Choose any Lego set released in the year 2003 or earlier and redesign it. Add more details, change the minifigures, smooth it out more, do what you want to make it your own! On your entry page, provide the set number and name of the set you redesigned.
For this catagory i decided to remodel the classic space set "One-man spaceship" (set # 918) from 1979. I had this set as a child and it was always one of my favourites - i can't count the number of times i pulled it apart and reassembled it. :)
I tried to keep the relative size, shape, colours and functions of my version similar to the original, whilst adding more curves and detail. I am not really much of a space builder (haven't built a spaceship in years!), but i've recently been perusing the excellent "Lego Space: Building the Future", by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard, and i guess i've been trying to channel some of the excellent models in that book.
I do like the front-on angle of the ship - it gives a good view of the major design change i made in placing the engines under the wings.
I also wanted the cockpit to sit low in body of the ship, just like the original. It worked out well i think and is one of my fav aspects of the build. :)
I also wanted to add storage doors at the rear of the ship, just like the original model.
Overview, showing all the detail i managed to fit on the surface of the ship. As the original was a perfectly symmetrical model, i made the detailling on my version symmetrical as well. The yellow stripes on the wing are my small nod to the ship's bigger cousin, the "Galaxy Explorer" (set # 928); which i also had and loved. :)
Here we see the revamped 918 delivering some much-needed Bricklink supplies to a far-flung outpost of the galaxy! ;)
Btw, if there are any space builders out there that might have some constructive criticism for me on this build, it'd be muchly appreciated! (I'm not much of a space builder and i'm always looking to improve) Ta for looking peeps. :)
Just a Sebeus said, round isn't very classic, but regardless this is still one heck of a ship! I've been seeing a lot of these really sweet classic space inspired ships abd mocs lately, and now I'm feeling so inspired to build some. The grebes on this look really great and it's just an overall very very detailed ship. Great job!
Thanks everyone for the encouraging and helpful comments and feedback on my build. :) I totally get why some ppl might say that my version deviates too much from the original, but that was part of the challenge for me - how far can i take this design and remodel it, whilst still retaining it's essence? In some ways i felt like i was too conservative in my interpretation, but then again my inexperience probably influenced me to play it safe. I look forward to exploring more in the world of space building after the contest is over! :)
Absolute pure Neo CS! That is how you update an old set, sir. You captured the original feel of CS and still made it with modern and topical sensibilities. The 918 was always a great one man (two, but VERY cramped) sort of patrol ship in my eyes; this upgrade is in essence the exact same. The colors are spot on and the shape is a logical progression with newer pieces. This is one to be proud of. Outstanding!