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LL372 - "Phoenix"
A rapid transport shuttle, capable of deep space operations and planet falls.
About this creation


The "Phoenix" was built for the Firebird company, an "Elite" contractor to the Tarren Trade Authority. Llwyngwril Space Systems were chosen to design the ship because of their history of creating fast craft, such as the FLR-23a.



The ship had an array of engines to propel it through space and the atmosphere of any planet. Strangely, the Phoenix's registration number was also the galactic post code of the designer's base.



The Phoenix had an advanced lifting body shape. This was coupled with a large chin type intake for feeding the atmospheric engines.



The cockpit was provided with a comprehensive array of instrumentation. There were two radars and a pitot probe mounted under the chin of the ship to collect flight data. The large bubble canopy provided amazing visibilty for the pilot, especially when compared with Llwyngwril Space Systems' other transport designs.



This view shows the Phoenix coming in to land over the Pacific Ocean. Far below is the inverted class container ship, "Melissa".

The archive footage below shows the Phoenix opening up its cargo bay.

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In the old days, the trade in greebles was a vital part of the galactic economy. Greeble trading was so lucrative that ships, such as the Phoenix, were built to fly cargoes across the galactic disc. Here we see a special, climate controlled container which was used for transporting mini-fig hands.



Greebles were vital to many building projects. Builds might have to go on hold for days or weeks due to a shortage of "trans grilles", "black hoses" or "SNOT brackets". At its peak, the interplanetary trade in greebles and other decorative motifs, was worth trillions of ningys a year. The trade was managed by an organisation called Bricklink.



The containers of greebles were transported to the warehouses by special handling vehicles from the Laser Corporation.



The cargo handling vehicles had two engines, one for each rear wheel. The engines were mid-mounted and drove the wheels via a long prop-shaft.



The cargo handlers had an array of floodlights for night operations. A GPS tracking antenna was mounted on the roof. Cargoes of greebles were so valuable that they were sometimes hijacked. The GPS allowed the stolen vehicle to be tracked and recovered.

This really is my last big build for a while now, as I'm away from home all winter. I know I said that about the Galactic Surveyor but then I had this idea! Inspiration for the colour scheme came from Peter Elson's "A Sense of Wonder", which would be great to see made in Lego. This is my first MOC with home-made stickers. Inspiration to make my own stickers cam from seeing the work of Parrington Levens. The container ship in the ocean was built by a friend who visited this week. It's her second ever MOC and built totally in upside-down work. I've realised that I've never given Senator Chinchilla credit for inspiring me to illustrate functions with animated GIFs: thank you!

The Phoenix is still available to make express deliveries of greebles to all of you busy MOCers out there, at very competitive rates :)



