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ok, I reached the total of 19 variants of the LL-924. Number 20 is under finalization. Here are some selected pictures. LL-924 Cargo Cruiser & 18 variants by Veynom, on Flickr And some selected pictures from the LL-924 family: Exo-Suit and LL-924 by Veynom, on Flickr LL-924 Blacktron by Veynom, on Flickr LL-924 Ambulance by Veynom, on Flickr LL-924 Fire Fighter & Ambulance by Veynom, on Flickr LL-924 Light Freighter by Veynom, on Flickr LL-924 Shell by Veynom, on Flickr Private LL-924 Friends by Veynom, on Flickr LL-924 Backhoe during loading operations by Veynom, on Flickr Unloading materials III by Veynom, on Flickr LL-924 TIE Cruiser by Veynom, on Flickr LL-924 Arctic in action by Veynom, on Flickr
LL-924 Arctic Cruiser by Veynom, on Flickr You are kindly invited to read the full article concerning the LL-924 and many of its variants: - Part I: LL-924 & Variants - Part II: LL-924 Backhoe (on MOCpages) - Part III: LL-924 TIE Cruiser This version was designed following the interest regain in polar and arctic exploration missions. Indeed, some well-established scientific communities had then formulated that if a space ship could endure the almost absolute-zero temperature of space emptiness then it could for sure endure the warmer icy temperatures. Additionally, as ice and water was also present on various stellar bodies across the stars, retrofitting space ships could make sense in the long run and decision was taken to re-use the good old LL-924. Back then rumors also reported that in fact, the choice of the good old LL-924 was merely dictated by budgetary constraints. Anyway and whatever the reason, the LL-924 Arctic Cruiser was born. LL-924 Arctic - Laterial View by Veynom, on Flickr And so started a long operational career as some photo could show. LL-924 Arctic in action by Veynom, on Flickr Several modifications were necessary in order to face coldness, blizzard, snow and ice. First of all, the landing gear was modified in order to be equipped with skis. Several schematics were designed but ultimately, the final solution looked very similar to the original system, ensuring the same height. LL-924 Arctic - Bottom View by Veynom, on Flickr On both sides, powerful light projectors were added in order to help scientists in their missions. LL-924 Arctic - Top View by Veynom, on Flickr Finally, a reinforced isolation plate had to be mounted on the rear in order to improve the engine protection. Sadly none had foreseen that blizzard and freeze could deteriorate both engines so fast. LL-924 Arctic - Rear View by Veynom, on Flickr That extra isolation plate lead to important modifications concerning the cargo compartment as the traditional opening engine pods were replaced with lateral doors. However that modification revealed quickly its usefulness as tools could easily be stored and retrieved while preserving the total storage capacity. LL-924 Arctic - Cargo compartment by Veynom, on Flickr The inside of the ship was equipped like a full-scale laboratory for the passenger who could sit behind the pilot. Next to a very impressive analyser, an extra computer screen was installed to display additional information and data from from the powerful sensor mounted on the top of the ship. Various tools could fit the cockpits and even a modern nuclear-based temperature sensor guaranteed the measures accuracy. LL-924 Arctic - Interior View by Veynom, on Flickr LL-924 Arctic- Open Cockpit by Veynom, on Flickr Comments welcome !
Please read first the LL-924 & Variants article in order to discover 16 other variants. Following our previous articles about the famous LL-924 variants, more people sent us testimonies and pictures about additional variants that were so far totally unknown to the vast majority of our public. Today's version for this 3rd article in our serie is quite particular as only some files and schematics were found back in the archives of a company named Imagination & Lure Manufacturing (ILM) which went bankrupt since then. LL-924 TIE Cruiser by Veynom, on Flickr This variant, nicknamed TIE Cruiser, was to be used for a science-fiction movie but it looks like the project was abandonned at some point. The archives contained several artistics views aiming to demonstrate the LL-924 TIE Cruiser in action. LL-924 TIE Cruiser by Veynom, on Flickr LL-924 TIE Cruiser by Veynom, on Flickr The main characteristics of this so out of the ordinary version come from the wings that are uniquely placed on the sides of the ship, while still respecting the LL-924 so famous shape. LL-924 TIE Cruiser - wings details by Veynom, on Flickr The cockpit was also to be improved in order to match the expected standard of sci-fi production. LL-924 TIE Cruiser - cockpit by Veynom, on Flickr Sadly the ILM's archives did not mention the name of the movie for which this prototype variant was designed. Given the unfortunate fate of the company, it is probable that the movie project got cancelled or never met the expected success. All things considered, such design really deserved to fly through space. LL-924 TIE Cruiser by Veynom, on Flickr