Okay, I have cut back on my pieces, and the uploader is working, so letís try this again.
This is my entry to David and Davidís Classic Space Pocket Money Contest. What we have here is a Communication Point Establishment Vehicle. This is a piece of machinery employed by the Department of Planetary Occupation and Civilization Relocation. When a planet is deemed suitable to support life, a Planetary Preparation Team is contracted to ready that planet for occupation by a race that has been forced to vacate their native planet. The vehicles featured here are part of the preliminary preparation team, there to set up shop for those that build Operations Bases, (perhaps featured on a future post), and temporary domiciles. The planet is divided up into zones. Each zone is provided with an Operations Base and the zone is again divided into sites. Before the Planetary Preparation Team can begin the real work, the preliminaries have to set up the sites. This first vehicle moves around the planet to strategically place communication dishes in the predetermined sites.
The agent walks to the control board on the rear of the communication unit.
Activates the stabilizers.
Repositions the dish to establish the link and activates the release.
Then drives away, leaving the communication dish behind.
99 pieces. I made it!!!
Alternate Build #1: Zone Chief Site Hopper. Each zone is assigned a chief, (who apparently wears the same uniform as anyone else on the team), and his first job is to oversee progress for preliminary setup. The Site Hopper makes this job easier for him, allowing him to move freely through the atmosphere of the planet and hover over the sites as work is being done.
Alternate Build #2: Lift Bot and Controller Hovercraft. With this type of work, there is only so much that can be done by human hands. Some of the work is too heavy for the average human to lift, which is why the Lift Bots are employed. These robots are on wheels to remove the stress of the heavy lifting from mechanical legs. Earlier bipedal designs failed after prolonged use, and there is a limit to how many workmenís compensation claims that a Department of Planetary Occupation and Civilization Relocation can tolerate.
The Lift Bot.
I want to thank the Davids for putting on this contest and inviting me to participate. It was great fun to get back in touch with my youth and tinker around with LEGO in the way that I did as a child. I also want to tip my digital cap to all the other builders that participated. It was a great entertainment to see all the MOCs that were just as unique as the builders responsible for them. This type of contest seems like something that would be fun if it became an annual thing, (hint hint).
Thanks for checking it out. Let me know what you think.
A sturdily styled moon jeep, which looks very appropriate for rolling over the surfaces of unexplored planets. There seems to be plenty of room in the back for essential supplies (what is in those canisters?). I like the trailer, with its simple stabiliser legs. Although the trailer is quite top heavy, with its big antenna, its wheels are wide apart to help with stability. A nicely flexible ball & socket connects the two parts of the rig. 9 Three nicely contrasting alternative builds. The first looks very sleek, fast and swooshable, with its massive engine. Worryingly, the pilot seems to have no steering wheel! The hovercraft should be a good and stable working platform. Like the jeep in the main build, it has plenty of room for the driver and his supplies. The accompanying robot looks great. I can imagine it rolling around, doing useful jobs, lifting heavy object like rocket engines or just tidying the place up! 8 Once it is detached from its trailer, the jeep looks to be great for zooming across planets and floors. Its big wheelbase should keep it very stable and looks like a solid build in the event of a crash. I wonder if the things in the back could have added to the playability a bit more? The trailer is nice work too. I like how it has simple, strong hinges as stabiliser legs, which would be easy for kids to use. The antenna is on a good base, with another strong hinge to elevate it. I like how all of the controls have been fitted onto the back too. 8 I couldnít work out what felt strange to me about this build at first. Then I realised that were no coloured, trans parts at all. Deep down it was rather unsettling not to see no trans-red or trans-green or trans-yellow. For me this absence is important, as the trans bits in CS brought that extra sparkle and fun to the grey models. I think that this MOC more realistic & functional than the CS sets because of this. For me, some of CS was that it wasnít all utilitarian, which is odd when you think about what it costs to blast stuff into space. 8 Total score 33.
Design: Revisions make better MOCs; going back and cutting those pieces has produced a stunning MOC. I think the idea of the communication point drop-off is an inspired idea, and the little stabilisers a clever feature to facilitate it.
Piece Selection: Great alternatives which come close to being as good as the original. The robot requires special mention.
Playability: The detachable comms unit sets up lots of playtime. Not only is it a good idea, the execution is so good it really does inspire a trundle across the back yard to drop off the unit at some remote outcrop.
CS Factor: Modern pieces and modern building techniques applied to an old school sensibility take this beyond the original designersí vision, without compromising the CS spirit.
Even with 99 instead of 110 pieces, this is still a little beauty, Tim. Classic Space will always be my favourite theme and your creation is spot-on, especially with the second alternate build. Oh and yes, you can call me Thorsten ;o)
Quoting Garry King
Brilliant Tim. still a great looking build even with fewer elements. Had a laugh at the Lift Robot, I imagined it picking up the elements you left behind.... Well done
Thanks, Garry. The robot wasn't even my idea. My wife saw me breeze through the first two builds, then assembling and dismantling several for the third before she said, "Why don't you build a little robot?" I went for it. Thanks to the better half on that one.
Quoting Cody G
Looks great! I think a little bit of blue would look good, but the builds certainly look classic.
Good call, Cody. I really considered throwing some blue in there, but when I think of classic space, I think of those little light gray vehicles. So, despite the temptations, I avoided using any other colors as much as possible. Fortunately, I was able to turn up a few of the elements from my first attempt in light bley, and even a true classic space piece in my collection, to make it more accurate to the genre. Thanks for the comment, Cody.
Quoting El Barto !
Cool modifications! Too bad it's a day past the deadline, Dude.
It was done and uploaded to Flickr before the deadline. Did that because the uploader was down here. Didn't think I would fare too well if I posted a bunch of blank pictures with meaningless descriptions;) David granted an extension until the uploader was working again. Got it up as soon as I saw that it was working.