Zippity Aviary's Z-Wing Starfighter (ZeeAye Shipyards BV-M82 RIP Cannon Interceptor)
Zippity wasn't surprised when the courier arrived. This was what he did after all. He probably didn't have to destoy the droid but better safe than sorry is how he makes a living. If there's anyone out there who knows how to harness the enormous power of repulsor injected plasma it's Dr. Aviary. Destroying the target was merely an afterthought, he couldn't wait to start building the RIP Cannon. While trying to decide how he wanted to propel the ship itself he had his true Eureka moment: Excess RIPlasma energy would be just as suitable as ion propulsion and if there was ever power to spare he had it here. But how to keep himself isolated from the dangerous radiation while maximizing his speed & the capability of the weapon? First he thought about a hugely shielded cannon but the returns on the performance diminished to where he'd become an easy target. No. A new approach was needed. Modding a standard ray shielding circuit to the size of this ship's central strut Zippity found his answer. The final ship lacked some of the maneuverability of a snub-fighter but it was FAST. One of these days he's gonna try to set a new record on the Kessel Run.
The Ship is the first in galactic history to mount so powerful a weapon on a personal fighter. Zippity had to forgo an astromech as they kept getting shorted out. The RIP Cannon drives the engines while storing energy in the plasma cell ahead of the primary baffles... excess energy powers all the electronics & weapons & the plasma drive. The shielding necessary to allow someone like the Doc to stay alive also ray shields the whole craft and the standard deflectors are almost as strong as the ones his buddies once destroyed on the forest moon of Endor. Dual twin blaster cannons flank the cockpit and laser cannons modified from some he found on an old TIE are mounted under the chin. The primary weapon takes nearly a minute to charge and fire but the effects are nearly 82% of the strenght of the original Death Star's weapon system, a fair trade if you ask ZeeAye!
The Nameless One would truly know he had pissed off the wrong faction this time. ZA was going to make sure of that!!
More pics in the set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/murphquake ... 019772536/
Special thanks to my inspiration Clone Emperor for being my opponent in this round & making sure I didn't just submit a Z tile from the business card setZ-Wing Main
, on Flickr (Polling Image)Z-Wing Letter
, on Flickr (Letter Profile)Z-Wing Zippity
, on Flickr (Pilot In Cockpit)