Dragged an old model from storage, “The Agony”. I built it in, oh, 1997? 1999? I’ve never been able to really dust any old models effectively, the pegs get in the way. I dream of smoother shapes and vaguely aerodynamic wings, but of course with smoother shapes the models wouldn’t be able to stick together. Unless you custom printed smooth wings with pegs in only in exactly the places you need it for the model to work.
I also have always wanted a model just like this but in gold with red glass, “The Ecstasy”. Again, I can have that if I print it. We can all have it if we print it. Let’s find a way to print it!
It also occurred to me that there’s no reason to print off five hundred individual blocks for a mostly monochrome model like this. I can combine multiple blocks in my editors and effectively reduce a model this size (it’s more than a foot wide!) into maybe 6 big pieces depending on the size of the printer I end up with (upside). 6 big pieces that are completely useless trying to assemble any other model (downside). Or is it six big pieces that a clever modeler can use to make other models, a la classic Blacktron? I love the future!
Drifting derelict a light-hour outside of Neptune’s orbit, lost thousands of years ago in the Solar War and nearly invisible to the human eye, the Agony waits. The Agony, and her A.I. crew. Near Mars, a second ship comes out of warpspace. The Agony’s engines fire up without so much as a verbal command; the crew knows the mission. Nothing enters Sol, nothing leaves.