My first attempt at original shipmaking has come not out of inspiration, but of desperation. I am now living in a college dorm room, and I wasn't able to bring my Lego collection with me. This ship has been built only with parts I have bought from my local Target and Lego stores (Chicago). I'm surprised it turned out as well as it did, and I hope you appreciate it as well!
An overall shot of the smuggling ship Feigned Ignorance.
"So, it looks like the online supplement to the DACTA News Team wants us to do a video interview for them."
"Are we getting paid?"
"Yeah, they're getting us a ten-passage pass through the Nuomoid gate system."
"Not bad at all. Don't you think this will give us a worse rap, though?"
"It's ten free passages, B.T.! Taking away that expense, we can smuggle a lot out of that area and make a big profit."
"Alright, you're the captain..."
"Alright, so, are you going to help me?"
"Don't rope me into this, man, I'm eating lunch."
"Er... Ehem. O-kay then... Um... Hello all! My name is Jeff Sparrick, and I'll give you a small tour of my ship and, maybe if you're lucky, a little tour of myself..."
"So, as you can see, this is the front of the ship. The viewport up there is the only window on the entire ship. On a ship this small, windows are dangerous. We use it in emergencies when our VR navigation system fails.
On the starboard and port sides you can see our reverse thrusters, which help us back up. Feigned Ignorance is a beautifully maneuverable craft, and it is loaded with engines like these.
On the tip of the nose you can see some side-propulsion thrusters. They're at the absolute farthest end of the ship for the greatest amount of leverage. They help us steer the ship in emergency situations and, in tandem with some of the other side thrusters, allow her to turn almost on a dime.
At the very bottom, you can see one of two burst laser blasters, but I'll get to that later."
I tried keeping the gray stripe constant on both the top and bottom of the ship. How does it look?
"I decided to keep the top of Feigned Ignorance relatively clutter (i.e. greeb) free, because I've learned through experience that the top and bottom are always the parts that tend to get ripped off my asteroids and debris. Just think about what Lando did to the Millennium Falcon!
Anyway... The top circular portion contains modular weapons technology, just like the cargo doors, but I haven't put anything up there for aforementioned reasons.
The small yellow protrusions behind the circular area are spotlights and loudspeakers. Believe me, they come in handy. The gray protrusions right beside them are some vertical-propulsion thrusters.
Oh, speaking of those, if you look you can see vents behind the viewport. Those are the top vertical-propulsion thrusters. They dip the front end of the ship down fairly quickly, and help us navigate efficiently.
The small gray area at the back of the ship is yet another reverse-course thruster."
"The exterior of the cargo doors use modular technology that allows for the easy swapping of technologies -mostly weapons- on the same point of the ship. Right now, I have a load of four short-range cluster rockets connected on the port side. The rockets depend solely on the event that Feigned Ignorance is going very fast. Most of the fuel for the rockets was taken out in favor of more homing processors and explosives. They pack a huge punch, so insofar, four have been enough.
At the bottom of the cargo door you can see a small vent. That is one of the bottom vertical-propulsion thrusters. As said before, it helps the ship move vertically, in this case, up."
"As I have already said, the cargo doors use modular connection technology that provide a wealth of hardpoint options.
On the starboard side of the ship, I've installed a long-range beam cannon. It is basically the spaceship equivalent of a sniper rifle. It's an amazing weapon.
At the bottom, you can see another bottom vertical-propulsion thruster."
Interior Room? Not Much.
"Feigned Ignorance is a smuggling ship, one of the smallest smuggling ships around. She was designed to be extremely, even ludicrously maneuverable to get out of any situation. As a result, there's not a lot of cargo room, and even less for myself and my partner. That's alright, though. Since some of the most valuable things are extremely small, like shipments of trimegathesium, rare Classic Space sets, or people. I wouldn't have had this ship made any other way. She's made me a very hefty profit."
Cargo Door Interior
A lit shot of the cargo door's greebs. The red lever is the locking latch, and the door handle sits beside it. The whole thing is backlit by red warning lights.
