With a few hours to spare, my second and final offering for Novvember 2014...
About this creation
On the heels of the commercial (if not operational) success of the Vikkers Varmint, the Vikkers Aerospace company's next foray into military spacecraft design was the 'Valium' long-range fighter.
Learning from the shortcomings of its predecessor, the Vikkers engineers had put in over 10 years of research into new weapons systems, and the Valium was designed as a platform to carry the revolutionary Type 1D sonic assault projectors.
The technological breakthrough behind these marvels was the discovery that unique dissonant sound frequencies produced by boy bands could be distilled and focused to punch a hole in a mountain several miles distant, or alternatively broadcast pain and discomfort over a wide area - in full stereo, of course.
The new fighter's destructive capabilities impressed the Hegemonic Navy's Procurement Committee in atmospheric field tests enough to make an initial order of 50 Valiums. Unfortunately, it failed to occur to anyone that weapons based on sound waves would be completely useless in a vacuum. This may be because they had frequently seen Classic Spacemen communicating using hand-held radios, not realising that this was only made possible by the use of Radio Air Tankers.
In keeping with its designated role as a long-range fighter, the Valium had a cockpit large enough for a co-pilot to ride shotgun. However, probably the most important legacy of the Valium for future spacecraft design was the Zero-G coffee machine, which was included as essential equipment in all long-range fighters for centuries to come.
Once again the Vikkers company had succeeded in producing and selling a fighter that was incapable of fulfilling its designated role, helping to prolong the initial peaceful expansion phase of the Hegemony of Albion. To cut their losses and save face, the Navy re-purposed the initial production run of 50 as long-range reconnaisance craft, or for riot control duties on some of the Hegemony's more unruly colonies. A small number also had the second seat and coffee machine stripped out and replaced by a mixing desk - these are in high demand to this day to provide backing for rock concerts.
Fourth wall: It's always fun trying to come up with new twists on the classic Vic Viper design! This one was largely inspired by mid-20th century twin fuselage jet fighters such as the de Havilland Vampire, and also a little by Dr. Who's sonic screwdriver (the Matt Smith version). Happy Novvember everybody!
Dec 2nd 2014 edit: this fighter, along with Tim C's superb VV-14 Vendetta, got a mention on the Lego Car Blog. Thanks very much fellas!
Wow, that's a really unique design, I love this Viper! Great job ant thanks for adding it to the VVOC! :-))
I like it
December 12, 2014
Love the design push for this vic, very creative and clever. Brilliant idea for the weaponry, seems a tad inhumane to pummel offenders with boy bands. I think there may be some addendums to the Geneva Convention regarding their use. Love the colors and the bare midriff, definitely see the Vampire as well as a P-38 influence. Outstanding! BTW zero-G coffee maker = the ultimate problem solver (probably the single real reason why we haven't sent men to Mars.)
A wonderful name, that made me laugh out loud. A superb build too. I think that this pushes the VV formula to the limits but the ingredients are all still there. Very creative and original and I can see the de Havilland influences. You might enjoy this build on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/80364352@N07/sets/72157646981089584/