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Tanager . Some people call it the Flying Creamsicle. Those people get vaporized. . (Insert obligatory nerdilicious pseudo-scientific specs on armament, engines, etc. here:) This MOCpage has been modified from its original version: It has undergone a long-overdue and much-needed renovation in the wake of the Great Brickshelf Brouhaha of '07 -- pictures that were once available only on Brickshelf are now here where they should be. A tanager is a small bird, typically brightly colored with short round wings. It also sounds like "tangerine." The big curved orange piece for each side's engine, those are from the Exo-Force tank. So this is another outgrowth of the increasingly common LegoŽ question: "What the heck am I gonna do with THAT piece?" Not that I'm totally against the big specialized pieces -- I'm still buying the sets, after all. But sometimes I yearn for the days of my youth, when eight or ten smaller more versatile pieces would go into a structure LegoŽ now puts out as one huge clunky piece. Is it laziness? A product of the continued dumbing-down of the world? Or a sly challenge to freaks like me who feel the need to find alternate uses for these things? (A challenge I have failed to meet for the past decade, in the case of my giant Insectoid leg supports.) And say what you will about Exo-Force -- yes, their hair is ridiculous; yes, their mechs and war machines are silly and flimsy. But there are good parts in those sets, slopes and wedges and joints. And you're buying the set for the pieces, right? Nobody's proudly displaying the official Exo-Force models on their shelf. I hope. And at least the Exo-Force guys still have nice yellow complexions. I don't like the peach heads. I bought the Slave I set and when I got it home I found out a peach head guy came in it. I was depressed the rest of the day. So what do you do when a peach head set comes out with a piece you really want? Thank Buddha for Bricklink! The preceding rambling tangent was brought to you by the letter M. A few more angles, but sorry, no more rambling. I've been staring at this computer screen for hours cleaning up my MOCpages, and I'm tired. And now the fabulous cockpit/cargo opening sequence, previously only available on Brickshelf! Think of it as a Space sports car -- sleek and fast, but with an almost criminal lack of trunk space.

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