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T.T.A. Galactic Surveyor
A Tarren Trade Authority spacecraft equipped with a large map-making radar and a crew of two.
About this creation


The "Galatic Surveyor" was used to map the outer reaches of the Tarren Trade Authority's galaxy. Its main mapping radar was located between two of the three "wings" on the ship. These panels and the radar rotated as the ship travelled through space.



The ship's unusual shape and lack of landing gear meant that it rarely made landings on planets. It spent its working life based at space stations, mapping strange and uncivilised parts of the galaxy such as the Bala II system.



Another unusual feature of the ship was the long greeble sticking out of the back, between the engines. This was known to the crews as the "Handle of God". Some people said that it had something to do with "swooshability" but nobody ever worked out what it was really for.



The most noticeable feature of the "Glactic Surveyor" were the three, large chequered panels, which rotated slowly as the ship flew along. As with the "Handle of God", nobody ever worked what exactly their function was or why the complicated rotating mechanism had been included. It was suspected that the designers in the Llwyngwril X shipyards had added them because they thought it would look good.



A practical feature of the "Glactic Surveyor" was the main access hatch. This could also be opened in space to allow the crew to space-walk and make repairs to the ship.



This unusual, archive photo shows the "Galctic Surveyor" on a specially constructed landing pad in the Dolgellau system. It was only possible to land and take-off again because of this planet's thin atmosphere and low gravity.

Below is some rare and slightly damaged video footage of the ship start to rotating its "wings" before blast-off.

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Fourth Wall. As with all of my builds, playability is important: hence the "Handle of God" to help to hold the ship. It weighs about 1kg and is over 40cm in diameter and length, so its a bit hard to "swoosh" but it can be done if you're gentle! The crew accommodation totally opens up, with a hinged windscreen and roof. It also detaches from the ship, escape pod style, so that you can just play with the crew and equipment.

I think that some of the inspiration for the shape of this ship came from the "Liberator" in the BBC series Blake's 7 of my childhood. As with many of my builds, the colour scheme was definitely inspired by the art of Chris Foss and also the Terran Trade Authority books featuring Peter Elson and others.

The following was inspired by Ape Fight's comments on this MOC.



A notable event in the career of the Galactic Surveyor was its involvement in the mapping of the Little Green Men's system, prior to the construction of a Hyperspace Bypass. Unfotunately nobody could understand what the the prostestors were complaining about because they wrote all of their banners in Klingon as their first contact with Earth was from watching old episodes of Star Trek.



