Multi Operational Offworld Nomad Rover - an entry for the 2007 Classic-Space.com Moon Rover contest.
About this creation
Multi Operational Offworld Nomad (MOON) Rover
This was originally built for the ClassicSpace.com Moon Rover contest. The rules were simple; must fit within a 16x16x16 stud space, was not military or warfare based and must fit one or more minifigs, with bonus points awared to creative wheels.
There were a heap of great entries, so competition was quite stiff. My concept was a modular/multi-purpose vehicle capable of traversing rocky terrain. It was also an excuse to do something other than the obvious with those basketball nets. ;)
Solid core frame
4 wheel independent suspension
Puncture proof, high traction 'net' wheels made from futuristic high-strength carbon-ploymer alloy
Six high-intensity, focusing headlights (on Pilot and Passenger modules)
Pilot module with 'drive-by-wire' and telemetry computer
Passenger science module (featuring a fully configurable, task-specific computer system)
Hydrogen/oxygen power generator module
Hydrogen and oxygen fuel tank and distributor
Indicator and Emergency lighting fixutres
Overhead emergency lighting pods
Side insignia brackets
Storage module with three cabinets, roof rack and long-range communication array
Dual stretcher frame mounted on robotic arm
10 February 2008 Thank you for the comments, very much appreciated. It took ages to do the animated GIFs; I never appreciated how ridiculously time consuming stop motion animation is. Shooting each frame at each step, ensuring parts were in the same place as the frame before etc etc etc! I had to re-do both sequences thanks to continuity issues. I have a newfound respect for Aardman and anyone who has ever made a Lego movie! I had to pose the model and photograph each step, ensuring the model was in the same position for each shot. Once I had all the steps photo'd, I layered them all into a Photoshop doc, then used the animation and timing tools in Imageready to turn each layer into a frame, then exported as a GIF89a format.
(Yes, there are plans afoot for different tyres. With it's modular nature, it makes sense to be able to put different wheels on depending on the terrain. I'll add some photos in future. Thanks for stopping by!)
The most creative and amazing use of the basketball nets! the first time I saw them I thought, "Someone's gonna use these for something magnificent, I don't know who, but someone", and it turns out that someone was you!
I, like some other people, would LOVE to know how those GIFlike pictures are made. And, do I really need to add something about the awesomeness of the wheels design? (also, thank you: I found one of those stretchers in an old bag of LEGO and I wasn't sure if it was actual LEGO or some other stuff)
So do I :). I saw this last night and was instantly reminded of classic space and even the Apollo missions thanks to the outstanding photography. I love the stretcher mechanism and the lights and greebs. As for the hoops, they def give the rover some edge, but some beefy tires would do well in its place. I still give 5/5 for creativity and photography. Sehr GUT!