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Going Postal . 2011 MOCAthalon entry for category "Sci-Fi Concept Art" by team "Moist Towelettes". . Moist Towelettes entry for "Sci-Fi Concept Art" in the 2011 MocAthalon, and the first space ship I have made in 30 years. I'm guessing this is the Medusa class postal delivery vehicle employed by the GPS (Galactic Postal Service). Judging by the engines, it is probably for overnight or same day parcels. The white tubes on the surface are the business end of the shield generators. The openings at the front of the nacelles have dual use, innie or outie. During normal flight they take in hydrogen in the path of the ship for use in the power plant. If attacked, they switch to short range focused beam weapons, in which case the ship also switches to a combat auto pilot, as crews of the GPS are not trained for such. Why does a postal vehicle need such extensive shields and armament? You know the motto of the GPS: Neither meteor shower, Nor space dragon, Nor skull burrowing space weevil Will keep us from our appointed route. Honestly, and with sincere apologies to the GPS, the above is, of course, an unwarranted joke. The dedicated men, women, and GELFs (genetically engineered life form) of the GPS take their jobs seriously, and the equipment is present to deal with the all too real, and pernicious, problem of space pirates. Please note, and this will be especially interesting to Chris (who, for those of you not familiar, is retraining to be a rocket scientist): I do recognize that the colors of the exhaust imply a temperature profile of fairly inefficient engines. The blue is high temperature gas in the stream which represents lost energy not used to propell the ship. Optimally, all the exiting gas should be as low temperature as possible (red), by the time it leaves the wide part of the nozzle. If you have any questions about this, remember that Shifu holds tutorial office hours Wednesdays from 10 to noon. In any case, the shoddy design probably has to do with the last 14 of 17 postal rate hikes requested by the GPS being rejected by the Galactic Senate. I'm showing the underside with the thruster nozzles removed for ease of placement. The raw cabin body, my favorite part. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Special note to the judges: I do not normally explain myself, but, within the context of the competition, feel some need to claim a religious exemption that particularly applies here. I do not believe in studless design, but will not rant against it here (or anywhere). As I've said before, when I want to achieve smooth results, I whittle hickory. Thanks for your indulgence. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Muchas gracias to the judges and Sterlings for organizing this far out shindig, and good luck with your studies Chris.

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