T-160 Thunderbird

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The T-160 Thunderbird (pictured here with pilot Capt Penny Bowman) was an experimental fighter developed by the Palladite Republic. The Palladites, renowned for their inventive but impractical ideas fitted the fighter with twin Arc guns, each one housed in an electrically insulated nacelle at the front of the plane. Each Arc gun was powered by its own generator capable of creating 12,000,000 volts. Although the gun had a range of well over a mile, the weapons were very difficult to aim and pilots eventually resorted to dive-bombing their targets at high speed and firing their weapons when in close proximity to ensure a hit. When they did hit, the Arc guns would cripple their target's electronics, sometimes electrocute the crew, and occasionally ignite the fuel tanks. The guns would often short circuit so eventually a 12mm machine gun was fitted beneath each Arc gun in case the main weapon failed.
Although feared for their unpredictable nature, Thunderbirds did little to effect the outcome of the war and only 152 were ever made.

Building Instructions can be downloaded here

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  1. valgarise 35 months ago | reply

    Amazing as usual.

  2. Tagl 35 months ago | reply

    This is even better than your usually outstanding stuff!
    Please keep on amazing us.

  3. nate_decastro 35 months ago | reply

    This greatness = so worthy of props (whoops, pun). I am loving the presentation as well. Those stormclouds are awesome and a perfect match for the ship. It doesn't get much tastier than this.

  4. Veeborg 35 months ago | reply

    Whoah! This thing! It looks so real! Speechless!

  5. _zenn 35 months ago | reply

    Tesla's & grill ftw! *drools* =D

  6. Wizz Bang! 35 months ago | reply

    Fantastic effort

  7. xiei22 35 months ago | reply

    always happy to see your planes pop out in my contacts list!!!
    very innovative style for this. I expecially like the front "wings/claws" symbols, and the fresh colour scheme...great work!!!...as always...will instructions come?

  8. JonHall18 35 months ago | reply

    Thanks, and yes, I'll try and upload instructions eventually.

  9. JonHall18 35 months ago | reply

    By the way I'm going to be at AFOLCON in Manchester, (UK) on Saturday 5th May only. I'll be exhibiting my "Scarlet Fury" plane. So if anyone's going - see you there! (I'll be the one wearing the flight helmet and goggles) ;)

  10. -Juzu- 35 months ago | reply

    Wow! Excellent build and awesome editing!!

  11. Pierre E Fieschi 35 months ago | reply

    Such an awesome moc!

  12. zeehelmut 35 months ago | reply

    Very cool Jon. I like the medium blue cones you're using on the engines! I don't think I have seen those before. New part?

  13. JonHall18 34 months ago | reply

    Thanks, The blue cone is actually a flower pot and is an old part actually - I think they were originally released in a few Belville sets years ago: www.bricklink.com/catalogItemIn.asp?P=33008&colorID=4...

  14. Ψick' 34 months ago | reply

    Very nice! I'm loving those engines.

  15. Pillowpistol 32 months ago | reply

    You are my Ski-Fi idol. You aesthetic for shapes is like no other. I am a huge fan of your custom decals too.

  16. "Orion Pax" 31 months ago | reply

    I need to build something like that at one point too.
    Sooo amazing!

  17. Cooper Works 70 31 months ago | reply

    Great work. These Dieselpunk aircraft are a great concept.....Next on my list!

  18. Crimso Giger 28 months ago | reply

    I'm very late to the party, but I have to say it's 100 % awesomely epic ! The edited pic is also fantastic, even more than usual :)

  19. ChrisElliottArt 19 months ago | reply

    You've got mad skills.

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