The Eight Piece Building Challenge has made its return, and now I'm taking a crack at it. I had been seeing a bunch of tiny entries for the most part, which makes sense, but I wanted to go a little bigger, and then Oran Cruzen posted his entry... showoff. (=_= ) Well, all I can say is that I had these built before then, I've just been lazy about posting.
So I want to make this known now, I built two hoverboards because I could, it's literally a clone of the same build, so only one actually counts toward the entry. Also, all the 1x2 clear bricks are also for show, they do not count. In fact, I actually don't need them because of the clear 3x3 dishes, but I like using clear bricks because I have 500 or so just laying around.
They operate with two repulsars that create two energy fields that can gyroscopically alter their orientation with the movement of the board moves to help maintain stability, or can be positioned by the rider for maneuverability.
This is to help show the underside and how the repulsars are constructed. It's also just a nice little photograph.
And so here we have the eight pieces of the build. The hoverboard is composed of seven pieces, and the technic figure is the eighth piece. Technic figures came in sets as one piece, although you can find some sellers on Bricklink that have components of them (mainly feet for some reason) for sale, but taking apart the figure can result in breakage, so it is not recommended. In fact, they aren't even listed under parts anywhere on Bricklink (except for the occasional foot [lol wut]), but as minifigures. Check out this search I did.
Here's a video I uploaded from Flickr to show how these repulsar things work, but now it's a privated YouTube video because the Flickr embed code is too complicated to hack and still get the video to play.
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus
You can easily disassemble this figure.
Well then you go ahead and do it. I'm not saying it isn't possible, but in my experience, taking things apart when they come preassembled, especially older assemblies, have a higher chance of breaking, and I don't like that. I'm a more extreme version of a purist. I don't like splitting apart minifigs for their individual components, so I'm certainly not doing it to the only two Technic figures I have.