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Factory Hopper - Classic Space
A handy way to travel around the vast starship factories of Classic Space.
About this creation


In the long lost days of Classic Space, gigantic starship factories were built where ships such as the LL928 Space Cruiser were assembled. These hangars were so vast that staff would take days to walk across them and so a rocket powered hopper was designed.



These hoppers were so fun and fast that a simplfied version was put into commercial production. Thousands of the resulting 6806 Surface Hoppers were made and could be seen all over the Earth and other planets of Classic Space.



The only disadvantage of the Factory Hoppers' rocket motors was that they eroded and melted the floors of the starship hangars. Fortunately the hoppers were so much fun to swoooosh around on that nobody minded the cost and hassle of repairing the floors. As always in Classic Space, they just smiled and got on with the job.



I built this during a very stressful week of exams. It's great to lose oneself in the infite space of LDD and just switch off from the world. It's almost a form of meditation. I wanted to build a copy of the set that I had as a kid but LDD didn't have all of the colours and using LDD Extended to get them feels a bit like cheating. It's always fun to work with the just tools available and come up with a new idea, which I think I did here! Here's a photo of my inspiration for the build from the brickset.com website:





Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  July 7, 2013
funny and cool piece, it has lots of charm!
 I like it 
  April 30, 2013
I have to agree, this just an epic example of classic coolness! Great work!
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  April 28, 2013
I think you did a very good job recreating a classic set. Good luck with the exams.
 I like it 
  April 27, 2013
Cool update on a classic rig!
 I like it 
  April 27, 2013
As effortlessly cool as riding on one must be!
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  April 27, 2013
Quoting Vega Of Mars Nice MOC! Very cool, and I like the story.
Thank you!
 I made it 
  April 27, 2013
Quoting Locutus 666 Another question: How did u make the first 3 pictures? They dont look as directly taken from LDD.
They're made from the LDD files using LDD to POV-Ray convertor and then rendered in POV-Ray. These were quite fast to render on my 5 year old laptop, at 7 to 8 hours each. Some of my other renders on MOCpages have taken 36 hours. Technic connectors with lots of edge bevels and trans parts (especially trans-yellow!) take a lot longer to render than normal bricks. I'm just about to add a picture where I've Photoshopped the rendered image into a factory floor photo background.
 I like it 
  April 27, 2013
Nice MOC! Very cool, and I like the story.
  April 27, 2013
Another question: How did u make the first 3 pictures? They dont look as directly taken from LDD.
 I like it 
  April 27, 2013
The colours are brilliant, with echoes of town and space themes captured elegantly. I always wanted more inter-theme sets as a kid. Might try something in this field.
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  April 27, 2013
Love this. Takes me back to the good old days. Who needs floors anyway?
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  April 27, 2013
This is a very good extension of a (still missing in my collection!!arg!) awesome small set! Love it!
 I made it 
  April 27, 2013
Quoting TF Twitch Just like you, I do not like to use LDD Extended unless I absolutely have to. Great work on this!
I totally agree and think that LDD Extended just seems to take away some of the fun and the challenge. Have you seen David Alexander Smith's MOCs? He builds in real bricks but with quite a limit stock of parts and gets amazingly creative results.
 I made it 
  April 27, 2013
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . It's all fun and games until the prototype Space Hopper burns a whole in the floor. =]
Now that would be a fun vignette to build, with a deep shaft with loads of pipes and greebles sticking out of it :)
 I made it 
  April 27, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree Brilliant David! I was designing something similar as a ubiquitous platform for maintenance, loading, and production for my Ecosse, but I prefer your little hopper. If I may, I would like permission to incorporate this handy utensil into future activities on my vessel. It looks way too fun. It also looks less fatal than some of your prior models, although I'm sure there were some injuries in testing. =)
Wow! It would be great to see a whole swarm of these busily buzzing around. Please do use the idea: as you can see it's not my original work, more of a Variation On A Theme build.
 I like it 
  April 27, 2013
Just like you, I do not like to use LDD Extended unless I absolutely have to. Great work on this!
  April 27, 2013
It's all fun and games until the prototype Space Hopper burns a whole in the floor. =]
 I like it 
  April 27, 2013
vary cool!!
 I like it 
  April 27, 2013
Great little design! :)
 I like it 
  April 27, 2013
Brilliant David! I was designing something similar as a ubiquitous platform for maintenance, loading, and production for my Ecosse, but I prefer your little hopper. If I may, I would like permission to incorporate this handy utensil into future activities on my vessel. It looks way too fun. It also looks less fatal than some of your prior models, although I'm sure there were some injuries in testing. =)
 I like it 
  April 27, 2013
Me likes!
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  April 27, 2013
great!, i wish they had this in real life, they would be so much fun
 I made it 
  April 27, 2013
Quoting andros tempest I always admired the classic designs economy on parts. Logical update.
Yes I know what you mean. It was amazing what they achieved with so few parts. Even my version has just 34 bricks according to LDD.
 I made it 
  April 27, 2013
Quoting Chris Roach classic coolness!
Thank you!
 I like it 
  April 27, 2013
I always admired the classic designs economy on parts. Logical update.
 I like it 
  April 27, 2013
classic coolness!
 
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