The Raptor is a cross between a transport plane and a flying fortress, and serves as the EDF's mobile command. It is armed with a deadly array of missiles and pulse cannons, ablative radar absorbing armour, and space for any necessary aquatic or ground vehicles. It is equipped with a small slipstream drive which allows it to travel at Hypersonic speeds and a troop lift which allows it to quickly deploy crew and light vehicles onto the ground while hovering. It also has limited aquatic ability so it can launch from the EDF's undersea HQ.
This was the first serious vehicle I ever designed back when I was 15. It was meant to be the villains ship from a Thunderbirds fan film I never quite ended up finishing. When Guy and I began creating EDF in 2006, I knew I had to use this design again.
Looking at it, it has all the hallmarks of been designed by a 15 year old, huge tail fin, massive wings etc. Almost like a hotrod Thunderbird 2 designed by Apple. Thats probably why I quite like it. Here is pretty much the original model, heavily cleaned up in photoshop and the original Microsoft paint textures updated a tad.
As we never finished the first EDF pilot and "Vanguard" it's only appearance to date is in "Into the Abyss". Its launch sequence is here [link]
and a rather cool action sequence of it going head to head with a nuclear submarine: [link]
... Be kind we where 17 year olds
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