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Commissioned: SI-83 Swallow

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This is a commission for a series of machines for :iconstronglikehong83:

This is a starfighter from his imagination called the Space Interceptor - 38 Swallow.

The brief was that the machine operated under credibility - no magical technology - and that it was to have influences from the F-117, the AV-8B, and the F-35.

With these elements, the fighter was easy to design, and I love how this came out. It looks a beastie; the emblem I made too - this ship is part of the Reaper Fighter Wing.

Comments and feedbacks welcome.

Enjoy! :D

And for you stat hounds - please see below.

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Space Interceptor 83 Swallow (SI-83)

Description: Multi-purpose Space Fighter and Attacker

Length: 75 FT (22 m)

Wing Span: 53 FT (16 m)

Height: 14 FT (4 m)

Powerplant: Single Fusion core Powered turbine mated to duel vectoring Burners and single lift engine

Crew: 2 (Pilot and WSO)

Armament: Fixed Blaster cannon; Projector Pods varies from mission to mission
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Why does it need wings if it's a space fighter? I have too many nitpicks about this, and I'm hoping those shadows are actually heat shielding...
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ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
Go for it! Nitpick sir - I insist :)

Well this is what commissions are about - he wanted it like this - a cross between a Harrier and an F-117.

I think the wings are for inner atmospheric flight.

The dark panels are just paintwork sir :)

Cheers for looking :)
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I-PlexiglassHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, this is incredibly realistic, I almost thought you'd done this in 3D for a second! This is an absolutely gorgeous ship, full of vim and vigour- sort of like a swallow, eh? :D- and looks like it can pack the stinging punch of a
hornet. Not too big and not too small- this is a very functional ship.

I gotta say that this is one of the best renderings I've seen of your space vessels yet. The colours are amazingly smooth and blend in with one another well, creating this gorgeously lifelike effect one would see in a small-scale
3D model- I think of Kerbal Space Program or something of the like! The shape of the vessel, too, is splendid- very fighter-like, but unique with the plethora of fins and the angled thrusters. Those fins, though, you cannot have
enough; they always look awesome! :D

Really liking the blurriness in the backdrop below the Swallow here- she is moving at speed, man- I can imagine this thing going really really fast- and the blue colour you used in the thrust cloud clinches it, preventing the
piece from being too grey.

A lot of clever elements and effects are meshing so well in this piece- I think this is one of your most realistic ships yet, ranking with the Starfighter for sure. :)
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ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
Hee hee!

I share exactly the same statements and feelings here sir - when I did this I thought "Woah!" this is a boundary step! As you said, it feels realistic, even I thought so.

All the bits on this baby were at the requests of the commissioner but with "enough" room for alteration.

The requirement was to make a lift-capable spacefighter but that "obeyed" the laws; he wanted something crossed with an F-117 and an AV-8B. This was easy to do, and it flowed. Hence all the fins and steering flaps on the vectoring nozzles.

The backdrop is splendid and works - the reason was I wanted to create three different backdrops for his works - space interceptor? Space, of course; and the best example is a moon. The blur gave speed as you have pointed out; tip - do any pic in a blur shot - long as the shading matches, will work a treat :D

Thank you again for such great support and reviews - its essential my friend - it makes me listen and learn :D!!
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I-PlexiglassHobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha-- when the artist thinks the same, it must be truly a jump-- a boundary step, as you've put it :D

Aaah, I see- basically, function without magic. I like that a lot, and I love seeing you bridge fiction with reality! This one, again, looks so functional as to be conceivable in real life; I think you got it spot-on :D

Your backdrops do exactly what they need to without being intrusive. It takes a lot of skill to do that-- mad respect!

The pleasure is always mine- and seeing your reactions is a big treat!
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ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :D
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RobCaswellProfessional General Artist
OOoo! Cool! Very practical looking design for a transatmospherics craft. I'm kinda reminded of a Puffin ;)
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ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
LOL! It does! :D!!

Thank you sir :D
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dsherratt74Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice looking craft my friend.
 
First impression I get looking at it is a Harrier for space. Probably not what you were going for but it's got that style about it.

Looks the business.
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ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
Actually it's what the commissioner wanted - and he loved it :D

It does look the business :D

Cheers sir!
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dsherratt74Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not saying it's a bad thing, just remarking what I first thought when I saw it.

Pretty sweet design all said and done. No Gunstar I admit but hey nothing is right?
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ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
Indeedie :D
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Jburns272Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice design. looks cool.
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ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir - one tries :)
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Jburns272Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Oh fucking AWESOME! I also see hints of the Grumman A-6 Intruder in this beauty! Great job as always. :)
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ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm I see what you mean :D

Thank you very much for the kind supporting words :D
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TheCentipedeHobbyist General Artist
Moar fins means moar better. ;)
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ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
LOL! Moar comments like that please :D

Cheers sir :)
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TheCentipedeHobbyist General Artist
I'm not entirely sure what those fins inboard of the wings would be doing, other than perhaps acting as aerodynamic fences, perhaps to control flow over the V-tail (though changing the incidence angle of the V-tail would arguably be the lower-mass option in that case). They look static, so they're probably not roll controls.

They look cool, though.
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ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
Ah!

My apologies - the fins in the middle are actually opening up to allow the top intakes air or mix; I know its in space but I thought of showing a "spasm charactaristic".

In flight, these will fold back into the fuselage; am planning to do an authro of this ship soon too so that should give better detail :D

You know your stuff better that I - I tried to make it look cool :) just ;)
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TheCentipedeHobbyist General Artist
I was wondering if maybe they were doors; the black-of-the-interior and the black paint job threw me off. Okay, close those up for forward flight...

:iconsquintingplz:

:iconimaginationplz:

Yeah, that passes the logic test... :)
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ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :D!! That means a lot more than you think!
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