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Hangar Queen 499 by unusualsuspex Hangar Queen 499 by unusualsuspex
(idiomatic, slang, aviation) In the Forces, "Hangar Queen" is not a proud title. It relates to a craft which requires a great deal of regular maintenance and has an unfavourable ratio of maintenance time to flight time. It therefore sits in the hangar and is systematically "cannibalized" (stripped of its parts) so that other craft may fly.



The Ballad of 499

Now many a ballad has been sung
About those Rebel nights,
Of how we fought, day in day out,
Against the Empire’s might

But no one sings a battle cry
For the girl that was left behind
She played her part, and gave her heart
That Hangar Queen 499….

(The only model who's provenance I'm sure of is the Binary Load Lifter which belongs to [link] Darth Ziggy :) Thanks for the loan DZ!)
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BERmaestro Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Perfect, my only nitpick is did you try to add some people? it could be absolutelly stunting.
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darthziggy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Is that my "Load Lifter"?

Awesome!
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unusualsuspex Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Darth is that yours?? Great, somebody I can credit! I don't have names for half my models :) And by the way love the Load Lifter!!!

Thanks mate for sharing.
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darthziggy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I'm pretty sure it's mine. Glad to see it out there being used.

Cheers!
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unusualsuspex Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for that DZ. You'll be glad to know it's reappearance in an image is imminent :D (this time credited properly!)
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AltugBulca Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is one of the most powerful SW pieces I have seen in a long time. There is even a binary loadlifter in the background hooraay!
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unusualsuspex Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Appreciated, and yea I just had to add the BLL. It WILL be back :)
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AltugBulca Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that will be the day :)
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Awesome work! I always saw the Y-wing and A-wing as being hangar queens in the Rebellion, the Y because it's so old and the A because it's supposed to be a very maintenance intensive spacecraft. :D
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unusualsuspex Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To me, the Y Wing always screamed "I'm overworked and under-appreciated" and there's nothing quite so sad as a Hangar Queen anyway, so this is a somewhat melancholy piece.
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