Built for the CS Pocket Money Contest 2013, a nifty little 100-piece set.
About this creation
In the year 2222, humans explore a large planet engulfed in a heavy, dark cloud which prevents orbital scanning.
Brave astronauts dare the unknown in order to uncover its mysteries!
The SSV is a multi-purpose vehicle designed to explore large areas, it can depoly a space scooter in order to reach areas too tough for the main vehicle and it has a powerful communication array, which signal can still only barely break through the cloud.
These brave explorers face virtual isolation and dangerous tasks for weeks a a time, in order to expand humanity's knowledge of the mysterious Black Planet!
Note #1: The Black Planet theme (and name too) was made mixing my all-time favorites BT2 and Ice Planet (neon colors rock). The "Cloud" idea fit the concept of space-themed exploration perfectly because, let's face it, not much point in even landing on a planet when you can deep-scan it from orbit and go on your merry way if you find nothing interesting.
Note #2: You might notice a slight gap in the middle section, I had to remove 2 pieces when I saw that minifigs DID count and they were 1 piece each. That gap does not compromise durability of playability and, in my opinion, even makes the section less boring in the end.
Note #3: Both the plain torsos and the white round tile in front of the SSV are left that way because they're supposed to have the theme's logo on them. The only reason they don't is because such a thing doesn't in fact exist.
Alternate #1: Long-range Scanner base and Buggy (81 pieces)
Alternate #2: Heavy Scout Ship and Tough Terrain Bike (76 pieces, 82 with the ship's stand)
Bam! It's done! Crazy fun contest, I really liked the challenge and I hope you liked the result.
The only thing I don't like here are those d-bley bricks with ball joints, I only used them because I con't have those old hinges anymore, and LEGO decided to only make these in grey, for some reason.
A great theme, with colours that really work. The angled cabin works well. Good effort. 9 The alternatives just dont quite work as well as your original, all good CS building but not setting my world alight. 6 Love the lauching scooter and mobile rear radar dish. This seems to be both open to exploration and possible espionage games. 8 A believable theme, which feels very much part of the CS world. Its got that special CS something for me. 8
I like the colours that you've chosen for this build. As sort of Black Ice Planet, which sounds dangerous and slippery. I think that you've used the colours well, with the white chassis and black superstructure. I like the way that this long vehicle hinges in two places to give it a tighter turning circle. It does seem quite high for its width and I wonder if it might capsize on rough terrain? I like how the driver is fully enclosed to protect him from the dust and dirt. 7 I like how your two alternatives are quite different from your main build. It's interesting to see the white wheels recycled as radars and engines. The Heavy Scout looks good but my favourite has to be the Tough Terrain Bike. I like the single bearing hubs and the way that you've balanced the structure on the left with the sensors on the right. 7 I like how solidly built this MOC is. I do wonder quite how easy it would be to push along a floor. It's quite high for it's wheel base and the ball joints will be quite stiff for turning. I suppose that this stiffness could be an advantage. You can set the shape of the vehicle and it won't flop around when you push it. The ability to launch a scooter is excellent, plus there are two minifigs and a radar to twirl. I think that the playability could have been even better if the launcher section could be left behind and the rest of the vehicle driven off to other adventures. 7 A high CS factor here, with Classic Space's long tradition of vehicles which launch spaceships. I like the wheels that you've use and the multi-sectioned/hinged chassis too. A solidly built MOC, which looks to be fun to play with too. 8 Total 29
Quoting Marc dZ
Excellent color mix!! It really makes it! Clever design too.
Alas, I regret the color distribution in the lower middle section. It worked well for the complete MOC, but I didn't think of changing it when I bared the sides to save pieces. It should be black with white lining, not the opposite :( Oh well.
I delayed my commenting as I could not seem to put my finger on what impression this was stirring in me! At first look, I believed the planet to have a cold temperature... and yet the trans pieces would not allow that! I think it almost conveys a stealth feeling... perhaps it's the black & white being associated with mimes? So yes... it almost has a silent feel about it! Yet, you know it is present! Crazy! My favotie is the long-range scanner base and buggy. :)
The stark contrast of black and white brings to mind either tuxedos or penguins. Using trans neon orange with it is a bold choice, but it works out well in this case. Using a model with a combination of flying and rolling models would be a definite win for a kid who finds this in his stocking on Christmas morning.
Very good, sir.
I wanted to use Trans neon orange in my color scheme because besides Trans neon green, It's the only trans color I collect!
I have TONS of it!
Anyway, Great model.
I may have to upgrade my entry to have any sort of chance against this! -CC
Oh sweet colour combo Yuri, really works. Neat cs design also. Funny I almost posted my original design as a bonus also, had an extra 30 parts and looked insane. But like your scale down still OK. Gives you a sense of what the Lego designers go through when they are told yeh, now cut down the parts! Happy Christmas and good luck.
Looks fun. That Buggy in Alt. 1 is wonderful. I also like how you used fairly larger pieces to make a set of a decent size but it was still portable. Good luck breaking a leg or something like that... <.<