My entry for this year's Classic Space Pocket Money Contest: The 6855 Exploration Rover with an original Mars Rover "Rocker-Bogie" suspension and my new "Limeuron" colour scheme.
About this creation
First of all thanks to "The Davids" for repeating this fantastic contest this year. For me there's no better way to spend some of the free time during the Christmas Holidays :-)).
With the "New Colour Scheme" rule I had to cancel my original idea of building a later CS model in 1979 style. I'll add that one to the "CSPM" group, later...
The basic idea was to build a rover with the original Mars Rover suspension. This special suspension has always fascinated me, so I started to do some research about it. The suspension is called a "Rocker-Bogie" suspension. When I was looking for photos with the suspension I immediately found photos of Lego models, too ;-)). The center piece is a differential. The first photos I found where from Keith Enevoldsen's models. One version of the suspension with a differential bar is also included in the official 21104 Lego model of the Mars Rover "Curiosity". I used a differential gearbox like the "Pathfinder" Rover "Sojourner".
I was surprised to see that the suspension is quite sturdy. You can swoosh the rover around applying quite a pressure to the wheels without parts falling off. A simulated jump with some "airtime" wasn't any problem, either.
The colour scheme is based on my favourite Lego colours lime and black combined with the typical white of the Futuron models. The Astronaut has a Futuron uniform with arms in lime colour and a visor in trans neon green. My name for the theme is "Limeuron" - Guess, why ...! ;-))
And here it is: My 6855 "Limeuron Exploration Rover"
A little sequence of the working suspension:
Wheelie time... :-))
And here is the diffential at work:
Time for some maintenance:
One of the storage boxes:
And the obligatory alternative models built with the parts of the original model:
Alternative model #1: A smaller rover, a scooter and an antenna for radio communication.
Alternative model #2: Another small scooter and an analysis and storage platform.
Parts count, the easy way: 10 x 10 = 100
This is my entry for the 2013 Classic Space Pocket Money Contest, the 6855 Limeuron Exploration Rover with Rocker-Bogie suspension. I hope you like it :-))
Last minute alternative: A scooter/rover and a cargo rocket Scooter mode with landing gear.
Thanks, David and David, for your detailed feedback on my model. I knew that the Mars Rover suspension would limit my further design possibilities, but I just HAD to do that :-)) I hope next year we'll all be back for another one! :-))
Riffing off real CS (well in my imagination), I mean real space exploration was a stroke of genius. The wheel array pushes this up the design rankings. 9 Iím afraid the compromises you had to make to create those great wheels in the main model has hampered the alternatives. They still look good though. 7 There would be no better carpet rolling fun you could have. Could even manage the most rugged back yard too! Great stuff. 8 In terms of ethos, you get high CS factor, because of the pure link t real life space exploration. 9
I love how you've taken the wheel layout from a real space rover and used it in your build. Doing a complicated design like that absorbs a lot of parts but the vehicle on top looks good too. Interesting to see in a photo that this complex arrangement requires a fair amount of maintenance work! I must say that the colours are bit close to the evil Blacktron 2 but other entries are close to other themes too, so this isn't important. I like how you've been very disciplined in keeping the colours in blocks. 8 I like how that because 50% of your bricks are Technic components your alternative builds have quite a novel look. The radio antenna is great, very "techie" and the platform looks good too. I wonder if you could have combined the pieces in Alternative 1 to make a better scooter or rover? Then again three models means more play options. With Alternative 2, I wonder if the parts could have been added to the platform to increase its functions and avoid repeating the scooter idea? The playable function of the third alternative build is simply done but must have required quite a bit of thought. All of the alternatives keep the colours in neat blocks and look good. 8 The main fun in this MOC comes from its special wheel layout. I think that its always good to see some Technic functionality in minifig builds for younger folk. This might be a bit of challenge for someone who is 10 to build but not too much. I think that the linked wheels are really fun and interesting to play with. Unfortunately this design has used up a lot of the 100 piece allowance. The playability would have been greatly enhanced if the top part, which looks as though it should fly, detached and zoomed away. Having said this, there are the detachable tools and the storage lockers to play with. The whole build looks strong enough to be properly played with, with perhaps the weakest bit being the Technic 1/2 pins in the front legs. 8 A very CS look to this entry. Lego were always producing kits with novel wheel arrangements or working parts (the Blacktron "Alienator" is a good example). The top part looks as though it should fly but doesn't. I seem to remember a Lego set like that too. A great job. 9 Total 33
Great functionality, impressive to get 6 wheels with independent suspension in such a low piece count! Sort of reminds me of the Mars Discovery rover. Good alternates too, I was wondering how you were going to use those technic pieces!
The rover design reminds me of something that I can't seem to put my finger on?! Those jointed 'legs' almost have a bug-like quality. I'm not surprized, as I have heard say, that more and more, robotics people are looking to nature for many of their ideas and inspiration! Anyhoo, cute! :)
This is a total delight - I love it! Instantly recognizable as a Mars Curiosity Rover type vehicle, it'd fit right in to the CS universe too. Good luck in the contest - I think this is the one in front.
Nicely done! I like how the color scheme work at the minifig! First it remembered me a little to the Blacktron II colors. Very well done. Good luck my friend! Oh btw, I will send you the invoice for the special service of my CSPMExCom. And dont tell the Davids that those parts came from them...Psst! XD