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Leviathan 20 Mobile Landing Pad
A giant, portable airport with Technic Power Functions six-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and remote control.
About this creation


After a series of strange and unsuccessful vehicles, the designers at Llwyngwril Space Systems surface transport division finally knuckled down to creating a serious, successful vehicle.



The Leviathan was the twentieth in a series of mobile platforms commissioned by the Tarren Trade Authority and was painted in their trademark yellow and red colours.



The Leviathan 20's landing pad was big enough for quite large ships, such as the Tetrad fast messenger ship.



The cabin featured a control tower, systems control desk and two drivers' positions. The Leviathan was naturally right-hand drive, as all vehicles from all civilised systems were and still are.



Two drivers were needed in order to control the complex 6x6 drive and four-wheel steering systems. These were powered by two L motors and two servo motors. It also gave the Leviathan the ability to change drivers, without stopping, on long journeys.



The massive wheels and portal drive hubs gave the Leviathan 20 a huge ground clearance, as can be seen in this photo from its pre-commissioning checks. The design was copied from photographs on the website of Sariel, a famous vehicle designer from way back in the 21st century.



The flight deck featured four LED lights to help pilots align their craft for landing. Here we see two technicians checking the red lens on one of the landing lights.



Final approaches were controlled visually from the control tower. This was accessed by the controller's seat sliding up an axle from the cabin. A latch on the seat held it in place inside the tower.



An unusual feature was the hinging access to the drivers' stations. Considerable skill was required in order to balance a cup of tea or fish-finger sandwich whilst the seat rotated into position.



Access to the cabin was via a rotating door, taken from a design by Paul Harztog.



This last photo shows technicians climbing onto the Leviathan 20, via the Llwyngwril Ladder Systems vertical access rung and handrail system. It remains a mystery as to how they got up the first 2 metres from the ground.

FOURTH WALL



This photo shows where the batteries go. I realised from looking the Technic instruction books on Lego.com that you don't want to build it in! You can see higher resolution versions of these photos by clicking this link to my Flickr Photostream, where there's also a video of the Leviathan in action.

Oh yes, it was a bit breezy when I took the photos. Here's the Tetrad being blown off the landing pad.





Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

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  October 23, 2015
that build looks so complex.. probebly was a pain to build.. but it was worth it!!!
David Roberts
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Tirrell Brown
  December 16, 2014
Really upset I didn't comment on this. A Mobile Platform that serves as land/departure point is a great idea..In my mind I can see star ships landing on this behemoth!
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  November 28, 2014
Quoting Ludgonious . Of all the awesome ships and vehicles you make, I think this is the one I would most want to drive. And also land my spaceship on. Sweet build!
Thanks! Some of those LIU ships are massive: please land carefully! If it's Doog and the team, we have to keep the rotating door locked to keep them away from the snacks in the control room.
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  November 28, 2014
Of all the awesome ships and vehicles you make, I think this is the one I would most want to drive. And also land my spaceship on. Sweet build!
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  November 17, 2014
So, a rolling landing pad, huh?! Looks like it can do some serious monster truck racing, too. Hehe. I'd like to see that. Gorgeous design from ground to top and lovely work on the interior. ~Marc
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  November 11, 2014
Found myself re-looking at this for what... the tenth time? jeez :D
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  November 10, 2014
One word: fantastic!! Breath-taking. The choice of yellow is excellent. What a big bug!!
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  November 9, 2014
Beautiful! It is one thing to make the design and another to make the colors gorgeous also. Great work!
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  November 9, 2014
wow, this could be a set! love that it's powered! well done model.
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  November 7, 2014
Quoting Tim C Really wonderful, David. I know I keep saying, but, one of my faves by you. I think you're just getting better with every build. I like how this one has that utilitarian look that I think you pull off as well as anyone in the community, but it also has a more solid finish than some of your other land vehicles. The circular landing pad is the highlight of the build, of course, and the text in the center is very well-achieved. Nice work, as always, David.
Thank you so much for your long comment (and praise!). I think that my attitude to building is to view it as a puzzle or a challenge. As soon as I've tried one technique or shape, I want to move on and try something new. I think that's what drives me to improve. The other thing is looking at other folks' builds, both here and on Flickr. Looking at your big SHIPs makes me wonder about achieving new shapes and eliminating the gaps, like you do.
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  November 7, 2014
Quoting Stuart Lucas You've excelled yourself on this one. Huge, colourful, clean, motorised, full of play features and cool techniques... and of course right-hand drive. What a beauty! Soon to break the 50 Likes barrier and deserves to get a lot more!
Thank you! I'm hoping that this might be start of a few more motorised builds but perhaps just one per year! It'll be a while before I decide to take this one to pieces.
 I like it 
  November 6, 2014
This is amazing.
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  November 5, 2014
Really wonderful, David. I know I keep saying, but, one of my faves by you. I think you're just getting better with every build. I like how this one has that utilitarian look that I think you pull off as well as anyone in the community, but it also has a more solid finish than some of your other land vehicles. The circular landing pad is the highlight of the build, of course, and the text in the center is very well-achieved. Nice work, as always, David.
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  November 5, 2014
Roger, I speak about the one you know in the place we don't talk for the subject who doesn't exist.....roger over !!! Ok, so I'm gonna try to make some !!! exiting and thanks a lot !!
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  November 5, 2014
You've excelled yourself on this one. Huge, colourful, clean, motorised, full of play features and cool techniques... and of course right-hand drive. What a beauty! Soon to break the 50 Likes barrier and deserves to get a lot more!
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  November 4, 2014
Quoting christophe corthay As I told you in an other place, what a beauty !! I'm sure you play play with it all day long you geek !!! may I try to make it in micro scale to go on my base with the containers and the ships ? I'm sure it will match perfectly with it....
Thank you! I love the idea of Flickr as "the other place", whose name we dare not speak! :D Yes please do have a go at making a microscale version. I'd be intrigued to see how it might turn out. I might try to build a microscale version myself!
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  November 4, 2014
As I told you in an other place, what a beauty !! I'm sure you play play with it all day long you geek !!! may I try to make it in micro scale to go on my base with the containers and the ships ? I'm sure it will match perfectly with it....
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  November 4, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Finally got some time to get over here and admire this beauty. Although, the driver is on the wrong side. XD And how exactly is the Pogo "strange"? Seemed perfectly bizarre in a maniacally weird way to me, but surely not strange. I notice also that the Leviathan is sans mudflaps, although with this behemoth, any complainers would just simply be squashed. Repeatedly. Love the LEDs on the deck and, of course, the deck itself. This looks like it'd be way too much fun to chase any pets or stray children. Outstanding! Hope the leg gets all properly healed soon, too.
