Judging by how much this drained by gray parts bucket, this was a fairly "big" MOC. It's a little under 1 foot and a half in length, 6 inches at its highest point, and a little under 1 foot and a half in wingspan. After looking back at my old FAT Bumblebee dropship and seeing how ridiculously puny it was, I decided to pursue a much bigger and better dropship design. I believe I succeeded in that venture. The Private Lee can hold 10 fully armed troops in its main compartment, 2-4 more in the frontal section not including the pilot, has a small space behind the bay door for magnetically carrying cargo containers (ammo), and is friggin huge for a standarized dropship. Which is what I wanted. Various inspirations culminated in this design, and I will try and point out as many of them as possible. If I can't name the inspiration, you know who you are. Enjoy!
And yes, it really is bigger than it looks.
When I was building this, I thought of the Halo Pelican. And I thought to myself, "A fully minifig-scaled Pelican must be huge if it can hold 10-20 troops, a tank, and two pilots with room to spare!"
The G108 is not armed with any weapons unless specially requested. So for arnaments, it uses these, metal flaps that open up for onboard troops to fire their weapons. The heavier their weapons, the better armed the dropship will be.
The pilot is nice and cozy in his little place. Many thanks to whoever invented that way of attaching the cockpit using two more clickies. Without it, the cockpit would be one heck a lot wierder looking.
With the wall removed. You can get a better idea of the space in the frontal area.
A troops sits ready to fire.
A hundred thousand thanks to Chris Giddens for making the basic concept for these engines. If it were not for him, this dropship would probably have very lame and tiny round engines instead of these awesome square huge ones!
Air vents galore!
These little boosters keep the vehicle hovering in the air while dropping off troops or something. I just didn't want to make engines that rotated into a VTOL mode. That's so boring now.
10 troops as described. Go ahead, count it!
Look at all those red combat lights... Anyways, I did put ordinary lighting on the roof of the troop compartment as well as the frontal section, I just forgot to turn over the top and take pics to show you.
Back top detail.
The single bar signifies that this G108 is none other than the Private Lee!
A dramatic shadow shot of the back of the engines. Note how the engines are in fact a cluster of three seperate engines housed together.
Magnetic couplings for carrying around cargo and ammo containers (It's not actually magnetic. They're just four 2x2 round plates). I tested it and it works (by "work," I mean that I can attach the studs of boxes to these plates as if they are carrying stuff)! I just didn't take pictures...
Many thanks to Kcaster at SSLF for making these types of landing wheels. And yes, these wheels CAN hold up all of dropship just fine.
And what's even better, they retract!
Back tip detail. I never got what that exhaust on the very back tip of planes is for. Yet.
Many thanks to El Rolly AKA Campos Lopez for his Pelican design. Without it, this butt section wouldn't work and look as good as it does. Oh, and it does open, as shown.
Two medics load a wounded soldier for evac.
As the door closes, Sergeant Stacker inside gives orders to his men, "Goth! I want you to have that Hog rolling as soon as we dust off! I need your team in position ASAP!"
The main inspiration pic for it all. I have no idea wherever it came from or who the genius was that made it, I just thank the pic for giving the basis of the design.
A fairly early WIP picture. As you can see, the general shape started to take shape. It was also able to hold more troops, but it looked disproportional and it would be too much of a drain on my parts capability, so I downsized in the final version.
Um...wow. The is as close as possible to the reference pic as possible. The crew compartment, spacing under the cockpit, the cockpit itself, are all perfect. The wings and engine blocks are especially awesome. I have to ask, Instructions Please?
ZOMG WOW IM BLINDED BY COOLNESSNESS! wow...just...wow...and...holy...*@#! but congratulations. YOU MADE MY DAY...AND WEEK...AND MONTH...AND YEAR! excellent work, however, can you post a pic of it without those "wings" at the back? and make like two little flaps :P but can you post a pic of something like that? thanks MY FINAL WORD...coolnessnessnessnessnessnessnessnessnessnessnessnessnessnessnessnessness...ness!
Excellent work my friend, I dont see how this can only get a 4 overall, its really excellent, great snot work and load capacity, can truely see it as what you designed it for; A dropship! Check out my own dropship too, while youre at it. Heh.
Whoa... I love the angles on this thing, and the engines on the sides are great too. Congratulations for not making something that looks exactly like a Pelican, but is still everything a dropship should be. My one complaint is that it's a bit too studdy, but for a rugged dropship it isn't too big a problem.