Imbrium Lunokhod Industries VS-A/F-91a 'Varuna'

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Imbrium Lunokhod Industries VS-A/F-91a 'Varuna'

Postby Jay Biquadrate » Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:32 pm

I've been away from the Hangar for a while, but I've still been building at my normal (glacial) pace.

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VS-A/F-91a 'Varuna' by Jay Biquadrate

The Varuna is the next step in a long history of ILI frames. From a design perspective, the Varuna is much closer to the 'Akua' family of frames than the 'Rangi' line. But it's enough of a departure from the previous offerings, that I'd probably consider it the start of a new lineage.

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VS-A/F-91a 'Varuna' by Jay Biquadrate

I'm very happy with the way that the design worked out and I'm particularly excited that the frame (unlike many of my recent builds) is very obviously will under max size for the scale. It looks brawny next to a chub, but fits comfortably inside the sizing box.

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VS-A/F-91a 'Varuna' by Jay Biquadrate

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VS-A/F-91a 'Varuna' by Jay Biquadrate

The impetus for the frame design was my continued obsession with optimized shoulder joints. I had a lot of luck splitting the axes of motion on the IMR frame, and I was eager to see what sort of shaping I could get from the minifig blaster piece.

Here's a build collage and a full piece-by-piece breakdown.

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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries VS-A/F-91a 'Varuna'

Postby Mantisking » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:25 am

Great stuff as usual. I'll have to take a closer look at the techniques you used.
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries VS-A/F-91a 'Varuna'

Postby VitorFaria » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:50 pm

Woah, such a great silhouette on that thing, Jay!

Deliciously chunky!
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries VS-A/F-91a 'Varuna'

Postby Atavism » Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:54 pm

That's some serious chunk, and the jagged black shapes are right up my alley! Love this!
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries VS-A/F-91a 'Varuna'

Postby Jay Biquadrate » Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:05 pm

Thanks, all!

Mantisking wrote:Great stuff as usual. I'll have to take a closer look at the techniques you used.


I think that the only "new" technique would be using the minifig blaster. It's a seriously underrated piece. I'm surprised that I haven't seen it used more in microscale building. The angled handle and 8 studs means that it should work great as a shoulder (like here), forearms, small torso, or legs (it'd work really well as an implied knee). And that doesn't even get into how it might be used to make systems.

VitorFaria wrote:Woah, such a great silhouette on that thing, Jay!

Deliciously chunky!


It really has quite the imposing stature. This might be the first frame that I've ever designed where I wanted to make a full squad and explore other designs on top of the same skeleton.

Atavism wrote:That's some serious chunk, and the jagged black shapes are right up my alley! Love this!


It's a shame that black is so hard to photograph, I'm glad that you like it as much as I do.
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries VS-A/F-91a 'Varuna'

Postby Mantisking » Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:54 pm

Mantisking wrote:Great stuff as usual. I'll have to take a closer look at the techniques you used.
Jay Biquadrate wrote:I think that the only "new" technique would be using the minifig blaster. It's a seriously underrated piece. I'm surprised that I haven't seen it used more in microscale building. The angled handle and 8 studs means that it should work great as a shoulder (like here), forearms, small torso, or legs (it'd work really well as an implied knee). And that doesn't even get into how it might be used to make systems.

I used it as a upper arm piece in a test-bed design I haven't posted yet. I also use it as the Movement System for my Obelisk frames. I don't really have enough of them to go crazy using them as a core piece in a build.
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