Rook wrote:Only thing I didn't like about the raven was cockpit being on the back. Other than this was a terribly close build as far as interest. Thumbs up to both of you.
Thanks. I don't disagree with your assessment on the "Shadow Beast" cockpit. It was a case of me letting the entry photograph get the better of the design; I originally had the cockpit as "facing forward", meaning that Raven was turned around facing forward and that windscreen was an opaque black part. However, I wanted to maximize the three entry photos and show the entire back view with the cockpit closed (and still show the fig inside). I also liked the idea of a detachable cockpit escape pod. I don't think it would matter to Raven which way her body was facing, but a forward-facing cockpit is still a paradigm that is an awkward one to break.
If I had come up with the overall idea sooner than 2 weeks before the deadline, perhaps I would have worked out a better solution. Still, I'm glad to have made it to the round of 8, especially with this being my first real "humanoid" mech. Really tough competition.