Gunboat Hornet

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Loved building the Ground Support Skiff Striker which was built out of half of an elecric razor. Which left... Another half! I threw a few components at this other half and took it to Career Day, where the kids liked it, as best they could, it being just a bunch of shapes glued together. One of which was identical to the nose on the Striker, which I'd attached early on as I'd always meant for this ship to be a mate to the Striker. Anyway, the next week I attacked it in earnest.

As frequently happens, mid-way through adding bits to it I decided the backend was looking awfully attractive and was somewhat similar to the nose to the Trade Federation lander. As I would normally counsel any aspiring spaceship builder to let the plastic "speak" to them and dictate the ultimate shape of the ship, I decided to risk a bad ship by enforcing my will on the overall design. I think it worked-out ok.

After adding more parts on there it was time, if not past time, to decide what kind of armaments were going to festoon the hull. I just decided that there would be multiple large guns, perhaps to make-up for the puny peashooters on the Striker. Since I wanted them to be very integral to the hull, I started looking for places to attach them, and found two pairs of places. The problem was that guns attached there would not be forward-firing, nor would they even fire at the same place. Then I remembered the WWII He 219 Uhu German nightfighter. It had two guns fixed-mounted in the fuselage pointing up and slightly forward. These "Shrage Musik" cannon were there to shoot at bombers as it flew beneath them. Thus validated by history, I glued them on. A pen body nestled nicely beneath the fuselage and was itself attached, and thereby defined what level was for the 'ship.

Three of the most important qualities of a ship are that it have a discernable front and back, and a measure for what is level. And after all the odd directions the five engines were pointed, a definable level was lacking on this ship, and was provided by the ventral gun being inline with the major engine. That there even were so many engines going three different direction I blame on being influenced by the cop-car design from Serenity.

The last major design feature were the wings in back. The only reason they're there is that, while holding sundry parts here and there on the ship I came across a curved piece that fit into what had been an F-18 cockpit opening. And attached elephant ears would be a novel excuse for it.

Colors were WARPACK Gray Green with a drybrushing of British Sky Type "S".