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The Jaws of DEATH!!! . The most feared of all of the alien space-pirates and their ship, known as the "Jaws of Death". . This ship used its two plasma cannon to disable spacecraft. It would then clamp them in its giant jaws. In the middle of the jaws were two plasma cutters and a chainsaw, plus the crew could EVA with extra cutting tools. Prisoners were held for ransom and the ships sold for scrap. The Jaws of Death (known to its crew in their language as "Brian"), had a massive single engine for chasing down its prey. There were 10 extra thrusters to help manoeuvre the ship and jaws into position. This was strange and uncivilised alien ship, so the Jaws of Death was naturally left-hand drive. The Jaws of Death was painted in a distinctive blue & yellow striped colour scheme. Some stories say that the captain chose this because it matched the wallpaper in his mum's kitchen. Other stories claim that this pattern was chosen because it reminded the captain of his first wife's skin. A small Classic Space pod wanders through the solar system. The pilot is listening to "London Calling" by The Clash on his new, yellow, waterproof Walkman cassette player. He doesn't quite know what to make of it and thinks he still prefers Abba (Fool!). Having survived The Web of DOOM!!!, he is on his way to Venus. The spaceman is looking forward to starting a long and uneventful tour of duty with the Outer Reach Research Team and not being attacked anymore. Just behind the Classic Space pod, the Jaws of Death moves into position... ...the Captain fires up the main engine and moves in for the kill. The spaceman doesn't notice as he is too distracted by The Guns of Brixton. Suddenly there is a shattering CRASH! Metal tears and screams. The spaceman quickly puts on his rocket boots and flies away. He is still smiling as he is a 70's minfig and they built 'em tough in those days. A pirate balances out onto the jaws to finish to job. Here is a detailed view of the Captain's cockpit. It has all of the essentials, including a steering wheel, flight instruments, seat and most importantly a coffee cup holder. FOURTH WALL TIME An interior shot of the Jaws of Death. As I'd built the hull using hinges, it was fairly easy to make it open up to increase the features and playability. There's a System Operator, who has lots of instruments and his own coffee cup holder. Weapons and tools, including handcuffs for prisoners and tanks for EVA are neatly racked. There's a bed for rest breaks and a kitchen for preparing the fish for meals. In between the kitchen and the bed is a large coffee machine. When a locking piece is removed from underneath, the jaws open and close. The cogs mean that you can do this one handed. I wanted to make them spring loaded so that they would grip victims but they were too heavy. Ideas for improving this would be very welcome! I realise I forgot to include a photo with the jaws shut. Here we see a member of the crew doing some EVA to maintain the teeth. Plaque was a constant problem: ask El Barto ! This ship was inspired by mainly only having blue & yellow bricks left, at the moment. The last of my "normal" shaped grey bircks went into this MOC too. I've also just bought some half-price A.D.U. sets and the saucer chunks just looked right to build big claws. Further inspiration came from Chris Foss and his series of "Claws" paintings, which feature claws coming out of the sea and crunching up space ships. Finally, thanks to David Alexander Smith for his amusing and inspiring MOCs, the ORRT in particular.

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