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Deep Freeze Defender - R
Reincarnation is a good thing. Time to Rekindle an old favorite. The legend is Reborn. Reduce your taxable wages--wait.
About this creation
The Deep Freeze Defender was the backbone of the Ice Planet forces. It could carry, retrieve, transport, and even launch their satellites with ease. Its compartmentalized design meant it was adaptable to any situation. It was a delight for pilots to fly, and despite its thin arsenal, it was essential for fending off raiders. However, time and the advancement of technology left the original design floundering even on the most distant planets. Because of budget cuts, a brand new design wasn't possible. But a Redesign was.



The DFD-R keeps the dual cockpits and dual hull sections. In fact, it's overall shape is almost identical to the old model from a distance. However its now faster, with a longer range and more focused mission.



The engines have been integrated into the wings and upgraded significantly, while the wings themselves have more surface area to provide more lift.



On the underside fat, impact-absorbing skids provide improved stability during landing and takeoff. As always, the DFD-R is made for snow or ice covered terrain.



While reconfigurable ships aren't as popular as they once were, this feature was integrated into the original DFD so well that it was pointless to remove it.



The most useful alternatives to the main layout are the Cargo and Fighter modes. The weapon pods are moved to one cockpit, which is then attached to the midsection to make a fast and reasonably agile skirmisher. The Cargo unit's range is greatly diminished without the midsection, but being slower and more stable allows for landings in difficult terrain, which can be vital in emergencies.



While the old DFD had a scout ship that would launch through the top of the aft section, the DFD-R has a much more useful cargo hold for transporting supplies, or in this case, a plow equipped with OTC missiles.



The aft section can be piloted without a cockpit pod, but it tends to be much less stable and is considered an emergency application. Otherwise this console can be manned by a weather/radar operator.




Time to break the 4th wall! I wanted to find substitutes for the old transparent orange pieces on the aft section, and it led to some interesting results. What are those curved blue covers for? Why does that orange cable go around the wing? I don't know! But they look neat, and I had to add in some greebles somewhere to make up for the smooth wings.



I'm sure those that had this set immediately cried "Where is that blue Ice Planet cockpit piece!?" Well, I have it still, but the blue has faded with age. I tried to use it but it looked very out of place and I removed it. Which in a way is better since I never intended to re-use the satellite rocket function. Instead the midsection houses a large fuel tank, and the opening leads to a port perfect for aerial refueling.



I've wanted to use these big slopes as wings for a long time, and when I sat down to rebuild the DFD, I figured this would be a perfect time. So while the baseplates make the DFD-R about the same length as the original, the lack of wing plates means the profile is thinner overall. I rather like how they look, but I'm constantly breaking them; those big slopes just don't have enough clutch power.



One major advantage of using the newer cockpit pieces, is that there's more room inside for the mini-figs and instruments. There's even enough space for them to store their skis on either side, plus air conditioning is standard!



"Well, at least the black suit made him easier to find!"



"Maybe we can thaw him out with the thrusters?"



"Nah, lets just take him up really high. The landing will break him out!"

A while ago, I got the urge to rebuild the DFD when someone pointed out that the MX-81 was very similar. So I thought, why not combine them? I started with the instructions from my original set. That's right, I still have the original instructions, and they're the only one's I've kept through the years. After getting the basic layout, I went berserk with pretty much everything. Also, I Realize that the newer transparent orange is very different from the old, and I could have edited the color on the old to make it match. But that would be cheating.

For those that also had this set, hope you found my tribute to be fitting. I've had a lot of fun with it, even with Replicating the old box art. Thank you for Roving through the pictures, Reading the text, and Resolving to leave me a Review. Okay I'll stop.