Comments

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  May 30, 2013
Love the cargo handling sliding mechanism, and the interplay with a big cargo carrier!
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  April 27, 2013
This is really, really impressive! I really love the colors, and the bubble cockpit. And the way the cargo can be unloaded-- fantastic!
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  April 22, 2013
Quoting Disco Chicken Cool! How do you do that cool animation picture?
Click on the animated picture and it will take you to the website where you can make an animated gif. To get the photos, think about the sequence that you want and rest your camera on some books (cheaper than a tripod!) so that it stays in the same place for each picture. There's loads of great advice on El Barto !'s group here: http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/13655
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  April 22, 2013
Cool! How do you do that cool animation picture?
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  December 12, 2012
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 the ship s design is splendid! color, shape, angles, decals, the narration made the presentation very entertaining, the functions where a surprise, very neat concept, and I like that you went as far as making a second vehicle, it rocks!
Many thanks for this, and all of your other, comments on my MOCs. I really enjoyed reading them!
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  December 11, 2012
the ship s design is splendid! color, shape, angles, decals, the narration made the presentation very entertaining, the functions where a surprise, very neat concept, and I like that you went as far as making a second vehicle, it rocks!
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  December 1, 2012
Awesome! i like the multicolored design 5/5
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  November 24, 2012
Wow!
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  November 24, 2012
Another great ship for the collection! I love the playability and accompanying cargo hauler.
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  November 22, 2012
hehe, wow, thanks for that generous shout out dude, and it's a funny community thing we have going here. When I started with my own abstract brand of cs Crimso gave me some initial encouragement and it's funny, but as soon as I saw your first post, I thought, here we go, this looks like a promising cs builder. Has been a pleasure to see your Mocs evolve into the first class and oh so fun designs that they are. Cheers and keep building :)
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  November 22, 2012
Great ship! That shape and glass reminded me of the old divers set right away. Just a fantastic build all around!
  November 20, 2012
Simple genious! Greeble trade, minifig hand container = perfection! I love the colors and the "feel" of classic space. Superb backstory, I can see an entire fleet and economy based on this simple look. I'm actually giddy :D Spectacular sticker work! I look forward to more when you're back.
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  November 20, 2012
This would grace any classic space layout - love the colour! And the greeble trade made me chuckle :-)
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  November 20, 2012
Quoting Mando Verd Beautiful! Stunning build with a sense of humor. Hitchhikers' jokes always me laugh. Question: as a devote of archaic computer games I have to ask: Was this inspired by the container transport seen in X-wing Alliance? http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Container_transport
Thanks for your comments! Sorry but I've never seen X-Wing Alliance. However, I was "Elite" on both the ZX Spectrum & IBM PC as a youth: hence the Phoenix being owned by Firebird, who are an "Elite" contractor to the TTA.
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  November 20, 2012
Beautiful! Stunning build with a sense of humor. Hitchhikers' jokes always me laugh. Question: as a devote of archaic computer games I have to ask: Was this inspired by the container transport seen in X-wing Alliance? http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Container_transport
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  November 20, 2012
I love this. Great story, great accessories. Looks fun to play with.
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  November 20, 2012
Quoting JWG 258 You have a talent for functional classic space stuff and the collection to match. What if a ship of this same basic design could land, unfold, and become a small base?
It's a brilliant idea. Unfortunately it'll have to wait until next May, as I'm leaving the UK for Switzerland next week and can't take my Lego with me. I really need to focus skiing until May, as I have my BASI Level 4 Technical exam then (http://www.basi.org.uk/content/alpine-ski-level-4-istd.aspx) and it's quite serious!
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  November 20, 2012
You have a talent for functional classic space stuff and the collection to match. What if a ship of this same basic design could land, unfold, and become a small base?
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  November 20, 2012
Quoting Parrington Levens hehehe, greebles trade, crazy :DDD What a fun filled design this is, and the home made stickers just set it off, especially on the engine pods. Playability through the roof. And that cocpit is just made for television! Total win :)
Thank you for all of your supportive comments these last few months. You were the first person to comment on my first ever MOCpages post and I've learnt loads this summer. In particular I realise that I first saw custom stickers on your ships and wondered how to make them. I'll edit the description for this ship accordingly. Glad you enjoyed my last big build of the summer!
