The APACHE Class Assault Scout. A true multi-task craft, the Assault Scout is used for many purposes in the Earth Defense Force...as a long range scoutship, a support craft for larger cruisers, even for search and rescue missions due to its ability to land within a planetary atmosphere. The Apache Class however, is a fighting ship. Like the UH Huey helicopters in Vietnam, the Apache is used as a troop carrying lander. It's armed with ten Inferno Rocket Launchers to soften up a landing zone, be it from orbit or atmosphere (which can also be trained on enemy ships). It also packs a bank of four forward-firing S-14 Medium Laser Cannons for battle with cruisers, two forward-firing S-41 pulse lasers for dogfights with fighter class vessels, and two S-23 pulse laser batteries mounted on the rear for repelling rear-advancing bandits, easily viewed by this angle. I wanted to keep the weaponry to a reasonable level...I've seen many ships built that couldn't possibly handle the ammunition storage or the power output necessary for dozens of weapons...let alone the crew to fire them all...so I kept it true to its role as a support craft. Also note the rear doors for the landing crew. The bottom bay can seat up to 8 troopers, for fast deployment.
I wanted to open with this view to show the detail for the main drives, with its rudder system. The Assault Scout is a fast, maneuverable ship. Each quad rocket drive is mounted on a boom, for easy detachment in case of catastrophic failure. Atomic engines can be scary like that.
I had the Skipray Blastboat from Timothy Zahn's Star Wars books in mind, and of course the 1980's TSR roleplaying game, Star Frontiers.
This shot shows the cockpit area, during construction. With the LEGO program, construction wasn't easy. They didn't include any computer parts, so I made due with what they had. I really liked the way the cockpit came out. The two forward seats are for the pilot and captain, with the weapons officer and communications officer behind. The fifth and sixth seats are spare, for passengers or the commander of the landing squad. This shot also shows the engineering station. The ship's system control monitor isn't visible in this shot. Note the storage area to the right of the shot. With most all the vessels on MOCpages, I've noticed that storage is generally left out for the fun of guns and computers. True to an honest naval vessel, I jammed storage lockers and bins into nearly every inch of spare space. Also note the two staterooms, one reserved for the ship's captain, the other reserved for passengers. Each has a two-man bunk, a storage locker, and an entertainment station/monitor.
This shot clearly shows the engineering station, and the reverse view of the staterooms.
Now coming into view is the crew cabin, with six bunks and several storage bins. Also being constructed is the refresher room, with, of course, hot and cold faucets. Once again, I can't reiterate how difficult this program was to build. The angles and zooms made it frustrating. I can't wait to actually have LEGOS. but, in a cramped New York apartment, storage is always a problem!
Apologies about the zoom...the LEGO Builder wouldn't let me get closer without coming out of focus. Anyway, now the crew lounge comes into view, with a kitchenette, another entertainment monitor and a cozy table for two. Unfortunately, there's no good picture of the medlab, directly behind the general crew quarters. The medlab is packed with 4 monitors and several storage bins. The medlab can treat injuries and is capable of taking on basic surgeries, enough to stabilize the wounded enough to make a quick jump to a space station or base. Often the ships will be called on for medevac duty, given their landing capabilities, high speed and ability for hyperspace jumps. Once again, the multi-tasking ability of the Assault Scout is represented. Behind the medlab, practically out of focus. is the engine room, with the ship's massive atomic drive and hyperspace motivator.
Thank you all for viewing. I owe the fantastic designers on this site my inspiration, particularly Daniel Jassim, the creator of The Dragonstar. Cheers!
Quoting Commander Echo
pure awesome. could you please send me the LDD instructions / file?? im thinking of buying it....
Wow...thanks for the encouragement. Mighty cool of you. Sorry for the delay in replying...I just moved, and work has been atrocious lately.
I'll see if I can figure out how to send it...got an email address?
One thing about the Lego Designer is the camera angles are really bad. I wish you could aim to where to zoom in...you can't. The medlab and engine rooms turned out pretty good, but you can't see it.
There's also a lower level that acts as the troop bay, which doubles as the airlock in interstellar space.
Thanks for the comment, again...I haven't looked at the ship in a while. I've recently knocked out a couple fighters, and am now working on a massive-scale ship based on the Tantive IV from Star Wars.