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DA3: DH-87 "Thunderbird Heavy" Gunship
"Thun-der! Na na na na na na naaaa" - AC/DC
About this creation


Please enjoy the following promotional material for the Colonial Liberation Corps' latest in air-based technology.




This the DH-87 "Thunderbird Heavy" gunship. It is VTOL-capable with thrust-vectoring power plants and adjustable control surfaces. It's armament consists of a quad-barrel 75mm auto cannon under the nose (basically the same as the AP-9 Barricade APC), 12 air-to-ground or air-to-air missiles, and two 8-barrel miniguns on either side of the fuselage.




Builder's note: I listened to Thunderstruck by AC/DC on loop while building this.




1. Your Ground Attack Aircraft MOC is minifig scale and must accommodate 2 pilots. - Nailed it.




2. Your Ground Attack Aircraft requires wings that must be photographed at 2 distinct angles. (up/down, straight/swept back, etc.) - Nailed it twice; the thrusters rotate 360 degrees and the winglets/control surfaces also vector.




3. Your Ground Attack Aircraft must feature 3 distinct weapon systems. - Nailed it. Actually surpassed it a little bit.




4. Your Ground Attack Aircraft must include at least 1 air intake. - It's got 4. Nailed it.




I knew from the beginning that I wanted a bird-themed name for the gunship because of the nose I came up with. I felt that the nose of the Thunderbird Heavy looked vaguely like an eagle or falcon.




The DH-87 is a mainstay in the Colonial Liberation Corps. Thunderbird Heavies are deployed by all CLC military branches (Army, Air Command, Naval Command, and Space Command). Some have been converted to civilian use as light cargo shuttles and rescue vehicles. The DH-87 remains in service in great numbers due to its flexibility and tactical usefulness in multiple engagements.




































VTOL action!






















When focusing on a target, particularly a ground-based target, the Thunderbird Heavy can deploy the control surfaces as dive brakes to slow its descent and therefore put more fire on its target.












In the landed mode, the adjustable wing/control surfaces flare out so the massive thrusters can clear the ground.












The Thunderbird features a loading ramp in the back for access to the cockpit.






Like all vehicles deployed by the CLC, the Thunderbird Heavy also proudly displays the flag and insignia of the Colonial Liberation Corps.




Here are our two fearless pilots! On the left is pilot Allison Young, and on the right is Co-pilot and gunner Jon Scott.






The cockpit features an array of control systems. It also features enough storage for some supplies, including weapons for our two crewmembers












But wait...


There's more...


Meet the DH-87A Thunderbird "Super Heavy". This up-armored variant of the standard Thunderbird Heavy features two massive rail guns in ADDITION to its normal armament. Evil-doers beware.


















And now, dear viewer, we have reached the end of this posting. I humbly ask for a 5 star rating on this MOC to raise it's military power. Only YOU, citizen, can make that call. A vote for this MOC is a vote for freedom against tyranny. May the roar of the Thunderbird soar over freedom's skies!




The war game, Decisive Action 3: Beyond Thunderdome is currently underway. If you would be so inclined, please leave reviews on these MOCs as well to raise their effectiveness in the game. The Colonial Liberation Corps thanks you for your support of the cause for freedom.


AP-9 "Barricade" APC
LC-117 "Tempest" Assault Landing Craft
Colonial Liberation Corps National Leaders
Colonial Liberation Corps' National Flag
Colonial Liberation Corps' Capital Building
RN-79 "Insurgent" Torpedo Boat




