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Richthofen . Who's in the mood for frozen pizza? . Baron Manfred von Richthofen was a German fighter pilot in World War I, and with 80 confirmed kills to his credit, the Ace of Aces in that war. You may know him better as the legendary Red Baron. With the look of a weird futuristic biplane, and of course the color, the name was a natural. Even though I don't speak German and am not quite sure of the correct pronunciation. The ship was built from the rear forward, with no plan in mind. I just started with the engines, began slapping pieces together, and let the bricks lead the way. I don't necessarily recommend this tactic, but it works as long as you don't mind your ship turning out a bit funny looking. Like a pug dog, so ugly it's cute? No... no, I was right the first time. Just funny looking. I think what bothers me the most is that by using that windscreen piece on the cockpit, this craft could be mistaken for a TIE something-or-other in a Star Wars expanded universe. Me, building Star Wars... the thought gives me the dry heaves. At the end of Ep. III Jimmy Smits orders C-3PO's memory erased (but not R2's, apparently). This explains why he doesn't recognize Tatooine in Ep. IV. BUT... Uncle Owen doesn't remember C-3PO when he's buying droids from the jawas, even though C-3PO lived with his family for years before Anakin came and took him away again! So my question is, who erased Owen's memory? And how does Chewbacca go from being a leader among his own people (I assume, since he meets with Yoda, a high-ranking ambassador) to what amounts to first mate on a pirate ship? Believe it or not, I'm not being a smartass here -- I'm genuinely curious. Does his planet get crushed by the Empire and he goes into exile, or what? And why does Captain Kirk always beam down to the dangerous planet himself and take all his most important officers with him? I mean, it's so ridiculous I have trouble suspending my disbelief... oh wait, sorry, I strayed into the wrong geekdom there. What were we talking about...? Right, Star Blazers. God, I loved that show as a kid. Remember when they got stuck headfirst in that asteroid or something, and they had to fire the wave motion gun to thrust their way out? I was calling for that from the get-go, and it took the Argo's whole crew until nearly the end of the episode to figure it out. I was like five or six, cursing their stupidity through the entire show. I'd rip on Battlestar Galactica too, but I've never seen it. Growing up in a one-TV house you're stuck watching what your parents like (or you can be a really weird little kid and always have your nose in a book, like me). Obviously they weren't Galactica fans. Maybe I'll give it a try on DVD someday. And yes, I'm talking about the original series, not the remake. I'm all about the old school. Actually I'm all about originality. Why watch a copy when you can watch the original? Did you know the original Rat Pack Ocean's 11 has a great O. Henry twist at the end, and the modern remake just says, "Ooh, look at all the pretty people!" And people lap it up, to the tune of a few equally vacuous sequels... it's sad. (Actually I haven't seen the sequels, but I figure calling them vacuous is a pretty safe bet.) Put some pleasant visuals on the screen, and nobody seems to care if the plot is as incoherent as some Lego geek's rambling MOCpage captions. Oh well, who am I to complain? I gave you a sloppy, disjointed narrative without even providing the pleasing visuals -- just a funny looking ship.

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