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The Jaws of DEATH!!!
The most feared of all of the alien space-pirates and their ship, known as the "Jaws of Death".
About this creation


This ship used its two plasma cannon to disable spacecraft. It would then clamp them in its giant jaws. In the middle of the jaws were two plasma cutters and a chainsaw, plus the crew could EVA with extra cutting tools. Prisoners were held for ransom and the ships sold for scrap.



The Jaws of Death (known to its crew in their language as "Brian"), had a massive single engine for chasing down its prey. There were 10 extra thrusters to help manoeuvre the ship and jaws into position. This was strange and uncivilised alien ship, so the Jaws of Death was naturally left-hand drive.



The Jaws of Death was painted in a distinctive blue & yellow striped colour scheme. Some stories say that the captain chose this because it matched the wallpaper in his mum's kitchen. Other stories claim that this pattern was chosen because it reminded the captain of his first wife's skin.



A small Classic Space pod wanders through the solar system. The pilot is listening to "London Calling" by The Clash on his new, yellow, waterproof Walkman cassette player. He doesn't quite know what to make of it and thinks he still prefers Abba (Fool!). Having survived The Web of DOOM!!!, he is on his way to Venus. The spaceman is looking forward to starting a long and uneventful tour of duty with the Outer Reach Research Team and not being attacked anymore.



Just behind the Classic Space pod, the Jaws of Death moves into position...



...the Captain fires up the main engine and moves in for the kill. The spaceman doesn't notice as he is too distracted by The Guns of Brixton.



Suddenly there is a shattering CRASH! Metal tears and screams. The spaceman quickly puts on his rocket boots and flies away. He is still smiling as he is a 70's minfig and they built 'em tough in those days. A pirate balances out onto the jaws to finish to job.



Here is a detailed view of the Captain's cockpit. It has all of the essentials, including a steering wheel, flight instruments, seat and most importantly a coffee cup holder.



FOURTH WALL TIME





An interior shot of the Jaws of Death. As I'd built the hull using hinges, it was fairly easy to make it open up to increase the features and playability. There's a System Operator, who has lots of instruments and his own coffee cup holder. Weapons and tools, including handcuffs for prisoners and tanks for EVA are neatly racked. There's a bed for rest breaks and a kitchen for preparing the fish for meals. In between the kitchen and the bed is a large coffee machine.





When a locking piece is removed from underneath, the jaws open and close. The cogs mean that you can do this one handed. I wanted to make them spring loaded so that they would grip victims but they were too heavy. Ideas for improving this would be very welcome!





I realise I forgot to include a photo with the jaws shut. Here we see a member of the crew doing some EVA to maintain the teeth. Plaque was a constant problem: ask El Barto !

This ship was inspired by mainly only having blue & yellow bricks left, at the moment. The last of my "normal" shaped grey bircks went into this MOC too. I've also just bought some half-price A.D.U. sets and the saucer chunks just looked right to build big claws. Further inspiration came from Chris Foss and his series of "Claws" paintings, which feature claws coming out of the sea and crunching up space ships. Finally, thanks to David Alexander Smith for his amusing and inspiring MOCs, the ORRT in particular.




