This paper model is the space pirate ship Bentenmaru, based on the manga / anime series Bodacious Space Pirate, the papercraft was created by dancougarjp. The Bentenmaru is a space pirate ship that belongs to the Bentenmaru Pirates. Its former captain was Gonzaemon Kato and its current captain is Marika Kato.
The Bentenmaru was one of the Original Seven, the first seven pirate ships to receive Letters of Marque from the Sea of the Morning Star government during the War of Independence, and is one of the survivors of the group.
In the anime, the Bentenmaru has a cone and cylinder shaped main body, commonly associated with rockets, with four fins at the rear.
The nose cone has several panels over it which pull back when the ship performs FTL jumps or deploys the frontal pulse weapon. A small probe is also located at the front. Just behind the cone, before the bridge, there is a retractable launch platform for probes and beam dispersers.
The bridge is located near the front of the ship. During battle stations, the bridge’s roof lowers and shutters seal it off. Located behind the bridge, on the upper starboard and port sides, are two turrets, each with three cannons and covers. There is also a similar, single cover on the underside of the ship around this section, possibly a third turret with just one cannon. There are two docking bays attached to the main body, behind the turrets and ahead of the fins, one on each side of the ship. The starboard bay is larger than the port one.
At the rear of the ship are several engines that provide thrust. On top of the ship, there is a large booster built into a fin. On the horizontal plane, there are two diagonal fins with smaller engines suspended at the ends. The external engines are cylindrical and have a cone extruding at the front. The central engine has four nozzles whilst the rest have one. On the underside of the hull is a smaller, cut-off fin with a rectractable antenna mast with several panels.
The ship has various sub-thrusters located across it to help it manoveur. There are also anchors to keep the ship moored.
Miniskirt Space Pirates is a Japanese light novel series written by Yūichi Sasamoto and published by Asahi Shimbun Shuppan since October 2008. An anime television series adaptation produced by Satelight, under the title Bodacious Space Pirates aired in Japan between January 8, 2012 and June 30, 2012. A film adaptation will be released in Winter 2014. A web manga adaptation launched on June 2, 2012.
In the far future where space travel has become the norm, Marika Kato is a high school girl living a rather ordinary life as a member of the space yacht club and a part-time job at a high-class retro café. One day, Marika learns of her recently deceased father, Gonzaemon, who is revealed to have been a Space Pirate who performed legal acts of piracy under the letter of marque. In order for her father’s ship, the Bentenmaru, to continue legal operation, Marika, Gonzaemon’s direct descendant, is chosen to become the ship’s new captain, thus beginning her life as a Space Pirate.
You can download the papercraft model here: Bodacious Space Pirates – Space Pirate Ship Bentenmaru Free Paper Model Download
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