Here is my LDD model of a troop transport done in a Neoclassic Space style. After seeing some excellent examples of modern Lego Classic Space designs, I’ve decided to try making some of my own. I call this the Tactical Squad Transport (TST-100), codename “Sparrow.” It is built to minifig scale. You can also see larger images at my Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118702264@N05. You can find PDF building instructions on my Etsy site: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/KurtsMOCs.
About this creation
The TST-100 Sparrow is a troop transport ship, capable of carrying six fully equipped soldiers and operating in and outside of the planet’s atmosphere. The crew of the Sparrow consists of a pilot and navigator, seated in a tandem arrangement.
I based the Sparrow on a few of my favourite science fiction and real-life vehicles, such as the UD-4L Cheyenne Dropship from the movie “Aliens” and the AH-64 Apache and Mil-24 Hind-D. The design is centred around the large cockpit canopy and I used predominantly curved Lego pieces in various configurations to achieve a streamlined profile.
The engines for the Sparrow rotate for landing and hovering. It also uses retractable landing skids. For this model, the engines fully rotate and the landing skids fully extend.
The Sparrow carries a squad transport module, attached behind the cockpit. Six fully equipped soldiers can fit standing up. They exit the vehicle via a ramp at the back.
The Sparrow’s canopy extends (you need to move two pieces though) and the tail stabilizers fold away for storage.
Here, the squad transport module is detached.
Inevitably, there is a gunship version that I’ve called the TST/A-101 Strike Sparrow. Two guided missile launch pods are added and the landing lights replaced with two ground attack cannons and targeting radar.
The Strike Sparrow would provide defence for the Sparrows in hostile environments or able to perform strike operations independently.
Strike Sparrows can carry the squad transport module.
In addition of the squad transport module, the Strike Sparrow can also carry a rotating missile launcher for air-to-air or air-to-surface engagements.
I know it is not following authentic Classic Space colours but the Strike Sparrow in stealth black looks pretty cool!
Here are two Sparrows inbound, escorted by a Strike Sparrow. Let the space adventures begin!