NOT COMPLETE YET! I still need to add the laser cannon and fix a few other things in the .dat file, but here is a general idea of the Arilou. More views will be up shortly!
Inspired by the Arilou from the video game “Star Control”, the Arilou is a mysterious flying saucer that defies most of the central laws of physics. It is equipped with a Zero-Inertia Drive system, which allows it to accellerate instantaneosly, as well as letting it ignore any and all forces attempting to act upon it. All that is known about this system is that it somehow completely nullifies the Arilou’s mass, allowing it to perform the bizarre assortment of meneuvers it is famous for. A favorite tactic of Arilou pilots is to approach a nearby blackhole or other massive body, and dare their attacker to step too close.
As if the Zero-Inertia system weren’t enough, the Arilou is also equipped with a powerful, albeit, unpredictable, hyperdrive. Arilou’s have vanished from radar screens only to reappear instantly half a lightyear away. It is assumed that the beings who designed the Arilou intended for this technology to be used as a last ditch effort, since the saucers apparently cannot controlwhere they go when the hyperdrive is activated. A few unfortunate Arilou pilots have lost their lives by rematerializing too close to stars or even inside of planets.
The Arilou is armed solely with a small, belly mounted pulse laser on a turret. The weapon has automatic aim, but fairly short range. When the attacker gets close enough, this small weapon can inflict significant, but not devastating damage. Experienced Arilou pilots do not try to destroy their enemy, rather, they try to make their enemy destroy himself or give up.
The Starling is a light recon craft armed solely with a rear mounted laser cannon. Its two passengers are seated back to back with the gunner facing aft to give any would-be attackers the not-so subtle message of “don’t follow me.” It is lightly armed, lightly shielded, and is never known to attack head on. Its main power is in its high speed and agility.
The Sparrow Killer is another revision of the immortal Alienator. My design is related to one of the alternate models on the box, but I’ve swapped a few things here and there.
As the story goes, the first allied fighter to ever meet up with this craft saw it, laughed, and jokingly called it a “sparrow killer”. His atoms were soon recycled by the new Blacktron fighter’s anti-matter ejection cannons, but the name stuck…
This fighter was originally designed as a counter to the allied forces’ smaller spacecraft. However, it packs enough of a punch to take on spacecraft considerably larger than it. Its primary weapons system is made up of two anti-matter cannons. Each cannon fires a dense ball of anti-matter at high velocity using an electro-magnetic propulsion system. The SK is also, of course, equipped with the standard Blacktron Cloaking system.
I designed this one way back in 5th grade (about 1988) while at daycamp. I was so proud of it that I asked the counselor to save it for me so that the next day, I could bring my camera and take a picture of it. Once I got my photos developed I built it again–this time using my own pieces.
Needless to say, the influence classic space has had on me is apparent in this model.