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A Mysterious Cube
A strange, colourful, monolithic cube, washed up on a green sand beach on Abermaw VII.
About this creation


A happy red spaceman was strolling along a green sand beach, on holiday, on the planet Abermaw VII, admiring the sunrise. Suddenly he heard the opening of Richard Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" playing in his space-helmet. Ahead of him on the beach was a strange, cubic monolith, covered in a bright pattern. What was it? Who had made it? Why was it here? What could he learn from it? Gyorgy Ligeti's "Lux Aeterna" started to swirl around the headphones of his helmet. This was getting annoying, so he turned off his Walkman and 'phoned a friend to come and help.



A happy, yellow spaceman was on the beach too. He was test-driving Llwyngwril System's latest vehicle. Despite its lack of mudflaps or any form of driver restraint system, he had yet to be seriously maimed. The new vehicle featured working steering and manipulator arm, lit by adjustable headlamps.



He closed the canopy on the rover and set off, along the green beach to help his friend.



The yellow spaceman used the manipulator arm to lift his friend up onto the top of the strange cube. There was a button on top of the cube. It glowed with weird, red light.



Was this all a trap? Should he press the button? What would happen? He was a spaceman, used to a life of adventure, risk, danger and drinking tea. He couldn't resist. He pressed the red button.



The was an odd whirring noise and then the cube began to hum. Suddenly, the spaceman shot up into the air as legs extended from the bottom of the cube.



Another whirr and click revealed a radar dish, extending from the side of the cube.



Then there was a buzzing noise, as a hatch folded down and engines extended from another side. He was almost knocked off his feet when a hatch revolved on top of the cube. Underneath this was a cockpit, complete with computers and a steering wheel (which I forgot to photograph and it's too dark now!)



"Spaceship! Spaceship! SPACESHIP!", shouted the red spaceman. He hopped down into the cockpit, started the engines and flew away...

Fourth Wall

These were my first builds, now that I'm home with my real bricks again. The rover happened because I was looking at the wheel and some other round components. The cube was built because of a WIP that I've been playing with this winter in LDD.



A cube was found, floating in space.



When a science ship was sent to examine it, hatches opened all over the surface of the cube. Engines slid out from some of the holes and it sped away. It was never seen again.



This is a big spacecraft that came from playing with hinges in LDD. It has an opening, Space Shuttle style, cargo bay.

I've been buying more orange bricks and other parts from Bricklink. I really want to make something in orange and blue this summer, preferably with the zig-zag pattern on it. I think that the cube might be a bit boring, so I'm up for suggestions for shapes!




