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SR47 SmartRover
My entry for a CSF Moon Rover contest.
About this creation
This is the SR47 SmartRover, my entry for the Moon Rover contest on the Class-Space forums here.



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   The host of the Moon Rover contest (ColourSchemer on Classic-Space) suggested using brick-built wheels. I haven't done much of that before, but I immediately thought of using the plate with an octagon of bars around it as the hub of a wheel, and found that I had enough gray skis to surround two of the hubs. After a little experimentation with other parts, I had my (front) wheels. Hopefully I'm not unconsciously copying the design from something I've seen before.



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   I didn't take any photos with plates for reference, but the total length is exactly 16 studs (the limit for the contest). I originally started to build articulated "arms" that would have extended the front wheels, but luckily I checked the limit before I got too far with those.



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   There is no suspension system, but I imagine the wheels being made from something high tech and flexible, allowing them to act as shock absorbers themselves.



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   The back wheels don't look as nice as the front ones, but I think I succeeded in making something vaguely similar. I didn't have enough skis, and I kind of like having the back wheels smaller anyway.



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   Don't ask me why the contents of the red tank--whatever it is--are being routed around the outside of the vehicle. I just liked the way the tube looked there.

The compartments towards the back of the rover are full of useful equipment, but nothing creative enough to warrant a picture.



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   The droid arm / binocular greebling is there to cover up the ugly stud-hole gap between a macaroni brick and a rounded plate. It's hard to tell from this image, but it follows the curve nicely.



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   The driver is visible here. Looking over her controls, she has line of site to the ground through the transparent panel below the main windscreen.



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   The black thing between the front wheels moves up and down and has two electronic eyes. It's basically a little robotic head, which allow the rover to pilot itself when the need arises. Hence the name SmartRover.



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   The seat is made of a luxurious vat-grown material called LeatherLike.

The vents here connect to pins in the back of the windscreen piece via a pneumatic t-joint attached to it (and not visible here, because the windscreen has been removed).



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   The control panel is on a hinge and has enough room to tilt slightly. This makes it easier to position the control sticks in the hands of the driver minifig. She has a lot of room to slide around until the control sticks anchor her in place. (You can see her holding them in the first overhead photo).



Comments

 I like it 
  June 30, 2007
Excellent rover. I like the unique wheel design, and the attention to detail in the cockpit.
 I like it 
  June 25, 2007
Wow great design. Looks as if we would use it today :p
 I like it 
  June 24, 2007
Great design for your entry. I can't even recognise the pieces you've used as wheels. Well done and good luck with the comp.
 
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