This is a corvette class vessel of a desert people from the desert planet Oasis.
The two primary influences for the design of this ship are the Merchant-man vessel from Star Trek, and Star Trek's Cardiassian Galor Cruiser.
About this creation
Sorry for the slight fuzziness of the pics, once I learn more abour my digital camera, I will post some better ones. For now, tres bien. Anyway, in my own little imaginary universe, orbiting Tau Ceti is the desert planet Oasis. And, living in the vast desert regions are a culture of people called the Copti. To defend their world from outsiders, and to conduct trade with those who are willing to deal with the enigmatic Copti, the Copti people have several classes of vessels. All of which are kept safe by the Copti Corvette, their largest class of vessel.
Here we see a couple of Copti soldiers guarding their queen. She has short hair because that is a lot more practical in a dusty, sandy desert. The idea for the Copti comes from the "Wheel of Time" fantasy series, only set in space on an alien world.
The landing gear are not too impressive or imaginative: okay, I failed there. But, I was using rather large pieces for the basic hull and for strength in the design (it is a very solid build). And, detail comes from small pieces, large pieces prevented me from making a smacking good landing gear. Other than that, the rest of the MOC has a lot of detail, including the interior which is one of the tightest builds I have done yet.
This MOC comes in at 60+ studs, almost 70 if I remember correctly. The interior, which I will post soon, has an airlock with equipment storage, crew quarters for 8 with a full head, cargo hold, ladder to the topside docking port, Captain's quarters, and a nice little bridge with wrap-around controls. Everything is very spartan inside to match the no-nonsense attitude of the Copti.
The ship's primary weapon is a very large, continuous beam weapon. That is augmented by three automatic controlled, long-firing, beam turrets for defense against fighters and missiles. The ship is warp capable, and the two nacelles are integrated into the front 'flares' of the body. Warp field emitters and stabilizers are also integrated into those same structures of the ship. Otherwise, the aft shots show several ion engines for sub-light travel. I do not have a shot yet of this, but you will notice along the side of the main body hinge panels, those open to reveal viewports in the crew quarters. This is the first time I tried to make armored viewports on a military vessel (close them for added protection during a fight). Up front, the orange grills designate navigational deflector, and the orange grill on the front of the tail is a secondary navigational deflector.
It's a simple thing, but it makes for a nice touch of detail. Here we see along the side of the ship the armored viewport for the crew quarters. Both sides of the ship have this armored viewport, as there are bunk-beds on both sides of the crew compartment.
The armored viewport adds a bit of safety during battle. Sadly, when you look out through the viewport, the little minifigs do not get to see the stars, just that darn nacelle thingie. Ah well.