Customizable Space Ship Line . A crossover of Hero Factory and neo-classic space, this creation shows five space ships of the new configurable product line by Toyota. . The problem with space ships, one of them at least, is that they cost a lot of money. This in turn is mostly due to that fact that space ships have never really reached mass production. Toyota, leveraging their experience with customizable cars, is planning to change that.
The key is the reuse of standard parts like fuel tanks, thrusters, preassembled cockpits, sensors, and the like. While the demands on individual space ships vary greatly from moon hoppers to interstellar cruisers, Toyota managed to implement advanced configuration algorithms that can automatically turn customer requirements into assembly plans for automomous factories.
The standard model offers sufficient cargo and crew space and efficient and flexible thrusters.
At the customer's option, a hyperdrive coil can be incorporated. This would be a typical setup for an interstellar scout ship.
The entry configuration targeted at the developing planets incorporates just the most essential accessories, without compromising reliability or security.
A long range traveling ship needs mass-efficient main drives. Because such drives are not able to provide the high thrust needed during take off from a plant, a separate landing module has to be included in the design.
For cargo vehicles, multiple base modules can be combined.
The photos were taken at the Interstellar Space Fair at the third Largrange point of the Earth-Moon system. The CEO of Toyota commented: "We can create anything for you. Even non-blue ships, if someone insists."
These space ships were derived from the Hero Factory head upper part that is used to model the ships' hulls. Such parts give nice detail in a microscale build and loose much of their boringness when put into an unexpected context.
Attaching the head parts was done using 3.2mm diameter sticks, light sword blades, or t-pieces, which are in turn run through motor pieces that provide enough studs to work with for the grey greebling. In one case, the LDD model contains light swords where a real model would most likely use cut off sticks for a little extra width.
The ships show a variety of techniques for building thrusters, antennas and various other attachments that one might consider space shippy. I guess that most techniques have been shown in one place or another, but maybe I get some credits for the misused skater helmet.
I stayed true to the classic color scheme, but greebled the ships heavily in the modern fashion. A slight asymmetry on each model add some visual tension. It is difficult to tell of LDD models, but some of the models might actually be quite swooshable. Jointly, the 5 ships use 246 parts, all of which are available from Pick-a-Brick.