-and-socket joint in place.
Locked in flight position.
Ready to race.
Response to Shannon Young:
Maybe I would have named it that if I had ever heard of that song. It is a song, right? I guess I do need to learn more about rock history.
Response to Shannon Ocean:
I'm not planning on building another one anytime soon, but I might if I feel like it.
Mate I only just found your Bone-shark: Fantastic! I was hoping someone would do the concept justice and you've exceeded that by far. This is awesome and justifiably puts my ships to shame. Thank you and I must apoligise for not seeing it sooner! Any plans for more? :) :) :) :) :) :)
Great color scheme and incredible engines, but when you showed the thing in flight mode I was slightly disappointed. It would be perfect if you made the engines point the other way, so the big wedges are facing backwards.