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  November 20, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Your photo editing skills are brilliant, and really add something to your mocs. The build itself is also brilliant, and looks very playable :)
Thank you! Playability is something that I think is very important for me. I'm enjoying swooshing this ship :)
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  November 20, 2012
Quoting Andre Benjamin Dude! I'm going crazy over the exterior and the gorgeous cockpit, and I really like the open-up function. The concept of Greeble-trading made me chuckle... One of your best.
Thank you! I think that the cockpit was insipired by watching the EVA Pod scenes in 2001 and the Millennium Falcon, both of which had lots of lights and screens and over head switches.
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  November 20, 2012
Colorful and cool... my kinda stuff! :)
David Roberts
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Randy Lauw
  November 19, 2012
Superb shape and colors-you really captured that Classic-Space feel. I especially like the way you implemented the vessel's stripes without decals. Speaking of decals, you've given them nice placement and it all adds to the overall detail of your shuttle :)
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  November 19, 2012
hehehe, greebles trade, crazy :DDD What a fun filled design this is, and the home made stickers just set it off, especially on the engine pods. Playability through the roof. And that cocpit is just made for television! Total win :)
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  November 19, 2012
Dude! I'm going crazy over the exterior and the gorgeous cockpit, and I really like the open-up function. The concept of Greeble-trading made me chuckle... One of your best.
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  November 19, 2012
Your photo editing skills are brilliant, and really add something to your mocs. The build itself is also brilliant, and looks very playable :)
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  November 19, 2012
Quoting Jon B This really captures the essence of CS (apart from the colour!) - it's wonderful :) Love the playability aspect - it just looks like fun all over. A fitting transporter for all those greebles, it's good to know our transportation needs are so well met :)
Thank you for your comments! I think that I just build things that I would have loved to have built 30 years ago, when I was 10. I often teach this age group, which keeps me young. I hadn't even heard of greebles, until I joined MOCpages a few months ago. Now I know that they are vital!
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  November 19, 2012
This really captures the essence of CS (apart from the colour!) - it's wonderful :) Love the playability aspect - it just looks like fun all over. A fitting transporter for all those greebles, it's good to know our transportation needs are so well met :)
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  November 19, 2012
Your ships are always so beautifully coloured.
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  November 19, 2012
A fun spacecraft. Love the coloring... I love your landing place for it! Classic Space is a great theme and you got it well!
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  November 19, 2012
Quoting Randy Lauw Superb shape and colors-you really captured that Classic-Space feel. I especially like the way you implemented the vessel's stripes without decals. Speaking of decals, you've given them nice placement and it all adds to the overall detail of your shuttle :)
Thanks for your comments! I'm glad you liked the decals. They're my first attempt at printing my own stickers. It was hard to leave the spaces blank for the stickers and not cover them in greebles!
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  November 19, 2012
this is amazing! I like the shape!
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  November 19, 2012
I love everything about this: awesome design, functionality, and playability. A top-notch build.
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  November 19, 2012
Quoting Stuart Lucas More top-notch MOCkery! I loved the ship from the first photo, and then I saw how it opened up and the cargo slid out - just the sort of thing I loved about classic space Lego. It goes without saying that the write-up and greeble transport vehicle are great too. N.B. from the OED (Oddbod English Dictionary)... MOCkery (Mok'er'ie): Cunningly designed Lego models with a humorous description that pokes gentle fun at the real world, prime exponents being David Roberts and others.
Thank you so much for your comments! It's high praise indeed, coming from the creator of the BARC(LA-YS) Speeder and the Good Ship "Pot O'Gold". You have an excellent dictionary too! I must say though, that I've only ever made two Bricklink orders and they were both delivered by high-speed spaceship. The last one burnt a big hole in the decking in my garden as it lifted off :(
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  November 19, 2012
lots of functionality and playability in this cool model.
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  November 19, 2012
The colour scheme and functionality are brilliant!
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  November 19, 2012
Terrific! I love the cockpit, and all of the other opening functions! Easy 5/5
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  November 19, 2012
More top-notch MOCkery! I loved the ship from the first photo, and then I saw how it opened up and the cargo slid out - just the sort of thing I loved about classic space Lego. It goes without saying that the write-up and greeble transport vehicle are great too. N.B. from the OED (Oddbod English Dictionary)... MOCkery (Mok'er'ie): Cunningly designed Lego models with a humorous description that pokes gentle fun at the real world, prime exponents being David Roberts and others.
