Tag Archives: Space

Grappling Aid

As has been well documented on this site, TLCB writers know absolutely nothing about sci-fi. Which year the Morris Minor switched from 820cc to 950cc? Yes*. Space? No. So instead you’re getting commentary on this excellent spacecraft by Flickr’s Nuno Taborda that refers to it as a cross between a grappling hook and something from your Mom’s ‘special friends’ chest. See more of this burgling-tool-come-sex-aid via the link above.

*1956

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Road of Bones

The R504 Kolyma Highway, also known as the ‘Road of Bones’, is one of the grimmest construction projects in history. It’s not some distant relic either, being completed in 1953, with the bones of those that died building it (who were forced to do so under Stalinist Communism) laid underneath.

Chris Perron‘s ‘Ridge Ranger’ rover is far from grim, being a brightly-coloured homage to the concept art of Darren Bartley. It does however feature some ingenious (but rather grim if you’re a LEGO mini-figure) wheels, constructed from dozens of dismembered mini-figure arms. Yuk!

We genuinely can’t figure out how Chris has built said wheels, but they mean his rover drives upon a road of bones wherever it goes. See if you can work out how he’s done it via the link above, although we bet your mini-figures are hoping you can’t…

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I’ve Been Through Space in a Truck with No Name*

TLCB staff are shadows. Ghosts. Ninjas. We’ve chosen to blog under the cloak of anonymity as a) it makes us feel a bit like secret agents, b) it protects our impartiality (there’s no cronyism here), and c) perhaps most importantly, this blog isn’t about us; it’s about the Lego Community and our readers.

We therefore understand the builder of the creation in this post’s wish to remain anonymous, although it does mean there is no link to see more of their build. The build in question looks like a Model Team creation at first glance, but is in fact staffed by the heroic and perennially happy mini-figures of Classic Space, making it a ‘Town’ scale build. Just a bloody massive one.

Pictured on Classic Space’s awesome lunar baseplates with a 497 Galaxy Explorer set in the background, the anonymous builder’s creation can be found nowhere else, so all we can say is enjoy it here and place your guesses in the comments.

*Today’s title song

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Harvest Time

Well this is a bit more sinister than baskets of bread at the front of the church…

LEGO’s classic space themes have been getting increasingly serious of late, thanks to the slightly warped minds of you lot. Today it’s Blacktron’s turn, courtesy of previous bloggee ZCerberus and his spectacularly evil-looking ‘Harvester’. Enormous spider-like legs support a 360 degree cockpit mounted upon which is a huge cannon/rail gun/laser arrangement. Well, we’re assuming it’s not a telescope…

If that wasn’t terrifying enough Z’s Havester mech is equipped with a pair of equally monstrous smaller mechs, which are giving the Elves nightmares. We’d better return to cars…

Until then you can see more the Blacktron Harvester at ZCerberus’ photostream and you can check out its real-life equivalent (minus the cannon/rail gun/laser) by clicking here.

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Space Marmalade

It’s the end of another monthly building bandwagon in the online Lego community. The proper Lego blogs will no doubt cover this seasonal spectacular with an appropriate level of expertise which we… er, don’t have. Instead we just went ‘Ooooohhh’ when we saw these two builds, and thus they’re appearing here. Plus orange Smarties are the best kind.

The first (above) is lokiloki29‘s ‘Helioss Voyager’ and it is – as you can see – utterly wonderful. Two LEGO Death Stars form the, er… front part (bow?) whilst a huge solar parachute propels the Helioss through the cosmos.

The second spacecraft comes from ZCerberus and it’s no less beautifully presented. It’s called the ‘LL619 Dominion’ and we have absolutely no idea what that means, but it’s one heck of a cool build.

There’s more to see of each creation on Flickr via the links above and we’ll be back shortly with a car so we can write something useful…

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SpaceTruck!

Benny has made a few modifications to his 1970 Chevrolet C10 pick-up truck…

Well, actually it’s only one modification, but if you look closely at the image above you might be able to spot it. That plasmawarpdrive9000* is sure to keep Benny smiling at the traffic light grand prix! The Chevy’s load capacity has been compromised somewhat though.

Flickr’s Pasq67 owns the mind behind this and there’s more to see at his SpaceTruck album via the link!

*Probably.

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Mars Corp.

The Mars Corporation is set to branch out a bit in the future, if Flickr’s BobDeQuatre is to believed. Currently makers of pet food, chewing gum, Uncle Ben’s rice, and… er, Mars bars, apparently the company will one day need an off-road buggy fitted with an enormous plasma rifle. Perhaps Pedigree Chum is going to get some more exotic ingredients…

Whatever its purpose, there’s more to see of Bob’s ‘Mars Corporation Escort Vehicle’ at his Flickr album. Click the link above to take a closer look – just don’t ask how your dog food is made.

