Leadbelly

Misleading Handle

A solo reconnaissance vessel capable of long interstellar flights and discrete surveillance. Whether hovering just above a home or in orbit over a nation-state, it can still defend itself if ever detected.

Leadbelly Feature Image

Code Name:  Leadbelly


another 3/4 view

The monicker Leadbelly is twofold: it reflects an aspect of the ships design, but also is a misnomer because of how maneuverable and fast the vessel is. So goes its nature for the operations is flies. Designed for clandestine tactics and multilevel surveillance, Leadbelly flies any hour of day or night. Distance isn’t a factor either, for there is enough space behind the pilot for a small bed and facilities.


Angled Design

Leadbelly open

Cockpits open, wings up

 

When designed by the pilot himself, he went with an older stealth motif of angles to reflect various detection capabilities. A bold move at the time, but he knew there was still effective uses over the more popular compound curve designs. He discovered that most paid attention to the signal bouncing ability of curves, but angles performed just about as well. He also found the angles improve emitting capabilities of noise producing technologies as well. This aided camouflaging technologies like cloaking and miraging. The ship essentially can act as a huge antenna for all its listening services.

Additionally, this design assists in harsher atmospheres like outposts around gas giants and research colonies deep inside turbulent nebulas. The flat bottom contains deep adhesion and magnetic coupling technologies to hug another ship’s hull or a space station’s exterior wall. Combined with the cloaking technology, Leadbelly can infiltrate almost any target.


Swift and Silent

Another aspect of Leadbelly’s stealth design comes from it’s multiple smaller engines. Each one capable of dynamic thrust variation in different atmospheres as well as ionic impulse for long flights from system to system. This design also helps with thermal distribution and dispersement. All of these benefits really exist for immediate use, as the majority of the time the ship uses a quantum gravimetric wave bubble physics to fly literally anywhere. With this capability, the ship exists slightly out of spacetime, but is still able to observe the known reality.


Build History

This is one of my all time favorite sets I’ve created. It came together simply, and contains a very large interior for the size of the ship. The roof of the belly of the ship comes from Space’s Roboforce set 2153 Robo Stalker, as does the tapered, sloping cockpit walls. Most of the other noticeable elements come from Space’s UFO set 6015 Warp Wing Fighter; namely the transparent green elements, the wing extension tails, and various undercarriage parts.

The name came from the windscreen bottom cockpit element from Aquazone Aquaraiders set 2160 Crystal Scavenger. It’s a huge half bowl-shaped piece that makes for a larger interior spaces and really helps reduce build complications. One of the things I’ve found fascinating in the completed design is how not bulky the ship is. The ‘belly’ gets obscured by the deployed state of the wings. The profile also looks great as the sloping top front compliments the rounding back bottom.

Pilot seat

Pilot seat

Rear interior

Surveillance and sleeping area


Leadbelly top 3/4 view
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