Today, it's time again for a ship from the Expanded Universe. To introduce you to the topic, I will tell you in short the background of the ship and its history.
The Chu'Unthor (reference image) was a massive 2,000 meter long flat starship design by the Old Republic Fleet Systems. It was constructed about 500 years before the events of Yavin under the tutelage of Jedi Masters to serve as a praxeum ship for students of the Force, a flying Jedi Academy. It had space for over 10,000 Jedi apprentices.
Unfortunately the ship's history was rather short as it crash-landed only 270 years later on the planet Dathomir, home of the so-called Nightsisters (witches who were able to use the Dark Side of the Force). Two of the most famous nightsisters were by the way Asajj Ventress (Episode 1, Clone Wars) and Charal (Ewoks: The Battle for Endor). Yoda was able to achieve release of the Jedi aboard the ship, however, the ship itself was left back until another Jedi would arrive, which was Luke Skywalker 8 years after Yavin.
Okay, that's the story, and now we want to look at the model. It's a flat and wide ship which is not fully symmetrical. To build the asymmetrically attached "arms" and the busy front section, it was necessary to use half-stud-widths. But to attach something into the bottom tubes you somehow must overcome the frame on plate's underside. Fortunately old hinge plates have a tiled section between the two ends which worked out pretty well (plates with stud notches would not have worked as these are offset one alf plate next to the bottom hole where the hinge is attached).
Another highlight is the engine section. Engines are characteristic for each starship type. The Chu'Unthor has five main thrusters, but the construction only left four studs in width. The last image shows how it is possible to attach five engines at a length of four studs.
With that our little trip into the Expanded Universe ends for today.
Thanks for your interest, and see you soon!
Edited by KielDaMan, 06 June 2011 - 06:54 AM.