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Refueling on BBV-9 by Deepblu742 Refueling on BBV-9 by Deepblu742
Another 70's sci-fi inspired piece.

A brief stop among the basalt temples scattered around the barren flatland. The sparse topography makes an ideal spaceport for non-VTOL ships that require a large landing area.

Tidbits: The vehicles are rovers seen in 2009's MOON movie. The spaceliner/freighter is actually a heavily tweaked XB-70 Valkyrie, a prototype bomber of the US Air Force during the pre-ICBM cold war years. It's landing gears are from a B-1 bomber, elongated of course.
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:iconnikitakartinginboxru:
Hey! It is definetely Sukhoi's T-4/"Object 100", the supersonic rocket carrier! (With different colours, of course). The only different thing is, this machine doesn't have the adaptive cabin, am I right?
Good job done there, I must say.
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
спасибо Nikita. I based this design off a photo of the XB-70 North American Valkyrie which never had an adaptive cabin, of which Sukhoi T-4 seems to have been the Russian counterpart?
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Not exact counterpart, I must say. What was the same - chassis, speed, altitude and materials. Difference - a bit of aerodynamics, and a bit different purposes. XB-70 was built to go above the enemy's countermeasures, but this project didn't go well, thanks to MiG-25. What about the T-4, it was built to destroy enemy's ships, but it didn't go well too, thanks to Tu-160 and its price. But these both are a great pieces of engineering, I must say. And yeah, you're welcome!
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Well thanks for the information, I never found much on the T-4 other than basic program history and why it was scrapped.
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Tounushifan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
The building in the background looks almost identical to the Keyship from Halo 2 - Halo 3.
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I've heard that before, I used what I thought were photos from various monuments/architecture from the Middle East (constructivist style from the 70s-80s). But who knows, perhaps those may have been just photomanip'd from somewhere else like Bungie studios? Using found stuff off the web can be the gray-est area...O_o 
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Tounushifan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
It's like an exact replica, hehe. It looks like the Keyship and the Quarantine Zone put together. Nice work, anyways. :) Brings memories to mind.
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Oh wow, quarantine zone too, does look like it, haha. Remember jamming out some Halo 2...good memories for sure. Probably unconscious inspiration, thanks. ;)
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Tounushifan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Yep. :)
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
XB-70 is probably my favorite plane next to the F-14, Falcon, Phantom and Eagle.

Very cool :)
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