This is (possibly) my entry in the third annual Classic Space Pocket Money Challenge, BUT and I must stress this, I have about three other possible designs I'm currently playing around with. When I've made a final choice I'll bung my favourite into the competition pool with all the necessary links etc.
MAIN BUILD - COMBINING THREE MAN PATROL: PATROL SKIMMER, TWO DRONE/MANNED ROVERS
It's a quite simple concept really, three pilots, three vehicles, combine to form one vehicle.
The three components are:
Two rovers with hinged, turntable mounted locking ports.
One patrol craft with two docking ports behind each wing.
So basically the play features are that you have:
- a space craft that can roll.
- a swooshable space patrol vehicle and two rovers.
- a patrol vehicle with pilot and passengers with two robot rover drones that can be deployed.
To comply with the rules the whole build is under 100 pieces Treating each pilot figure as a single piece the whole build is only 91 pieces.
At the moment I haven't made any alternate builds but I'm planning to add some before I add this to the competition pool. But I wanted to share what I have so far because:
- it is taking me forever to finish
- I may actually scrap this design and add one of the others
- I had a few hours to kill over the weekend
Thanks everyone for the kind words. The design is not exactly what I was aiming for but it is nice to know I was on the right path.
Due to a serious oversight on my part, the combination engineering has a swooshability flaw which I only realised after uploading the images. I'll explain:
The join between the rovers and the main ship is via a single technic pin on both vehicles, this means unfortunately there would be NO friction preventing the rovers from turning while the vehicle was in flight. It also means that when it was in ground mode the two rovers would turn possibly crashing into each other as you tried to roll the vehicle. Therefore it wouldn't be practical.
It is easily fixed by swapping the 1x2 brick with technic hole for 1x2 brick with two holes, and using two technic pins to secure each rover. Alternatively if the pins were replaced with cross sticks then there would be no function to turn, though separating them might require more force risking breaking.
I'll toy with the changes and if I like the results (and it doesn't put the parts count over the limit), I'll post the revised moc later this month.