Hallo there folks,
So, after my first MOC since the dark ages, the Republic Cargo Transport, I've been working on a new project: a medium-sized air speeder. It was ment to be minifig-scale first, but after the cockpit was designed, it all seemed a little too large for minifigs.
I started off with the seat and the control panels. After I was done with that the hull was taking shape and after doubting about what to do next, I created two old-school space engines and attached them to the body. But now some background information first;
In the year 60BBY, the Z56 air speeder was created for people who had to cross a long distance in little time. Designed by the SoroSuub Corporation, an extremely fast two-engined, one seater was made. Short after the release of this speeder, when people were not aware of it's lack of taking corners and it's amazing acceleration, a consecutive serie of accidents happened caused by reckless pilots who didn't read it's user manual well enough. However, the engines were so unreliable and so sensitive for overheating, that most pilots modified the speeder into a two-seater with room for a co-pilot who could take care of the engines.
However, the Z56 air speeder didn't loose any of it's reputation after all it's cons. Because of the publicity which was due because the accidents with the speeder, it became popular by couriers and bounty hunters who could handle it's performances.
Later, when pod racing was a common amusement around Tatooine, and the Z56 Air Speeder was considered too old to be good, the speeder became popular by pilots who took part in the famous Podracing competitions. Because of it's low price, but still extraordinary powerful engines, this speeder was common bought by pilots so they could detach the engines, equip them with antigravity generatots and detach them to the 'pod', and voilá; a cheap podracer was created.
Time for the pictures now.
I will eventually post some more pictures later this week, I do have more shots of the front, but I noticed that I attached a part the wrong way which made the ship look like pretty ugly.
Hope you guys enjoyed this MOC though!
Edited by KielDaMan, 10 June 2011 - 04:29 AM.