Comments

 I made it 
  April 16, 2018
Quoting Brently Mills Excellent design. I particularity like the engine/landing gear and the nose section.
Thank you very much, Brently. It was a labor of love.
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  April 16, 2018
Excellent design. I particularity like the engine/landing gear and the nose section.
 I made it 
  April 16, 2018
Quoting W Navarre Well done sir!
Thank you!
 I like it 
  April 16, 2018
Well done sir!
 I made it 
  April 15, 2018
Quoting Bacon Tomato It looks cool.
Thank you!
  April 15, 2018
It looks cool.
 I made it 
  April 14, 2018
Quoting Florent Legopassion Very good job ! I like general design ( agressive look ) and armored : miniguns guns and rockets / missiles pods. Capacity troop carrier possible ?
Thank you for the compliments! I suppose it could be converted to carry more. As it stands right now, I can fit about 4 more minifigs inside in addition to the pilot and copilot/gunner.
 I like it 
  April 14, 2018
Very good job ! I like general design ( agressive look ) and armored : miniguns guns and rockets / missiles pods. Capacity troop carrier possible ?
 I made it 
  April 12, 2018
Quoting Star Dazzle Spectacular!
Thank you!
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  April 12, 2018
Quoting Marc "Edge" R.unde I have no words for this, this is (for me) far beyond cool! The agressive look... Love it! ~Marc
Thank you very much for the compliments, Marc! Iím glad you liked it!
 I like it 
  April 12, 2018
I have no words for this, this is (for me) far beyond cool! The agressive look... Love it! ~Marc
 I made it 
  April 12, 2018
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Stunning original design inside and out, beautifully executed, Zach! The thunderbird always shines through despite the complex outward trappings of the war machine, and without tension.
Jeremy, thank you very much for the kind words you've said about the Thunderbird Heavy. I very much appreciate your compliments. Cheers!
 I like it 
  April 12, 2018
Stunning original design inside and out, beautifully executed, Zach! The thunderbird always shines through despite the complex outward trappings of the war machine, and without tension.
 I like it 
  April 11, 2018
Spectacular!
 I made it 
  April 9, 2018
Quoting Parrington Levens BEAST!
Thank you, Parrington!
 I like it 
  April 9, 2018
BEAST!
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  April 8, 2018
Quoting El Barto ! Top notch!
The CLC thanks you for your support!
 I like it 
  April 8, 2018
Top notch!
 I made it 
  April 7, 2018
Quoting The Mighty Catduck Daaaang. amazing gunship!
Thank you very much, oh mightiest of feline-based aquatic birds!
 I like it 
  April 7, 2018
Daaaang. amazing gunship!
 I made it 
  April 6, 2018
Quoting Northern Imperial AKA-Lord Bacca You're quickly becoming a powerhouse, incredible build.
Thank you LordBacca!
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  April 6, 2018
You're quickly becoming a powerhouse, incredible build.
 I made it 
  April 6, 2018
Quoting Timothy Butler it looks great and very functional keep up brilliant work
Thank you very much, Timothy!
 I like it 
  April 6, 2018
it looks great and very functional keep up brillent work
 I made it 
  April 6, 2018
Quoting Patrick Boyle "It is I who rule the sky!" *thump thump thump* "Well, @#$%" Amazing work. There's so much detail tacked into a great shape. Kinda reminds me of the Normandy from Mass Effect.
Thank you, Patrick! See you in the shies!
 I made it 
  April 6, 2018
Quoting Jack Sparrow Excellent work friend. The overall shape is terrific, and the the thruster nacelles with the variable control surfaces are inspired. Outstanding work.
Thank you very much my friend! I really appreciate your compliments, Captain Sparrow!
 I made it 
  April 6, 2018
Quoting Finn Feldmann This is just an absolutely amazing creation way up my alley. Great job
Thank you, Finn! Btw are you an escaped First Order stormtrooper?
 I made it 
  April 6, 2018
Quoting BATOH rossi AC / DC are very appropriate. the silhouette of "raptor" is absolutely fantastic. the design of the engines is for me the top. I think it will be difficult to do better for the opponents!
Thank you very much BATOH! Iím glad you like it! Engines are one of the things I love to design the most.
 I made it 
  April 6, 2018
Quoting Pico van Grootveld That's brutal! What a magnificent beast. How do you do it man, you've chruned out quite the range of builds with no consessions whatsoever within a very narrow timeframe my friend.
Thank you, Pico! Truthfully it is DA3 that has inspired me. The idea of commanding my own army appeals to me and tons of ideas flooded my brain if things I wanted to make. Thank you for your kind words, it is very much appreciated!
 I like it 
  April 6, 2018
Excellent work friend. The overall shape is terrific, and the the thruster nacelles with the variable control surfaces are inspired. Outstanding work.
