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Aetherboard
Inspired by the Solar Surfer off Disney's Treasure Planet.
About this creation
Hi, and welcome to my first fantasy MOC! Thanks for looking! I was inspired to build this after looking at the solar surfer from "Treasure Planet". For those who don't know, it's a cross between windsurfing and skysurfing, powered by rockets. In my version, I antiqued the design somewhat, and built it with steampunk style in mind. However, instead of being powered by steam, it's powered by rare aether rocks, a luminescent crystal. (Hence the fantasy element) The crystals' energy are stored in aether canisters, (the process is trade secret) ready for whatever use.



I'm really pleased with how it turned out, simple, yet elegant, and detailed enough to thinks it's real at first glance. I must say though, it was a real pain making the sail! You can see the thrust control lever on the left side of the board, and it's connection to the engine.(sorry, forgot to take a close up!)



Here's some walk around shots... the sail can be rotated horizontally, just as you would on a windsurfer.







Here's a closeup of the engine. You can see the aether rock housing on the top. I'm really happy with the way the engine turned out, although it is still a little simple for my tastes.



My innovation for this MOC... anyone else using spades for engines??



Here's a close up of the mast, the wheel can actually be turned (albeit a little stiffly) to loosen or tighten the mast lashings, and hence change the angle of the sail.



Ah, here's how to replace spent aether canisters: First, tilt up the engine, exposing the aether rock housing. Second, slide out the aether canister. Third, replace it with a new one. And fourth... remember to tilt the engine down again, (many an amateurs' mistake) otherwise you'll be in for some rather erratic flight patterns when you start it! ;)



In this shot, I placed a technic man on the board, just so you can see the scale of it. I'm afraid the man is terribly out of context!



A passing shot...



There! Another creation finished! Now I have a nifty display model for my desk! Once again, thanks for looking, I hope you enjoyed looking as much as I enjoyed making it!
See ya



Comments

 I like it 
  October 15, 2009
Interesting concept... in the rigth way =)
SC Diprose
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Luke Legofreak
  August 14, 2009
thats very good^^
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  June 25, 2009
Its one of your best works, excellent!
 I made it 
  June 18, 2009
Quoting Mike 3579 Wow!!! I love the use of the spades as engine parts. I might have to try one of these, and where did you get that sail?
Thanks for the kind words. :) I made the sail myself, with a bit of fabric cut to shape. It was the most time intensive part of the MOC!
 I like it 
  June 18, 2009
Wow!!! I love the use of the spades as engine parts. I might have to try one of these, and where did you get that sail?
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  June 15, 2009
Wow. This is great. I've never been on pirate Island, though.
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  February 20, 2009
Wow this is nice Moc.You inspired me how you built the jet on the backside of the Aetherboard.Excelent!!!!!
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  January 26, 2009
Quoting Gringat The Airlord Nice! - but your idea is not the first of its kind... Ever read any of the Edge Chronicles (Written by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel) books? It's very imaginative, and the sky ships there are powered by buoyant rocks and woods, and the weather controls the minds of its culturally diverse people and whatnot. If you haven't read them, get to your local Library! NOW!
Yes, I know I'm not the first to think of it... I have read those books, they're very good! Though I was thinking more along the lines of the airships in Terry Brooks' Shannara series when I built it. (another awesome series) When I said I might have to create a new genre, I meant specifically to MOCpages, not the wider world. Sorry for the confusion! :) Thanks for the review, by the way!
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  January 26, 2009
Nice! - but your dea is not the first of its kind... Ever read any of the Edge Chronicles (Written by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel) books? It's very imaginative, and the sky ships there are powered by buoyant rocks and woods, and the weather controls the minds of its culturally diverse people and whatnot. If you haven't read them, get to your local Library! NOW!
 I made it 
  January 26, 2009
Quoting Patrick Chambers Wow, that's amazing. You did a great job of incorperating a lot of detail without overloading the small frame. The shovels are a great idea for the engine! I may use that in another MOC (credit will be given if posted). I really like the fantasy take on steampunk. I think the genre is a lot broader than just steam powered things. Excellent work! Peace - Patrick
Thanks! Yes, I wasn't quite sure what genre it fits into, maybe I should create a new one. Hmm...
 I like it 
  January 26, 2009
Wow, that's amazing. You did a great job of incorperating a lot of detail without overloading the small frame. The shovels are a great idea for the engine! I may use that in another MOC (credit will be given if posted). I really like the fantasy take on steampunk. I think the genre is a lot broader than just steam powered things. Excellent work! Peace - Patrick
 
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