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Beta 8 Hovercraft C.S.P.M.C 2013
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My entry into the Classic Space Pocket Money Contest II. Main Model consists of exactly 96 pieces. I tried to make it look CS-ish, and I think I nailed it pretty well. The magnets work. The pics do most of the talking. Alternate Model 1: Mineral collector and Satellite Base. Alternate Model 2: Hovercraft Racing track. My favorite. Let's have some fun here shall we? Acknowledgements: David Roberts and David Alexander Smith for making this contest. Everyone who is participating in this contest. Me mum, who made the background. David Alexander Smith especially, for he invited me last year. 1969 Unnamed, a set that inspired this model. Thank you, everyone! Good luck to all who are participating! I am going to build at least 8 alternate models in the future.
About this creation

Parts Layout

Side view

Our lovely hybrid Astronaut. I only had 1 CS torso, yellow. I had to mix White and Yellow astronauts. Also note the modern helmet.

Cockpit. A little basic.

Only printed piece is clearly displayed on the front, a lovely CS Brick.

The Back and front can separate.

Here we see our Lunar Rover backing out of the craft. Don't you just love it?

Rover.

Back of rover. I can hold the Spaceman's gu-I mean flashlight.

The magnet arm lifting the rover out. This is a popular choice for the lazy CS astronaut.

Underbelly. Hence the hovercraft.

Alternate model 1: A mineral transporter and a Small installation.
I think I was creative with the cockpit.

The base. Kinda blocky, but that's what I was going for!

The Mineral collector.

The Hopper can detach from the vehicle.

Overview of the base.

Base-side view.

Our Astronaut by the hovercraft.


Alternate model 2: Hovercraft Racing track

The hovercraft.

Thank you David and David for this wonderful contest.
It was a lot of fun coming up with the alternates.



Comments

 I like it 
  October 4, 2014
Hey... That first part of it looks sort of like the new Blacktron craft I built... Not to be mean or anything!
 I like it 
  January 18, 2014
The main build is very well realized and cleverly implements several fun features. The blue and neon cockpits is a unique colour choice that really works. 8 The alternatives donít quite live up to the promise of the original and seem a little ordinary. Not bad, but maybe a symptom of the piece selection you gave yourself. 5 The mobile crane arm magnets and detachable rover opens a world of play up for any astronaut. 8 A great theme and solid believable CS design. Iíd love to see more of these styled builds. 7
 I like it 
  January 18, 2014
I have to start by saying, "Nice moustache!". Possibly the most suave spaceman in the contest. I like the colour scheme that you've chosen and how you've managed to keep it organised. I wonder if the look of the model would have been improved if you've managed to keep the stripes going across both halves? The trailer has a good connection that won't let it spin about in flight. It would be good if the landing was more central, to stop the trailer from tipping when it's detached. The lifting arm is a very practical addition and built with an economy of parts. 7 I like the big mineral collector buggy, especially as the hopper can detach. The base is quite blocky, as you say. I wonder if some SNOT might have produced a smoother, better looking base from the same bricks? The Hover race is fun but quite basic. It would have been brilliant if you'd included some of the fun play features of the main build into the alternatives. 6 Lots of play possibilities with this combination. A spaceship, plus a buggy. I like that the hovercraft can leave the trailer and zoom off on other adventures. You could have added to this playability with a second minifig perhaps? A second tool on the buggy would be great too. The grab arm is fun and the only thing with magnets in the whole contest. The build looks quite strong. My only reservation is the join between the two halves. The joint is strong but the two bricks aren't built in and might work loose in flight. 8 Very Classic Space, with detachable bits, a deployable buggy and a steering wheel to fly with too. Nice to see those old red & black wheels being used. 8 Total 29
 I like it 
  January 13, 2014
I was trying to work magnets into my entry too, but couldn't get it to work! I bet you get top marks for playability here, and the space racer alternate is one of the most original in the contest.
 I like it 
  January 12, 2014
Space racers! ;-)
 I made it 
  January 5, 2014
To be truthful, I was. When coming up with the alternate models I was whisked back to my Boyhood days of space-racing LEGO.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2014
Neato colors! Definite playablity factor here... appears like you were joyfully playing throughout this! Fun times! :)
 I like it 
  December 30, 2013
There are some cool ideas united in this model: A rover, a seperable cargo area and a lift arm. The playability is great and the colour scheme is very stylish. Great job! Good luck in the competiton! :-))
  December 19, 2013
Another cool entry. I like the actual CS bricks too.
 I like it 
  December 18, 2013
This has loads of playability! The main model and its alternatives are very cleverly laid out. I love how everything detaches and has separate functions.
 I like it 
  December 17, 2013
Every time I check this entry it looks like a stronger entry in the contest. I like how the alternate models are very different from the main model.
 I like it 
  December 15, 2013
Nice model with a cool colour scheme. Alternates are good as well, and they're properly different from the main model - always a bonus. Good luck!
 I like it 
  December 14, 2013
Absolutely love the BT2 meets Ice Planet color combo. I did the same for mine :) Cool playing features too.
 I made it 
  December 14, 2013
I've updated it!
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  December 14, 2013
I feel the first alternate model has the best and most innovative part usage.
 I like it 
  December 11, 2013
Very nice versatile model. I like the parts usage, very handy. It's got that classic space look spot on, good luck in the competition.
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  December 11, 2013
Hello CC :D I am very glad to see this cute model. I must say that it is impressive, even more for me as I have constant problem making something small yet beautiful. Color scheme is sweet, it resemble my beloved Unitron very well :D More importantly, I admire the versatility of this model to make ship, cargo bay, rover and little outpost in one set. Great job! 5/5
 I like it 
  December 11, 2013
A nice Little explorer
 I made it 
  December 10, 2013
Quoting Locutus 666
The purpose was to hold it into place.
 I like it 
  December 10, 2013
Excellent entry! Good luck in the contest
 I like it 
  December 10, 2013
nicely done dude! The idea of picking the rover with a magnet is brilliant! The color choice seems to work. Good luck!
 I like it 
  December 10, 2013
Awesome! good job!
 I made it 
  December 10, 2013
I mixed yellow and white because I only have one CS torso and it is Yellow. Tough cookies. (What?) :D
 I like it 
  December 10, 2013
The yellow spacemen are the tough guys. instead of a suit they just go into space naked with a giant tattoo of the CS logo on their chests. The main strength of this model is the parts selection. The pieces are multi-purpose enough to make several things with while being specialized enough to be cool. great job.
 
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