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Basic Blacktron

LEGO’s Classic Space themes have gotten increasingly kick-ass over the years as builders have become ever more ambitious (see here, here and here). Much as we love these elaborate and slightly terrifying builds, there’s something nice about seeing a classic theme built, well… classically.

Case in point; this Blacktron Scout is in all likelihood a pretty pointless machine (future mini-figures have conquered space but still need to drive around on the surface to find stuff?) providing no discernible use whatsoever, but it’s so harmlessly cool that we can’t help but like it. George and Anthony here are off on a journey across the planetary surface to look at rocks or something, whilst the on-board computer flashes lights and makes booping noises. It’s all so delightfully meaningless!

There’s more to see of this ‘Blacktron Scout’ courtesy of Krzysztof Cytaki of Flickr – click on the link to look at rocks or something whilst a computer flashes lights and makes booping noises.

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Battle for the Moon / Outside Lane

The Elves are feeling spacey today, and thus we have two weird and wacky sci-fi builds to share with you. The first (above) comes from Shannon Sproule and is apparently an ‘American Zero-Length X-11 Launcher’ designed in The Battle for the Moon. In the words of its creator; “A space tank carrying a rocket… it looks so cool!”

Today’s second build (below) comes from TLCB favourite David Roberts, the ‘Green 23’. “Regarded as the Ford Transit van of space” it performed a variety of jobs across the galactic disc, probably with scant regard for space transportation laws, a library of tabloid newspapers on the dashboard, and a tailgating policy matched only by Audi drivers.

See more of both builds on Flickr via the links!

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Squashed in Space

After today’s earlier build we’re back to the usual TLCB nonsense and mayhem with this, a ‘multi-purpose all-terrain vehicle’ built by LXF and found by one of our Elves on Brickshelf. Despite the mini-figure in the cockpit LXF’s model is a Technic one, with a suite of remote control goodies inside too. Each track is powered by a separate LEGO Buggy Motor, whilst the single rear wheel steers via a Medium Motor. Those three motors are hooked up to a third party BuWizz brick, allowing not only Bluetooth control but also delivering eight times the power of LEGO’s own Power Functions battery.

If you’re thinking that sounds like a recipe for Elves getting squashed you would be right, as those caught at ground level stood no chance once this came hooning down the corridor. Thanks BuWizz…

We’ve now got to get some Elves (and their various bodily fluids) out of the carpet, so whilst we do that you can check out all the images of LXF’s mad creation on Brickshelf via the link in the text above.

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The Martian

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The world no doubt thought following NASA’s incredible achievement in 1969 that lunar exploration would become routine. As it turned out man last visited the moon just 3 years later, leaving a vast 47 year wait (and still counting) for a return.

Space it seems, is now pretty boring (we suppose it is mostly empty anyway), only utilised in 2019 to enable aubergine emojis to be sent around the world and to allow drivers to completely ignore road signs.

Hollywood however hasn’t forgotten the romanticism of a proper space adventure, and in 2015 ‘The Martian‘ showed us via incredible attention to detail how a manned mission to Mars might look. It even had it’s own star car, the funky and yet very probable-looking Mars Rover.

This is that vehicle, albeit in Technic form, as built by Samolot of Eurobricks. Underneath the movie-realistic exterior Samolot had included an array of clever remote control functionality, all of it powered by LEGO’s own Power Functions motors and controlled via the third-party SBrick bluetooth brick and mobile app.

Each of the rover’s four enormous wheels is powered independently by a separate L Motor which – due to their size – are ingeniously housed inside the wheels themselves. All four wheels steer too, courtesy of a Medium Motor, whilst independent suspension allows the model to traverse the rocky martian landscape.

Finally two more Medium motors power the rover’s winch and rear crane (switchable via a gearbox) and an on-board compressor that feeds air to the crane’s pneumatic cylinders and those that open the cockpit doors.

Samolot’s creation is superbly accurate to the ‘real’ vehicle that starred in the movie and there’s loads more to see at the Eurobricks discussion forum via the link above, including a video of the model in action. Click the link above to make the trip, and remember that help is only 140 million miles away…

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Y-Wing

Regular readers of this dilapidated little corner of the internet will know that here at The Lego Car Blog we do not have an unconditional love for Star Wars. In fact, in a couple of ways (primarily any form of dialogue whatsoever), George Lucas’s most famous movie franchise is so awful it’s almost a parody of itself.

