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Neo Classic Space FebRoverY Mecha
When you just can't decide, Mecha or Rover...
About this creation
I've really been getting back into the whole CS (Classic Space) theme recently. So when I had the idea for a transforming mecha I thought, why not add it to that theme.

My original plan was actually an AEGAKS unit but I'll come back to that idea later.

The "transformation" is quite basic and in some ways resembles G1 Optimus Prime.

Pros:

I wanted an easy access cockpit system, with the twin hatches and the relatively low stance for the "Rover" mode, getting a pilot in and out is no problem. (note if you do download the LDD file, my laptop started having problems with the clearance for the hatch despite me making doubly sure there was plenty of room when I designed the hinge, so don't be surprised if some fiddling is required).

I also wanted a "look" that said "classic space". I think the boxy blue cockpit with the dominantly grey mechanism, coupled with the yellow and black stripes and the odd trans-pieces carry off the style well. The greebling on the back is more a joke than a serious attempt to any kind of specific function.

I wanted to create a new hinge system that didn't look like my CyberAgent designs, I think I managed it with the elbows. The leg design however is a little bland by comparison.

Cons:

Transformation is very simple and the arms are still visible. If you take them to be ore sample collectors that isn't a big issue.

Foot design is a little spindly, could use a heel.

Legs aren't very poseable, tends to have a wide legged stance or a to attention stance. Foot joint is positioned incorrectly for an ankle turn and there is no thigh swivel.

Didn't design any extra equipment for him to hold.














EDIT:

I'm planning on revisiting the idea, but as my "cons" list suggests I have a few issues with the design I want to try and fix.

1. The legs. While I love the look in Rover mode, I think they lack detail in Hard-suit mode, so I'm going to look at a different way of pulling off the same basic conversion. I've got lots of ideas and I've seen some designs for Transformers (namely Optimus Prime) that might work.

2. The chest looks a little plain, I know that was my original goal, but it just doesn't feel like a "andros" design. Needs more "cowbell" as they say on TFLive. Don't ask.

3. I need to completely rethink the feet, they really wouldn't give much support to such a heavy torso, they need to be wider with a heal spur and they need to be more central.

4. Tools!! Classic Space didn't feature weapons, but he has to have some sort of function, right? Maybe I can partly convert that backpack into a tool rack....

I'm currently ok with the arm design, but it depends how the leg redesign works out as to whether I'd change them too, depending on how they turn out, he might need longer biceps and forearm to get something closer to human proportions.


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  February 15, 2013
Great fun and very playable. I agree that the toes look a bit small to support the mech. As for finding a function: well with those arms it can already do all sort of jobs. Your in-depth knowledge of all of the different ways of building hinges in Lego really lets you build some great designs!
 I made it 
  February 13, 2013
Quoting Chris Roach cool!
Much appreciated Mr Roach
 I made it 
  February 13, 2013
Quoting Mihe Stonee beautiful done mecha -äh- rover! cool and unique idea!
Thank you Mihe
 I like it 
  February 13, 2013
cool!
 I like it 
  February 13, 2013
beautiful done mecha -äh- rover! cool and unique idea!
 I made it 
  February 13, 2013
Quoting Daniel Brilliant Wow, I don't think I've ever seen a design like that before!
That's what I like to hear, thanks for the comment.
 I made it 
  February 13, 2013
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . Nice idea! Transformers rovers, very cool.
Thank you.
 I like it 
  February 12, 2013
Wow, I don't think I've ever seen a design like that before!
 I like it 
  February 12, 2013
Nice idea! Transformers rovers, very cool.
 I made it 
  February 12, 2013
Quoting Devid VII Very cool! will be able to be an inspiration ... ;)
:) thank you Devid
 I made it 
  February 12, 2013
Quoting alex wong It looks great and quite authentic. I like it!
Thanks alex.
 I like it 
  February 12, 2013
Very cool! will be able to be an inspiration ... ;)
 I like it 
  February 12, 2013
It looks great and quite authentic. I like it!
 I made it 
  February 12, 2013
Quoting TF Twitch Despite what you say about it, this is still pretty awesome! I like how in Rover mode it has what looks to be a small shovel on the front.
I always try to comment on my stuff as if I was seeing it for the first time, and sometimes there are ideas I have once I upload something which just didn't occur to me at the time. The little shovel is deliberate well spotted. :D
 I made it 
  February 12, 2013
Quoting David Alexander Smith Transforming neo-classic space hard suit - oh yes!
Thanks David, it's sort of a combination of all my favourite MOC stuff in one design.
 I like it 
  February 12, 2013
Despite what you say about it, this is still pretty awesome! I like how in Rover mode it has what looks to be a small shovel on the front.
 I like it 
  February 12, 2013
Transforming neo-classic space hard suit - oh yes!
 
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