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Object 23/AS/12.67a
The secret files on this mystery, found floating in deep space 50 years ago, have just been released to the public.
About this creation
Centuries ago, in the era commonly known as “Classic Space”, men and machines journeyed into far flung corners of the galaxy. They searched for new worlds, new knowledge and new life-forms to make friends with. An elite group of these adventurers was known as the Outer Reach Research Team. They were last heard from 387 years ago.



Then, 50 years ago, a deep space mining vessel was prospecting for minerals in a seldom visited corner of the remote system of Bala II. A distress beacon signal started to flash on their monitors. They flew in to help, only to find the wreckage of what had been a massive space station.



The crew of the mining ship realised that what they had found was one of the docking ring and escape pod complexes from a type of space station that had been obsolete for three centuries. The whole assembly had been ripped off the main body. Where was the rest of it? One of the escape pod bays had been ripped apart by an explosion but the other one still contained a pod. A figure could be seen through the dusty, trans-yellow canopy. Could they have survived in suspended animation for all of these years?




The miners sent an ore prospecting module to examine the escape pod with its sensors. The cameras revealed a grizzly picture of a long-dead red spaceman.



The escape pod was activated by the ore prospecting module and set off towards the nearest star. This would act as a fiery grave for the ancient space explorer. The miners downloaded the I.D. from the space station’s distress beacon and discovered that this had been the main base for the long lost ORRT. Apart from this there was no other information. What final mishap had occurred all of those centuries ago? Had they been fatally attacked by giant, flying, green, Venusian space squid or did someone just spill coffee into a computer keyboard again? We will never know…



Credit must go to David Alexander Smith for creating his brilliantly funny and wonderfully built Outer Reach Research Team, who have had their various mishaps depicted in his MOCs. I’d also like to credit Chris Melby for his idea of ancient CS exploration equipment being recovered by modern spacemen. Finally, I must mention the space wreckage illustrations that can be found in Stewart Cowley’s Terran Trade Authority series from my childhood.



Building instructions
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Comments