Comments

  February 12, 2014
david, what are you for wonderful color invasions have, and this also combine them with really cool shape, is only unique
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  October 14, 2013
Quoting Sasch Weidler Wow, your stuff is crazy. Everybody can see you put so much love in your Modells. All this Detail...awesome!!! I love your Design and the shape. Your Color scheme are always Super cool!
Thank you! It was both fun and fustrating building this sapceship. I wanted to make the big panels/wings and they had to rotate around the hull too. It was only as I built it that I realised that I had to be able to hold it and so I had to add the stick at the back :) All of my spaceships are about shapes, colours, patterns and playability.
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  October 14, 2013
Wow, your stuff is crazy. Everybody can see you put so much love in your Modells. All this Detail...awesome!!! I love your Design and the shape. Your Color scheme are always Super cool!
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  February 7, 2013
This is why I love lego...
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  December 11, 2012
exceptionnal piece! maybe striping the cockpit is nt what I would have done, either blue or yellow, but, the rest is candy! the red fig is the cherry on the sundae! the alien extra pic was worth it! pretty funny stuff!
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  November 24, 2012
Quoting Mark Rodrigues Simply wonderful work, David. Not only do your ships look the part, but they are so playable! And it does seem that we more or less like the same stuff. Thank you for introducing me back to the wonderful artwork of the TTA. I remember buying the first book back in 78. I've always wanted to try a space theme; if I do, it will be along these lines. The INSIDE INFORMATION series of books with artwork by Ashwell Wood is some of my favorite literature from the 60s (I still have my original books). So, thank you again for taking me back a while, and keep those marvelous creations of yours coming. Regards, marko
Many thanks for your comments! Having seen your design abilities and attention to detail in your naval ships, I'm sure that any TTA build will be very impressive. I really enjoy the opportunity to play with not just the shape but also the wonderful variety of colours that were used in the sci-fi pictures of that era. Have a look at this Mark Stafford build for some inspiration: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/20661
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  November 23, 2012
Simply wonderful work, David. Not only do your ships look the part, but they are so playable! And it does seem that we more or less like the same stuff. Thank you for introducing me back to the wonderful artwork of the TTA. I remember buying the first book back in 78. I've always wanted to try a space theme; if I do, it will be along these lines. The INSIDE INFORMATION series of books with artwork by Ashwell Wood is some of my favorite literature from the 60s (I still have my original books). So, thank you again for taking me back a while, and keep those marvelous creations of yours coming. Regards, marko
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  November 20, 2012
Ohhh, you have a marvelous sense of humor... :D Very interesting shape for this one; the technique for those wings is most impressive! And, of course, I'm loving' that interior! Good stuff!
David Roberts
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Randy Lauw
  November 19, 2012
Crazy design. I like it. The fact that the wings can rotate adds a ton of play-feature onto your ship. And I love the cut-off you've achieved at the tip of each wing.
David Roberts
Evan Constantine
  November 15, 2012
Wow, this thing is really bold looking. I've seen part of an episode of Blake's 7, but I don't remember anything this cool. The only thing I really liked about the show was that guy Avon, he was kind of cool. Great build, I never thought yellow and blue could be so effective. Thanks for the link to the TTA boosk, I've never seen them before but I've seen alot of similar designs in video games over the years.
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  November 15, 2012
this is amazing! awesome detail! I like the wings!
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  November 15, 2012
Quoting Evan Constantine Wow, this thing is really bold looking. I've seen part of an episode of Blake's 7, but I don't remember anything this cool. The only thing I really liked about the show was that guy Avon, he was kind of cool. Great build, I never thought yellow and blue could be so effective. Thanks for the link to the TTA boosk, I've never seen them before but I've seen alot of similar designs in video games over the years.
Many thanks for your comments! Yes, I agree totally: there was nothing as colourful as this on Blake's 7. It was all a bit grey and filmed in old quarries, like 70's Dr Who. It was just the shape I was thinking of. You're right, Avon was cool! Glad you're enjoying the TTA books too.
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  November 15, 2012
Wow that's a great piece of classic space design! The landing pad is a cool feature. Great job! :-))
David Roberts
White Knight
  November 14, 2012
The Nebula, our red space man and that space ship makes a pretty picture !>...well done
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  November 14, 2012
Great stuff, love the detail and function you've put into this. And the colours =D
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  November 14, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett Unique and very wonderful. As seen on BrickPop! Congrats.
Many thanks for your comments and thanks for letting me know about the blog too!
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  November 14, 2012
Unique and very wonderful. As seen on BrickPop! Congrats.
David Roberts
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Chris Melby
  November 13, 2012
How about a game of intergalactic checkers? Another great build! Z
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  November 13, 2012
Quoting Tim C Excellent work, David. Some really nice features to this one. First off, great coloring, and I love the angles you pulled off. Really gives it that, "could really exist" look. Nice use of the trans-pod in the front. Also some great interior work. My favorite part is the spinning function. Yes. It's cool. Thanks for the little touch of humor there at the end. Gave me a good chuckle. Great work, good sir.
Many thanks for your commetns. I'm glad you like the spinning function. It was a pain to engineer in but it did lead me to discover new ways to use my "new" Technic bits. You can gently fly the ship with one hand on the handle at the back and spin the fins round with the other :)
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  November 13, 2012
Quoting Ludgonious . I love your bright, vibrant color schemes. The checkered wings/fins work really well on this build. All the great playability features, especially the interior, are an excellent touch. Good stuff!
Thanks for your comments. I think that the vibrant colour schemes are taking their toll on the eyes of my spacemen, similar to the problems with white on the big LIU ships! Thanks again :)
