Based on the same spaceframe as the MV-2 the MV-9 was a limited run of transport capable vessels which utilized the same basic components as the buoy seeder which preceded it. Manufactured as it was during the very early days of sub-space travel, the vessel when attached to a cargo frame could carry a maximum load of one hundred twenty eight eight ton containers, meaning it had a maximum capacity of one thousand, two hundred and twenty-four metric tonnes of cargo. The frame assembly which held this was attached to the MV-9's underside and had an auto-loading system, so at import and export destinations could be loaded quickly, although once loaded if a specific container needed to be selected, it would become necessary to remove the containers blocking it before it could be freed. The cargo containers were rated for pressure and protected against radiation and cold. They had a thermal protection system installed, although in many cases it was not necessary to activate it. They were never employed for livestock or passengers as they lacked basic environmental support. Typically, containers were hung either side of a sealed block unit which was often used to store small items, such as post and other non-defined freight.
Differences: The most obvious difference between the MK I and the MK II is the addition of a cut-down motor assembly which is attached to the cargo holding framework. The power and fuel for this would be supplied by the main body of the vehicle, but this would greatly reduce the vessels range as it would have to use a established tank (with an established amount of fuel) and a rated reactor assembly to power a secondary motor assembly section. Of course modifications would be made to make this possible, but it would still reduce the effective range of the vessel and its usable on-board consumables. The second motor assembly does however provide additional thrust and center the vessel for flight. Therefore in order to address these issues the MK II had an additional bank of fusion reactions mounted below the primary bank and an additional fuel tank attached forward of that. This altered the superstructure little, but it did result in a tunnel being forced through the tank so that it was still possible to access the ventral surface, although the mass lost to this was relative and the size of the tank calculated to make up his discrepancy. With these modifications in place the MK II had the same effective range as the MK I (more or less) relative to the mass it was carrying in addition to its own hull mass (plus personnel).
At the termination of the MV-2's lifetime, and when subspace drives became more reliable, the MV-2 was retired, but rather than being dismantled many of them were retro-fitted and upgraded to make them MV'9's. The average lifetime of the vessel was eighty years. It had a crew of nine and a maximum subspace jump range of six light years before recharge was required. It featured two short-range laser cannons and a dust-devil rolling torpedo launching assembly either side of the hull.
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Of course most of us use our hands to illustrate and well, I'm no different. Except maybe in my case I've resisted using the state-approved school-forced method that practically everyone else was forced to use (lets have no non-conformity now, don't want the proles thinking they are special!) by the educational system. I mean, have you ever thought about it? We are all taught how to hold a pen ... but who set the standard? Who said it has to be a certain way and every other way is wrong and therefore unacceptable? Well, I suspect our established way goes all the way back to the quill and ink and because the ink had a tendency to drag it was expected of the person using the quill not to spoil the document they were writing out. Thus it was established that we had to hold the quill a certain way and to hover above the paper. Well, I never subscribed to that and since an early age have resolutely refused to write like that and have incurred considerable wrath over the years because of it and because I happen to be left-handed.
When I was growing up in the Seventies in State sponsored schools, there was a right way and a wrong way of doing things and if you were left handed, boy, did you get told you were in the wrong. Yes, that's right, they tried to make me write and illustrate with my right hand. But I'm a stubborn son-of-a-bitch and flatly refused and was punished repeatedly for ignoring the 'sage' advice of 'my betters' (fuck 'em) and did what I felt like, and which more importantly felt natural and comfortable, thus I wrote and illustrated as seen in the image on the left. The one on the right is how they wanted me to do it. We have much the same mentality with computer mice ... left-handed person, who sadly was forced to use a mouse with his right hand, except this time it stuck because I was told that if I did not use the right hand, I would be out of a job. Now I use the right hand for the mouse, my left for writing, which frankly means I can do two things at once but its just a reminder of how much society forces itself and its sense of ''normality'' on us and how if you resist you are branded a non-conformist and trouble-maker.
You will have to excuse the torn and chewed fingernails in this image. I've been under enormous stress of late and well, only realize I've done this after my fingers start to bleed and using a keyboard in any capacity is so painful its nearly an impossible task. It took me twenty years to break that habit, mainly due to anxiety, and from time to time I lapse.
The images shown here are of the left hand of the author/artist. The author remains intellectual property rights over these images.
PROFILE IMAGE: This is the face of a guy who you seriously do not want to screw around with. I'm not in the habit of threatening people. I don't issue threats, I make things happen. Do we have an understanding? A man with a human thighbone is not to be taken lightly. Kickings available on request (or if you irritate me). Warning: home invaders will have their skulls cracked.
