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Space Shuttle
About this creation
Dimensions: 30.5 in long, 23 in wide
Weight: about 16 lbs (probably due to the 24 batteries contained within it)
What it Does:
The trasparent cockpit windows allow the signal from the remote control to get through to the RCX, unfortunately, I only have the beginners' model with 2 ports instead of three. One of these ports controls the flaps on the wings, and the other drives the shuttle forward and activates the fiber optics in the back. (the fiber optics also work with the wheels retracted) The RCX itself is turned on with a button built into the top/front of the cockpit. The tail rudder is controlled with a button on the side, which, if a switch is thrown inside, also controls the rotation of the satellite arm. (because you obviously would not need those systems to function at the same time) More buttons on the side control the landing gear flaps and the landing gear itself, or alternatively the extension of the satellite arms. There is a springloaded button just after the cockpit that opens the cargo bay; the latch prevents the bay doors from flying open during "flight." I would have used another motor to open the cargo bay, but I ran out. The pump and switch to raise and lower the pneumatic satellite arm are both in the cargo bay itself.



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   Fun with Photoshop



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   This spring-loaded button opens the cargo bay.



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   Cargo bay



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   This view shows pneumatics thet raise and lower the satellite, and you can see the worm gear that controls the rear landing gear. The system of gears in front either swivels the satellite around or controls the tail rudder when the cargo bay is shut depending on what the switch is set to. You can also see the electronic switch in back that controls the satellite arms and the landing gear doors.



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   The worm gear that you see on the front is connected to a motor that rotates with the wheels when they retract. That simple gear system is powerful enough to drive the heavy ship forward.



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   The fiber optics create the effect of exhaust.



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   The flaps on the wing are controlled with the remote controller, but the tail rudder is controlled with a button on the side of the shuttle.



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   Flaps close in after the landing gear creating this flat bottom, an extremely difficult effec



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   A closeup of the rear wheels folded up flat.



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   More fun with Photoshop



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   The flaps are open, but the wheels are still retracted. You can see part of the satellite above the wheels.



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   Pneumatic arm is up, but the satellite arms have not been opened, and it has not been rotated at all.



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   You can see part of the little red motor that opened the satellite arms.



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   This view allows you to see the satellite mechanism; a worm gear spins in the middle to swing out the arms.



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   The tail was perhaps the hardest part because the rudder on the real space shuttle is at an angle, so mine needed to be as well. Attaching the tail at an angle not only allowed me to run an axle through it for the rudder, it also made the connection significantly stronger.



Comments

 I like it 
  April 25, 2011
I like it. Very elegant!
 I like it 
  December 30, 2010
Love the shuttle That's cool that you can make it all run But you forgot any tanks for fuel
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  April 28, 2009
Sweet! The "Flaps" are called Elevons. When the landing gear is retracted, it looks like there is no landing gear at all! EXCELLENT!!!
 I like it 
  January 25, 2008
I think it's But d'you that the OMS engines are missing.
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  August 24, 2007
WOW!!!! thats incredible
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  August 23, 2007
This is great but I need to point out that the OMS (two little smaller engines on the back) are missing.
 I like it 
  March 13, 2006
The fact that this doesn't have the five simley rating is absolutley the most retarded thing I've ever seen. This beats anything lego could accomplish in a set. Working parts, fiber optics, perfect color scheme. Breath taking model. 10 smileys.
 I like it 
  December 16, 2005
Great,try smoothing it out a bit with tiles
 
By Alexander Exarhos
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