The you ever so much! I think that you're safe from being squashed as the weight of the body is quite a strain for the two L motors and the vehicle is quite slow and doesn't climb too well. The LEDs are one of my favourite things too and I like driving the Leviathan around my house in the dark. As for the Pogo, well I'm just going on the feedback from the pilots (how do they speak with that fixed smile?) The knee is on the mend but I'm off any sort physical stuff for another month. More Lego time...
David Roberts
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matt rowntRee
  November 3, 2014
Finally got some time to get over here and admire this beauty. Although, the driver is on the wrong side. XD And how exactly is the Pogo "strange"? Seemed perfectly bizarre in a maniacally weird way to me, but surely not strange. I notice also that the Leviathan is sans mudflaps, although with this behemoth, any complainers would just simply be squashed. Repeatedly. Love the LEDs on the deck and, of course, the deck itself. This looks like it'd be way too much fun to chase any pets or stray children. Outstanding! Hope the leg gets all properly healed soon, too.
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  November 3, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave My jaw is still on the floor from seeing the video the other day. This is a majestic creation, full of fantastic features and details, I just love the huge landing pad. A truly brilliant build, it just looks like so much fun!
Thank you! That landing pad had to be huge: the chassis came out a lot longer than I thought it would and had to be covered with something! Building the pad, with its big number was probably the least technical and most straightforwardly enjoyable part of the build. Of course with these new skills, I am edging towards that Technic supercar...
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  November 3, 2014
Quoting Tom Remy This just wow. The overall shape keeps the "cool and baroque look" of CS while giving it a sense of power. The color scheme fits perfectly the function. And about functions, what a wonderful idea to make it a technic remote-controlled build! The kind of moc everyone would like to achieve... I surely would! Can't wait for the next one...
Many thanks for your long comment. Somebody commented on my CS Buggy that it looked like a RC car and it set me thinking. Plus I like to build things that are fun to play with. I hope that a 10 year old me would have liked this. I think that some of the sense of power comes from those giant, yellow wheels. I love how they dwarf the minifigs.
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  November 3, 2014
My jaw is still on the floor from seeing the video the other day. This is a majestic creation, full of fantastic features and details, I just love the huge landing pad. A truly brilliant build, it just looks like so much fun!
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  November 3, 2014
This just wow. The overall shape keeps the "cool and baroque look" of CS while giving it a sense of power. The color scheme fits perfectly the function. And about functions, what a wonderful idea to make it a technic remote-controlled build! The kind of moc everyone would like to achieve... I surely would! Can't wait for the next one...
David Roberts
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Benjamin Corey
  November 2, 2014
This is amazing!
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  November 2, 2014
Quoting Benjamin Corey This is amazing!
Quoting Dr. Monster Wow! Super impressive. Great detailing and overall design.
Thank you both!
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  November 2, 2014
Wow! Super impressive. Great detailing and overall design.
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  November 2, 2014
Quoting Locutus 666 Very well, form follows function and so you did it here too. Besides the fact, that I dont know what mobile landing pads in space themes are really good for, this is such a great build. :) The opening door with access to the landing pad looks great!
Thank you! What are mobile landing pads good for? Well you wouldn't want to land your shiny spaceship on the ground: it would get dirty! ;)
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  November 2, 2014
Quoting Philippe Moisan It's rare to see a complex technic model with a nice minifigure scale finish.
Thank you! I hope to develop this and make more big models, with the Technic elements better integrated into them.
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  November 2, 2014
Very well, form follows function and so you did it here too. Besides the fact, that I dont know what mobile landing pads in space themes are really good for, this is such a great build. :) The opening door with access to the landing pad looks great!
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  November 2, 2014
It's rare to see a complex technic model with a nice minifigure scale finish.
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  November 2, 2014
Quoting Pico van Grootveld That thing rocks! Loved the video, seeing it in action. The technic underside, snotwork, colorwork...all are just outstanding. And it's very playable as well. As I said over on Flickr, this is one of your best builds around. Keep 'm coming
Thank you! Playability is a big thing for me and with build of this size it had to have lots of fun features.
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  November 2, 2014