  April 6, 2018
This is just an absolutely amazing creation way up my alley. Great job
 I like it 
  April 6, 2018
AC / DC are very appropriate. the silhouette of "raptor" is absolutely fantastic. the design of the engines is for me the top. I think it will be difficult to do better for the opponents!
 I like it 
  April 6, 2018
That's brutal! What a magnificent beast. How do you do it man, you've chruned out quite the range of builds with no consessions whatsoever within a very narrow timeframe my friend.
 I made it 
  April 6, 2018
Quoting Zach Lucia I'm getting scared.
Donít be scared! Unless youíre a maniacal tyrant oppressing innocent people. In that instance you should be very very scared.
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting Patrick Boyle "It is I who rule the sky!" *thump thump thump* "Well, @#$%" Amazing work. There's so much detail tacked into a great shape. Kinda reminds me of the Normandy from Mass Effect.
Thank you, Patrick! I'm glad you liked it! At the time of me writing this, you and I are the only two players who have fielded aircraft. I'll see you in the skies!
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
I'm getting scared.
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting matt rowntRee Oh dear god, it's glorious! Truly, absolutely, freakin' GLORIOUS!!! The shaping, the color blocking, the functionality... Everything about this is stellar! Dude, this has to be my favorite moc in the pool by far. It appeals to every bit of my design sense. Seriously, this is outstanding!
Matt, seriously, thank you very much for the high praise youíve given the Thunderbird Heavy. Itís a moc that I poured a lot of care and attention into and so it means a lot to hear that. See you on the battlefield!
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Oh dear god, it's glorious! Truly, absolutely, freakin' GLORIOUS!!! The shaping, the color blocking, the functionality... Everything about this is stellar! Dude, this has to be my favorite moc in the pool by far. It appeals to every bit of my design sense. Seriously, this is outstanding!
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Iíll say you nailed it! This bird is awesome! I love the shaping of the fuselage. The engines look so cool. Most impressive!
Thank you, Clayton. I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty proud of her.
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Iíll say you nailed it! This bird is awesome! I love the shaping of the fuselage. The engines look so cool. Most impressive!
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting Philippe Moisan Excellent design.
Merci, Philippe!
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting Werewolff Studios Calm down mate! How're the rest of us supposed to compete with epicness and over-speccing of this magnitude?! Awesome work!
I can't calm down! I got it in my blood! I need my next Lego fix! LOL, thank you, Mr Werewolff for your kind words.
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting James Douglas This is stunning work! To have built this in such a limited time frame must have required great skill. Well done!
Thank you very much, James! The second the SPECS were posted I began working on it. I've been staying up until 1 am every day since working on DA3 MOCs.
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting Doug Hughes This is one sleek sexy beast of war!! Way to knock it out of the park twice already!!
LOL, thank you, Mr Hughes! I'm just trying my best!
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Excellent design.
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Calm down mate! How're the rest of us supposed to compete with epicness and over-speccing of this magnitude?! Awesome work!
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
This is stunning work! To have built this in such a limited time frame must have required great skill. Well done!
  April 5, 2018
This is one sleek sexy beast of war!! Way to knock it out of the park twice already!!
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
"It is I who rule the sky!" *thump thump thump* "Well, @#$%" Amazing work. There's so much detail tacked into a great shape. Kinda reminds me of the Normandy from Mass Effect.
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting Topsy Creatori Wicked!
Thank you! A ship to stamp out wickedness.
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Wicked!
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  April 5, 2018
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Can't go wrong when you overSPEC. It just means mo' fire powa!
Amen! Mo guns is mo fun!
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting Seaman SPb Perfect! Great design! And excellent performance! I, too, was thinking about over constructs plane-attack aircraft with rotary engines, but now not d even try to ))
