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GIM-Ball
Llwyngwril Space Systems Surface Vehicle Department's attempt to design a useful and practical machine...
About this creation


The surface vehicle design department of Lwyngwril Space Systems was never as successful as the spaceship architects' section. This was probably due to their vehicles being strange, weird and highly impractical.



The GIM-Ball followed the Self-Levelling Radar Bike, which obviously had no engine or view for the driver, and Penny's Farthing, whose engine torque immediately slammed the driver round into the ground (or catapulted them out of their seat if they were lucky!). The Galaxy Inspection Machine - Ball was developed as a sensible, useful and practical means of transport that would finally silence the critics.



Unfortunately the GIM-Ball so large that it could never be fitted inside a spaceship to be transported to an unexplored planet for a test drive...

Shown below is rare archive footage of the GIM-Ball in action.








FOURTH WALL This sphere formed the base for the GIM-Ball design. The idea came to me when Matt Rowntree mentioned the "Prisoner" TV series in his comments on Penny's Farthing and I remembered the "Rover" balls rolling around the sands at Portmeirion.



Comments

 I made it 
  April 9, 2013
I know what you mean about the engine but I think that if this was made in real bricks the weight of the engine would be critical as the Technic axles would bend. Then again it needs to be a bit heavy as its weight acts like a pendulum and keeps the pilot and radar upright. Metal Technic axles and a bigger engine would be brilliant!
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  April 9, 2013
I personally would really like one of these! The engine in the middle for me looks too small thought.
 I made it 
  March 19, 2013
Quoting Stuart Lucas Hooray, the pictures are back so I can comment on this! Always great to see intriguing ways of doing spheres out of Lego parts. Good inclusion of the stop-motion too, nice to see such a bonkers vehicle in action. Talking of vehicles with stupidly contrived motion, do you remember He-Man's Attack Trak? Google it if not...
I think that a friend had the Attack Trac or I saw it advertised on TV. I had to make the moving GIF, as I didn't think that it was very obvious how the thing was suppose to roll along (or that people would believe that it could actually roll along!).
 I made it 
  March 19, 2013
Quoting Marc dZ Where did you get this brilliant idea? A so cool and so great idea!! You really impress me much, I'm your fan.
I think that the idea came as a development of having hanging, swinging thing in my last two MOCs, plus the infite box of bricks that is LDD makes anything possible.
 I made it 
  March 19, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree I can't stop laughing with overwhelming joy!!! This is classic. Completely mental. And totally ingenious. I half expect YOU to be laughing maniacally, torturing your test pilots with what appears to be their FINAL ride!!! (trying to wipe that ubiquitous smile off their faces :) XP )I love these things David!
Thank you! I'm getting more and more used to the workings of LDD. Having an infinite amount of Lego is a great spur to my thinking!
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  March 17, 2013
Where did you get this brilliant idea? A so cool and so great idea!! You really impress me much, I'm your fan.
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  March 11, 2013
Hooray, the pictures are back so I can comment on this! Always great to see intriguing ways of doing spheres out of Lego parts. Good inclusion of the stop-motion too, nice to see such a bonkers vehicle in action. Talking of vehicles with stupidly contrived motion, do you remember He-Man's Attack Trak? Google it if not...
 I like it 
  March 11, 2013
I can't stop laughing with overwhelming joy!!! This is classic. Completely mental. And totally ingenious. I half expect YOU to be laughing maniacally, torturing your test pilots with what appears to be their FINAL ride!!! (trying to wipe that ubiquitous smile off their faces :) XP )I love these things David!
 I like it 
  March 11, 2013
no way! Dude, wow, this is just out there.
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  March 10, 2013
Like all the best ideas - absolutely crazy! :-)
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  March 10, 2013
Your maddest vehicle yet, and it is up against stiff competition.
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  March 10, 2013
Man, I would have a ball riding this thing...get it....ball!
David Roberts
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Emerald Knight
  March 3, 2013
Clever stuff !>>....well done
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  March 3, 2013
A well executed whimsical design. Maybe next you can do a habitat inside one of these balls, like a space hamster ball.
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  March 3, 2013
Such an odd ball design!
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  March 3, 2013
Fascinating!
 I made it 
  March 3, 2013
Quoting M2com McKinney Interesting idea! I would like to see more cockpit details but everything looks great! Maybe I should try to build one some time.
You're right: the cockpit is a bit sparse. It was the last thing that I built and I think that I was running out of creative steam by then! It can't be too heavy though, as otherwise it would bend the shaft that it hangs on.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2013
very interesting!
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  March 3, 2013
Interesting idea! I would like to see more cockpit details but everything looks great! Maybe I should try to build one some time.
 
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