For years now, I’ve noticed a similarity between the functions of the Jetrax T6 and the Thornatus V9. After recently building both models for the BDSM Project, I decided to take a shot at making “alternate versions” of the vehicles. Obviously the Jetrax’s sideways-unfolding function wouldn’t work very well for wheels, but there’s no reason that the Thornatus’s function couldn’t be used on a flying vehicle. Over the last couple of days, I’ve come up with this:
The design is mostly built around a recoloured Thornatus V9, with the primary changes being the replacement of all five wheels with various engines:
The function is identical to that of the Thornatus V9: pulling the nose of the craft causes the engines to swing outwards:
The other major change is the inclusion of landing gear and a handle; the landing gear is even linked to the primary function, so that it retracts when the engines swing out, and vice versa:
However, those aren’t the only changes. Obviously some of the armour was changed, but the changes in the functions required many slight changes to the function geometry, such as moving the Krika blades one stud closer to the middle, or shortening the linkage between the sliding nose and the “wings”.
I tried to keep the pilot as similar as possible to both Antroz and Perditus (who are already very similar), but I had a little fun with the colour scheme:
If anyone wants to build the Thortrax with physical parts, I would be more than happy to make instructions for it.