Friday Night Fights [Round 24]

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for a special Veteran’s Day edition of Friday Night Fights! This week’s bout is the battle of the wild blue yonder, waged between two USAF veterans with global air supremacy on the line.  Both entries were first posted in 2006 (continuing this week’s unofficial theme of decade old models), and illustrate the “whimsical” side of the valiant Airmen.  Without further preamble, let’s go to the tale of the tape.

Fighting out of the red corner, from an unmarked hangar at the Skunk Works, it’s Derek “The Action Figure” Schin and his “Aero Pirates“.


And fighting out of the blue corner, from the DARPA wind tunnels, it’s Justin “Henry” Vaughn and his “Crater Express Moonbase Taxi”


As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor and determine who will receive a week’s worth of bragging rights.  Simply leave a comment below and vote for the model that best suits your individual taste. I will tally up the votes next Friday and declare a winner.

Last time, on Friday Night Fights….

It was the battle of the pumpkin patch with a bag full o’ children’s souls on the line.  In the end, Anthony “The Wolverine” Wilson and his “The Wanderer“ smashed Andrew “Chrome” Lee and his “Happy Halloween“ to the tune of a 9-6 victory.  Anthony Wilson scores his first victory (1-0) while Andrew Lee runs his record to (0-1).


I’d like to end with a shout-out to another valued Airman, Dave Manhire, who designed the banner of this august blog, and a raised glass to the vets.

17 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights [Round 24]

  1. I actually like the taxi, it reminds me of the utilitarian, Syd Mead-like designs from the 70s. The lack of style ends up being a style, always love that. The pirate ship suffers from undersized balloon syndrome.


  2. Henry’s taxi. I have to agree with Matt “MOCpages artcal” rowntRee. The baloons on Schins flying boat are simply to small. A reocuring flaw in almost all Lego balions and derigibles.


  3. Definitely the taxi, creative window canopy does it for me. And like most black LEGO models, the pirate ship just looks like a black blob on my screen.


  4. I love pirates and fantasypunk or whatever category that falls into. So Aero Pirates for me. Yeah, the balloons might be too small…if you lock yourself into the idea that this exists on earth, or a world that is the same as earth. Who knows what the gravity is on the planet they’re inhabiting. Also, who knows what elements exist on that particular world? These could easily be the perfect sized balloons.


  5. The pirate ship is a bit boilerplate for me and is dangerously close to that most horrid of themes, steampunk. But I feel like the taxi is too big and industrial to be a taxi, even if a car-sized taxi would be impractical in space. Looks more like a maintenance vehicle or a cargo transport. However, the fact that it connects to a moon base standard air lock is fantastic, and it gets bonus points for asymmetry as others already said.


  6. I take from this that nobody ten years ago knew how to take a great photo.

    I vote Schin, because sky pirates are cool and he actually has cannons on the bottom of the ship which makes a lot of sense when fighting in three dimensions.

    While I like the style of the space taxi, the coloration and sheer bulk of it make me think more of a submarine than a space vehicle.


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