BIOGRAPHICAL: British citizen, born in London in 1967 who has spent much of his life living between the U.K. and the United States. I hold both British and American citizenship. I've wanted to be an astronaut since an early age but sadly my inability to be able to do math, to say nothing of my financial status prevented me from joining any of the space programmes (I may enjoy fantasy, but I'm a realist and frankly it would never happen and I accepted that at an early age).
In my twenties I was a hell raiser, pub-crawler, just out of have a good time (see: King, Gary, Re: The World's End) yeah, I'm that sad - deal with it. I spent a lot of time in Texas, and later in my thirties on a lot of time in Oklahoma (where two world-class assholes decided to maliciously and sadistically lampoon me in some unauthorized and slanderous podcast (they know who they are and if they do it again, they will be paying me a very large amount of money in damages)). Later still I moved to Michigan, but that never worked out to moved back to the United Kingdom and to the misery of unemployment, welfare, and the bloody awful British weather.
CURRENT RESIDENCE: Winchester, Hampshire, UK.
STATUS: Disabled, on welfare (but if the authorities had their way, they would have me working - I am mentally messed up and physically disabled in such a way that I am in pain ALL of the time and the fucking painkillers do not work at all anymore meaning that I'm pissed off pretty much MOST of the time and have no time for assholes or people who think I'm perfectly capable of working. Working? I can barely stand up for ten minutes without my feet feeling as if I'm standing on hot coals and my back locking up and that is the LEAST of my problems, ATOS). But by far my biggest problem is my own personal hell of a high functioning bi-polar condition, which means that some days I wake to find the world a weird, twisted and fucked up version of itself in which I feel as if I'VE DIED and everyone else on the planet has died right along with me and well, I feel downright suicidal ... and on other, less intense days I merely feel suicidal. Yes, the 'fun' never ends with mental health problems!
MUSIC: Eighties, Seventies, Movie and Television Scores and Incidental Music (with emphasis on science fiction). Music as used by Oracle, 4-Tel, Ceefax in the Eighties. I collect old scores and soundtracks - mainly for movies.
INTERESTS: Science and Technologies, Aviation (with emphasis on World War I and II), Spaceflight, Science Fiction, History (predominately the ancient world), Parapsychology, UFOlogy, The Unexplained.
ENTERTAINMENT: Alternative Comedy (Spike Milligan, The Young Ones, Bottom, Mr. Bean, Blackadder, Chelmsford 123, The Brittas Empire, Dad's Army, Spitting Image, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Drop the Dead Donkey, Whose line Is It Anyway?, Little Britain, Hyperdrive, SPACED, Miranda, Mrs. Brown's Boys, etc) and from the American market: 'Titus' (Christopher Titus), American Dad, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Futurama, Bevis and Butthead. Science Fiction with interest in Gerry Andersons Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Stingray, SPACE 1999, Terrahawks. Farscape, Lexx, Star Wars, Star Trek, (classic) Battlestar Galactica, (classic) Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. I also enjoy older comedies, such as Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lloyd, Abbott and Costello, Carry On (movies) and action-adventure movies, with the Dirty Harry, Die Hard and Deathwish series high up there - and horror, such as (original) The Fog, They Live, The Thing (re-make), etc.
GAMING: Acornsoft ELITE (retro-gaming on BBC Micro emulator), ELITE: Dangerous, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV (The Lost and Damned, The Ballard of Gay Tony), Grand Theft Auto V, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Skyrim/The Elder Scrolls, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Saints Row the Third, Saints Row IV, Rogue Trooper, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast, Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Quake III, DOOM (original, I was there in TX where and when it began)
READING: Historical, Fantasy, Science Fiction (Harry Harrison, Larry Niven), Comedy (Spike Milligan, Douglas Adams) but prefer comic books with emphasis on 2000A.D. and Judge Dredd: The Megazine (IPC publishing, now Rebellion). History, Philosophy Psychology, Law and an interest in the human condition.
FAVORITE ARTISTS: Carlos Ezquerra , Brian Bolland
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 64-Bit and Windows XP
MP3 PLAYER: Destiny Media Player
PERSONAL QUOTE: ''If something is worth doing well, it's worth giving it to a professional and keeping the amateurs out of it as they'll only foul it up.''
WISHING: The BBC would re-release STAR COPS on DVD.
WARNING: I am very protective of the work in my catalogue (gallery) and rabidly WILL PURSUE LEGAL ACTION (prosecution) of any person, party or company which utilizes individual designs, elements, concepts or any other material from this site irrespective of use or purpose. You are welcome to look at the material but you may not under any circumstances use or adapt any of my work for your own ends. The material is protected by INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS and copyright. Failure to accept this will lead to my seeking high value damages against the offending party. I've been operating as an independent technical artist specializing in blueprint style illustration for more than thirty years and have associates worldwide who can provide evidence to that end should I need to prove it.