Rules, for those who don't know them: 30 to 100 parts, must use the color scheme of Classic Space, Futuron, Space Police I (and maybe II, it wasn't clear), M-Tron, or Ice Planet 2012.
I absolutely love the Classic Space Contest that David Roberts and David Alexander have set up.
I'm a huge fan of Classic Space and its offspring, and reslished the chance to make something in that style. First, I made a Space Police I thing. It was a flop. Then, I made a Futuron/White Classic Space exploration craft which looked decent, but when I saw Parrington's entry, I realized that I had to do more.
I did more. As usual, my photos do not do the vehicle justice, but its built for functionality above everything else. Both the front and back wheels rotate - the front wheels turn downwards, becoming something other than wheels, while the back wheels move back, becoming thrusters. The radar dish becomes a repulsorlift. The antennae (or lasers, your pick) become lasers/antennae. The wings can become walls. Because I had used around 60 parts, I decided to make a small vehicle to accompany it. The vehicle has a crane arm and magnet, as I had to include magnets. I love magnets, but rarely have a chance to use them.
The next model is a small communications base (built from the same parts) and an unmanned OR micro-scale ship. It has a magnet and can pick up loads.
The last one is a rover with a communications array. It's much thicker than the first.
I hope the judges find my creation to be worthy, and good luck to everyone else!
I think that you could go anywhere on the moon in this machine. The big wheels look great for trundling over rough terrain. Then just jump the buggy out of a crater and flip down the hover engine to fly on to the next place to explore. I think that the spaceship mode looks less good than the buggy but itís hard to hide those giant tyres! The buggy could have so many functions, though I worry that itís a bit top-heavy for off-road driving. 7 I like how the first alternative has a totally different theme to the main model. The tyre on the flexi arm makes a brilliant radar dish. The drone for delivering things to dangerous places is neat too. The second alternative looks like a solid radar buggy, great for zooming across floors. Perhaps this is a bit too like the main model though? 7 Thereís a weird blue sensor on a flexible arm, on a turntable, on a buggy: excellent and so very Classic Space. Not only that but thereís a whole other buggy/spaceship convertible too and all in less than 100 parts! Could you have included a second mini-fig and stayed within the parts limit? The only weak parts to the design are the hinges on the back wheels of the convertible. Too much strong zooming across the living room might snap these. 9 The white and black colour scheme looks just like a certain age of Classic Space. I like how youíve used the different trans parts, especially the three big ones, to break up the look of the builds. Converting and flexible arms are very CS and I donít remember a vehicle to spaceship conversion. I do feel that Lego would not have produced the two main builds as a single set but would have sold them as two separate kits. 7 Total score 30
Design: Futron, the new kids on the block. CS with wealthier backers I always thought. A nice take on the theme. The multi-functionality of land and air capabilities, gives this excellent exploration potential
Piece Selection: The claw arm alternative is a great CS vehicle in its own right. The rest are solid too.
Playability: High play value here based on the transforming factor; looks pretty study too. Is it a M.A.S.K toy in disguise?
CS Factor: A fully realised version of the Futron theme; does what it says on the packet.
That's a "set" with a very cool Futuron look! I like both vehicles and the alternatives, too! Great job! :-)) P.S.: Maybe you could add a main photo with both vehicles on it, just to make clear that both are in your set...