Thank you! Give it a try though! Iíd like to see someone else use a similar layout.
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Can't go wrong when you overSPEC. It just means mo' fire powa!
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Perfect! Great design! And excellent performance! I, too, was thinking about over constructs plane-attack aircraft with rotary engines, but now not d even try to ))
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting Lawrence Loves Star Wars Wow Wow Wow. Another one of your amazing build Zach. Awesome job.
I am very honored by your compliments, Lawrence. Thank you!
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting Fell Skyhawk Brilliant work. Its reminiscent of the Firefly-class with a mix of the Raven's Claw being built by SHIELD.
Thank you! Iím familiar with the Firefly freighter from the TV show but I have not seen or heard of the Ravens Claw. I will look that up now!
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Wow Wow Wow. Another one of your amazing build Zach. Awesome job.
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  April 5, 2018
Quoting Kingdomview Bricks Very cool, I love the shaping and the various weapons systems.
Thank you very much! Variety is the spice of life, ya know?
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Brilliant work. Its reminiscent of the Firefly-class with a mix of the Raven's Claw being built by SHIELD.
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Very cool, I love the shaping and the various weapons systems.
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting Aliencat * Awesome build! And very quick, for such a well made gunship, great job!
Thank you so much, Aliencat. I started this build the second the specs were posted and I spent sleepless nights since then trying get her finished along with my other DA3 Mocs.
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Awesome build! And very quick, for such a well made gunship, great job!
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting Keith Goldman General Sweigart, your Ground Attack Aircraft is specifications accurate and ready to rush headlong into the coming storm. Amazing work! Your ability to build both quickly and skillfully should be very concerning to your fellow competitors. I'm glad to see such a dangerous rookie on the field. Best of luck in turn 1!
Thank you so much Commander for your compliments. It truly means a lot to me to hear that kind of feed back from a builder such as yourself. Thank you again for organizing this thing.
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
General Sweigart, your Ground Attack Aircraft is specifications accurate and ready to rush headlong into the coming storm. Amazing work! Your ability to build both quickly and skillfully should be very concerning to your fellow competitors. I'm glad to see such a dangerous rookie on the field. Best of luck in turn 1!
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting P. Andrei That front angling gives it such a neat shape. The engines function is also excellent.
Thank you sir! It was quite the project.
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  April 5, 2018
That front angling gives it such a neat shape. The engines function is also excellent.
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting Ron L. Mitchell Any ground pounder seeing this on approach has no chance! Awe inspiring!
Thank you Ron! Would you say that they may be... thunderstruck?
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Any ground pounder seeing this on approach has no chance! Awe inspiring!
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting * Joey4026 * Ha haa! You're building so fast! Fast, yet effectively; and this build is soo good. The engines, the landing gear, the nose! It's just... bruh.
Thank you Joey! I donít know how efficient I am though, lol. Iíve be up until 1 in the morning this entire week trying to get stuff done. I very much appreciate the compliments on the Thunderbird Heavy. So far itís the DA3 moc that I spent the most time on and itís my favorite.
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Ha haa! You're building so fast! Fast, yet effectively; and this build is soo good. The engines, the landing gear, the nose! It's just... bruh.
 I made it 
  April 5, 2018
Quoting Mark B. Oh, yeah, now that is some serious firepower. The VTOL action is very slick.
Thank you, Mark. We are coming to liberate your beer!
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  April 5, 2018
Oh, yeah, now that is some serious firepower. The VTOL action is very slick.
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  April 5, 2018
Quoting Daniel H. Sweet holyfeakingmoly, that is AMAZING!!
Thank you, Daniel! I appreciate your support!
 I like it 
  April 5, 2018
Sweet holyfeakingmoly, that is AMAZING!!
 
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