There comes a time when you create something that is cool yet imperfect, a time when you are satisfied but not blown away with what you've created. That time came about a year ago when I made V1 of this little bad boy that I'm calling the Outlier. The concept first came to me when I was writing a book and thought of a very cool and stealthy way to insert and extract highly trained special agents into tight situations without a hitch. I had a vision in my head of what I wanted and I started toying around with my Legos for the first time in over 2 years, the results where.. Alright. Yesterday I decided to drag out some of my creations and showcase them starting with the Armadon (another topic). I looked at how sad and dusty my little aircraft looked so I started to take it apart and clean the dust from the cracks, while I did this I couldn't help but to make small tweaks here and there. Four hours later I bring you something that I previously thought inadequate and rather broken in places but stands now refined, refitted and truly complete in my eyes; The Outlier.
Flickr http://www.flickr.co...57629392941822/ The Outlier is a low altitude insertion craft primarily used for night drops, the craft will hover as close as 4 feet off the ground in most scenarios. If the terrain doesn't allow low hovering it is equipped with a rapid descend cable. It is equipped with long range radar jammers but rarely uses them as all Outlier fly dangerously close to the ground at all times, sometimes as close as 300 feet. The outlier is designed much like a helicopter in purpose, it cannot break the sound barrier or exit earths atmosphere and passengers have external linkup systems to interface with the crafts oxygen supply else they would likely suffocate in flight.
I spent hours trying to perfect the front with various elaborate wing and flare designs, finally settling on something simple yet robust.
A shot of the the missile rack and intake vent for the VTOL (vertical take off and landing) boosters, as well as wing mounted stabilization engines.
M134 turned out like I wanted it.. finally.
Primary engine. All the engines on the Outlier and equipped with dampers to negate any flame or light escaping.
Primary engine intake (just above the cockpit) also leh pilot.
Landing gear engaged.
When I was making this I briefly thought back to all the top opening cockpits I'd made in the past and decided to break the mold.
The passengers are now free to enter and exit at will, in a drop or pickup the cockpit would obviously remain closed while the rear gears would descend while the craft remained airborne.
Weapon clips for various munitions as well as oxygen link ups and emergency backups.
The landing gears can actually open separately but only do while hovering.
Just showing off
Undershot, very happy with this one.
You can see here the VTOL boosters in their folder positions.
Quite snug actually. The round Drums above the minifig's heads are ammo for the miniguns.
Just under the wings you can see the VTOL boosters deployed, the take move side to side for hover control.
All out for inspection.
Empty landing gears.
Really happy with how many controls I was able to fit inside the tiny cockpit. I especially like the joysticks, they barley fit!
Pulling out the cable.
As always I enjoy comments and constructive criticism
This is actually about a year old and has been laying around gathering dust. I thought I'd bring it back out, brush it up a little and show it off. for those of you who like not the deep links here's the flickr photostream. http://www.flickr.co...57629757473109/
Some good ol' cannons and a long range mortar cannon.
No mech is complete without a minigun. I was torn between clip belt or drum fed ammo containers and I finally settled on drums as they were the easiest to apply to the gun arm. Also AA missles.
I redid the rear, it originally had 2 sets of spikes running down the back but when I toyed around with it I realized they were just getting in the way.
Fairly easy to pose.
Opening up. It originally opened from the back where the aforementioned spikes came out and it all fit together quite nicely, but alas it looked silly when it opened up.
I really like how the opening canopy slides up with the roof plate.
In full dismount mode. In an an actual scenario there would be a docking station for this guy but I created no such thing.