Comments

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  January 31, 2014
this stag beetle is dangerous ..... i love it
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  January 21, 2014
Amazing detail on the jaws. The design of the space pod is nice too.
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  August 26, 2013
This is fantastic!! and funny!
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  September 30, 2012
That is so much fun. Awesome concept, great colours, really nice details!
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  September 7, 2012
Nicely done! I like the functions and the room in the ships body! Really cool made!
  September 6, 2012
Wow, that is great. I like your work.
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  September 6, 2012
Hahaha! Cool! I love your space MOCs, they're original and very playable :)
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  September 3, 2012
Quoting Ludgonious . Great! I love the concept and the colors really stand out!
Thank you! I'm sure the boys would be willing to hire themselves out to the LIU, for the right price.
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  September 3, 2012
Great! I love the concept and the colors really stand out!
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  September 3, 2012
Haha! That is some classic-spaceman-crushing awesomeness!
David Roberts
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Chris Melby
  September 2, 2012
Okay, Okay, you have cemented yourself as the "KING OF CLASSIC SPACE" with this one Dave! seriously, this one made me wake up, and get dressed for second grade thinking it was 1979! Killer build! Z
David Roberts
White Knight
  September 2, 2012
Love it !! Your space lego is so good !>.....well done
David Roberts
Alex Storm
  September 2, 2012
Whew! Wouldn't want to shake hands with that is if I met it in a dark alley! Nice take on a spacecraft I always like seeing the uncommon designs pop up, adds spice and flavor to the genre. Great job ;)
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting Alex Storm Whew! Wouldn't want to shake hands with that is if I met it in a dark alley! Nice take on a spacecraft I always like seeing the uncommon designs pop up, adds spice and flavor to the genre. Great job ;)
Don't worry, I think the ship is too wide to fit in any dark alley. Then again it would be good place to hide and wait for victims :O
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting El Barto ! Killer build and story, Dude! The waterproof Walkman was a hoot, too! As far as those jaws are concerned, I suggest daily brushing and flossing, and routine maintenance every 6 months. Well done!
I always wanted one of those yellow Walkmans when I was kid. Thanks for the professional advice on the maintenance: I'll pass it on to the crew!
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  September 2, 2012
Killer build and story, Dude! The waterproof Walkman was a hoot, too! As far as those jaws are concerned, I suggest daily brushing and flossing, and routine maintenance every 6 months. Well done!
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  September 2, 2012
wow! this is one of your best!
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting Stuart Lucas Wow! This is absolutely stonking. Technically demanding build, great mix of new and old elements, and hilarious write-up with it. (I especially liked 'naturally left-hand drive'... haha!)
Thank you! I have been to strange places where they drive on the wrong side of the road (I live for 5 months of the year in Switzerland) but right-hand drive will always be "normal" to me!
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  September 2, 2012
Wow! This is absolutely stonking. Technically demanding build, great mix of new and old elements, and hilarious write-up with it. (I especially liked 'naturally left-hand drive'... haha!)
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting Alex Sonny This is just awesome. where do you get your parts? I have to ask, I'd like to expand my collection too
I got the bubble canopies, aliens & big parts in the jaws from amazon.co.uk, which is currently selling the Alien Invasion sets at around 1/2 price. Argos is worth a look too. The rest of the components in there can be up to 40 years old, like me!
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  September 2, 2012
This is just awesome. where do you get your parts? I have to ask, I'd like to expand my collection too
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting Hans Dendauw NPD It's almost like a mash up of Pacman and Space Invaders! Fun build!~H
I never thought of that but I can see exactly what you mean.
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J That's some massive claws you got there. *crunch!* ... Amazing ship!
Thank you!
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  September 2, 2012
It's almost like a mash up of Pacman and Space Invaders! Fun build!~H
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  September 2, 2012
That's some massive claws you got there. *crunch!* ... Amazing ship!
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby Okay, Okay, you have cemented yourself as the "KING OF CLASSIC SPACE" with this one Dave! seriously, this one made me wake up, and get dressed for second grade thinking it was 1979! Killer build! Z
You're very kind! I just build things that I think I would have liked 30 years ago, when I was 10 years old. It also has to make me smile now.
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting StoveTop Creator Wow! Just keep stuff like this coming! That 'junk-shop and full of all sorts of stuff' brain of yours is ingenious! Everything about this is superb! Cheers! :)
Thank you! Over three decades of listening to Radio 4 & having adventures around the world has filled my head up with all sorts of stuff.
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  September 2, 2012
Wow! Just keep stuff like this coming! That 'junk-shop and full of all sorts of stuff' brain of yours is ingenious! Everything about this is superb! Cheers! :)
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting Jared . Gee whiz, that's quite a lot of detail. The back engines look really nice, and I think the most amazing feature here is that the two cockpits are attached to doors that fold out for an interior! Building genius-ness! I hope that poor Spaceman is alright...
Glad you like all! The main engine is the lid off the capsule that I used in my "Special Delivery" MOC. It makes me smile when I open the ship and the Captain ends up sitting in his seat at 90 deg to the floor. Don't worry, those rocket boots never run out of fuel...
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  September 2, 2012
Gee whiz, that's quite a lot of detail. The back engines look really nice, and I think the most amazing feature here is that the two cockpits are attached to doors that fold out for an interior! Building genius-ness! I hope that poor Spaceman is alright...
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting Andre Benjamin Okay, so at first I was really wowed by the gorgeous wraparound SNOT hull, but then when you brought out the interior, my mind was blown! I'm very impressed with all of the the detail you put into this, and your dialogue was pretty funny! Oh yeah, and the Clash sure does own ABBA any day of the week! ;-)
