This model was sparked by this thread at JLUG. I was planning on doing this thing anyway, but I built it earlier than I planned after Adrian Drakeís comment.
Most of this thing is inspired by this MOW unit. However, the cab (Yes, cab, NOT cockpit) is stolen from this.
Features include pneumatic landing gear, robotic arms to work on track, and a gauge checking trolley thingy. The engine is inspired by a radial engine that was displayed recently in .technic, (You KNOW I'm a talentless hack who can't build the actual, working one.) combined with a retro-styled one and a Roborider canister lid sandwiched in between that mess. This is also my first foray into greebling, and if you look carefully youíll notice some train parts used in there as well. I guess trainheads ARE creative after all :-P
4th April, 2005: I must say that despite having scrapped this thing, its turned into a personal favourite of mine-- and from what I can tell, the public's. Today I stumbled across this Japanese blog, which links back to the model's BS gallery (Scroll down to the middle). If the author of the blog ever reads this, you're welcome to email me. My address is on the main page.
Greeble action. Notice the use of TRAIN switch levers and TRAIN decorative sides, apart from the standard-issue stuff. Its a really nice way to get rid of the two extra switch levers that come with each set of points.
Retro style engine at the back. Iím not sure, but I think I cribbed these off of one of Soren Robertís models. I tried to get in some greebling in the canister lid's cavity, but it was hard to work with just one stud to attach everything to and STILL not make it look stuck on.
Woooow, I didn't know you could make something this great! Very sweet details, I dig them all. This design could easily be changed to a space cruiser. You know, Blacktron, hippies, all that crap. Anyway, keep building detailed stuff. Rock on. -Josh PS- I give you permission to post my bike on lugnet.