'Nother minimodel space ship, this time a Bionicle one done in eight pieces. Essentially a Gradius-style 'core warship' as it would work in Star Trek. Intended to be to-scale with my other Star Trek minis.
About this creation
The Raider Class Attack ship is exactly what its designation would imply: a raider-type scout/attack ship that attacks quickly. It is more durable and better armed than most such ships, but can be easily destroyed with properly-aimed phasers or torpedoes.
Its design is completely different compared to most other starships; it has no one centralized bridge, its disruptors and warp core are partially exposed, and it has an odd single-hull design with its nacelles integrated into the hull, sticking out to the sides of the rear.
Sublight propulsion consists of a single large engine, believed to be a type of impulse engine, slightly inset into the craft. This engine is very powerful and the Raider is quite speedy compared to larger starships.
Armament consists primarily of four forward-mounted disruptors, which despite their fixed 'barrels' are capable of aiming slightly. Intelligence suggests that the craft actually uses proper disruptor banks that fire through a set of torpedo tubes, but this is unconfirmed. The craft makes up for its inability to shoot directly left or right by being highly maneuverable.
It is unknown why the warp core is mounted externally, but it is believed to be due to the craft's hull, which is invulnerable to most normal weapons but also blocks heat; the Raider's warp core emits extreme heat and would likely suffer a breach if encased in practically any material as it is only able to radiate out; convection and conduction are impossibly outside an atmosphere. Training phasers or torpedo launchers on the warp core can easily damage it, and with enough hits it will sustain a catastrophic breach. As the craft has no deflector shields, training phasers on its warp core is the easiest way to take it out.
To compensate for this, it's rare that these fast, maneuverable craft ever attack alone, usually flying in at least formations and usually in swarms. This can cause difficulties in taking them all out, especially if there are very few starships to engage them.
The craft's exposed warp core may be a weakness, but it is easily capable of bringing the craft to speeds of at least Warp Factor 9.9999999..., or possibly even to Transwarp speeds; metallic, but not insulated, shielding can close over the warp core when the Raider enters warp, but it must be opened immediately after the jump to insure the core does not overheat.
Disassembly of the model, showing it is indeed composed of eight pieces.
Quoting Kurt's MOCs
Great design and build at this scale.
Thanks! I actually came across this idea when trying to make a 'villain ship' for a project I'd been working on called 'Star Trek: Mercury', and had the idea to use those pieces as warp nacelles. I then came to the idea to connect the pieces together, and when I added the disruptors, the piece total came out to eight.