Comments

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  May 31, 2014
How did I miss this? Your space constructions are fantastic. I like the team work shown between the little space guys. The cubes are well done too. I'll make you a favorite so I can keep up with your progress.
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  May 8, 2014
Not only me but my daughter also is impressed by the cubes. It's an absolutly great design and wonderful pattern over it.
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  May 5, 2014
Cute story served by brilliant builds. Love the rocket on LDD.
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  April 29, 2014
This is a very good concept. Perhaps instructions could be made? I'd like to try this for myself. Either way, 6 stars are needed. :D
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  April 29, 2014
Very creative! The unfolding cube is really cool, sort of a Classic Space Hellraiser cube :) "We have such sights to show to you!" lol well done!
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  April 29, 2014
great creations, very original and colorful! I d love to get my hands on the round yellow cockpit part, it s awesome!
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  April 29, 2014
Looks like the borg cube from star trek!
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  April 28, 2014
Quoting Reaper . This cube is really quite impressive. I can't begin to work out how you managed to hide all those little things inside the cube. Is it structurally sound? The land-vehicle is also very cool. Clever use of that X-Pod.
Thank you! Yes the cube is quite solid, indeed it's quite hard to get it apart. There are loads of 1x1 SNOT bricks, with 1, 2 and 4 studs, inside it. I want to get better at fitting more working, fun stuff into my builds.
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  April 28, 2014
Quoting El Barto !
Quoting matt rowntRee
Exactly, even it's labelled "Do not touch"! I wonder if it's that curiosity that makes us experiment with ideas through building in Lego?
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  April 28, 2014
Quoting Nils O. Wow, that's cool, I love it! The hidden features are extremely cool. The pod cockpit of the rover is very cool, too. Great job! :-))
Than you! I really like your new icon.
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  April 28, 2014
This cube is really quite impressive. I can't begin to work out how you managed to hide all those little things inside the cube. Is it structurally sound? The land-vehicle is also very cool. Clever use of that X-Pod.
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  April 28, 2014
Cool post. I really like the ground vehicle, and all of your color choices.
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  April 28, 2014
A friend with a test vehicle nearby always comes in handy! Great stuff. Will be waiting to view even more great stuff in orange! :)
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  April 28, 2014
Awesome! I was half expecting the spaceman to hurl his space wrench in the air with Kubrickian glee. Love the mystery box, I'm with Barto on this one. Just impossible not to push the button. Wicked cool rover too. Love that cockpit. I'll let this one slide without mudflaps. ;) Excellent! And, welcome back to the real plastic world.
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  April 28, 2014
Fun stuff! Can't resist pressing those red buttons, eh? Wicked little rover, too!
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  April 28, 2014
A new recipe: Borg meets Art meets Classic Space. Shake it 1 time. The result: A Mysterious Cube by David Roberts.
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  April 28, 2014
Wow, that's cool, I love it! The hidden features are extremely cool. The pod cockpit of the rover is very cool, too. Great job! :-))
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  April 28, 2014
The transforming cube reminds me of some baby transforming toys my Son had. Very neat. Personally I'm waiting for the orange and blue zig-zag special!
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  April 28, 2014
Nice work, liking that rover with the manipulating arm!
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  April 28, 2014
Ah ok, now I understand how you have built the design :)
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  April 28, 2014
Quoting Stephan N The cube looks awesome, great colors. The vehicle is really nice especially the cockpit. But my Favorite is the Cool ship on the last photo. Welcome back to your real Lego bricks.
I like the red & yellow ship a lot. The only problem with it would be having to do a massive Bricklink order for 1x4 hinge plates and lots of other parts. Then again it's a great shape and colour and very tempting.
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  April 28, 2014
Quoting Stuart Lucas Welcome back to your bricks! This is a great concept, I can see you doing something really clever with it (not that this isn't already...) If a cube seems a little tame, how about a pyramid? Getting all the angles to work would be a challenge though. Love the rover as well, great use of that pod for the cockpit.
I thought of a pyramid but as you say, getting the angles would be very hard, especially if I wanted to put the zig-zag pattern on it too. A double pyramid would be great, landing on a point, with long, fold-down legs. Hmmm interesting techical challenges...
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  April 28, 2014
Spaceship! Brilliant - the transforming cube idea is inspired.
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  April 28, 2014
The cube looks awesome, great colors. The vehicle is really nice especially the cockpit. But my Favorite is the Cool ship on the last photo. Welcome back to your real Lego bricks.
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  April 28, 2014
Welcome back to your bricks! This is a great concept, I can see you doing something really clever with it (not that this isn't already...) If a cube seems a little tame, how about a pyramid? Getting all the angles to work would be a challenge though. Love the rover as well, great use of that pod for the cockpit.
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  April 27, 2014
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . Fantastic! Love the whole swiss-army cube concept.
A Swiss Army cube is exactly the concept. I'd like to build the bigger one and have a docking bay for a smaller ship/cube. The big thing is to try to keep it all as smooth as possible on the outside.
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  April 27, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Reminds me of the book "Sphere". That is really cool cube/spaceship. I hope when you get a chance to upload a pic of the cockpit. Awesome buggy , I like the container for the control pod. I still use my Walkman from time to time . I can't stand MP3 players to hard to use :-)
Yes, since I switched to MP3, an iPod and downloads, I seem to listen to less music because I can't see it or feel it in my hand as a CD. I still have a Walkman but it's in a box as all of my tapes are long gone...
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  April 27, 2014
Fantastic! Love the whole swiss-army cube concept.
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  April 27, 2014
Reminds me of the book "Sphere". That is really cool cube/spaceship. I hope when you get a chance to upload a pic of the cockpit. Awesome buggy , I like the container for the control pod. I still use my Walkman from time to time . I can't stand MP3 players to hard to use :-)
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  April 27, 2014
... A flying Rubics-Cube! 8-D Great work on this one! I love your moc, your mocs and all your classic space! 5/5
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  April 27, 2014
So many flaps and hatches... O,O Sweet rover, btw!
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  April 27, 2014
Nice cubes (and the rover), I experimented with such craft in Kerbal Space Program. ve
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  April 27, 2014
Quoting Chris Roach all hail .. the CS All Spark!
Thanks for that! I don't know anything about Transformers, so I've just had a quick zoom around Google and Wikipedia and it was very interesting. More ideas into the melting pot. Thank you!
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  April 27, 2014
all hail .. the CS All Spark!
 
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