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With each contest I enter, I learn something new. The Classic Space Pocket Money Contest II was no exception. This MOC is mostly text. If you like reading about LEGOs, continue. If not, take a barefoot walk in a dark room full of 2x2 bricks.
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Judges' commentary and my responses below. The Judges' comments are a valuable part of the model revision process.

David Roberts:
With its rough, greebled surfaces and grey & yellow colours, this MOC has quite a steam punk or diesel punk feel to me. I think that its look might have been improved if the wheels on the buggy were hidden somehow. It doesn't look totally integrated with the flying part of the machine to me.

JWG: Agreed. Early revisions of this model had hidden wheels, but it pushed the parts count too high or left flimsy bits hanging off.

David Roberts:
Against this, the canopy hooking over the buggy in flight mode is a neat and unusual idea, especially as it's not part of the buggy when it's driving around. 7

JWG: That was a space-saving measure. The C version may have the canopy as part of the buggy

David Roberts:
The swing-wing spacecraft is a great looking build. I like the various functioning features, especially the folding wings and the landing gear.

JWG: I assume you meant this one:


David Roberts:
The series of construction vehicles is absolutely super. My favourites are the backhoe (lots of play functions) and the forklift. I can imagine you sitting in front of the pile of parts, building and re-building little vehicles.

JWG: You are clairvoyant. I was doing that.

David Roberts:
So much fun from so few bricks! 10 I love how the three parts of the main build detach and recombine. Great functionality and great fun. Plus there are a couple of tools for the minifig to use, clipped onto the buggy. The potential for play and making up stories and adventures seems huge with this little set.

JWG: That was a major objective for this set. It is meant as a pocket money set, AND MORE. I set out to create the ultimate TESLA themed starter set. My one major regret is using the trans bright green eyes for the antennas instead of getting trans bright green 1x1 cones.

David Roberts:
I like the Technic pegs for clipping the modules together, however, I do wonder what stops the buggy from rotating when it's clipped in. It looks as though it's just the green canopy. This will affect the all important swooshability. 7

JWG: That is correct. When I read that part of the review I moved the wings back 2 studs so that the wheels are held in by the brackets as shown in the underside photo below.

David Roberts:
Detachable buggies and sensor arrays that re-combine are so CS! I think that the thought that you've put into making a not just a MOC but also a toy, for children to play with (which is what Lego is for at its heart), really shines through. 9 Total 33

David Alexander Smith:
Taking tan into space. To me this feels like CS very much influenced by Star Wars colours.

JWG: Thats what I get for using a cell phone camera. It is meant to be yellow and gray, but the yellow is washed out.

David Alexander Smith:
The little muti-functional scooter/rover combo is full of neat tricks. 8 The collection of what seem to be great agriculture themed space builds is quite unique. 7 I love the inter-connectivity, and all the different play options this opens up, Clever. 8

JWG: I'm glad that the concept of different interconnecting parts that can be changed around went across well.

David Alexander Smith
A quite strange take on CS in terms of colour and feel. Seems like a strange forgotten branch of the family making a visit. 7

JWG: Thats the TESLA.



By putting the bracket on top of the plate with handle you can give the model 99 a different look.


I moved the wings back 2 studs. Now they hold the wheels and keep the buggy from spinning.

Now a list of stuff I have learned, in no particular order.
1. A 1 to 1 ratio of parts to alternate models is brutal. It requires using each part to its limit and picking parts with a high degree of interoperability. I don't think this sort of thing has been done on MOCpages before.

2. Use only one type of hinge if you are going to build a model with the intention of having alternate models. I used the grabber/handle combo because it is the most interoperable with other parts. The 1 to 2 "click hinges" just don't have what it takes for making robot hands, tool holders, etc.

3. Include accessories. Look at ice planet. Lots of accessories. saws, skis, lasers. Fun times.

4. In a contest like this, specialty parts will handicap you. If a part only has one function it will limit your set to doing the same kind of thing. General parts with lots of studs or grabbers are the way to go. The 1x2 with 2x2 bracket is featured in most of my alternates. Its a seat back, forklift fork, robot face, TV body, and other things.

5. Find creative use for your parts.

When is a canopy not a canopy? When its a bathtub, a boat, dump truck bed, or a commo dish.

What is a trans 1x2 tile? its a computer terminal, control panel, pocket computer, rocket booster, or part of a reactor.

A wedge plate is a wing, wedge, part of a boat, a robot's chest plate, a walker's foot, or a style element.

A flex hose is a hose, commo cable, arm, roll bar, and many other uses.






Comments

 I made it 
  February 14, 2014
Quoting David Roberts I think that your list at the end is excellent, especially the first and last points. Seeing what people create as alternative builds is the thing that I find most fascinating. It would be super to include your list on the group's page if we run the contest next year. I think that it would incredibly useful advice, especially for newcomers.
Feel free to use any of my lessons learned any way you like
 I like it 
  January 21, 2014
great work,cool style
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
The best contests always give you a workout, and this is one of the very best. Thanks for sharing your insight.
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Looks like some great Classic Space... I would love to get inspiration from you on my craft! Comments? Just some little tidbits? You make such good ones!
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Now that is some seriously fantastic insight. The main goal for all of us here is to enjoy the creative process and a major part of that is the discovery of our own abilities. It is a fascinating step to behold and the actual breakthrough yields more than can ever be expected. To see it in ourselves is inspirational. Fantastic job in the contest and a truly glorious leap into your own Art. It is entirely about what comes next, the process is everything. And you've shown that the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. (Sound familiar?) ;)
  January 19, 2014
I'd also agree with your use of the word "brutal"! Although this is hopefully quite a fun competition, producing entry that conforms to the rules and meets the four judging criteria is really, really hard.
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
I think that your list at the end is excellent, especially the first and last points. Seeing what people create as alternative builds is the thing that I find most fascinating. It would be super to include your list on the group's page if we run the contest next year. I think that it would incredibly useful advice, especially for newcomers.
 I like it 
  January 18, 2014
I too learned many lessons. At least this year I didn't get destroyed. (Cough, cough, POLAR PROTECTOR)
 
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