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Ubiquidyne Industries Type R-7704 mk. 5 "Iridium Thistle"
About this creation
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Racer Biography: 9 Kiba – “The Desert Fox”

The last born in the litter, 9’s parents basically ran out of names.

9 grew up in the sector town of Sandspur Slide located on the arid planet Helvetius where she marveled at the yearly endurance race across the Iron Desert. Determined to throw down in the LSB Racing League, she persisted against prejudice and the fact that being the runt of the litter was not going to hold her back. After saving up enough credits through her long hours at an iron extractor repair yard, 9 was finally able to purchase her Ubiquidyne Industries Type R-7704 mk. 5 “Iridium Thistle”. Although able to buy any number of newer and more powerful speeder bikes, she opted for the older, heavier model favoring the more reliable Desoto capacitors in a doubled pair configuration. She was even able to pay for the undercoating protection with change to spare.

Her initiation into the Fomalhaut Circuit was less than stellar, placing 84th in a field of 96 bikers. Undaunted however, she continued to battle forth throughout the quadrant slowly improving albeit to unnoticeable results. Her best finish in her rookie year being at her home circuit season finale where she placed 34th in the field of 263.

She followed her introductory year with a season off at her own request. In that time, she spent many hours, days, and weeks in the Iron Desert with her thoughts, a full set of wrenches, and her Iridium Thistle. This proved fatal the following year when the new season began.

For her opponents, that is.

After placing 4th in the season opener, she proceeded to make a name for herself by making a mark in every race of the grueling Fomalhaut Circuit. Her first victory came on the desert moon of Trepan where she bested second place by over thirty minutes. Wins and top tens came throughout the season where her fortitude put her in contention for the championship with none other than Ted “The Butcher (Paper)” Andes. In the finale on Helvetius, in front of her hometown and family, 9 Kiba took home the win and the series trophy by soundly defeating second place by a record setting time and an interval of fourteen minutes, thirty-eight seconds, and four hundred and ninety-two micros.

In that endurance race, her clever adaptation and reconfiguration of her Iridium Thistle’s mag-lifts to the magnetic fields created by the iron outcroppings had her bounding across the dangerous wastelands ahead of her well-financed and supremely equipped competitors. Eyewitnesses described her focus and agility like the nimble creature from which she was affectionately nicknamed: The Desert Fox.

And she can’t wait for the next season!