Thank you ofr your comments! Glad you liked the details inside the ship. Originally it was an empty box but then I thought about what I would have wanted when I was a kid :) I think that the greebling on the front is my best yet (pesky stuff!).
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  September 2, 2012
Okay, so at first I was really wowed by the gorgeous wraparound SNOT hull, but then when you brought out the interior, my mind was blown! I'm very impressed with all of the the detail you put into this, and your dialogue was pretty funny! Oh yeah, and the Clash sure does own ABBA any day of the week! ;-)
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting Tim C First off, great ship. I love the striped look that you incorporate in so many of your ships, (though I was shocked that this one was missing the Death Star piece). NPU on the claw and the angled look to the alien ship really adds character to the build. It's funny that you mentioned the ORRT in your back story, because once I saw the classic spaceship, my first thought was that it was inspired by David Alexander Smith's work. I also think it worth mentioning that you gave me a good chuckle with the writing. Especially the 70's minifig that smiles in the face of...well pretty much everything. Great work, David.
Thanks for your long comment! No Death Star here, as they're still in use on the Blue Arrow & CHAV-01. I like the front view, because of the contrast of angles you mention. Glad you enjoyed the write-up: I'm afraid that my brain is like a junk-shop and full of all sorts of stuff. CS spacemen will smile through ALL adversities. Remember that these men wear flares, tank-tops & socks with their sandals when off duty. They drink grim, 1970's coffee like "Mellow Birds" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz-CXdmGfow), so nothing out in space can scare them.
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight Wonderful stuff! A lovely classic build, beautifully photographed, and the write-up is brilliant! Keep smiling Red Spaceman - we await your next adventure! 5 stars
Thank you! The photography was tricky on this MOC because of the bubble canopies and getting things in focus, when viewed head on. Glad you enjoyed the write-up. My spacemen will always be smiling, they've no choice as I'll never put those new heads on them :).
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  September 2, 2012
First off, great ship. I love the striped look that you incorporate in so many of your ships, (though I was shocked that this one was missing the Death Star piece). NPU on the claw and the angled look to the alien ship really adds character to the build. It's funny that you mentioned the ORRT in your back story, because once I saw the classic spaceship, my first thought was that it was inspired by David Alexander Smith's work. I also think it worth mentioning that you gave me a good chuckle with the writing. Especially the 70's minifig that smiles in the face of...well pretty much everything. Great work, David.
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Great work! I love Brian's strange shape with the jaws and all, and the inclusion of an interior is awesome.
Thanks for your comments! The ship almost didn't have an interior and then I realised how easily I could make it open up. I then wanted to have a hatch in the floor on the cabin to show the engines & stuff underneath but I didn't have the right bits.
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  September 2, 2012
Wonderful stuff! A lovely classic build, beautifully photographed, and the write-up is brilliant! Keep smiling Red Spaceman - we await your next adventure! 5 stars
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  September 2, 2012
Great work! I love Brian's strange shape with the jaws and all, and the inclusion of an interior is awesome.
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Absolutely brilliant. Love the colour scheme, working with limited bricks can sometimes work out even better. I actually quite enjoy the challenge rather than buying endless bricks from BL. The story line is hilarious too. Those classic space guys just can’t stop smiling even in the face of adversity. Love it
Thanks for your comments! I've done one BL order, for the edges of the Blue Arrow, as I had an idea in mind. Most of the time, I enjoy the journey of setting out with an idea and then seeing where the brick I own take me. This MOC was going to have 4 jaws and a symmetrical hexagonal body originally...
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting Chris Roach the jaw / claw appliance is superb - the photography on this MOC is also top notch!
Thanks for the comment on the photography. The bubble canopies were a real pain to photo. I photographed the model on my brown kitchen table to get a colour contrast between the blue, yellow & grey, to make cutting in Photoshop easier. I then had to put some white paper behind the canopies to get the smokey/grey effect.
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  September 2, 2012
Quoting David Alexander Smith First thanks for the name check, and your spaceman is welcome to sign up anytime - especially if he shares that rocket boot technology with the ORRT. As you know my guys operate as a Devo cover band in their spare time; I'm sure they cloud incorporate a few Clash numbers, prefably from Sandinista! As for the build those new pieces are adding a great new dimension to the work. On angle building is always fun, and is used to good effect with sublte greebling to the rear of the ship. The claw is of course ace. Nice playability as well.
Sandinista eh? There's some good titles for MOCs in there, "Charlie Don't Surf" for instance. Perahps the ORRT might experience scenes such as "Lose This Skin", "Somebody Got Murdered" or "Lightning Strikes"?!? Please do issue some rocket boots for escaping all of those monsters!
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  September 2, 2012
the jaw / claw appliance is superb - the photography on this MOC is also top notch!
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  September 2, 2012
Absolutely brilliant. Love the colour scheme, working with limited bricks can sometimes work out even better. I actually quite enjoy the challenge rather than buying endless bricks from BL. The story line is hilarious too. Those classic space guys just can’t stop smiling even in the face of adversity. Love it
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  September 2, 2012
First thanks for the name check, and your spaceman is welcome to sign up anytime - especially if he shares that rocket boot technology with the ORRT. As you know my guys operate as a Devo cover band in their spare time; I'm sure they cloud incorporate a few Clash numbers, prefably from Sandinista! As for the build those new pieces are adding a great new dimension to the work. On angle building is always fun, and is used to good effect with sublte greebling to the rear of the ship. The claw is of course ace. Nice playability as well.
 
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