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Double Canopies Project
A series of nine spaceships and other vehicles, all featuring pairs of windscreens separated by a band of bricks.
About this creation


The Gryffyn (pronounced in English "Gruff-in") was designed for efficient flight in both the atmosphere and space. This particular version was equipped with skis for landing on snow.

Llwyngwril Systems' spacecraft architects were famous throughout the galaxy for their high quality spaceship designs. Unlike the jokers on the other side of the car park, who spent their days designing sillier and sillier ground vehicles, the spaceship designers took their job seriously.



The Miniature Manned Multiuse Manipulator Manoeuvring Machinery Moon Module or MMMMMMMM was possibly named after a Classic Spaceman had just finished a particularly satisfying portion of tea & cake: almost certainly Battenberg. It was mainly used for repairing space stations in orbit around the Moon and for loading and unloading cargo ships in deep space.



We all know that radio and television signals travel at the speed of light. As Suntron explorers pushed out into the galaxy, using faster than light drives, they overtook the signals coming from the Earth.

Settlers in far off solar systems used robotically piloted ships, such as this one, to fly around and receive the signals of centuries old, rare, radio and TV programmes. Particular favourites were Blake's 7 and The Archers, especially the Sunday morning omnibus editions. This is a smaller version of one of these ships, equipped with highly sensitive aerials at the front.



The surface of the planet Calamari was covered almost entirely by water. The dominant species of squid people were highly evolved and intelligent, becoming extremely rich from running a series of fishing businesses across the galaxy. They used jet powered sea skimmers, such as this one, to travel across the oceans at tremendous speeds.



The "Fast Flyer" series of ships were some of the speediest spacecraft in the first days of Classic Space. Their large canopies were the result of early radar sets being temperamental and unreliable. Spacemen needed to be able to access the recalcitrant apparatus in mid-flight, in order to bash it with a hammer, spanner or chunk of moon-rock. The easiest solution was to put the radar inside the cockpit, with the pilot.

Excess heat from the radar sets helped to warm the cockpit in the cold void of space. At least one near fatal crash occurred due to a spaceman using the avionics to warm up a Ginsters Cornish pasty*. He had bought it from the spaceport buffet, in case he got peckish on a particularly long space flight.

*Other pasty products are available, with the staff of Llwyngwril Space Systems being fond of the Welsh Oggie.



A tough, all terrain transporter, which was used in Classic Space outposts across the galaxy.



The Mystery Machine was crewed by two fearless female explorers, Daphne and Velma. They delved into the mysteries of the Moon, solving many puzzling planetary problems. Strangely, many people expected the vehicle also to contain two blokes and a dog, though nobody could ever say quite why...



Playable features include a rear hatch for the crew, hinged roof & removable windscreen for play access, detailed cabin and the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round.



Despite thousands of years of research, it was eventually realised that mucus was a far superior lubricant to any man-made oil.

The inhabitants of Gnostrill VII had the biggest noses in the galaxy. They became overnight billionaires by selling their nasal mucus to be used in machines far and wide. Freighters, such as the one in this picture, would carry barrels of the precious snot across the galactic disc.

Millennia later, fans of Lego confused the name of this class of spaceship with a description of its construction, rather than its function.

Play features include opening rear doors and easily removable front canopies.



A little bubble car. Its horn goes, "Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep!"

This was an interesting and fun experiment, which started with the Gryffyn. I hadn't meant to create a whole series of builds! You can download the LDD .lxf files by clicking this link to my profile on repubrick.com



Comments

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  March 24, 2015
every time seeing your project, I can only say "WOOOO!" ^_^ thank you for presenting so many amazing MOCs!
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  March 24, 2015
Excellent designs! I've been watching Blake's 7 since I saw this creation. x)
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  March 24, 2015
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Black Smith
  March 23, 2015
some fantastic designs, well done !
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  March 23, 2015
Wow, these are all very cool! My favourites are the Classic Space vehicles, but I really can't decide which one the most. Great job! :-))
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  March 23, 2015
Great series of builds. I'd spotted some of them before on your Flickr page but it's great to have them collected here with a hilarious write-up... I loved the explanation of the origin of the term SNOT, comedy gold!
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  March 23, 2015
"Nasal mucus"?... I wonder what will be the next step. LOL. Another brilliant multi-concept. I particularly like the Mystery Machine and the ships. I reversed once a canopy on a MOC, it was a hard time to set closely Up and Down. So, I'm amazed by yours...
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  March 23, 2015
A collection examines second to none. Your cockpits are very innovative. Each MOC is really great. But my favorite is your all terrain transporter. This has the old CS feeling for me. And I miss the Transparent vehicle :P
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  March 22, 2015
Normally I shy away form the digital builds, but these are great ideas. The double canopy idea never had such great representation!
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  March 22, 2015
They're all great designs. Mmmmmm yummy!
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  March 21, 2015
Amazing concepts! I love that 1st one with the yellow bubbles a lot! They're all great! Keep On Brickin'!
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  March 21, 2015
Awesome build for double windscreen mode! I love the green team most!
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  March 21, 2015
Lovely collection of spacecraft with a wide variety and crazy purposes. The double canopy provides a look that in some way is pleasing to the eye. It's hard to pick a favorite because they are all very good, but the y-shaped wingtip on your "Fast Flyer" is a nice touch, and a brilliant use of the three-blade propeller hub.
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  March 21, 2015
Excellent stuff!
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  March 21, 2015
Wow, so many great builds in one MOC. Great techniques. I have to say it would probably take me awhile to figure how to do that double canopy stuff. Can't say for sure which is my favorite. They're all pretty great. Maybe the MMMMM (give or take an "M").
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  March 21, 2015
Awesoem creations! I especially like the first one! Well done!
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  March 21, 2015
fabulous concepts, shapes, and colors!
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  March 21, 2015
I love 'em all! Great job!
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  March 21, 2015
Some pretty cool designs you got here.
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  March 21, 2015
Beautiful designs, and hilarious stories!!
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  March 21, 2015
These are such a delight! The Mystery Machine is tops in my book, but the MMMMM is so wonderfully practical and useful. I have a special place in my heart for the old grey Mobile Lab, these two seem to be aspects of that wonderful design. Fantastic to see all these together, and it's comforting to know that Llwyngwril has a serious side. ;) Outstanding!
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  March 21, 2015
Wow, wow, Wow! Exhilarating Excellent fleet of great space-vehicles! The workout is unique welldone of every single one of your mocs. Can't say wich is my favorit, all are so likely shaped, and detailed, and fullfilling their roll. Great Work!
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  March 21, 2015
A chortle-inducing page : ) Amusing stuff
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  March 21, 2015
I know! Double Can-o-py... this is what happens when one has drank too much tea! ;) Course you already know which of these are my favorites! :)
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  March 21, 2015
This is a great series of MOCs, each could easily have its own page. Your double canopy vehicles are all much more successful than my one attempt at it.
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  March 21, 2015
These are all brilliant David! I love the Mystery Machine, and the bubble car. The first fighter is so cool. It has a bird like look to it. That Fast Flyer is sleek and beautiful. I would say your double canopy concept is an absolute success!
 
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