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  May 1, 2017
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Mad skillz!
Thank you Shifu! :D
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  May 1, 2017
Mad skillz!
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  February 22, 2017
Quoting Jonathan Demers Awesome! I love the use of shovels and trash bins! Great work!!
Thank you Jonathan! They don't get used for much other than shovels and trash bins, thought I'd change it up a bit. ;)
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  February 22, 2017
Awesome! I love the use of shovels and trash bins! Great work!!
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  February 22, 2017
Quoting Seth Gordon Awesome! -Seth.
Thank you Seth!
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  February 22, 2017
Awesome! -Seth.
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  February 14, 2017
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Very interesting design!
Thank you Kurt!
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  February 14, 2017
Very interesting design!
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  February 14, 2017
Quoting Didier B
Ha! No problem, and thank you! ;)
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  February 14, 2017
Quoting Pieter Dennison Seen you've been busy Matt ;) Brilliant work man
Thank you Pieter! Extremely busy, just not enough with the bricks. ;)
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  February 14, 2017
Quoting VAkkron ™ Hey Matt, what's that piece on the front cowling? It looks a bit like a Nnenn had a baby with an old brick separator...
Oh, it's worse than a Nnenn. There are no pin holes, studs, tubes, and the space between is wider than a brick. It is absolutely, 100% useless. except as a rubber band holder. http://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=40607#T=C . And it looks wicked cool unfortunately. ;)
  February 14, 2017
Sorry for calling you with another builder name in my first message (edited now). I had just commented/rated his latest creation and mixed up when commenting/rating yours... ;)
  February 14, 2017
Superb diorama Matt ! A lot of good effects in this creation
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  February 13, 2017
Seen you've been busy Matt ;) Brilliant work man
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  February 13, 2017
Hey Matt, what's that piece on the front cowling? It looks a bit like a Nnenn had a baby with an old brick separator...
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting Werewolff . As I said over on Flickr, this beast is stunning from every angle. Awesome work mate, and good luck!
Thank you Wolff! :D
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting Mister Lego ~ Awesome speeder and good write up as well, haha. That cloud getting kicked up just tops it off!
Thank you Mister! Gotta leave as many in the dust as possible. ;)
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting Nick Barrett Reminds me of last year's great achievement by those other foxes, Leicester City... wonderful build with a style all it's own.
Thank you Nick! Gotta have style, unless you're Tottenham. XD
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting Alex Rode So cool! I like the use of the shovels. Amazing stuff.
Thank you Alex! And you thought all they could do was dig a hole. tsk, tsk. XD
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting Doug Hughes Awesome design! Love that sand and cloud blown up behind the vehicle as well! And fun story especially with the Rommel nickname-
Thank you Doug! Always a fan of Irwin in spite of the side he was on.
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting Jon Blackford Great bike, great dio - some vnpu in there Matt!
Thank you Jon! :D
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting Oran Cruzen Excellent build!
Thank you Oran!
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting I am Zangief, I am bad guy AMAYZUNG SPEEDAH!!!! :P Great work!
YAAASSIIRR! :D Thank you Zangief!
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting Sven ;o) Extremely creative parts usage and a fantastic lookin design :) Really like it.
Thank you Sven! The parts like the watch bezel and the band holder really can't be used, so using them at all makes it money. ;)
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting El Barto ! Wicked speeder and nifty backstory here, Chief! The little desert setting is nice, too. A six part miniseries might be nice.
Thank you Barto! Let's make it a three parter and call it a day. ;)
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting --R.K. Blast-- Fantastic! The smoke cloud is fantastic! --Blast--
Thank you Blast! Two fantastics, WIN WIN! :D
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting Marley Mac Epic! I really like the sand cloud and the engine effects. Great job! :)
Thank you Marley!
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting Clayton Marchetti I do have a boat load of old trash cans. I'll have to check that out. After all these years it's always fun to learn something new.
That it is!
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  February 13, 2017
As I said over on Flickr, this beast is stunning from every angle. Awesome work mate, and good luck!
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  February 13, 2017
Awesome speeder and good write up as well, haha. That cloud getting kicked up just tops it off!
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  February 13, 2017
Reminds me of last year's great achievement by those other foxes, Leicester City... wonderful build with a style all it's own.
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  February 12, 2017
So cool! I like the use of the shovels. Amazing stuff.
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  February 12, 2017
Awesome design! Love that sand and cloud blown up behind the vehicle as well! And fun story especially with the Rommel nickname-
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  February 12, 2017
Great bike, great dio - some vnpu in there Matt!
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  February 12, 2017
Y'know, it's great when people build insane things, but it's A MILLION TIMES BETTER when they have amazingly written stories to go along with them. Well done!
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  February 12, 2017
Excellent build!
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  February 12, 2017
AMAYZUNG SPEEDAH!!!! :P Great work!
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  February 12, 2017
Extremely creative parts usage and a fantastic lookin design :) Really like it.
 I like it 
  February 12, 2017
Wicked speeder and nifty backstory here, Chief! The little desert setting is nice, too. A six part miniseries might be nice.
 I like it 
  February 12, 2017
Fantastic! The smoke cloud is fantastic! --Blast--
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  February 12, 2017
Epic! I really like the sand cloud and the engine effects. Great job! :)
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  February 12, 2017
I do have a boat load of old trash cans. I'll have to check that out. After all these years it's always fun to learn something new.
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  February 12, 2017
Quoting Clayton Marchetti
Thank you Brother! The trash cans are ultra cool! Those domes fit in perfectly with the older cans ON THE BOTTOM. Check it out if you have the older ones with the large spaces between the "posts". I was adding greebley stuff to my SHIP when I found they fit perfectly and invert the studs, albeit four bricks tall. But still, I love the texture and look. And as far as the story goes, I suppose I could see it as a Disney flick. :D Although, if I had my way, I'd run it like The Natural (the book, that is) where he strikes out in the end and disappears into obscurity. Make it about the "game" not the player. ;)
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  February 12, 2017
As always your back stories are just as good and entertaining as the builds! This could easily be made into a movie. Best of luck in the contest!
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  February 12, 2017
She's the fastest hunk-o-junk in the galaxy! Ha ha ha! What a wonderful whimsy speeder! You really out did yourself Brother! I love the use of the shovels for the engine nozzle and the awesome looking flame of transparent blue dishes. I also like what you did with the trash cans. Very cool. The base looks amazing too. The cracked ground and the wind kicked up are great details. Now I'm going to read the back story and comment
 
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