Vastra Maintenance Runabout (Trash Bash Build Vehicle)
Brian Roe, had a theme of food container and spoon to make something related to transport. I originally planned to make a transport pod inspired by the ones from Farscape because I had been keeping a rounded triangular chip tube for years, just waiting to find the perfect thing to serve as the curved cockpit area. I was pleased when I realized the package for this overnight oats "Mush" seemed to fit the bill. When this build was announced I started looking for the triangular chip tube but soon realized it had been stupidly tossed several months back when I was sorting through my unused
trash raw materials! Never toss anything you think you'll use for a build because most of time it'll be something they don't make anymore and your creative juices will be devastated.
After much soul searching, I finally decided to do some sort of techno-grimdarkish open-topped hover vehicle. It would be simple and a little junky and I'd use no miniatures-related plastic bits for it as penance for the Farscape transport debacle.
Used on most industrial planets, the Vastra Class Maintenance Runabout is usually an unarmed open-top antigrav vehicle for moving small numbers of people to remote locations or within large facilities. The Vastra is easily piloted by beings with cybernetic interface capabilities but can also be piloted by non-cyborgs with various control options. There are countless variants throughout the galaxy, most notably the Vastra-J with a smaller crew compartment and a large flat cargo area.
The main body of the Vastra is a Mush cold oatmeal container with two spoons as "wings." The bowl of a plastic soup spoon serves as the main antigrav unit on the underbody. The two underbody thrusters are halves of a toothpaste tube lid. The dangly cables are a clothes price tag cable. Strips of thin cardboard were used as the panels on the main body. The antenna on the back is a pen needle cover. The flight stand is a length of hot glue stick with a magnet so the runabout can be stored more securely. Another magnet is mounted inside the main body under the thin cardboard floor that was secured by some spackle and hot glue.