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Ice Ace 111
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(Now on Revision 1)The Ice Ace 111 is my entry into the Classic Space Pocket money Contest 3. It is a small Ice Planet lifter that is recolored to reflect the availability of the color orange. The set features magnets, skis, ice saw, and detachable snowmobile.
About this creation









Alternate one is a box lifter with removable snowmobile. It is a slightly nicer snowmobile than the main model. The pilot can use the lifter part.




Alternate two is a small vic viper.


Contest parts count: 100. True parts count: 111

Revision 1 changes:
removed part 4081A, white, qty 2.
Added part 6019, white, qty 2.


Design notes: The cockpit snowmobile attaches with a technic pin, allowing the snowmobile to detach. The trans-blue tile behind the pilot allows the cockpit to rotate a limited amount to the left and right but prevents it from rotating freely.
This allows tolerance for a child to attach the cockpit to the fuselage without being exact.

When first designing this I was sure I wanted some cool play features: airplane for flight, some type of rover, and some kind of small base. I also wanted the main set to have alternate configurations. For a while I considered simply recoloring the tesla 99 and putting it up as a re-run. But that is a cheap shot and I learned a few things since then.

The decision to make it an ice planet machine came of its own. I have been toying around with the idea of recoloring the ice planet for over a year. The modern palette of colors has a few like sand blue that look like they belong in a frozen waste.

In the beginning of this design the major influences came from the space ace 130. The wings were level and the white ice planet wheels were used as jet engines. It had no style. It looked kinda generic. The tiny outpost on the magnet hung down like something that hangs down. It reminded me of the goofy looking box on my old M:tron 64 from the first classic space pocket contest. Unacceptable! I wanted the shape of it to suggest ice planet. The old ice planet sets were very pragmatic in nature. They looked like they were meant for hard use in a harsh environment. Guess what else is meant for hard use in a harsh environment. Cold war soviet hardware, like the MI-35 helicopter. The shape was perfect for my purposes. I raised the tail a full brick height, put the wings on the top and gave them some anhedral, and redesigned that configuration NO LESS THAN 5 TIMES! to get it to look cool and hold together. The final version is strong and compact, with brackets and plates holding the bricks together.

Aesthetic notes: The paint job is ice planet influenced by the USAF LC-130's bright red-orange trim and partly by the classic ice planet color scheme. I wanted to use my new trans blue parts on a project, so I swapped out colors. The trans parts were changed to trans blue, and the trans-orange was made solid and used as a trim color. Dark gray was used as an accessory and mechanical color because it is a very no-nonsense type of color.

The minifig was a lot of fun to design. I played dress up for a while to get it the way I want. I think he looks like quite the arctic explorer with his bright orange underwear worn outside his pants. Or maybe it is just a belt. I really like the single tank with hoses. It looks cool and spacey.

And the commentary:
DR: Nice use of the Ice Planet colours, especially in the plan view. Perhaps in the other views the colours could be in better blocks. The twin tail gives a good VTOL vibe, as do the outriggers. The bubble canopy looks great, like on some of the old Bell Sioux helicopters. Nice play features too. 7
JWG: Looking back, I think it could have used more dark bley.

DR: Two alternatives that contrast nicely with the main build and each other. The box lifter looks quite solid, with nice playability and a good buggy too. The VV is super, with an almost totally enclosed cockpit. It looks solid and fun to swoosh. 8
JWG: I had mixed feelings about the VV. On the on hand, it is a solid little model, on the other, it feels like i just threw it together instead of making something totally unique.

DR: Lots of playable fun, with hinged parts and magnets and detachable buggies. The model looks structurally sound, including its long tail. I think that the attachment for the buggy would be strong enough and avoids some of the problems with Technic pins. 10
JWG: Last year I learned how to use technic pins with other parts to make removable parts that spin a little bit, but not much.

DR: The theme of this model is quite similar to other models from Lego Space official sets, especially M:Tron. 3 Total 28
JWG: There's always next year.

