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Zephyr ISLS-12 by Artraccoon Zephyr ISLS-12 by Artraccoon
This is the Zephyr ISLS-12 FTL capable shuttle, with a range of 8 lightyears. It can transport up to 12 passengers and 3 crew.
The outboard combined cycle engines rotate to give the Zephyr VTOL capability without taxing the AG systems.
The chrome cone covers the FTL/ spacial traction drive systems.

The Zephyr is popular with business executives and others that need quick private transport.
Several were purchased by the government's Galactic Postal Service and the private enterprise Universal Parcel Service.
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jhwood9 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009   Traditional Artist
It almost looks like one of the ThunderBirds. Now it just needs a supermarionette pilot.
=)
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Artraccoon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Yeah, it kinda does! I need to just put a big white number on it!

The inspiration were those crazy looking rocket craft found in Toho movies (like "Gorath") and in the "Ultraman" series...then mix in a little Lear Jet and BINGO!!
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jhwood9 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009   Traditional Artist
I assume that it is strictly a space craft, though... it can't land, because of the ventral fin?
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Artraccoon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
It can land, the ventral fin folds to the right just prior to landing ( kinda like the old MiG-23's did) and a small wheel comes down.

On each nacelle there's a landing gear, and a nose wheel comes down, the gear pattern is much like a B-52 bomber's.

I guess I'm going to have to show one parked, there a few spaceport pics I'm working on...I'll have to shoe horn a ISLS-12 into one of those scenes background.
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Rogue7 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Impressive design :)
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Artraccoon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Thanks, it was a quickie, but I liked the general results.

Spacecraft are so much fun to design.
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Rogue7 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
That they are, I use to have heaps of fun doing that, pity the sketchbooks have vanished over time
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