The MMF's sequel to their amazingly successful heavy cargo and troop transport airplane, the Obese
About this creation
The first Obese was extremely noisy and fuel-consuming. Not anymore.
The Obese 2, or Obese A2-100, is Mikrosheise Minifig Forces’ sequel to their amazingly successful Obese. Though at a glance it is no different than its original “accomplice”, look again. If you have seen the first model, then you know it was extremely noisy and fuel-consuming. Say goodbye to that.
The MMF has spent several Human hours (which are the same as Minifig months) in designing a glitch-free troop-transport airplane. Originally proposed as an all-new body, the MMF was unable to come up with a design better than the original Obese. So, they stuck with the overall complexion, just with different features.
But the new model had to be different than the Obese A1-100 and 200. Something better. After a bit of research, the MMF designing team turned to the Boeing B-17 for help and came out with a quadruple turbine-powered design. Unfortunately, the already-drooping wings could not support four identical engines.
Thus, we finally came out with the final design shown here, which features two main power plants, and two smaller “thrusters”. Though they are dangerously close to each other, it was just as dangerous for the wings to have them farther apart. *Sigh* We did what we could for the Obese A2-100, and here it is.
Other new features include winglets, additional navigation and communication panels, a new cockpit (pictures are coming soon), and a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
Another improvement on the A2-100 is some rear fins to aid in takeoff. Actually, it was an excuse to eliminate those funky 2 x 6 horizontal stabilizer-attachment plates that jut out in an annoying manner.
Can you tell the Obese is made for transporting heavy equipment? Here, like the original version, you can see its excessive wingspan, which is 18 studs longer than its body length.
The Obese A1-200 boasted a maximum capacity of 25 troops or 10 pieces of ammunition. The A2-100 boasts a maximum MAXIMUM capacity of 28 troops or 11 pieces of ammunition. Plus, with its new turbine powerplants, the MMF has given the green light to designers to add an extra fuselage section to create a future model, the A2-200. Within another two years, the MMF will be operating 3 Obese A1-200s (the props), 2 Obese A2-100s (the stubby turbine-powered ones like the one featured here) and 3 A2-200s (the future extended model).
How much will the A2-200 be able to carry? Let’s say around 34 troops or 13 pieces of ammunition!
If you’re wondering how you fit 28 troops or 11 pieces of ammunition in the Obese A2-100, here’s your answer. The ramp is carried inside the aircraft to load and unload heavy equipment on the field without the use of an airport-based conveyer belt.
I originally planned the Obese to feature the Lego Company’s 7893 and 7894 nose like on the Plenum. I decided that (a) it would degrade originality, and (b) it is too streamlined compared to now-a-day cargo and bomber aircraft, like the Boeing B-17 (which in my opinion looks like it had too many donuts before being rolled off the assembly line).
The flight crew of the old Obese A1 required two pilots and a navigator. Now, thanks to advanced technology and an all-new flight panel system, it only requires pilots.