With the live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop just over the horizon, it’s nice to see builds inspired by the show. The unique ships of the Bebop universe are iconic and it’s easy to see echoes of the Swordfish in this design. Builder Nicolas van Grootveld used an aftermarket chromed windscreen to create this big-nosed fighter called the Stratomaxx Acer. Let’s take a look at the schematics.
Sitting above a hefty gun, just like Bebop’s Swordfish, the chrome dome covers the pilot section. The angular wings provide stability and maneuverability for the tiny, formidable fighter. Its sand green and orange color scheme is a tried and true combo that always looks good but Nicolas’s sticker usage adds that next level of detail we love to see on ships. The shaping of the entire body is something to be admired though, as each section has an opportunity to learn about technique. The clever parts usage to achieve mechanical details in the wings and engines is absolutely satisfying. I mean, the machetes used as intake grilles are just beautiful.