Model:United Nation F2-S Space Marines Patrol Craft
By: L Holcombe

Tasting and Judgement

Unique Use of Squid
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Judge's Comments
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Now that's a unique use of squid - as a turbine!
lost all points for being WWWWAAAAYYYYYYY too complex


First, some background on what you're seeing here, and why it includes a squid:

On October 17th, 1204 AOC (After Other Christ), there were 983.2 industrial accidents reported to the United Nation. Most of these were fairly commonplace, costing only 77,000 lives and almost $45 worth of damage. But two of them were forever remembered in the annals of aviation history.

The first accident took place in Jesustown (AKA The City Formerly Known As Osaka, Japan) at an instant ramen noodle factory. Researchers at the superfund cleanup site discovered that after consuming a small amount of monosodium glutamate, the Frodocarp Spitfish Beta would begin to rapidly shake its tail. Further research showed that if a small mechanical servo was attached to the tail, the tail shaking could easily be converted into mechanical energy. Still further research showed that the tail shaking, if connected by a servo to a turbine, could cause the turbine to spin at a certain resonance velocity. Useless information - or so they thought.

The second accident took place at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Jesusville (AKA The City Formerly Known As Karachi, Pakistan). I'll spare you the gory details. Just be advised that the superfund cleanup crew discovered that ground glass inside a turbine spinning at a certain resonance velocity caused the glass to decompose. During this decomposition, a quantum energy packet, afterwards called a dark photon, would shoot out of the turbine at amazing speeds. The value of this discovery was recognized immediately - since the entire African continent was covered with broken glass. Speeds great enough to support interstellar travel could be obtained using a damn near infinite resource as fuel. Sadly, creating and sustaining the resonance velocity of the turbine proved difficult - and even fatal for many of the engineers.

Then, one evening, at a pub in a building that obviously used to be a Taco Bell in Jesus City (AKA The City Formerly Known As Guayaquil, Ecuador), a scientist from the Frodocarp Spitfish Beta project and a scientist from the ground glass turbine project managed to bump into each other and spill beer all over themselves. After a short and largely ineffective fistfight, the pair of scientists were carted off to jail. In their holding cell, they got to talking about their fruitless research projects. Whether by coincidence or providence, it also turns out they were first cousins. Anyway, they began pooling their efforts, and it was only a couple weeks before they found that the ramen-loving fish vibrated its tail at the exact resonance velocity required to decompose ground glass into dark photons. And the Fishtron Interstellar Drive was born, patented (after 2 rejections for coffee stains on the plans), and manufactured.

The Fishtron Interstellar Drive is remarkably efficient. A computer controlled pump releases the correct amount of monosodium glutamate into a fish tank. The Frodocarp Spitfish Beta begins to shake it's tail, causing a turbine filled with ground glass to spin, causing dark photons (and a few light photons) to thrust out the back. Plot a course, pump the MSG, and then fasten your seatbelt. The fuel costs, being nothing but ground glass and a mass-produced food additive, are fairly low. Current Fishtron standards include enough ground glass for 600 light years of travel, which requires about 4 grams of MSG. Assuming you only feed it 2 or 3 times a week, a Frodocarp Spitfish Beta generally lives about 6 years. And after a single light year journey, the battery systems in the ship should run for about 4 months without a recharge. The drives are virtually noiseless, save for some cooling and ventilating pumps, and they amount of visible light ejected from the thrusters is similar to a flashlight with dying batteries.

This particular craft is the United Nation F2-S Space Marines Patrol Craft. It's basically an electric hovercraft gunboat with a pair of Fishtron drives bolted to the top. It seats two, generally a pilot/gunner and a navigator. The F2-S is armed with a single plasma burst cannon, swivel-mounted below the cockpit. At first, many administrators thought it was silly to attach interstellar drives to a patrol craft. But then they were told how much it would cost. After that, they didn't complain much.
The whole damn thing.
A bit closer look.
Frontside view. You gotta admit that canopy is pretty sweet. Preview of the squiddies in the tanks here.
Closeup of the non-detail on the plasma cannon. One shot can turn a Taco Bell to cinders.
Focus on the rotatable hover jets and the back door.
Same as above, but with the door/ramp open.
Rear view with the door open. You can almost see my reflection in the chrome exhaust port.
Same as above, with door shut.
Exhaust ports look almost Photoshopped here, but that's all photo skills.
A look at the ship with one of the side canopies removed.
The aquarium door open, showing the beautifully shimmering squid ammo.
The fourth wall comes down - we have a set breach! Ladies and gentlemen, 2 large pieces of artist's canvas.
Nice little overhead view showing off the engine turbines and thrusters.
And again - bit of a reverse angle this time.
High angle on the open aquarium.
All United Nation military ships can be remotely controlled via their comms antenna.
It's kinda dangerous to open the back door - you gotta get under there and enter the code, and then get away quick before the door slams on your head.
A little bit of the interior detailing. For the rest of the photos, the roof and engines have been removed.
It's pretty cramped for 2 guys. Pilot in the front, navigator in the rear.
Space Marines in the cockpit, ready for takeoff (as soon as the roof gets reattached).

Ladies and gentlemen, thanks a ton for your time.

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