DAS: Design: Itís a peculiar rescue copter thing. The design looks wrong but right in a Topsy Creatori way (high praise indeed). (8)

DAS: Alternatives: Good solid alternatives (7)

DAS: Playability: Detaching scooter is great. (8)

DAS: Innovation: Ice planet and R2 D2 in the back, odd, but new (7)

They say that you are your harshest critic. So here is my own commentary:
Soviet inspired? Well I got the piece of junk part down anyway. The stub wings and rear stabilizer are just waiting to fall off. The hinge bits for attaching the stub wings to the fuselage are just innovative enough to be flimsy. The canopy doesn't fit right at the front. The poor excuse for a roll bar just needs to go. It isn't featured in any alternates and gets in the way in the main model. The buggy itself is a poorly designed junk pile on the front of a larger, more poorly designed junk pile. And those wheels look like they don't belong. The small base looks like an afterthought.

The one thing that I think turned out OK is the color scheme. By making the trim solid orange rather than trans neon orange and using light blue as the trans parts I think I was able to make it work.



Comments

 I like it 
  January 31, 2015
Design: Itís a peculiar rescue copter thing. The design looks wrong but right in a Topsy Creatori way (high praise indeed). (8) Alternatives: Good solid alternatives (7) Playability: Detaching scooter is great. (8) Innovation: Ice planet and R2 D2 in the back, odd, but new (7)
 I like it 
  January 30, 2015
Nice use of the Ice Planet colours, especially in the plan view. Perhaps in the other views the colours could be in better blocks. The twin tail gives a good VTOL vibe, as do the outriggers. The bubble canopy looks great, like on some of the old Bell Sioux helicopters. Nice play features too. 7 Two alternatives that contrast nicely with the main build and each other. The box lifter looks quite solid, with nice playability and a good buggy too. The VV is super, with an almost totally enclosed cockpit. It looks solid and fun to swoosh. 8 Lots of playable fun, with hinged parts and magnets and detachable buggies. The model looks structurally sound, including its long tail. I think that the attachment for the buggy would be strong enough and avoids some of the problems with Technic pins. 10 The theme of this model is quite similar to other models from Lego Space official sets, especially M:Tron. 3 Total 28
 I like it 
  January 10, 2015
The front on view shows this at it's best. It looks very purposeful.
 I like it 
  January 7, 2015
Awesome entry! The main model is great with it's detachable snowmobile, great play feature, and the snowmobile itself is an excellent mini build. The mini Vic for the third alternate is a great looking ship. ICE PLANET RULES! Good luck in the contest!
 I like it 
  December 29, 2014
Great work. I love that the main model splits up. Using magnets make this a lot off fun and a very underused element unless you're into trains. The alt builds are very well thought out and look excellent. Good luck
 I made it 
  December 27, 2014
Quoting Commander Cold I just noticed this, and despite my perfectionist ways, I must say that even with the altered color scheme this is very impressive.
I will probably do more ice planet stuff with this color scheme in the future. There are several new parts in trans bright blue that I want to use.
 I like it 
  December 26, 2014
I just noticed this, and despite my perfectionist ways, I must say that even with the altered color scheme this is very impressive.
 I like it 
  December 26, 2014
I really like the playability and the use of magnets. The choice of "Ice Planet" theme is clever too.
 I like it 
  December 15, 2014
This is ice that is nice... 3 times! :)
 I like it 
  December 15, 2014
Cool - no pun intended. The functionality is excellent, and the alternate models very creative. Definitely one of my favourite entries for this year's competition so far.
 I like it 
  December 14, 2014
This is awesome! I like how everything is able to come apart into smaller units. Very nice parts usage.
 I like it 
  December 14, 2014
Very swooshable. Awesome build!
 I like it 
  December 14, 2014
Careful design + skillful building = strong entry. Good luck!
 I like it 
  December 14, 2014
This is something that has never before existed in CS. And it is fantastic, the Modular construction corresponds to the Ice Planet team. The playability is designed perfectly clear here. The shape of the lifter is very good, I liked both alternatives. Top Job JWG258
 I like it 
  December 13, 2014
Awesome! I like the magnetic pick up feature. That's cool that you designed this with a child in mind. Great playability! Brilliant!
 
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