 I like it 
  July 7, 2013
great design and backstory!
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  April 28, 2013
Madness!
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  April 27, 2013
Quoting Tim C Sorry I haven't been commenting recently, David. My activity on the LEGO sites, sadly, has been pretty sparse of late. I'm lucky to get a couple hours a week even to build. This is some great work. I like the ORRT theme you threw in here. Definitely some worthy inspiration. I like how twiggy, (if I may), you made this one look. It gives it a very utilitarian feel. Nice touch adding the CS skeleton. Very creepy. I also noticed that you credited some inspiration to Chris Melby. He left this site, and he has left Flickr as well. Do you know if he is posting somewhere else?
Hi Tim, many thanks for your long comment! I know what you mean about real life and Lego: something has to give eventually! I know what you mean about the MOC being "twiggy". I was giong for that look of a branch snapped from a bigger tree and also the sort of frame work you might build in space, like geodesic domes. My other big inspiration were the objects found floating in space at the end of one of the Tarren Trade Authority books. Tony Roberts' "Double Star" was one and became famous again: http://www.tonyrobertsart.co.uk/doublestar.html I don't know where Chris Melby has gone. It's sad that he has vanished. I think that one of his last builds was a big transporter recovering a CS vehicle.
 I like it 
  April 27, 2013
Sorry I haven't been commenting recently, David. My activity on the LEGO sites, sadly, has been pretty sparse of late. I'm lucky to get a couple hours a week even to build. This is some great work. I like the ORRT theme you threw in here. Definitely some worthy inspiration. I like how twiggy, (if I may), you made this one look. It gives it a very utilitarian feel. Nice touch adding the CS skeleton. Very creepy. I also noticed that you credited some inspiration to Chris Melby. He left this site, and he has left Flickr as well. Do you know if he is posting somewhere else?
 I like it 
  April 24, 2013
Very original and novative!! The pics are just stunning!
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  April 23, 2013
I really like this. Nice little story too!
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  April 23, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett Superb build - Technic connectors never looked so good. Did Blacktron get to them ?
I think that it more likely to be a cup of tea spilt into some vital machine or cake crumbs fouling up the life support systems.
 I made it 
  April 23, 2013
Quoting Stuart Lucas A great shout-out to the ORRT, as well as those UFOs from the TTA books. I'm sure the other David would find this very much in keeping with his builds! Beautifully rendered too, by the way.
Thank you! I think that this has set David thinking and I'm quite excited to see what will appear!
 I like it 
  April 23, 2013
Superb build - Technic connectors never looked so good. Did Blacktron get to them ?
 I like it 
  April 22, 2013
Interesting shape and structure. Cool concept and story too!
 I like it 
  April 22, 2013
Those CS guys were more advanced than they are given credit for.
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  April 22, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Cool build! A complex structure, to be sure, with lots of interesting angles and contours. Isn't ski season over yet?
Still skiing! Today is day one of ten days of exams(with the weekend off). Nearly finished. I think that my next build will be in real bricks.
 I like it 
  April 22, 2013
Creepy and cool!
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  April 22, 2013
Brilliant and beautiful. Cheers!~
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  April 22, 2013
A great shout-out to the ORRT, as well as those UFOs from the TTA books. I'm sure the other David would find this very much in keeping with his builds! Beautifully rendered too, by the way.
 I like it 
  April 21, 2013
Cool build! A complex structure, to be sure, with lots of interesting angles and contours. Isn't ski season over yet?
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  April 21, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree At least he died with a smile on his face. Rest in peace, again. This looks like the start, rather than the end, of something grand. I have a feeling there will be some speculatory ideas of how Red and the ORRT met their fate (or, did they?). Can't wait to see the next chapter!
Thank you! I think the David Alexander Smith, to who the ORRT really belong, already has something brewing, inspired by this MOC.
 I like it 
  April 21, 2013
GEe... Oh... DESICcation with a Smile! :)
 I like it 
  April 21, 2013
At least he died with a smile on his face. Rest in peace, again. This looks like the start, rather than the end, of something grand. I have a feeling there will be some speculatory ideas of how Red and the ORRT met their fate (or, did they?). Can't wait to see the next chapter!
 I like it 
  April 21, 2013
vary cool!! I love the way it rely looks old and broken!
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  April 21, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Thank heavens for the freedom of information Act, otherwise we would never know about such things. Great build and story :).
Glad you enjoyed build and story. Who knows what other secrets have been lost for aeons in deep space?
 I made it 
  April 21, 2013
Quoting Vladimir van Hoek Wonderfully complex!
LDD is great for this sort of thing as you've got an infinite number of Technic connectors in all shapes and colours, plus you can copy/clone sections. The rendering takes forever though...
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  April 21, 2013
Quoting navy person a great looking space complex and a great story equals a great moc!!
Thank you and glad you enjoyed the story too!
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  April 21, 2013
Quoting David Alexander Smith The close up on the poor mummified red spaceman makes this. Full of nice ideas and narrative, like all the best builds, this inspire reciprocal ideas of my own.
Thank you. I wanted to cut views, like in a film and have a bit of a surprise too. I suppose that the skeletal frame of the spacestation gives a bit of an effect of being trappeed behind bars too. I'm intrigued to see what this has inspired in your mind.
 I made it 
  April 21, 2013
Quoting Chris Roach the geometry and shapping of this MOC are really cool!
Thank you! I've been playing trying to make more curved structures and things like geodesic domes. The joy of LDD is that I don't have to buy hundreds of Technic connectors on Bricklink!
 I like it 
  April 21, 2013
a great looking space complex and a great story equals a great moc!!
 I like it 
  April 21, 2013
The close up on the poor mummified red spaceman makes this. Full of nice ideas and narrative, like all the best builds, this inspire reciprocal ideas of my own.
 I like it 
  April 21, 2013
the geometry and shapping of this MOC are really cool!
 I like it 
  April 21, 2013
Wonderfully complex!
 I like it 
  April 21, 2013
Thank heavens for the freedom of information Act, otherwise we would never know about such things. Great build and story :).
 
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