So here it is! My entry for the this year's Classic Space Pocket Money Contest II! A day before the deadline, who'd imagine? Anyway, more below:
About this creation
Built for The Classic Space Pocket Money Contest II, the Planet Prowler is a scouting and collection vehicle for the Orange Space team. The Orange Space is a group of modernised Classic space members, who decided to ditch the old gray-blue-white colours of the past and paint their vehicles orange! They, unlike the Classic Space people, are prospecting for the Green Isotope of the rare mineral unobtainium.
The vehicle itself contains 100 pieces. No more, no less (I may have miscounted, but I checked 26 times), if you count more please tell me so I can photoshop the extra parts out.
The main colour scheme of the vehicle is black, with gray, white and orange details. It uses trans-blue for windshields and trans-neon-green for other sciency bits.
The vehicle features three big wheels, and consists of two sections: the front with the cockpit and front two wheels, and the rear with the cargo bay in which it holds a little automatic rover.
The rover has a small box on it's rear and a collection arm. I spent hours on the design, as it couldn't put the unobtainium in the box at all at first.
from above. There is a turntable underneath the flat part of the back, so it can rotate this way, not blocking the wheels.
The auto rover tucked away in it's auto-rover-storage-bay. The bay can also be used to deliver large amounts of drinks. The Orange Space people like to throw large space parties, unlike their Classic Space counterparts.
The cockpit. As much stuff as can fit in there, we have two screens, two levers, a (tilted!) dashboard and even a driver!
Or no driver in this case...
The rear storage bay. I used two separate sloped bricks so I'd have as many pieces to build the two alternative models.
The rover, as its folded in it's bay.
It says hello!
The vehicle, driver and rover,
compared to my KV-2 turret (now sitting on a podium on a shelf),
compared to my cat. He looks 100% done with my crap. Also, lavalamp (turned off).
The pieces themselves. I didn't disassemble the claw into the three pieces, and I didn't take the tires off the wheels. I see those parts as one.
ALTERNATIVE 1: A base and a collection rover.
The base. It features a transmission dish on top and lots of computers.
The rover. The part with the storage box and claw can rotate some 270 degrees, for the ultimate all-over-the-place reach.
The claw retracted. In this position, the rover can reach speeds up to 12kp/h. It could probably go faster, but this is scientific equipment and noone would want to be held responsible for braking an expensive machine like that!
ALTERNATIVE 2: A mining setup and a space-plane-ship.
I wanted to use both canopies in this, and the large one is a collection bin for the Green unobtainium.
The spaceplane-ship-thingamajig. It employs a radical new cockpit technique. Or not. It looks cool, though.
Cockpit opened. If you want to fly the craft like this, you better get yourself some life insurance. Unless the planet you're on has really low gravity. Then you don't even need a flying craft.
The whole thing, again.
and now a broadcast from a truly unique moment in history: The first unplanned encounter of Orange Space and Classic Space vehicles!
I wonder what will happen? any hostilities?
Of course not! The two sides have decided on an agreement to not get into each other's business. Since they are prospecting for two different isotopes of unobtainium, I wonder how that's even possible.
behind the scenes: The Classic Space rover was my original attempt at the contest, before I realised I was not supposed to use gray, blue or white. Since that vehicle was mainly gray, blue and white I had to come up with a new thing instead. I might evolve the CS rover and post it separately!
I hope you enjoyed this little build, good luck to everyone else in the contest too!
Quoting Benhamin Eukatah
Sonny, if I was to try to make my new creation more M-Tronish, how would I do it, and he wants some un-ob minerals as well possibly and others... What would represent some others?
Just generally, whatever reminds you of the theme. For M-tron, think storage boxes on magnets. That's why your newest creation feels M-tronish, because of that box! And the canopy cockpits are really a blacktron thing, etc.
Those big orange wheels are a great selling point. The blue canopies are a perfect counterpoint. 8 I like the dart scooter but some of the rest of the building edges towards the chaotic. 5 A little bot stowed away in small build like this, good show. 7 M-Tron in tangerine, if only bricks came in these colours back in the day. Feels CS to me. 7
I love the colour combinations on the main photo. It would have excellent if you could have kept this going for the cockpit and rover too. The reverse tricycle is a great design, just the sort of strange configuration that Lego would have made back in the day. I like the way that the rover neatly stows under the rear canopy. 7 A nice variety in the alternatives. The black ship looks great and bases are a good contrast to the big vehicle in the main build. The white parts don't do much for the look of the alternatives. It also would have been great to have seen the big orange wheels used in a third way. Could they be mill stones for grinding unobtanium between? Could one wheel be use like a 1970's orange space hopper? 6 A strong construction, great for zooming across floors and bouncing off skirting boards. Lots of hinged things to fiddle with and a separate rover with its own grab arm. How does the rover get in and out of its storage space? Who knows! Perhaps it just drives up and over the rear wheel? 9 Three big wheels seems very Lego CS to me. As a kid I would have wanted four of them and it would have been typical of Lego to produce a set with just three. No way would my Mum & Dad but TWO sets so that I could make a four or six wheeler. Now I have Bricklink and a VISA card... Oh, sorry, judging the contest! Strange vehicle with hinges in the middle, deployable rovers and a radar to spin on top: highly Classic Space. 9 Total 31
Really excellent work, Sonny. Love those big orange wheels. The main build looks like something the CS designers would work on after hours, but the last build could have been on one of those old CS boxes. I also like all the small details you added. Nice job. Best of luck in the contest.
Awesome! I was never that into the LEGO space line, they are really cool to look at, but just not that fun for me personally. The futuristic three wheeler is really cool, I also like the little white truck you through in. Bonus points for the alternate design, I really miss those in actual LEGO sets. Good luck with that contest, hope you win!
Quoting Stuart Lucas
Gahh, where did that giant monster space cat come from?? Trans-blue & orange is a great colour combo, and the playability packed into that main model is seriously impressive. Well done!
thanks! Many people don't realise what a threat space cats are to astronauts! And yeah, the main model is cool, but the other two are a bit lacking. But i do have a year until the next contest, so...
Very nice space buggy thingy! Although classic space is before my time, I have always been fascinated with space exploration, especially the Apollo missions. I really want to expand out of tanks-only models, and after seeing you do it, I'm thinking about trying the space theme. Thank you for the inspiration :)
i love it, but the box will huge to have holes to fit the cat in, and i can't imagine the poor creature will be very comfortable. ;D just pulling your leg, this is great, i love the concept! it looks fantastic- great work.