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Air Cruiser Aurora
« on: April 07, 2022, 11:07:13 PM »
 Sometime in the 90s, I picked up the Ogonek reissue of the old Heller kit of the Russian Protected Cruiser Aurora, most famous for its role in the 1917 revolution. When I got home and opened the rather flimsy box, I was horrified to discover a huge short-shot gap in the main deck, and here it sat for another fifteen year or so until I decided to just cut out the bad portion and do...something. Another few years of dithering about what
to do next, and this was the result. The Imperial Russian Air Cruiser Aurora, equipped with the Leher-Lobachesvky Gravity lens.
DSCF0680 by VileDr.Yo, on Flickr

DSCF0681 by VileDr.Yo, on Flickr

DSCF0682 by VileDr.Yo, on Flickr

It still needs some rigging, but I'm moderately pleased overall.

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Re: Air Cruiser Aurora
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2022, 11:23:09 PM »
Wow - that's a beauty! What's the large round device at the rear?

I'm sure it took years to build because you had to source such a massive amount of Martian Liftwood!

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Re: Air Cruiser Aurora
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2022, 11:43:56 PM »
Wow - that's a beauty! What's the large round device at the rear?

I'm sure it took years to build because you had to source such a massive amount of Martian Liftwood!

 No liftwood in this one (The British had an exclusive monopoly on the stuff for over three decades, before Dejah Carter III led the revolution against Colonial rule in 1936.) The device at the stern is "the Leher-Lobachevsky Gravity lens, invented by Natalia Lobachevsky, John Brainerd, with some assistance from Naught Yo1 in the closing years of the Science Pirate Syndicate. Lobachevsky ultimately stole the plans and formula
for the device and absconded back to her native Russia, naively believing she could use the device to overthrow the Czarists. Alas, she was promptly co-opted by the notorious 'Siren of the Skies', Olga Romanoff.2.

1. The name given to the Yith-possessed body (from 1873 to 1898) of Wen Yo, the notorious "Dr. Yo" of the University of the Southern Arctic,
    the Pulps, and the Secret World War, to say nothing of the Sekrit Yo Navy.

2. Detailed in two novel by George Chetwynd Griffith, Angel of the Revolution, and Olga Romanoff, or the Syren of the Skies.
    (Both these books actually exist, and were republished by Heliograph Inc. in the early aughts. Sadly, they make no mention of Lobachevsky
    or the SPS. ;) )


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Re: Air Cruiser Aurora
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2022, 02:18:29 AM »
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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But you can make the Bastard work for it.

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Re: Air Cruiser Aurora
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2022, 06:24:20 AM »
WOW !!!! :o :o (there was an expletive before that, since edited out ;) )

Doc that is awesome and very, very inspiring.

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Re: Air Cruiser Aurora
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2022, 09:53:16 AM »
 :smiley: :smiley:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

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Re: Air Cruiser Aurora
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2022, 10:28:03 AM »
The base is fetching, too. Very industrial looking.


2. Detailed in two novel by George Chetwynd Griffith, Angel of the Revolution, and Olga Romanoff, or the Syren of the Skies.

Turgid prose, but not as bad as it could be:
Angel of the Revolution

Cool pictures in this one:
Olga Romanoff, or the Syren of the Skies




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Re: Air Cruiser Aurora
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2022, 12:08:40 PM »
That. Is. Awesome!  :smiley:
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Re: Air Cruiser Aurora
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2022, 12:36:41 PM »
Ha! That is cool.

Can the Leher-Lobachesvky Gravity lens be scaled down for smaller vessels like Torpedo Boats or Patrol Boats?

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Re: Air Cruiser Aurora
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2022, 02:12:23 PM »
Ha! That is cool.

Can the Leher-Lobachesvky Gravity lens be scaled down for smaller vessels like Torpedo Boats or Patrol Boats?

Sure, but always remember to plagiarize.

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Re: Air Cruiser Aurora
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2022, 08:39:57 PM »

I'm sure it took years to build because you had to source such a massive amount of Martian Liftwood!


For those scratching their heads, have a cultural touchstone.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space:_1889

For those in search of fodder,
http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=10108.0

For those needing thinking music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As5vxxiPRUM
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