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M.O.O.N. Rover
Multi Operational Offworld Nomad Rover - an entry for the 2007 Moon Rover contest.
About this creation

Multi Operational Offworld Nomad (MOON) Rover

This was originally built for the Moon Rover contest. The rules were simple; must fit within a 16x16x16 stud space, was not military or warfare based and must fit one or more minifigs, with bonus points awared to creative wheels.

There were a heap of great entries, so competition was quite stiff. My concept was a modular/multi-purpose vehicle capable of traversing rocky terrain. It was also an excuse to do something other than the obvious with those basketball nets. ;)

Key Features

  • Solid core frame
  • 4 wheel independent suspension
  • Puncture proof, high traction 'net' wheels made from futuristic high-strength carbon-ploymer alloy
  • Six high-intensity, focusing headlights (on Pilot and Passenger modules)

Utility Modules

  • Pilot module with 'drive-by-wire' and telemetry computer
  • Passenger science module (featuring a fully configurable, task-specific computer system)
  • Hydrogen/oxygen power generator module
  • Hydrogen and oxygen fuel tank and distributor
  • Indicator and Emergency lighting fixutres
  • Overhead emergency lighting pods
  • Side insignia brackets
  • Storage module with three cabinets, roof rack and long-range communication array
  • Dual stretcher frame mounted on robotic arm

10 February 2008
Thank you for the comments, very much appreciated. It took ages to do the animated GIFs; I never appreciated how ridiculously time consuming stop motion animation is. Shooting each frame at each step, ensuring parts were in the same place as the frame before etc etc etc! I had to re-do both sequences thanks to continuity issues. I have a newfound respect for Aardman and anyone who has ever made a Lego movie! I had to pose the model and photograph each step, ensuring the model was in the same position for each shot. Once I had all the steps photo'd, I layered them all into a Photoshop doc, then used the animation and timing tools in Imageready to turn each layer into a frame, then exported as a GIF89a format.

(Yes, there are plans afoot for different tyres. With it's modular nature, it makes sense to be able to put different wheels on depending on the terrain. I'll add some photos in future. Thanks for stopping by!)

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  January 9, 2010
I love the stretcher (or litter) arm on this. Very creative.
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  December 15, 2009
The most creative and amazing use of the basketball nets! the first time I saw them I thought, "Someone's gonna use these for something magnificent, I don't know who, but someone", and it turns out that someone was you!
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  December 15, 2009
I, like some other people, would LOVE to know how those GIFlike pictures are made. And, do I really need to add something about the awesomeness of the wheels design? (also, thank you: I found one of those stretchers in an old bag of LEGO and I wasn't sure if it was actual LEGO or some other stuff)
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  December 15, 2009
This is the kind of MOC's I love to discover! Original, creative, well built and sharp pics: amazing!
Vaughan J
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  January 3, 2009
The use of b-ball nets is awesome. 5/5
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  December 9, 2008
What a load of details and functions. Gotta love it. Did I mention the wheels?
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  December 7, 2008
you must be very familiar with lego, great use of those basketball nets as wheels, good job
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  August 3, 2008
Inspiring work! The wheels are very reminicent of actual NASA prototypes that I've seen. Beautifully done!
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  February 9, 2008
I almost laughed out loud when I saw the wheels. Pretty wild. And the animations are awesome.
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  February 9, 2008
So do I :). I saw this last night and was instantly reminded of classic space and even the Apollo missions thanks to the outstanding photography. I love the stretcher mechanism and the lights and greebs. As for the hoops, they def give the rover some edge, but some beefy tires would do well in its place. I still give 5/5 for creativity and photography. Sehr GUT!
By Vaughan J
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