Quoting Yann (XY EZ) That's superb! The quality and the quantity of details makes me wondering! Congrats for the blogging as well! 5/5
Thank you. I think that the next version will have to feature a garage with a customised Bond Bug tucked inside :)
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  November 2, 2014
That thing rocks! Loved the video, seeing it in action. The technic underside, snotwork, colorwork...all are just outstanding. And it's very playable as well. As I said over on Flickr, this is one of your best builds around. Keep 'm coming
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  November 2, 2014
Awesome David! nice design + functions combined... ;-)
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  November 2, 2014
An absolute masterpiece of LEGO space design and creationism. Loved every detail of this MOC.
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  November 2, 2014
This is so SO cool! An absolutely first class build in every respect, and brilliantly presented too. 10/10 - a perfect space MOC
David Roberts
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A Plastic Infinity (That is, endless Legos.)
  November 1, 2014
Wow...just wow. Wow.
David Roberts
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Black Smith
  November 1, 2014
Fabulous ! A Quality Pad, well done
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  November 1, 2014
wow, fantastic vehicle!
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  November 1, 2014
That's superb! The quality and the quantity of details makes me wondering! Congrats for the blogging as well! 5/5
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting El Barto ! Massive! Excellent details and playability features. The Crimso color scheme looks great, too. Well done!
Thanks! Ah, Crimso Giger, possibly the only man in the galaxy who can look at this MOC without sunglass :D
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  November 1, 2014
Massive! Excellent details and playability features. The Crimso color scheme looks great, too. Well done!
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting Parrington Levens Just one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Man this thing rocks. And the interior is swish to boot. 10/10. Love this thing.
Thank you. I've wanted to make a big minifig scale MOC ever since I saw your VTOL, when I first joined MOCpages. Here's the link for other folk to go and have a look: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/237841
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting Ian Spacek Great asymmetry in both the build and color scheme.
Thanks! I never used to like asymmetry but I'm getting more and more used to it now. I think that seeing David Alexander Smith's asymmetrical space MOCs set me on that path.
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  November 1, 2014
Just one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Man this thing rocks. And the interior is swish to boot. 10/10. Love this thing.
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  November 1, 2014
Great asymmetry in both the build and color scheme.
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting Stephan N My dear David, first time I've looked at the pictures on flickr. In order to look at exactly your details. I love the Smooth look with the small hidden technical subtleties. As the grill elements in the red parts. The upper cockpit has become very beautiful, and helps to correct overview. Then you have all of that done remotely controlled, absolutely superb. A real masterpiece my friend.
Thank you so much. I'm glad you spotted the red grilles in the roof. It looked way too smooth with just the number. The upper cockpit turned out to be quite difficult to include and I almost didn't bother: I'm glad that I persevered! I definitely want to make another big machine like this one but not until next year.
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting Scott Bourgeois Mobile, landing, platform - what's not to love? The yellow/red scheme makes it highly visible and hard for even an ameteur pilot to miss. Two-driver control means no long haul exhaustion for the drivers. I particularly like the raising/lowering seat. 10/5! Awesome build!
Thank you! It took me a whole evening to get it so that the seat would go up and down and fit inside the control tower. The last part was to work out how to make it latch in at the top but that proved to be quite easy, in the end.
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  November 1, 2014
My dear David, first time I've looked at the pictures on flickr. In order to look at exactly your details. I love the Smooth look with the small hidden technical subtleties. As the grill elements in the red parts. The upper cockpit has become very beautiful, and helps to correct overview. Then you have all of that done remotely controlled, absolutely superb. A real masterpiece my friend.
  November 1, 2014
Mobile, landing, platform - what's not to love? The yellow/red scheme makes it highly visible and hard for even an ameteur pilot to miss. Two-driver control means no long haul exhaustion for the drivers. I particularly like the raising/lowering seat. 10/5! Awesome build!
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting Gabor Horvath Wow! It's amazing! I like the colour scheme, but my favourite thing on it is the windows' combination of the control tower! The details in the interior are fantastic, too! Great! :)
The control tower windows were one of the first things that I designed. I made it in LDD first and then bought the parts on Bricklink. I'll add the LDD file to this page. Working out how to attach the roof AND have space for the minigfig took a whole evening of building. I'm glad you like it :D
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett All vehicles from civilised systems are right hand drive... LOL! I love this, it looks fun to drive around; and being Sariel's systems means it won't break! Very nice work.