David Roberts
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Chris Melby
  November 18, 2012
Dave, that color scheme is smok'n! What a great take on the theme, mixing the colors up like that! Simply Awesome Moc! Z
David Roberts
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White Knight
  November 18, 2012
Super stuff, this is exciting lego !>.....well done
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  November 18, 2012
Awesome features on this!
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  November 18, 2012
Great functionality
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  November 18, 2012
The lost art of cargo! Most excellent.
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  November 18, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby Dave, that color scheme is smok'n! What a great take on the theme, mixing the colors up like that! Simply Awesome Moc! Z
Thank you! :)
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  November 18, 2012
Quoting Strakk The Glatorian Really digging that underside vent!
Ermmm, the design team tell me that the underside intake is there because it prevents the airflow from stalling in the hypersonic shockwave caused by the high angle of attack (alpha) atitude needed during re-entry flight. Personally, I'm suspicious that it's just a big greeble :)
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  November 18, 2012
Really digging that underside vent!
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  November 18, 2012
Quoting White Knight Super stuff, this is exciting lego !>.....well done
Thank you! I've had an exciting adventure with Lego this summer. I'm sure I'll be building more when the snow melts...
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  November 18, 2012
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . The lucrative greeble trade... I had to chuckle at that. =) Awesome ship! Such a fun, unique design. And the slide out interior is properly good.
Thank you! I've only ever made two Bricklink orders and they were both for hinges and lots and lots of greeblie parts that didn't exsist when I was last building seriously, over 20 years ago.
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  November 18, 2012
The lucrative greeble trade... I had to chuckle at that. =) Awesome ship! Such a fun, unique design. And the slide out interior is properly good.
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  November 18, 2012
Quoting David Alexander Smith Greeble transportation, a classic space necessity. The ship is a fantastic shape, the dynamic lower section especially. I also love the head height computer terminals in the cab. Great functionality with the sliding loading system, and I just love the yellow loader. Another inspiring classic space build. You never put foot wrong :).
Thank you! Necessity was truely the mother of invention on this MOC. Greeble transport came about because I wanted to build this shape but couldn't think what job the ship would do. I just stuck a big greeble in the back! The overhead screens are there because they serve as hooks to keep the sliding load deck from zooming forwards and smashing through the canopy when the ship is swooshed. Form follows function :)
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  November 18, 2012
Quoting Mihe Stonee your unusal shapes on spaceships are always a killer David ;-) ! this is awesome ! really well thought out and done!
Glad you like the shape. I drew two pages of various combinations of overlapping hexagons and octagons berfore I settled on this. Thank you!
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  November 18, 2012
Quoting Tim C Okay. I have to say that I'm sad that you're leaving your collection and heading out to the wilderness far away from any bricks of any kind. This is brilliant! I loved the exterior design as soon as I saw it with the hexagonal shape, the subtle SNOT wings, and the color scheme. You blew my mind with the sliding interior. I loved the container and excellent use of the railing. The transporter is a nice addition to the MOC. Lots of great playability too. Very well done. I would like to feature this on my Pick of the Week in the future. Would you be okay with that?
It would be an honour to be your pick of the week. Thank you and thanks for your comments too! The sliding mechanism came about because I built the hexagonal tube and realised that it was going to tricky to get things past the pilot. I think that I might have to build something out of the snow in Switzerland and there's always LDD.
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  November 18, 2012
Greeble transportation, a classic space necessity. The ship is a fantastic shape, the dynamic lower section especially. I also love the head height computer terminals in the cab. Great functionality with the sliding loading system, and I just love the yellow loader. Another inspiring classic space build. You never put foot wrong :).
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  November 18, 2012
your unusal shapes on spaceships are always a killer David ;-) ! this is awesome ! really well thought out and done!
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  November 18, 2012
Okay. I have to say that I'm sad that you're leaving your collection and heading out to the wilderness far away from any bricks of any kind. This is brilliant! I loved the exterior design as soon as I saw it with the hexagonal shape, the subtle SNOT wings, and the color scheme. You blew my mind with the sliding interior. I loved the container and excellent use of the railing. The transporter is a nice addition to the MOC. Lots of great playability too. Very well done. I would like to feature this on my Pick of the Week in the future. Would you be okay with that?
 
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