However, in plenty of other regards the Star Wars movies are an absolute triumph, one example being the incredible attention to detail paid to the vehicles in the Star Wars universe. This is one of the most famous, the Koensayr Manufacturing BTL-S3, or ‘Y-Wing’ as it is commonly known.

A multi-role starfighter/bomber, the Y-Wing could serve in both atmospheric conditions – where it could hit 1000km/h – as well as in space, and was in use within the Republic Navy as early as 22 BBY. No, we don’t know when that is either, we pulled it from ‘Wookiepedia’, so best direct any follow up questions there…

This jaw-dropping recreation of the famous Star Wars spaceship comes from Jerac of Flickr, who has recreated the Y-Wing in unbelievable detail. The build is made all the more impressive when you consider that whilst it may not look it, Jerac’s model is only mini-figure scale.

There’s much more to see of Jerac’s incredible creation at his photostream via the link above, which includes the Y-Wing in both its movie and original specifications (which might just be the nerdiest thing we’ve ever written), and if you’d like to learn more about the ‘real’ spaceship (and to see where we plagiarised the stats from) you can visit Wookiepedia here or wait for one of the proper blogs to find this creation too…

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G-Spot

This is the ‘G-Wing’, so called because female pilots experienced unexplained sensations when piloting it. Or because it’s in the shape of a giant ‘G’. Whatever the reason, you can see more courtesy of Flickr’s Dave Kaleta who has been working his way through the alphabet for his three year old son, which might mean that we should reconsider this post’s title. Moving on!…

Today’s second creation is another space-based mini-figure scale vehicle, the ‘Centauri Industries Crater Maker 5000’, a vehicle so dangerous that flying it on Earth is apparently prohibited. This makes it the the sci-fi equivalent of the English Electric Lightning, which really is banned from flying for the same reason. Or this, which should be. If you’re feeling brave Flickr’s Blake Foster might be able to let you have a go – take a look via the link!

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Space Container

Oh. Crap.

That’s what went through this writer’s head when he entered TLCB Towers this morning. The Elves don’t have a bedtime as such, returning to the office as and when they find a blog-worthy creation, although they often sleep in their cage room when we turn the lights out in-between foraging for builds.

Normally this is a peaceful affair, with only minor scuffles reported the following morning. That was not the case today.

Squashed Elves where everywhere, ingrained into the carpet or slammed against furniture. They’re resilient little creatures so they’ll all be fine (probably), but recovering our Elven workforce to a functioning state and cleaning up the Elven bodily fluids spilt during the night is not a fun job. Still, at least we get paid to do it. No that’s not right…

The cause of the destruction was found abandoned in the corridor with an Elf squashed underneath it and another swinging miserably from the crane mounted on the rear.

But what on Earth was it? Well it turns out ‘on Earth’ is the wrong place to start, as this amazing machine is apparently a ‘Martian Heavy Transporter’, a six-wheel-drive, skid steer, off-road crane truck, built to carry containers across the Martian landscape.

Each of those six wheels is fully suspended and powered by an individual XL Motor, with all six hooked up to a BuWizz bluetooth control that delivers up to eight times the power of LEGO’s own Power Functions system. No wonder it could catch the fleeing Elves.

Mounted on the top of the chassis is an enormous remotely operated linear-actuator powered crane that can pull a large container onto the rear of the vehicle with ease, in a manner somewhere between LEGO’s neat 1994 6668 Recycle Truck and something from Robot Wars, or slide it to the ground by unfurling itself rearwards.

It’s a seriously slick piece of engineering and one we’re properly impressed by, even if it the cause of some considerable tidying up plus the need to administer a bit of Elven healthcare. Whilst we get on with that you can see more of this remarkable vehicle courtesy of desert752 of Eurobricks / Kirill Mazurov (aka Desert Eagle) of Flickr.

Head to Eurobricks and/or Flickr via the links for more, where a video of Desert / Kirill’s ‘Martian Heavy Transport’ and a complete gallery of imagery can also be found.

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M-Strider

M-Tron have gone badass! This marvellous contraption was found on Brickshelf by one of our Elves today, and it continues M-Tron’s transformation from nerdy magnet collectors to fearsome space heroes. Or something like that. This M-Tron ‘M-20 Neon Strider’ by CP5670 not only looks bloody brilliant, but feed it compressed air and eight pneumatic cylinders and fourteen switches will cause it automatically (and probably very spookily) march its way across the floor. Now there’s a way to terrify your cat. Head to the Brickshelf gallery via the link above to check it out!

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