"Despite its size, Feigned Ignorance is well armed and can easily hold her own. Underneath the nose she holds two moderately-powerful burst laser blasters, which can be fired rapidly at enemy fighters. In between the two blasters is the most powerful weapon on the ship, the particle beam cannon. Don't ask me how I got it. It's flush with the rest of the ship, so many visual weapons-detection systems don't detect it. We use it primarily to bust through safes and spaceship hulls."
Good for Getaways
"When I was watching an old episode of Speed Racer, I got the idea for the ship's license designation plate. Modern systems can now detect when you're using an LCD screen to project a fake license, so I made a spindle system that turns individual printed panels to display different licenses. It has never failed me... Yet.
You can also see more of the vertical-propulsion thrusters on the cargo doors."
Sidenote: The Speed Racer thing is true.
Back to Front
All three main thrusters.
Forward Thrusters (Starboard View)
"As I said before, Feigned Ignorance was designed for extreme speed and maneuverability. The port and starboard main thrusters are central to attaining such a goal. The reason for their angled orientation is that they are designed to be multi-directional. The thrusters can be activated full-blast to spin the ship around, or the thrusters use their outboard, high-strength nozzles to direct the ship forwards or backwards. It is quite a sight to see when a side thruster is working at full capacity."
"When we land or dock somewhere, we open up the top portion of the top reverse-course thruster to reveal the Matter- and Antimatter-Fuel lines. Remember, kids: Don't refuel your Matter- and Antimatter-Fuel tanks at the same time, because if they leak on one another you could be saying goodbye to your ship!"
From the Top
"If extensive repairs are needed for the engine, we can, with a few hours of work, uncover the engine from the top."
"Here, you can see the bottom of the ship and her extensive vertical propulsion system, designed for smooth VTOL maneuvers."
"If the engine needs quick repairs, we can open this hatch near the rear of the ship to access it. I currently don't have a licensed mechanic on my crew due to an engine explosion, so B.T. is the next-best thing I've got."
"Hey! What's that supposed to mean?!"
"Heh... Ignore him. To his credit, B.T. is the only man in the crew so far that is fully trained in safely spacewalking (if such a thing exists), so he has been able to make repairs in space."
Sidenote: If this is the bottom of the ship, how is B.T. sitting on it like it's turned upside-down? :P
"We can access the engine from the bottom, as well, after spending a few hours removing armor plating, that is. Not that I know anything about it, but don't try doing this in space..."
"Uh, Jeff, have you looked closely at this certificate from the DACTA News Team?"
"Why, sure. Why do you ask?"
"Well, it says it's a ten-passage pass for Nomuoid System Gateway. That's the new VR children's ride that just opened on planet Krysto."
"WHAT?! Argh, those tricksters! Those double-crossers! Those crossplayers! We're not sending this video submission now!"
Confined Feigned Ignorance is a smuggling ship, designed not be to lived in or even to be comfortable. As a ship designed to be unbelievably fast and maneuverable for escapes, space for cargo comes second, and space for beings comes dead last.
"Ignorance's spartan quarters are worse than spartan quarters simply because she doesn't have quarters." Jeffrey Sparrick says, "Taking naps in this ship normally is horrible, but when you're filled to the gills with cargo, trying to sleep in her is worse than hell. There's only one place to lay down, and that's only when you move the pilot seat over. There's only one pillow on this ship, and we have to use it in shifts. With the food and water we stock, you can survive a few days in the ship, but I don't know if I'd want to try. I wish I could, but I honestly can't say she's a safe ship."
Jeff and his crew do not live on the ship, but merely use it to travel and conduct "business."
"With our business, we make a lot of money, and therefore, we have a lot of time for R&R. We definitely wouldn't take her on a vacation, but I love her."
When asked what it's been like to work on the ship, B.T. Dramson simply said, "Yeah, you pretty much have to ghetto-pack into that ship."
The Module Feigned Ignorance's main control module.
Although he's not quite as intrepid as Spaceman Spiff, Jeff has crashed his ship much, much less :P
Just another view of the ship.
The ship is modular and easy to disassemble, perfect for BrickWorld 2009 :)
FIRST ATTEMPT ? Are you kidding ?! This is totally AWESOME !!! The color scheme is great, the shape is really uncommon and clever, the details and features are fantastic, the pics are beautiful... In one word, it's perfect, one of the best MOC I've seen in a while !!! Congratulations !