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Viking Space Battleship . The Viking is a space battleship in the Lego Starforce fleet. . Thank you for checking out my Lego creation! The Viking is a space battleship in the Lego Spaceforce fleet, along with ships like Gibraltar, Regent, and Dragonstar. It is my 5th large Lego capital ship. I've been working on it on and off for nearly 3 years. As of this writing it is a work in progress since the interior has only been partially completed. Unlike previous capital ships which employed standard studs-up, box building techniques, the Viking utilizes a Technic frame. The inspiration came from Mark Sandlin's Asmodeus, which is truly a masterpiece in Lego capital ship design. The Technic frame allows more design possibilities, better structural integrity, and significantly reduced weight for a 5 foot long Lego model. Additionally, unlike the prior ships whose interiors were only viewable from above, the Viking's paneling removes from the sides throughout the ship. While Asmodeus had one side with removable panels while the other was fixed (for the sake of reinforcement), the panels on the much smaller Viking are removable on both sides. This will allow for better horizontal viewing of the various interior decks from either side. As with ships like Regent and Dragonstar, the shape of the Viking and various design elements are very much inspired by the work of Leiji Matsumoto and the Star Blazers anime series, or Space Battleship Yamato as it was originally known as in Japan. In Star Blazers, earth is at war with distant aliens and thus the World War II era sunken Japanese battleship Yamato, which is at the heart of the series, is converted from a naval ship to a space battleship and in the English dub is renamed the Argo. The concept of a naval battleship in space carries through on the design of Viking along with the main guns and the conning tower. As with the Argo, the Viking's primary weapon is the powerful wave motion gun, a reverse engineered alien weapon that emits a highly concentrated tachyon particle doomsday weapon that wipes out virtually anything in it's path. Further work on Viking has stalled for the past year or so ever since I encountered the Lego game figures with Classic Space printing. I am still considering scrapping the current interior layout, which is set to minifig scale, in favor of converting everything to Lego game figure scale. The conversion would not significantly impact the present exterior design, with exception to the airlock hatches. While it would have the novelty of being the first Lego capital ship to be built at that scale as well as allow more freedom of design, it would also represent a break from the prior ships built to minifig scale. So I'm still on the fence as of this writing. The Viking is slightly shorter than Dragonstar but wider and taller and definitely more well thought out. Top forward view, probably my 2nd favorite angle. A view straight down the muzzle of the mighty wave motion gun. Full view of the port side. Note the location of the circular docking rings and airlocks at the conning tower and also below on the underside just aft of the reverse thrusters. This angle also offers a better view of the 3rd bridge, which also serves as a detachable scout vessel. My favorite view of the Viking. The honeycomb patterned detail is the forward screen projector (one on each side). This view also shows the ventral torpedo launcher (in blue) along the bottom centerline. This low angle view of the rear port side shows the engine exhaust, the rear landing bay hatch (closed) and the defensive gun turrets and aft torpedo launcher. A low angle rear view from the starboard side. Another rear view from a higher angle. The Viking alongside some other space vessels I've built shown here for scale comparison. Full view of the Viking's conning tower. At the top is the command bridge and below it is the gunnery bridge. As with the Dragonstar the Viking features a twin barreled aft cannon. This view also shows some of the greeble work in the aft section. Detail view of the starboard engine scoop and the upper and lower defensive pulse laser cannons. The Viking's "horns" are actually part of the ship's communications and sensor array. A view of some of the conning tower detail. The Viking in low orbit around the planet Mars. Centuries before, a space exploration craft from Earth with the same name landed on Mars and sent back the first pictures from the Martian surface. The Viking on patrol near the planet Saturn.

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