Alternative Models. Back in the day Lego sets were packaged with images of alternative builds on the back of their packages. Choosing one of three classic genres, classic space, classic castle or classic town, build a top end set (those sets which as a child it took a birthday or Christmas to obtain), and three alternative models you might have found on the reverse of the box, built from its fixed set of pieces.
About this creation
Best of luck to my masterful opponent, That Steam Guy, and his great entry!
For the main build, I designed a small space base in the style of Classic Space.
This starship has just landed, and is currently being refueled by its pilot.
At this control station, spacemen can monitor air traffic for 28 Parsecs around! (Just in case any of them get curious.)
This powerful radio transmitter uses three shock absorbers to stabilize the transmission frequencies and fancy screwy-geary thingies to make it look as if it can elevate.
Form left- a robotic tool cart, a portable launch pad with a sounding rocket mounted on top, an invariably cheerful spaceman, and a rocket fuel tank (in Octan colors!)
Side view. Unlike LEGO executives from the 1970s, this minifigure likes guns, preferably large ones, so he modified his stock starship with four rocket grenades behind the cockpit and two Gauss laser cannons.
The spaceman is bringing his ship in for a complicated five-point landing by disengaging all engines except the two rear vertical thrusters. If done correctly, the spaceship will land softly on all four pads simultaneously.
If done incorrectly...Well, this happens. Oops.
Alternate Build #1: Dynamic Dropship and Rover
This build consists of a small dropship carrying an all-terrain rover.
"Feeling tired of hiking all over Moon Base 16? Radio in a call to the nearest logistics hanger, and relief will soon be on the way!
"Powered by a revolutionary Manus-5 hover system (also known as the Builder's Hand :), the dropship has the latest in technology.
When the dropship arrives over the customer, explosive bolts release the rover...
...and it falls gently to the ground...
...while the dropship returns to base."
More of the rover.
...And more of the rover.
More of the dropship.
...And more of the dropship. (showing an auxiliary rocket booster to help heavily laden dropships take off.)
The dropship's cockpit. Since a minifigure can't fit, a small pilot droid is used to operate it.
The pilot droid with the spaceman. Smile! (Oh, wait- you don't have a choice. Never mind.)
The bottom of the dropship, showing the cargo bay and the bottom of the cargo boom.
Alternate Build #2: Super Snowplow
After the terraforming operations of 3045 had been completed, the moon had the same weather systems and phenomena as Earth. For the first time, Lunites had to deal with snow blocking roads and utility lines.
To deal with this hazard, obsolete mining trucks were converted into powerful snowplows.
On top of the truck is mounted a powerful industrial laser.
When faced with a thick snowdrift, the operator fires a shot into the center.
The heat of the laser melts and boils the core, and blows the rest of the pile of snow far off the road.
This shot shows a snowplow parked during the short lunar summer.
Where ore used to be carried, power cables are now placed to energize the laser.
Despite the modifications, most of the bodywork is original to the mining truck.
Alternate Build #3: High-Flying Hoverboard
Ever since famed scientist Dr. Martin Seamus McFly first demonstrated his hoverboards in 2989, they had surged in popularity. However, they are now only used by androids and the poor, due to their twitchy acceleration and raucous engines.
This model has an exposed anti-gravity coil for better cooling, as well as exposed jet engines (because they look cooler that way).
More of the engines and anti-gravity coil.
...And more of the engines and anti-gravity coil. (Contrary to what the spaceman might have claimed, this is most definitely not minifigure scale.)
Android R-5547 has served the Liguori family for many years, so he was rewarded with this hoverboard. He certainly enjoys it! (P.S. This is my first ever larger-than-minifig-scale MOC.)
Well, this was a really fun category to build in. It really made me think, both about imitating a specific theme and building style, and also about choosing parts wisely and working out of a very small piece selection. This also was the first time I used photo editing for the majority of the pictures- my white backdrop is only so large, and over 50% of the photos have the backgrounds cleaned up with GIMP. Thanks for such a great category, judges, and I hope everyone enjoyed!
This one had my vote for two major reasons: CS RULES (not a very objective reason, I know) and this build really shows that you had a tremendous amount of fun. That goes a long way with me personally. I think your vision was almost achieved, just shy though and worth completing IMO. Excellent job!
Quoting Halhi 141
Nicely done. While I think your opponent's builds might be better, I think yours look more like sets. I actually have to say that my least favorite of your models is the main model though...
I was going for the feel of real Lego sets on these(and hoping more weighting in the judging would be placed on set-like characteristics rather than flat-out techniques). Just curious, though: what don't you like about the main build?