Thank you! I think it would have been good to have powered this with two XL motors instead of the two L ones. The motors are hard coupled and I think that I should have had a dif in there too. Weirdly, the axles pull out of the front and rear difs sometimes and I can't see how mine is different to Sariel's version. On his website he mentions his Hummer went two wheel drive now and again, so I wonder if this was the problem. Yes, RHD is the way the world should be. I'm about to start my annual 5 months of driving on the wrong side.
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting David Alexander Smith I can see the piece investment and the technic building advances. Of course I'd love this. My aesthetic, my type of vehicle, truly truly inspiring.
Thanks! When your kids are a few years older I bet that they'll have Technic and you'll be including it in your amazing space vehicles.
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting LegoJediMaster . Woah! The color is amazing.
Thanks! I'm glad that I've finished this and my eyes can have a rest :D
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting Daniel Calleri Now this is very cool! What a creative idea - complete with an excellent blend of technic and classes bricks. And there are shock absorbers! Woohoo!! The boys and I are ranking this as one of the coolest builds yet.
Thank you. That's high praise from a family who build some great vehicles.
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting Clayton Marchetti That's awesome! Love the interior control room. One things for sure it's easily spotted from above by the pilots :-)
Thank you! It had to be yellow: it's the colour that I have most Technic in!
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  November 1, 2014
Wow! It's amazing! I like the colour scheme, but my favourite thing on it is the windows' combination of the control tower! The details in the interior are fantastic, too! Great! :)
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  November 1, 2014
All vehicles from civilised systems are right hand drive... LOL! I love this, it looks fun to drive around; and being Sariel's systems means it won't break! Very nice work.
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  November 1, 2014
I can see the piece investment and the technic building advances. Of course I'd love this. My aesthetic, my type of vehicle, truly truly inspiring.
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  November 1, 2014
Woah! The color is amazing.
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  November 1, 2014
Now this is very cool! What a creative idea - complete with an excellent blend of technic and classes bricks. And there are shock absorbers! Woohoo!! The boys and I are ranking this as one of the coolest builds yet.
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting Stephen Barnes 5/5. Creative stuff. ps. are you going to that Brick2014 thing in London later in the month? I'll be there on the Sunday.
Thank you! I'd love to exhibit somewhere but you have to tell the organisers what you want to show well in advance. I eventually take all of my models to pieces. Everything that I published on MOCpages last year is long gone! I'm still recovering from an operation on my knee, so walking the London exhibition isn't on either. It's why I missed STEAM too.
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny Very bright and amazing! The colour scheme is awesome, I guess it's so happy in order for ships not to miss the bright yellow landing pads. The technic works are impressive too, will there be a video of it driving around? I'd love that!
Thank you! It had to be yellow, as that's what colour most of my "modern" Technic is. Plus I love colourful sci-fi like this stuff, which inspired this model: http://peterelson.co.uk/gallery/image.php?cat=12&id=7 I'll get a video onto my Flickr eventually.
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting Chris Roach I've been waiting for someone to do something like this! I had sketched a large CS mobile launch platform up a while ago but never got around to it! Guess I am off the hook now! Luv it!
Thank you! I'd love to see what you come up with. Your expertise with hinges and folding would be great for fitting loads of playable features in.
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  November 1, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori Oh, I'm in love with this! I'm sooo glad you were Sariel-inspired! So, do we get a video too?! :)
I'll have a video soon, over on my Flickr. Sadly, there won't be a soundtrack of me saying, "Boing!" on this one though :D
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  November 1, 2014
5/5. Creative stuff. ps. are you going to that Brick2014 thing in London later in the month? I'll be there on the Sunday.
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  November 1, 2014
Very bright and amazing! The colour scheme is awesome, I guess it's so happy in order for ships not to miss the bright yellow landing pads. The technic works are impressive too, will there be a video of it driving around? I'd love that!
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  November 1, 2014
I've been waiting for someone to do something like this! I had sketched a large CS mobile launch platform up a while ago but never got around to it! Guess I am off the hook now! Luv it!
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  November 1, 2014
Oh, I'm in love with this! I'm sooo glad you were Sariel-inspired! So, do we get a video too?! :)
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  November 1, 2014
That's awesome! Love the interior control room. One things for sure it's easily spotted from above by the pilots :-)
 
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