I have tried several times now (and failed) to build a starfighter in a realworld kind of aesthetic.
So since I suck at doing it, I thought I would do a quick little contest to see what you all can come up with. This is totally spur of the moment, so will be a very casual, fun contest. Details as follows:
When: June 1, 2012 - August 1, 2012
Where: Starfighters Group
Why: Because I apparently suck at it, and it will be fun
-Build a starfighter that looks like it could actually exist today. Put as much thought into the science behind it as possible. I am picturing Space Race era stylin' (think Gemini, Soyuz, Apollo aesthetics). But that is just me...show me what you picture when you think of what real space fighters will look like.
-As per Peter's Suggestion:
"The job of the space fighter is to deliver a tactical nuclear warhead (40-100kT yield). The warhead sits behind a DU or tungsten penetrator and is fired by a simple solid rocket motor. Such a weapon would be useful for destroying or crippling Apollo-era capital ships, space stations, or surface installations. The reason for fighters, then, is that they approach with a stealthier signature, thus avoiding capital-class weaponry, swarm the target in the hopes that one or more of the warheads hits its target, then attempt to escape using their remaining fuel."
Therefore give them all equipment/weaponry that they will need to get in, deliver their payload and then get out...all the while defending themselves from enemy fighters and defences.
-Two submissions per person (posted to contest entry thread in the Starfighters Group)
-If you do build two fighters, they have to be designed to operate differently. For example if your first entry is designed as an interceptor to be launched from a planets surface, then your second entry must be designed for strictly space operations (station or carrier based). And vice versa.
-Anything goes as far as modifying/custom/clone parts
1st: 60 Euro Bricklink Coupon, bragging rights and a trophy that I will build
2nd: 30 Euro Bricklink Coupon, and slightly less bragging rights than 1st place
3rd: 15 Euro Bricklink Coupon, and hardly any bragging rights at all
If this gets no entries then you will all have successfully broken my heart!
Stijn (Red Spacecat) has gone above and beyond and was able to get Dutch Bricklink vendor Morebricks to sponsor the contest. Prizes have been updated above. Stijn is going to be doing up a proper contest poster (I guess he thinks my 7 minute MS Paint special isn't good enough ;D). Because this was totally a rush job on my part to get this organized and announced (literally 15 minutes from the time I thought of it, to the time I announced it), we are going to extend the timeframe to 60 days just to give everyone a bit more time to plan, build and enter.
So long story short...YAY STIJN!!!