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Comments

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  June 5, 2014
gorgeous set! love what you've done with it!
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  March 14, 2011
I am totally digging this. You have updated the set magnificently, maintaining the overall shape and playability while successfully "modernizing" it. Fantastic homage to a classic set.
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  March 6, 2011
Oh, this is amazing! This was my childhood favorite set, I love the way you remade it! Great work! -Ultra
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  March 5, 2011
Thanks for the comments everyone, I'm glad the DFD-R rekindled some fond memories as it did for me. I'm also glad everyone enjoyed it even if it's not identical to the original. Thanks again!
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  March 5, 2011
Functionality does it for me and your MOCs always have it! Great build! I love the old Ice sets, it's too bad all my original Legos are 1700 miles away because this makes me want to have'em! Love the skis in the cabin, great touch.
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  March 4, 2011
Great style, Dude!
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  March 3, 2011
What Christian said. It's not only a nice reboot of an old idea but it's also a nice design in its own right.
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  March 3, 2011
A nice designed reboot.
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  March 2, 2011
Powerful concept...I mean both the way of thinking and the scale model. I wouldn't build conform the idea of remaking a scale model and explaining why. The first thing I think about is: "There was a war and nobody was save. They didn't know that their rescue was a prototype of a special 'on steroids' defender!" (military space ship tune) I like that idea very much.
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  March 1, 2011
this is Awesome! I've been trying to get up the motivation (and parts) to do a remake like this for a while. You've put it to action though and done what is the best rebuild I've seen in a while, kinda' a shame about those slopes poor grabbing power though, makes it less swooshable.
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  March 1, 2011
Excellent! I like the working bits and the modularity.
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  March 1, 2011
Great idea to go and update a classic. The ship looks great and the redesign sections came out awesome.
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  March 1, 2011
love this ship! the ice planet theme was one of my favorites, unfortunately i never got any of the sets. but bricklink is the solution to that! this ship looks great, i really like the way the back opens. and the wings looks nice and sleek
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  March 1, 2011
I really like this remake. It has all the great features of the original plus extras. The two secondary ship modes look awesome :).
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  March 1, 2011
Very cool.
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  March 1, 2011
Wow, very cool! Love the playability of this!
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  March 1, 2011
Ice Planet does not have the attention it deserves.
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  March 1, 2011
Very nicely made. My very first Lego set was an Ice planet set, so this brings back sweet memories for me. And here I promised myself I wouldn't cry. Anyway, great work! ^Blub^
Rags naRock
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Sidewinder The Critic
  February 28, 2011
Love it, a nice classic feel, while still retaining some of your legendary style!
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  February 28, 2011
Best Ice planet I've seen.
 I made it 
  February 28, 2011
Quoting Mithryl Dlarix Very cool, man. This was one of my favorite sets. I'm wondering why you didn't keep the rocket though? The rockets and satellites were fairly integral to the overall Ice Planet Theme. I remember a couple of years ago, my friend and I made a ton of different Ice Sat V variants for a Rock N' Roll Racing type game. It was good times. I'd like to see your take on the Ice Sat V, if you are planning on continuing in this vein.
I thought about including the rocket, but as much as this is an homage, it also reflects how I used to play with it. I never really cared about the scout ship, and the rocket was always getting replaced with a reactor or weapons or even a 3rd cockpit. So this way it kinda fits in with how I remember it, and also with how I like to make stuff now. It would be fun to make an updated delivery system for rockets though, either through an Ice Sat V knockoff, or maybe by making a new module for the DFD-R.
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  February 28, 2011
Very cool, man. This was one of my favorite sets. I'm wondering why you didn't keep the rocket though? The rockets and satellites were fairly integral to the overall Ice Planet Theme. I remember a couple of years ago, my friend and I made a ton of different Ice Sat V variants for a Rock N' Roll Racing type game. It was good times. I'd like to see your take on the Ice Sat V, if you are planning on continuing in this vein.
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  February 28, 2011
Awesome! One of the sets I lusted after when I was younger, but never had money to afford. The orange transparent pieces are some of my favorite. The Ice Planet and Spyrius sets just didn't last long enough.
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  February 28, 2011
So jealous!!
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  February 28, 2011
Oh man, I love this. I was just fiddling with my DFD a few days ago, wondering how it would look if Lego remade it. Your version looks amazing, retaining the concepts of the old one with a modernized finish. Also looks hella fun to play with, givin all those features. The 'garage' portion in the back is my favorite feature. Excellent work, mate!
 
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