UES Thunder Child: TR-MK1-G-1 . The UES Thunder Child. In all her glory. . Name: UES Thunder Child
Length: 34 Metres (100 studs)
Width: 12 Metres
Armament: 10 Point Defence turrets, two Rail-guns, 2 Torpedo Turrets, 2 Twin Barrelled Heavy Orbital Offense guns, 1 Thunder G.U.N Cannon (Retracting), 2 Twin Barrelled Quick Cycling Heavy Lasers, 1 Reinforced Ram
Crew: 1 Captain, 1 Helmsman, 1 Navigation, Tactics and Communications Officer, 1 Gunnery officer, 1 Shields Manager, 2 Engineers, 1 Auxiliary crewman, 1 Shipboard AI.
Cargo: Up to six Bloodhound Fighters, or One SNERP and two Bloodhound fighters.
Engines: 2 Kavrakathium Reality Distorting Light-speed Drives, two custom built Svolovarnite Sub-light reactors. These are mounted para-axially in a one plus one configuration.
Operational History (Brace yourselves): The Thunder Child was commissioned privately by Captain James Arcan after his design was rejected by the UES Admiralty. Thus she was given the G-1 designator as opposed to the military “M” or “S.” She saw a lot of action in the Kranaxian/Human war and won many battles. She was present at the Fall of Earth and saved the last civilian transport from three Kranaxian destroyers, suffering heavy damage in the process. She then escaped and fought at the battle of SIS-13, where she saved the crew of the UES Courageous Charger. Her next major action was at the Battle for Earth, where she rammed into the Kranaxia, deploying UES forces inside the giant vessel. She was piloted away from the doomed enemy ship moments before it exploded, only just achieving minimum safe distance. She went on to lead many raids against Kranaxian remnant forces, and played a decisive role in the destruction of the Kranaxian vessel Executioner’s Axe. She wears the black and grey livery of the UES Home Fleet in addition to her standard White and Blue. She remains to this day the most decorated vessel in the entire United Earth Space-force.
Well, I’m no Dan Jassim (though he’s been a big inspiration), nor am I Chris Giddens (another huge inspiration), but I think I’ve built myself a fine vessel. (Sorry, no Fleebnorks)
A general overview to get us started
One of two main engine modules
The rear hangar open. I worked hard to sort this out.
The floor of the hangar drops down, and acts as a ramp when the ship sits on her landing gear
A SNERP in the hangar, but we’ll get to that later
The rail-gun. Now, Rule of Cool superseding logic here: Each black barrel is an individual laser cannon, which then locks down to form the rail-gun. (One on each side)
The Twin Barrelled Quick Cycling Heavy Lasers (One of these on each side)
Four Point Defence turrets protecting the bridge
Point defence turret. One of ten.
The bridge. Again, we’ll get to that later
Greebles! Woot Woot!
Torpedo turret and lower cannons
Rear turrets and shield projector
Thunder G.U.N Cannon. Damn Straight it folds up. Sort of based on the MAC Cannons from Halo, as seen on the Pillar of Autumn and the Forward Unto Dawn. They fire shells of Generally Unified Navrathium (G.U.N), which are acidic, pass through energy shields, and detonate. Rule of Cool FTW.
Open. It’s not an airlock, because there’s and Atmoshield (Atmosphere Shield) that keeps atmosphere in but lets people out.
Underside. I know the picture is only average, but you try holding 3.5kg in your left hand and taking a photo with the camera in your other hand.
Secondary and tertiary thrusters.
Escape pod. One on each side, and they can hold three men each. The torpedo turrets double as two man escape pods.
Captain’s Cabin. Complete with desk, bookcase, and bed. All with wood panelling
Spartan interior of the pods
Pretty Spartan Interior
The pit. Shields and guns are controlled from here
The helm and Captain’s stations. Yup, the whole ship can be flown by one man
Captain’s quarters again, ladder to bridge, and gangway to the rest of the ship
The guest cabin and inter-deck hatch
The rear hangar without any top.
Forward observation deck without the trans-blue shroud
The decks separate like that
Crew cabins. Hot-bunking is necessary, and those orange crates are crew storage space.
There is the holo table, Nikita’s (the AI) main matrix. Also visible is the Cook-O-Matic. A beautiful blend of oven, stove and deep fryer. Nothing else is needed.
Chairs and tables. For playing cards. Or talking
The Main Deck. The business deck
Spartan Restroom. Contains shower and toilet, like in a campervan.
Staging room/Armoury. This room is the messiest.
The med-bay. The bed “Retracts”
The whole thing pops out like this
Oh no! The captain is ill! He has a slight wheeze. Never mind that dying marine, treat the Cap!
Oh, I forgot to show that those doors open. They all do.
Consoles. They don’t do anything, except make it look more spaceshipy
Pointless pic of the docking hatch again
The engine rooms! Full of greebly goodness. Maintained by the boys in blue. And grey. (Churchie)
Closer look at those greebs over on the far wall.
Extra Vehicles! Gotta love ‘em:
Here’s the Recon Bike.
Weird turning FTW!
The Surprisingly Nimble Exploration/Recovery Pod (SNERP)! I love this thing. It’s getting its’ own page.
Epic landing gear
Cocky pilot recently transferred from the “Grand” Army of the “Republic” (Palp’s private army)
Great big landing gear. Mmmmmmmm!
Boarding ramp. Double hinged!
Forward Hangar. Stores two Bulldog class fighters
The whole crew: Left to right: Engineer, Shieldsman, Helmsman, Nikita (Sologram (Solid-Hologram)), Captain Arcan in dress uniform, Nav/Tac/Com Officer, Auxiliary crewman, Gunnsman, Engineer.
This ship (SHIP) was originally built to be in the Star Wars universe, but then I realized that it was only ever going to be 100 studs long, which, as I’ve said is only about 34 metres. Even by modern naval standards, Thunder Child is a glorified patrol boat. So I checked out numerous Lego shipwrights, and most of them did one of two things. Either they created their own universe or they built in Microscale (Kelso). Seeing as I hate Microscale and I don’t have the bricks to build a Star Destroyer in Minifig scale, I created my own universe. But seeing as I’m writing a book, I’m not going to give too much away. If you’re interested in it, leave me a comment and tell me.
To the actual MOC herself: I love her. She’s beautiful. Chris Giddens inspired the shape of her bow (his Vanguard starship has a similar style of bow.). Her bridge is somewhat inspired by the Star Destroyers and Super Star Destroyers (the recessed pit with two crewman in it), but is mostly my design. If I had to build her all over again, I’d ensure she had some more white plates, and I’d probably giver some more hangar space. Other than that, I’m pretty happy with her.
Oh! I forgot to point out: She's named after the HMS Thunder Child, the Torpedo Ram that featured in the famous novel, The War of the Worlds.
Thanks for viewing my pride and joy. Be merciful with the criticism, I started her when I was seven.
*Update* Thunder Child now has her own Google Chrome Theme:
Hope you like it!