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Old 13-04-2007, 02:41 PM   #1
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Default Alpha Heavy Fighter

With the ever-present need for a spacecraft with more firepower and greater maneuverability than the Eagle -- but with limited manufacturing capability – Alpha technicians were forced to utilize parts from damaged Eagles, structural spares, booster units and lunar tank spares to create a new craft.

Here is the Alpha heavy fighter. It is about 80% complete.





This is made from parts of one PE Eagle, parts of one AMT/Airfix Eagle and quite a bit of plastic tubing. The laser weapons are theoretically spares from the Type H lunar tank. The laser “X” configuration is necessitated by the configuration of the four VTOL thrusters housed in the forward spine and used for maneuvering. The VTOLs were kindly provided by Garuda.

There is still quite a bit of detailing and cleanup to do. I haven’t done any painting, yet.
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Old 13-04-2007, 02:52 PM   #2
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The beautiful work, even without the painting Will it have landing gear?
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Old 13-04-2007, 02:56 PM   #3
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I have been trying to devise a set of landing gear made from pod feet. If I can work out something that looks good, I'd like the craft to be a tail-sitter -- so that it could be launched from the bottom of the launch pad using the main thrusters.
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Old 13-04-2007, 03:11 PM   #4
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it looks awesome but you should have waited to enter it into the contest were going to have! now you have to build something new! lol
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Nice work Ace.

Now what did I do with Mrs Simmonds' shopping bag...
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Old 13-04-2007, 03:35 PM   #6
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Great concept and execution Ace
Love the idea of it being a "tail sitter"
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Old 13-04-2007, 04:09 PM   #7
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The tail-sitter arrangement would help keep the weight down, as it would eliminate the need for additional VTOLs. I doubt that I can make a set of functional gear, though -- so I might have to go with a set in stowed configuration, tucked in around the main engines.

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There's going to be a contest?
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Old 13-04-2007, 05:12 PM   #8
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The one you suggested in the Commander's Office ?
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Old 13-04-2007, 05:40 PM   #9
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Oh, I thought it was a non-starter. Did I miss something?
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Old 13-04-2007, 05:55 PM   #10
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May be we need a go signal from the Commander.
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Old 13-04-2007, 06:29 PM   #11
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At the risk of being a killjoy, it looks like it suffers from Hawkitis, or:

how the heck does the crew get in?

Well?

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Old 13-04-2007, 06:53 PM   #12
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The crew use the main hatch on the back of the CM. The spine halves are rotated 90 degrees so there is no bar blocking the door. There is no airlock, however -- so spacesuits are a must.
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Old 13-04-2007, 06:54 PM   #13
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Cool, Ace, a nice "little" fighter. Well done. I just could not bring it over my heart to "slaughter" one of my PEs ....Warin, it looks like there is a door. The pilots just have to get inside the girder.
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Old 13-04-2007, 06:58 PM   #14
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If they lit all those rockets the pilots would be strawberry jam
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Old 13-04-2007, 06:59 PM   #15
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I originally killed this PE Eagle for the Pod-U-Like contest -- but didn't finish my entry. So I did this instead. I'm just a year late. I have enough stuff left over (plus more VTOLs from Garuda and a Jim Small CM) to do another entire ship of a different sort, which is my plan.
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Old 13-04-2007, 07:06 PM   #16
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It actually has the same number of engines as an Eagle with spine boosters. This ship has less mass than an Eagle so it will accelerate more quickly, but I think the pilots will be okay as long as they keep their seatbelts on.
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Old 13-04-2007, 07:16 PM   #17
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Very Cool, I like it!
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Old 14-04-2007, 09:23 AM   #18
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Now that does look pretty cool, well done indeed.
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I like it!
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Old 14-04-2007, 11:48 AM   #20
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Tell us more about the stand...
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