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Surface Speeder and Remote Planetary Analysis Outpost
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My entry for The Classic Space Pocket Money Contest
About this creation
The Classic Space Pocket Money Contest

Main Build
When first exploring newly discovered planets, remote analysis outposts are often placed at various locations around the planet surface. Equipped with highly sensitive scientific measuring and monitoring equipment, these outposts provide early data for explorers. The outposts require regular maintenance and sometimes repairs due to the often hostile environments they are designed to analyse. Service engineers use high speed surface craft to travel the great distances between outposts.





First Alternative Build
In Classic Space it is not always wise to send in human exploration teams first. With the highly manoeverable Remote Analysis Drone, the safety-conscious explorer can explore and analyse from the safety of his control and monitoring station.





Second Alternative Build
This high speed surface skimmer is designed for early analysis of a planet's atmosphere (or lack of). Loaded with advanced scientific probes and measuring instruments, it is used to collect data to ensure exploration teams are fully prepared for what they may face.





Parts Used
94 parts in total (minifig counts as one).


This was great fun, and an entirely new challenge for me. I'm too used to building big SNOTty things these days :)




Comments

Jon Blackford
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Emerald Knight
  February 27, 2013
this is most fun !>.....well done
  January 15, 2013
That's a well deserved place on the podium, congratulations! :-))
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  January 15, 2013
Big hover-thruster feet, and lots of jets at the back and side to steer you along is exactly what you want in a Surface Speeder. I like the neat way that youíve got the joysticks near the pilot and included details such as the CS stripes and navigation lights. Lastly, thereís a thick CS style aerial and a trans-yellow windscreen to protect the pilot from flying space-grit. I like how the Analysis Outpost is covered in strange sensors. 10 Two great-looking alternatives that are on very different themes from the main build. They both also look to be good fun to play with. If only the Outer Reach Research Team had had a Remote Analysis Drone! Iím impressed by how youíve also built a pointy, dynamic spaceship from the parts of a round, pod-type speeder. Great work! 10 A fun Lego set, with lots to start off ideas for stories and adventures. Itís great that Analysis Outpost gives the spaceman a reason to fly around. Has it malfunctioned and he needs to repair it? Has it detected a new lifeform? That said, the only moving feature is the windscreen. Perhaps the speeder could have a grab or manipulators but then thereís the parts limit...! I also think that there might be some swooshing issues, as the top is attached through 4 studs to the bottom feet. 7 This MOC reminds me of the 6806 Surface Hopper, which I had as a kid, but thereís a lot more to this build. I think that itís exactly the sort of thing that Lego would have had in the CS range. It pushes the shapes that Lego used further along, plus ideas like the drone in the alternative build. 9 Total score 36. Congratulations on third place!
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  January 15, 2013
Design: This design is neat and to the point. I absolutely love it. The idea of a base station and reconnaissance scooter ticks all the CS boxes. More importantly every piece of functionality depicted in the models is super-carefully crafted and picked out with just the right selection of pieces. 10 Piece Selection: Two distinct models, with the same level of care given to each of them as the amazing main model. The base with the robot drone is also highly original, and a perfect untapped CS theme. 10 Playability: Great playability with the two parts to the set. The little scooter looks very swooshable. I had to knock some marks off unfortunately as we donít get separating, or additional movement functions as other contestants have built into their MOCs. 8.5 CS Factor: Well this does exactly what we asked for, perfect CS style and feel, but taken further in aesthetics and building techniques than the original designers did. Has to be a 10. 10
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  January 12, 2013
The contest is now closed and this is still my favourite. It's the entry that makes me think wow the most and would be the one I'd spend my pocket money upon, assuming I hadn't been docked it for refusing to practice the violin, again.
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  January 11, 2013
Well done Jon on another splendid flash back using the past as the future. Keep up the brilliant work.
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  January 8, 2013
Respectfull workout in this theme! I always loved building different builts out of one set. The photo-editing with an old manual-cover is great!
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  January 5, 2013
Nice builds! I love making set alternates. Well done!
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  January 4, 2013
After a few visit the alternatives seem better then the main model- which is a great build, no doubt.
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  January 2, 2013
Best of the bunch so far, IMHO. Was going to enter but I don't know if I can top this!
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  January 2, 2013
Thanks for the kind comments all, and remember - it is scientific fact that CS is the best LEGO theme ever :)
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  January 2, 2013
I would have thrown in some blue accents for classic space appeal but 5/5, great job.
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  January 1, 2013
Wow, that's a cool Classic Space look. I almost like the alternatives more than the main model. A great entry, I don't want to be one of the judges :-))
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  January 1, 2013
Very nice, I would buy one if I saw it in a shop.
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  January 1, 2013
it s funny how everyone s classic space s pieces have their own flavor, this one for instance, with yellow accents and glass inspires blacktron esque flair, it looks fab! all of them are very attractive in their sculpting, congrats!
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  January 1, 2013
Brilliant - one of the best entries so far, and I like all three of these carefully considered builds; the third one is awesomely good.
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  January 1, 2013
Great work, Jon. Each build is a strong example of the purpose of this contest. It has a very modern feel, but was obviously built with classic space in mind. I especially like the second alternative build. That looks like something I might have found under the Christmas tree as a child. This will be a tough one to beat. Well done, as always.
Jon Blackford
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White Knight
  December 31, 2012
Fabulous ! There`s nothing else like classic space !>.....well done
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  December 31, 2012
The surface speeder is totally cool, and the alt builds are great too, a fantastic entry!
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  December 31, 2012
Well done.
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  December 31, 2012
My favourite so far.
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  December 31, 2012
That's just awesome! Great work getting the classic feel while keeping it unique, nice work!
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  December 31, 2012
What a great entry ! The main model is mindblowing, very unique and clever design ! I also love a lot the second alternate. Best of luck :-D
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  December 31, 2012
This is brilliant, makes me really nostalgic for all those Classic space sets from the 80's.
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  December 31, 2012
I totally love this and it is one of my favourites so far. I really like how each of the entries are all very classic spacey but each has the signature of the builder too. This is no exception, it has Jon B written all over it.
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  December 31, 2012
Really cool! I love how it turns into a tower! Good luck!
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  December 31, 2012
Great entry! Especially that surface skimmer!
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  December 31, 2012
Nice and clever building! It's always great to see such creations!
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  December 31, 2012
so cool!
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  December 31, 2012
Sweet Stuff! :)
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  December 31, 2012
Beautiful and nostalgic, very nice.
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  December 31, 2012
perfect! i gotta say, the second alternative reminds me of a vic viper in a way.
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  December 31, 2012
Very cool, I especially like how all the alternates look just as good as the set itself.
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  December 31, 2012
Very spiffy! I like the main set and the 2nd alt.
 
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