Three BNNA Federation starfighters . The BNNA Federation is a collective of planets in one of the more curious outskirts of space. Officially, BNNA stands for Betelgeusian Nations for Neutral Alliance. These letters were soon turned into the BANANA Republic by its people. Of course, their federation ship colours and uniforms didn't help here. . Regardless, BNNA had an awesome fleet and some highly trained pilots. Let's take a look at three of their more successful models.
(you can click on the images for a larger view)
The Musa X is essentially a minifig-scale longship, used as a long range non-atmospheric fighter. Its pilots can't help but call it 'the straight banana'.
The Musa has two different sets of engines. One normal set, used at cruise speeds. And one extra set, for extra power in dogfight situations.
Like its predecessors (the Musa I till IX), this longship is fitted with a set of wings to house some of the guns, and more importantly, the engines. By housing the engines in the wings, the ship becomes much more agile than a traditional longship.
The weapons the Musa X carries are....well let's just say it has more then enough.
The second ship in this presentation is the famous Pt41-n Tamal heavy atmospheric fighter. A very popular ship by its pilots, it was basically four enormous engines and a cockpit and some guns and rockets.
But not only that. It had multiple layers of a very thick armour, rendering it a very, very fast flying tank.
Imagine this flying at you at unimaginable speeds....wait, no. You can't. Okay, imagine this firing all its guns at you, while you were very hardpressed to even shoot a dent in it. Got it now?
Top view of the tamale, er, the Tamal. I really like this compact sleek shape.
A look at the smug pilot sitting inside the cockpit.
Oh, hey! This section also opens, showing the inner workings of the ship.
All the sections peeled off, so you can have a look inside.
"Yes, it appears that I'm controlling the action here."
Our third ship may not look like much. But what this gnat fighter didn't have in armour, it made up in speed. And in numbers! No less than hundreds of these were launched, from space-born hangars, at a time in any operation.
The Fruitfly, as they call it, is nothing more than a cockpit suspended between two combined engine/gun sections, making it one of the fastest fighters ever in space combat.
In the back section of the cockpit, there is a limited storage for life support, communications and navigation control. That is all, and it is also why the FF42 had a limited range.
I like the submarine engines as connectors between the sections.
Simple yet effective, I think.
All three ships together at last.
Hope you enjoyed watching this. I certainly enjoyed building these.
(Can you guess all the banana references I put in the names and descriptions?)
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Contruction of the inner workings.
Those engines may be simple, but I think they're really nice.