Starfighter Contest

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    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
    How:
    -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
    -Prizes:
    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!

    EDIT:
    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!!!

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    1. Red Spacecat 35 months ago | reply

      ^ Not to shamelessly promote my stuff, but I have built a fighter specifically for this purpose.

      Tromas, this is a very cool contest that I hope to enter. I'm pretty swamped with something called 'life' at the moment, so no promises. And since you've already made a very effective contest poster, there's no need to offer you that service.

      EDIT: Does the build have to be minifig scale?

    2. Dakar A 35 months ago | reply

      Oohhh... This sounds like fun, and although I JUST built a spacecraft, I'll have to plan up one for this as well. :P

    3. Jayfourke 35 months ago | reply

      You missed out the point-defense guns. Galactica has plenty of those, if you recall. But I agree that they're basically for creating a defensive screen, and mopping up the little guys is left to the Viper jocks.

      And once I've taken pics of my just-completed spaceship, I'm leaping right into something for this. Day off, yay!

    4. .Tromas 35 months ago | reply

      Hah, yeah I think were a few points that were missing in the article for sure...but it at least got the creative juices going for me.

      HAHA, poster certainly isn't up to your quality of work, but it gets the job done for now. Can't wait to see what you come up with. And I don't think that we need to restrict this to minifig scale, I would say anything goes. But since these things are probably going to be all about the details a larger scale just may be easier.

      Great to hear guys!!!

    5. .Tromas 35 months ago | reply

      See the EDIT to the announcement above :-D

    6. halfbeak 35 months ago | reply

      Fantastic. Thank you .Tromas and Red Spacecat!

    7. pasukaru76 35 months ago | reply

      Ah, the man with the fantastic ideas for starfighter contests strikes again! I did actually dabble with this concept a bit in Nnovvember 2010.

      Oh, and this is me offering to make a poster of all entries at the end of the contest.

    8. .Tromas 35 months ago | reply

      Thanks Pascal! That would be brilliant!

    9. vìnn 35 months ago | reply

      This is looking pretty awesome. Thanks Stijn!

    10. .Tromas 35 months ago | reply

      New poster up. Thanks Stijn!

    11. Uspez 35 months ago | reply

      I already broke my brain making MaK starfighters which were pretty real world in my mind but still relied on MaK tech which we don't have.... Awesome contest idea, I'm sure there will be some amazing entries!

    12. ScriptKitt3h 35 months ago | reply

      I think I just an excise to nreak out all my white and black bricks!

    13. ScriptKitt3h 35 months ago | reply

      Dafuq typos?! No, what I mean is that I plan to enter. Do you mind telling me how to enter?

    14. .Tromas 35 months ago | reply

      . So does that mean I can expect an entry from ya? ;)

      ah...the rules above are probably a good place to start?!?!??

    15. madLEGOman 35 months ago | reply

      huh.... way for me to not pay attention.... well sounds fun, but i'll probably suck at it worse. guess we'll have to see what happens

    16. .Tromas 35 months ago | reply

      Haha, just showing up fashionably late ;)

      EDIT TO RULES
      I changed the rules to allow 2 entries per person
      "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."

    17. Jayfourke 35 months ago | reply

      And here I was about to beg for a second entry slot because I had a crazy idea for a Soviet Moonbase defender-y thing.

      Stop reading my mind! :D

    18. Shannon Ocean 35 months ago | reply

      RE: rule change. This comp just got MEGACOOL!

    19. .Tromas 35 months ago | reply

      Glad you boys approve!! :D

    20. LapsanszkiTamas 34 months ago | reply

      hey guys
      nice contest, i think i'll try to uild something. BUT, i'm not sure if i understood are we allowed to use modeified/custom/clone bricks?

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