This is an "Imperial" class heavy fighter of the infamous 307th Spacewing "Skull and Bones". This strike ship was built for hunting enemy corvettes as the volume of fire from all weapons generally wears down the prey's shield batteries. It also lacks any secondary munitions equipment (missiles) as most corvettes support impressive ECM capabilities. The fighter is very fast to target, but like most heavy fighters, the pitch and yaw ratings are fairly unresponsive compared to more nimble brethren.
The 307th's notoriety comes from the fact that they seem to hunt command corvettes in enemy strike fleets, often disrupting the command and control of the enemy forces.
This puppy took awhile for my standards...about 2 weeks of on-and-off again working on it. My models are turning out to be quite large on the scale size, as this could easily pass for a corvette size in my classification charts. Still, the cockpit area looked perfect in this size, so no shrinkage of the model for the B09! Going to have to put my next models on a strict diet, and clamp down on my design discipline.
I went for a fairly radical paint scheme...but got my inspiration from Ferrari (if it isn't already obvious). It was fairly tough to get the paint right to my standards, but I suppose this will do. The cockpit was no where near as detailed as my last bird...mainly just filler for the pilot model, which I downloaded from the Sketchup Vault.
Still not doing a lot of "Flair" yet. I really need to work on paneling and armor effects, but I haven't really gotten that skill down. The landing gear didn't pan out either in this model. I had several made, but nothing looked right.
Modeling: Google Sketchup 7
Post Production: Adobe Photoshop CS2
"3D Pilot Model" - Max Grueter 2008, www.grueter.com
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Edit: Fixed a few words missing capitalization 09-JUN-2010