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  November 13, 2012
Quoting Stuart Lucas Blue and yellow stripes, hexagonal crew compartment, unnecessary but fun rotate-y thingy, the 'handle of God' - there's so much to like about this. It looks like the kind of thing NASA might have built if they'd hired the Beatles to design a spacecraft. Fab!
Thank you! I'm hoping that, at 5"x5" each, the "unnecessary but fun rotate-y thingies" might go down in history as the largest ever greebles seen on MOCpages :)
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  November 13, 2012
Excellent work, David. Some really nice features to this one. First off, great coloring, and I love the angles you pulled off. Really gives it that, "could really exist" look. Nice use of the trans-pod in the front. Also some great interior work. My favorite part is the spinning function. Yes. It's cool. Thanks for the little touch of humor there at the end. Gave me a good chuckle. Great work, good sir.
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  November 13, 2012
I love your bright, vibrant color schemes. The checkered wings/fins work really well on this build. All the great playability features, especially the interior, are an excellent touch. Good stuff!
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  November 13, 2012
Blue and yellow stripes, hexagonal crew compartment, unnecessary but fun rotate-y thingy, the 'handle of God' - there's so much to like about this. It looks like the kind of thing NASA might have built if they'd hired the Beatles to design a spacecraft. Fab!
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  November 12, 2012
I like.
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  November 12, 2012
Very original, the shaping is as superb as the color design.
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  November 11, 2012
Incredible build, great engineering, fantastic color scheme. Love it.
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  November 11, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight It's like a spacey version of a Google Streetview Astra. Only without some slightly befunddled old villagers protesting at its presence. As always from you, a great colourful build, superbly photographed and comedically written-up : ) 5 smilies
Your comment/idea about protestors has inspired me to add a new photo to this MOC.
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  November 11, 2012
Quoting Vladimir van Hoek Original and very cool hull design! Pity about the poor fit of the trans yellow canopy though, but good photography makes it hardly noticeable... Creative and funny MOC!
Thanks for your comments! You're right, the canopy was a poor fit. It was the old problem of fitting a round peg into a hexagonal hole. Crews complained that there was a constant hissing noise as air leaked into space. The holes were finally plugged with a mixture of chewing gum and tribbles :)
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  November 11, 2012
Quoting marcel urbanija Very big...and shiny. Love the colors. You seem to LOVE the old classic lego space theme,don't you?
Thank you! I've had more than a 20 year break from building Lego spaceships, so there are a lot of ideas in my brain that need to get out!
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  November 11, 2012
Brilliant work, another flawless build. Love the functions and the style.
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  November 11, 2012
Original and very cool hull design! Pity about the poor fit of the trans yellow canopy though, but good photography makes it hardly noticeable... Creative and funny MOC!
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  November 11, 2012
Very big...and shiny. Love the colors. You seem to LOVE the old classic lego space theme,don't you?
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  November 11, 2012
Wonderful use of the colours and a nice design! Awesome idea!
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  November 10, 2012
Fantastic! No better use of blue and yellow has been seen in some time! I really like to cabin and that central extension of the thrusters. Well done!
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  November 10, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight It's like a spacey version of a Google Streetview Astra. Only without some slightly befunddled old villagers protesting at its presence. As always from you, a great colourful build, superbly photographed and comedically written-up : ) 5 smilies
A wonderful comparison, which made me laugh!
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  November 10, 2012
It's like a spacey version of a Google Streetview Astra. Only without some slightly befunddled old villagers protesting at its presence. As always from you, a great colourful build, superbly photographed and comedically written-up : ) 5 smilies
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  November 10, 2012
Quoting Clever Crowe A piece of truly awesome RETRO-grooviness, right down to the Classic Space Mini. LOVE the GIF... Had no idea you could Embed Gifs on MOCpages - would you share a pointer or two on how you did this one? TY in advance, and Cheers!
Thanks for your comments! Here's the link to the site that I use to make GIFs. It'll generate some HTML that you can put into your MOCpages page. http://www.picasion.com/
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  November 10, 2012
A piece of truly awesome RETRO-grooviness, right down to the Classic Space Mini. LOVE the GIF... Had no idea you could Embed Gifs on MOCpages - would you share a pointer or two on how you did this one? TY in advance, and Cheers!
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  November 10, 2012
Awesome! My eyes hurt!
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  November 10, 2012
crazy awesome ;-) the rotating wings are genius!
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  November 10, 2012
SO original and colourful, the way cs should be :)
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  November 10, 2012
Such a unique design! Looks snazzy. Nice greeblies too.
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  November 10, 2012
Fantastic design! I really like the checkered pattern.
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  November 10, 2012
Impressive scale and detail here, Chief! Awesome!
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  November 10, 2012
Both the chosen subject matter and build are hugely creative and original!
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  November 10, 2012
The red landing gear, the sails, the interior, all just perfect. Like a maned version of Voyager. Very cool. I feel inspired to real work on an interior area next time I build a space vehicle.
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  November 10, 2012
Geometry, patterns, color and playability too! WOW! :)
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  November 10, 2012
Wow that is so cool and unique. Love the interior details.
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  November 10, 2012
cool!
 
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