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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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Not a Car

Neither of the two creations featuring in this post are cars. Which means our explanations are likely to be mediocre at best. So, on to the explanations!

First up (above) we have Marco Marozzi’s ‘Ma.K 7 Anti Riot Urban Mech’ which looks terrifying enough to quell any dissent. Maybe we should ask him to make a bigger one for us to control the Elves with here at TLCB Towers…

Second, and following on from his build that featured here last month, we have Blake Foster‘s ‘Prickly Minnow Assualt Craft’ which features two enormous ion cannons mounted above and below the tiny cockpit, inside which a fantastically aggressive mini-figure pilots the controls. And we totally knew that and didn’t just rob it from the description.

There’s more to see of each build on Flickr via the links above, and we’ll be back soon with a car and a proper description…

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Not a Car

This creation is, clearly, not a car. However it does sport a classic Honda racing livery, however unintentionally, and that’s good enough to grab our attention! Blake Foster is the builder behind this ‘Pegasus Class Anti-Frigate Attack Fighter’ and there’s more to see of his superbly executed design on Flickr.

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Blast Off!

Surely reading out the countdown is the best job in the space industry? See more of Lia Chan‘s utterly brilliant ‘KSC Launch Complex 39B’ on Flickr. 10… 9… 8…

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Life’s Ace in Classic Space!

If yesterday’s Classic Space recruitment poster didn’t do the trick then this surely will! From bi-pedal mechs and lunar rovers to drop ships and mining tractors, Classic Spacemen and Spacewomen get to pilot all sorts of awesome machinery. And, being strictly research-based, there’s virtually no chance* of being blown up or imprisoned by Blacktron agents! Yu Chris continues the Classic Space recruitment drive and there’s more to see of his wonderful array of Classic Space vehicles on Flickr. Click the link above to sign up!

*Not a guarantee.

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Classic Space Needs You!

Looking like the coolest recruitment poster in the world (or off of it for that matter), Flickr’s Veynom sure knows how to get our attention. Veynom is making his TLCB debut thanks to his glorious LL-238 spacecraft (pictured here in a ‘Cosmic Infographic’ courtesy of Muad’Brick), hurtling through space above a proud flag-planting classic spaceman. Join the cause at Veynom’s photostream via the link above and do your bit!

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Is This Even a Car Blog Any More?….

A fair question. But we would think that because we’re the ones asking it. Anyway, enough inner-monologue, because we are still a car blog (there’ll be an awesome car appearing here tomorrow), but we had three Elves return with sci-fi builds today and there’d have been a fight had we not blogged them.

They are all excellent though, and they begin with Marco Marozzi‘s ‘Buddha Heavy mech’ (above) so called because it has precisely nothing in common with the ancient Indian philosopher.

Next up we have a neo-classic spaceship from John Lamarck, with very probably the coolest design of any spaceship ever. Two inter-connected rings circle a spherical cockpit, suspended in the middle by magic (we presume), whilst two rotating engines mounted on one of the rings power the craft.

Lastly we have this, a spectacularly intricate spacecraft by Nick Trotta. Called the ‘Refraction R/99’ it features a single-wing design with a centrally mounted mini-figure cockpit complete with a very jazzy canopy cover.

There’s more to see of each of today’s three sci-fi builds on Flickr via the links in the text above, and we’ll be back tomorrow with an actual car. We promise.

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Moon Cat

This TLCB Writer does not particularly like cats. The moon therefore, seems like a good place for them. Andrea Lattanzio aka Norton74 might think so too, having created this very cool ‘Moon Cat’ lunar rover, possibly to transport cats? The Moon Cat comes with a large cargo hold capable of transporting many cats, a neat dual cockpit handily separated from the aforementioned hold (and therefore also the aforementioned cats), and the most inspired use for LEGO crutches we’ve seen in the form of the headlight surrounds. We can’t think of how that links to cats. Join this writer in dreaming of a cat-free planet (and a cat-heavy moon) at Norton74’s Moon Cat album via the link above.

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Barreleye Ship

This is the ‘WA:53 Wasp’ ship, a spectacularly enormous spacecraft built by Flickr’s gonkius that looks almost exactly nothing like an actual wasp. It does however remind us of that terrifying fish whose eyes look through its own translucent head, thanks to the LED-lit front canopy complete with two glowing-headed mini-figure aliens. Head into deep into space/the depths of the ocean via the links above and try not to have nightmares….

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Galactic Tanking

We’re pretty sure that the mini-figure heroes of Classic Space (and every other kind of LEGO Space) don’t use fossil fuels to move around. Firstly, hopefully we’ll be off the oil drug in the next decade or so (even as a car blog we hope for that!), so future spacemen definitely won’t need it, and secondly as we all know, Classic Spacemen always wear helmets and air tanks, so internal combustion engines can’t be an option.

Nevertheless, liquid spacey stuff is still evidently in use in the LEGO Space universe, whether that be space beer, space coke, or – we suppose – regular non-space air for those mini-figure air tanks. Thus space tankers are a certain space requirement, and if they look like this marvellous Classic Space ‘Tanker Rover’ by Flickr’s Alec Hole that’s totally OK with us.

Head to Alec’s photostream (which is mostly in space) via the link above to see more, whilst we see if we’ve broken some sort of TLCB record for the most uses of the word ‘space’ in a single post.

Space.

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Salvaging Space

We managed to dodge Star Trek day on May the 4th by, well… not caring, but we do enjoy posting sci-fi builds from time to time. Looking rather like a deep sea submersible this is in fact a ‘New Bedlam Industries Mining & Salvage Pod’, an L-394 to be exact. Which means that we’re now out of information, but it does look rather excellent. Scott Wilhelm is the model’s creator and there’s more of it to see at his photostream. Take a look via the link above and if you do fancy checking out the Stargate creations that flooded the internet a few days ago you can check out the proper blogs’ May 4th coverage by clicking here and here.

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