Though to be honest, I have been around this circle three or four times now. My latest Blacktron creation is a revamp of my first Blacktron II ship, the Talana. This is the first one to be named other something other than Talana, as it is the Tirax.
At least this one has a fancy background. More pictures will be forthcoming. Also my 200th blog post. Wooo!
Some time ago, people started building spaceships that weren't fighters, but were racers. The called it GARC, and it has been quite a fad. Recently, they have gone micro, and Jacob Unterreiner took the original micro GARC, and Blacktronified it.
The results are mean and sleek, and all those stickers really give the impression that it's a racer, not a fighter (But being Blacktron, you can bet some hidden guns somewhere)
Looks like Michael Steindl has been busy! These three great creations all appeared in the Blacktron pool, and at the risk of being redundant, these are are top notch!
First is this Blacktron 1 VicViper. It ain't Novvemebr right now, but who cares? It's big, it's mean, and it has a great cockpit. I always admire people who can do such angles, and have it flow with the entire ship. The triangle prongs are also pretty neat. A very smooth ship all around. Can't find any studs....
Next is a large Blacktron 2 Battlecruiser that looks like is was influenced by Nathan Proudlove's ship back form SHIPtember. I really like the half covered panel up in the command tower. The engines are quite unique and cool.
Lastly, we have his Heavy Fighter. I LOVE this ship! The cockpit is gorgeous, the shap as a whole, and the fact that it isn't as studdless as the other two. The studs add a level of meanness.
Also, great photo editing on them all, it adds to the already awesome MOCs. Seriously, why are you still here? Go look at these!
Okay, time for another blast from the past (more like "dodge the incoming missile barrage from the past") This time, I am looking at my first SHIP, the Alpha Centauri. This ship was inspired by the ship that came with 6988 Alpha Centauri Outpost, hence, the name. Heck, I even wrote a story about this ship, and am working on a more proper book.
When I first built this ship, and when I took the pictures, there was a lot of modifications. I had this ship built for over 6 months, and back in 2007, that was a long time! Actually, it might have been over a year, come to think of it.... Either way, it got modified a lot over the course of it's life. A few mods I can easily recall: The forward section was extended from a 16x32 baseplate, to a 16x32 and a 8x16 baseplate. The X-pod container was another. The interior, especially the rear section.
Looking at it now, two thing come to mind. First, WOW! What a mess! The colour scheme is very messy, and has too much white. Secondly, how does this thing move? The engines are tiny and/or flat. That would never do these days.
Now that's what you call "butt ugly"
Ok, on to the interior. Well, it certainly had everything. A bridge, sick bay, transporters, crew quarters, brig, even a conference room! Everything! Oh, wait, where is the engineering?
Ah, tucked under that ledge in the forward, right hand section of the aft part of the ship. More support for my theory that this ship can't move...
Final thoughts. This stands as one of the few Blacktron II ships that never had landing gear. Not that building landing gear would have been easy (Or smart) with the bottom being built entirely out of baseplates. As of now, I have rebuilt this once, done a couple others that were loosely based on this, and have plans to rebuild a better version in the near future, AKA, when I take apart my Dalek. In 2007, I took this to a local fair, and it won a 2nd place.
Exterior: 6.5/10 Way to cluttered, too much white, still used baseplates. Overall shape would become a classic shape I would use.
Interior: 8/10 Had almost everything, but wasn't laid out very well. Also, engineering sucked. More of a space station then a space ship, really.
Nostalgia: 9/10 I still think back fondly on this, despite it being my ugliest ship, IMO. The backstory that it has probably has a lot to do with it.
Colour it Blacktron!: 7/10 All the right colours, but very poorly balanced. And the baseplates don't help...
Swooshability: 4/10 I didn't understand the concept of internal support back in 2006/07. Middle section was very weak. I recall having a hard time moving this from one place to another.
Final say: 6.9 Much lower than the Talana, but this one stretched my collection to the max at the time.
There hasn't been much Blacktron building lately (And the little there has been, I have been to busy/forgetful to blog....) So I decided I ought to take some pictures of a creation I have had for a couple of months.
This is my first microscale Blacktron ship, and it is actually a 1/6th model of a SHIP I plan to build someday. It may look familiar.
Been awhile since I have done a MFP (Minifig Profile), and since I was struck with inspiration during the later stages of work today, here you go!
NAME: Lieutenant-Commander Pamella Watson NICKNAME: N/A AGE: 29 CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: Epsilon Elnath BACKGROUND: After doing the 2 years of Mandatory Military Training, Pamella decided to stay on, following the footsteps of her brother. sadly, when she had only been an ensign for two months, her brother was in a terrible accident, and he was drummed out of the Military. Determined to keep her brothers dream alive, she continued her training, dedicating her career to her brother. Her great ability as a pilot, as well as her great leadership skills has seen her rise through the ranks very rapidly. Generally a quite person, she mostly keeps to herself. BEHIND THE SCENES: One of the few minifigs who I have actually promoted throughout the course of having the fig. She is definitely one of my top 3 female Blacktrons (Out of 11, as of when I type this). She was also from my first batch of Blacktron minifigs, though she didn't get her face right away. ACQUIRED: Bricklink, 2004.