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Horten H2Os by thomastapir Horten H2Os by thomastapir
Manta-derived organic Atlantean flying wings, likely U(C)AVs or AUVs.
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Flinxerone Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
What's the scale? 
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017
Probably 1:72
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Flinxerone Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, now I notice the textures!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Be careful, once you see them they can see you back!  It's a weird quantum defense property.
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
When I first saw the thumbnail, I thought the ramjets were eyespots and that these were flying flatworm heads.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
Why do I find that idea far more disturbing than what I originally envisioned?!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
These are absolutely stunning! You combined two of my favorite things into one: biology and aviation (and especially flying wings) :D
They look very sleek and gracile, beautiful designs! Very minimalistic but highly effective :)
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
Thanks so much, man!  I was a little bummed at first that they look so "flattened," but then when I went back and examined the original Horten wing designs, those really were pretty flat as well.  Plus, you know, manta rays.  So I guess it's all good.
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
You’re very welcome!
Yeah, most of the Horten designs are pretty flat... for something a bit more hefty, you could take inspiration from the Northrop JB-1 Bat or the N-1M... they are still pretty ray-like in appearance but the wings have a bit more mass to them 
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Super rad, Tom. I'm curious what they look like from the underside -any air intakes or sensory organs over there? And if an Atlantean  UAV/drone thing, then telepathically controlled?

Only vaguely related, the marine drone thing reminds of something cool I saw yesterday at the Connecticut Aviation museum (which was generally awesome) -they had a destroyer-based dual rotor anti-sub heli-drone, impressively from the 1960s! Remote controlled. The OG Navy drone could drop torpedoes and depth charges.

Which makes me curious about the practical (or tactical) application for this guy. "Remote viewing" telepathic recon maybe?   
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Edited Feb 22, 2017
Thanks, Rob!  Yeah, I think there would be a central intake scoop at the front of the body derived from gaping manta jaws, and the gills on the underside would probably be retained for attitudinal control (possibly vectored S/VTOL thrust??).

Wow, I love that idea of "remote viewing"!  You know, for some reason it never even occurred to me that this one might be telepathic.  I guess I don't think of the Atlanteans that way, at least not this branch of them...I have all kinds of weird and esoteric (dare I say....strange and abstract??A Spiritual Warfare) rules conventions and preconceptions regarding my different fantasy civilizations that I can't quite explain or justify even to myself--sometimes I'm not even aware of them until they're brought to my attention like this, lololol!  It does make me wonder how they communicate, though...I guess I'm thinking bio-radio or maybe even something more esoteric (abstract and strange) like gravity manipulation organs or quantum entanglement (assuming that's not what telepathy actually is in the first place).  I'd been thinking of this thing as an Atlantean biogravitic relay tower when I first saw it, in fact:

photapir.tumblr.com/post/14910…

WHOA-HO, that Navy drone does sound OG!  Is this it here?
www.neam.org/ac-gyrodyne-qh50c…
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Edited Feb 22, 2017
Dang, them moles crabs! Would make great mech-tanks. I dig the Atlantean relay tower inspiration as well. 

Yes! That is the drone, and that is the CT Aviation museum. We went for the kids... but I was the one in a candy store! Among other treasures, they had a (detached) gondola for a Navy Zepplin, and I want to live inside it! www.neam.org/ac-goodyear-znpk2…

Got to sit in a couple of cockpits and manipulate the controls, so you can actually see the wing flaps or rotors pitching around: P-47 Thunderbolts + Huey. A truly badass Huey too, with twin gatling guns and rocket pods. You sense my barely constrained childish joy? 
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Agent-Fac3less Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It reminds me of some of the flying creatures from Xen in Half Life
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Interesting, I'll have to look that up.
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ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
A bit like the flying skewers from the Alien Planet documentary. I like it.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Thanks!
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
So cool!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Thank you!  : D
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Ouroboros-491 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
How do the spin-ey bits work on an animal?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
This one COULD employ siphon or ramjet-style propulsion with no "suspended" moving parts, but if there ARE spinning components I picture them working something like this:
VTyrannOL by thomastapir
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Ouroboros-491 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
I see. Does this mean that the Turbines are separate organisms? Because they don't seem to have any connection to the rest of the creature. Do they have their own immune systems? How do they gain nutrients to grow and self repair? 

If I have totally misread this idea and these creatures aren't feralised or anything like that, totally ignore me.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Well......hmm, I'm not sure how else to explain it, or better explain it.  The total turbine assembly is NOT a separate or symbiotic organism, it's just a very specialized organ.  That whole idea of the free-floating rotor elements is loosely based on rattlesnake anatomy, where the "rattles" are hollow scales strung like beads on the tail.  So THAT part of the "motor," the spinning part, doesn't have any living tissue in it and doesn't require metabolic support in the form of a connection with the rest of the organism.

I *have* imagined cases where rotary components DO at least temporarily detach from the rest of the body, and in that situation I envision a kind of male/female jack or plug system where the mobile anatomical module "docks" with the central body when at rest as per

Balisaur Biomechanics by thomastapir

Please see

comments.deviantart.com/1/4196…

for further elucidation on this premise.
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Ouroboros-491 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Ah, I misread the VtyrannyOL post something awful didn't I?

My mistake. However, I still have some technical questions, if you want to hear them. If not, completely understand.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Sure, fire away.
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Ouroboros-491 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Well, if the rotors aren't alive and don't grow, then are the young of these species born with them fully formed at adult size? Or do they grow like horns and break off when the organisms reach adulthood?

Furthermore, do the rotors wear out? If they do, then what happens to the grounded creatures? Are they left for dead, or cared for by the communities they inhabit?

I'm aware that these creatures aren't entirely serious, so sorry if I'm being nitpicky or pedantic. 
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
Hm, maybe they don't express at all until the animal is at or approaching adult size.  Or maybe the outer stator assembly is there and continues to grow like any other bit of anatomy, but the central rotor pod doesn't "grow in" until later in life.  I guess I did picture them flighted from an early age, though, so maybe the rotor is accreted over time like a pearl, or grows more like a baby in amniotic fluid with deposition of tissue layers that then calcify or otherwise harden (think fingernails or antlers), or maybe it absorbs fluid and expands from within like a freshly moulted arthropod.

I don't think the rotors really wear out--the components just don't experience much friction, due to the fluid/magnetically suspended bearings.  I imagine they would probably be cared for by mates or other members of the pack/flock if they were disabled, though.  Maybe they become sedentary as they age and use their rotors in reverse as wind turbines to generate supplementary metabolic energy.
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
words can't describe how much i love this! love the design and the color combo! sweet!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Thanks so much Petr, I'm happy you do!
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem! :)
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