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Ratchet's homemade ship is a vehicle in Ratchet & Clank. It is a homemade ship created by Ratchet in his home at the Kyzil Plateau, Veldin, following instructions from the Gadgetron HelpDesk.[1] The ship was used by Ratchet, and powered by Clank's robotic ignition system, to leave Veldin to travel to the Tobruk Crater, Novalis, where the ship was destroyed in a crash. It was then replaced by the courier ship retrieved from Agnogg Buckwash, the Novalis chairman.

In the 2016 re-imagined game and 2016 movie, Ratchet instead pilots Mr. Micron's ship initially, which he had modified without Mr. Micron's consent.

History

Ratchet works on his ship

Ratchet, working on his ship

Ratchet constructed the ship on his own, following instructions from the HelpDesk.[1] After finishing the ship, the final step presented a roadblock for Ratchet: he lacked a robotic ignition system, rendering him unable to start the ship. Just over half an hour later,[2] Clank crash landed on Veldin.

After "Investigate crash site", Ratchet recovered Clank. Clank complimented Ratchet's mechanic skills,[3] and offered to start the ship, as he was equipped with the latest robotic ignition systems allowing him to start any ship he chose.[4] This led them to travel to Novalis, where an infobot had warned them about Drek's plan to extract a portion of the world, in order to save the planet, and to search for the help of Captain Qwark.

Upon arriving on Novalis, the ship was crashed. However, they obtained a new courier ship from the Novalis chairman, Agnogg Buckwash, after "Find a new ship".

Characteristics

Ratchet's homemade ship from R&C (2002) concept art 2

Concept art

The ship is small, with a round fuselage, short wings, two engines on the back, an antenna on the left-hand side of the ship, and the cockpit makes up most of its body. The fuselage is made up of several metal plates held together. It has a mostly blue color scheme with yellow trim, though a few metal plates appear to be a different shade of blue. When landed, it is held up by three gears.

Though the ship is described as a homemade job "held together by chewing gum and rubber bands",[5] Clank implies that it was well put together after he complimented Ratchet's skills with his wrench.[3]

Behind the scenes

Though the ship does not appear in the 2016 re-imagined game or movie, the escape shuttle that Clank crash lands on Veldin, after fleeing Quartu from Victor Von Ion, strongly resembles Ratchet's homemade ship in design, making it a possible allusion to the original game.

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