The Bison mobile lunar research lab is carried to its destination by the BC47 -- a 12-ton hauler known as the "Buffalo Chip." The Bison is designed to serve as a lunar camper, allowing explorers to spend two or three lunar days in one area before returning for resupply. Geological and astronomical experiments of all sorts may be conducted on a Bison. Read on to find out more . . .
About this creation
First, some views of the one man "Buffalo Chip" (BC47 Heavy Cargo Vehicle). This bad boy might be boxy, but it's a workhorse for the lunar land operations corps. I was going for some sort of "space pickup truck" here.
The front end is squared off -- do you really need to worry about aerodynamics in low gravity? The BC47 is intended to haul things, not race in the Sea of Tranquility 500 presented by Astro-Juice.
I wanted to give the front end some sort of tackle or perhaps a winch, but settled for the coupling bar instead. What's a coupling bar? It's a bar you use to put a couple BC47's together, that's what.
The shot below might just be my favorite angle of the complete MOC, although you can't see the right side windows in the Bison. Yes, yes, someone's going say I should have used slopes, more cheese wedges or plates and snot to hit the studs -- I say thee nay. I don't mind the studs too much, and I don't have enough wedges or slopes to do the job properly, so I compromised.
Now onto the Bison. It is airtight and capable of preserving life, but it's main function is to operate as a mobile research labratory so that explorers in the field can compile and compare data and samples of lunar phenomenon at the point of discovery.
I fiddled for hours over what to put on the roof, and as far as greebling goes I've made a great ping pong table.
I've been wanting to use one of those rubber band holders in something for quite a while, just to do it. I'm not displeased with what I came up with, but I need more hoses and other greebly bits to do a proper job here.
Although the design is rather simple, I'm happy with the way the rear doors turned out. My original idea was to incorporate some sort of sliding ramp, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. Then I realized the door could be the ramp (I know, what a genius!).
This is my most complex vehicle yet, and it's the closest I've come to making an interior to a MOC (except as movie-type sets for my Glomshire Knights and Deathdog Tales comics. Check 'em out -- I'll wait).
I wanted the interior to be open, yet adaptable for various configurations. Other interior options are in the works, but this particular Bison is prepared for . . .
That's right, the Lunar Utility Vehicle is loaded up and ready to head to Brickworld. After all, the researchers might as well have a sporty little runabout on hand if the Buffalo Chip gets called away on another mission, right?
If and when I build additional modules for the interior of the Bison, I'll put them up as separate post so you don't have to keep coming back here. Unless you really want to come back, because it goes so lonely out in space when you're a lowly little researcher . . .
This thing ROCKS, I'm in love with this design ! Obviously it's not extremely complicated, but it has a real strong visual impact. The two parts of the vehicles are great, the doors on the back are a nice feature. A very, very enjoyable MOC.