My first Vic Viper! I must say, these things are a lot of fun to build. Took maybe an hour to finish.
About this creation
3/4 shot. I had a bunch of pieces left over from tearing down old sets for The Cult and I discovered nnenn's (RIP) flickr page so I was like hey let's build a Vic! You can see my second one here.
Side view 1. Once I found the guidelines for a proper Vic I realized how simple they were so I jumped into it.
Side view 2. I tried to build as small as possible without taking away from the visual aspect, and I think it turned out nicely for a ship consisting of probably less than 100 pieces.
Bird's eye view. I was itching to take a break from building sets for The Cult and a Vic was the perfect excuse. Speaking of which...
Close-up of cockpit and gun. ...I have finished the next set for The Cult so I should have Episode 47 up before the end of this week. :) Now, onto the MOC itself...
With stand. The UAVv is designed for tactical reconnaissance, and its ability to sweep an area fairly quickly yet obtain valuable footage without detection has made it a very popular drone in the military.
With stand, close-up. (BTW, this is my first time using this design for the cockpit; I think it looks pretty good) The UAVv is armed only with a light particle acceleration cannon (l/PAC). This cannon is simply a means of deterring enemies if the UAVv is caught during a recon sweep; it is not designed for long-term combat.
With stand, engine. (No, I have not tested the physics for this) In order to provide stability for the craft, the designers created a unique type of engine for the UAVv. The engine has six exits for propulsion, which rotate and "fire" at a constant rate. This spinning of the engine and the steady stream of "fire" allows the UAVv to fly straight, operating on a principle very similar to that of a rifled barrel in a gun.
Engine, close-up. After the completion of its initial design stages, the designers of the UAVv noticed that the craft fulfilled the requirements of a standard Vic Viper, that is: two dorsal fins, a single vertical fin, and two frontal fins. Due to this feature, upon completion the vehicle was given the name UAVv, a play on the term UAV, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.