Aquanaut Barracuda . My next in the Aquazone series of creations, the so incredibly fish-like Aquanaut Barracuda! In my opinion, one of my best creations so far, when it comes to shape, colour and design! Enjoy the pinnacle of my design skills, and IT'S ONLY UPHILL FROM HERE!! .
Now you may remember that in the Aquazone line of sets, there was an Aquashark set called the Aquashark Barracuda. This is the Aquanaut's counterpart, just larger, faster and yellower.
With not one, not two but three propellers on the rear and just as many cockpits, this is a true beast of the deep, built for speed! The middle section, where the sub bends in two, is the mount for the two big propellers and also features a lookout canopy with the commander. The hydrodynamic front cockpit and the rear window also have their own crewmen, so the entire sub has a crew of three. On the front of the craft, there is also a sonar-like device, the use of which is known only to the Aquanauts.
As I stated before, this is my most perfect creation to date, mostly when it comes to colour: The top part is yellow, the underside is black, the canopies are trans blue and the details are trans-neon-orange (HHHHEY, Commander Cold! ). I hope this colour scheme is to your liking, Big D.!
It's incredibly fish like, at least I think so.
Really sleek and smooth. The way it breaks in the middle took me some time, and the design is really sturdy and looks amazing too!
If you look at it from the front, it almost looks chubby. However, this is a result of the break in the middle - it looks a lot better if you look at it from a different angle
the interior details!
The cockpit, with Mister T piloting it. lots of controls, a HUD, sonar, crew radio...
Interesting fact: The whole crew wears sunglasses. Too hot to handle but too cool to touch!
The middle canopy! This one is actually meant to open (it's the entrance to the sub and also an airlock while submersed), that's why the commander is wearing his diver suit, he can't wait to go out and explore!
For this or that reason he also has a pair of levers and a computer screen to control absolutely everything that's going on.
Only thing worse than wearing different coloured socks: Bringing different coloured flippers!
The rear cockpit, kinda cramped, but at least the second pilot has a nice view - there's no rear fin in between!
some more nice shots (a lot more):
showing the details of the sub. I really didn't go overboard with equipping it with all sorts of stuff, since it looks nice without the extra gear: simple aesthetics.
The front again, just to show how I pulled off the 6 stud to 4 stud transition. The knives in the nozzles came out really great, as they're original pieces from my only aquanaut set.
The flimsy stand that broke all the time. But as I said before, the design is very sturdy.
I couldn't resist adding this in: The grabbing arm is an obligatory piece when it comes to Aquazone! It's pretty small though, as grabbing and storing things is not the primary role of the sub.
it's also very SWOOSHable!!
Someone asked what kind of light setup I use, well here it is. It's far from being a professional light tent, but it does it's job (for now).
The design that holds the ship together - there are two clips on the bottom, so it can't freely flap around. I'm sure you can see them if you look through the pictures.
For the finale I made some photoshopped pictures of the sub in action! Since I'm unable to crate any kind of a bubble effect, a simple background should do.
I hope you enjoyed this build, please comment, rate and visit my homepage!