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David Roberts and myself both agreed it might be fun and a good source of inspiration to post links to some of our favourite pocket money sets. David has let me in on a few he wants to showcase, so I will avoid those even though one of them happens to be one of my all time favourites. Also if anyone else joining in the contest wants to note any sets that have caught their eye, fell free to post away.

Well my first choice is 6861 X1 Parol Craft (http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6861-1). I chose this for 4 reasons. 1 - it was a ship I had and loved, 2 - it breaks the myth about trans yellow as the CS colour showing as early as 1980 that trans green was in use, 3 - it has a great selection of pieces, and shows how much can be achieved with just 50 odd pieces, 4 - it has wonderful alternative models as can be seen here (http://www.toysperiod.com/lego-6861-x1-patrol-craft-vintage-space-ship-set-from-1980-pi-639.html?invis=2).

My next choice will focus on playability.
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| December 8, 2012, 1:33 pm
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I'd like to highlight the Mobile Ground Tracking Station, set 452 from 1979, with approx 70 pieces:

http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=452-1

I must admit that part of the attraction of this set was that it was bought for my sister and didn't become part of my Lego collection until many years later!

For me this set shows many of the Classic Space themes. The grey ground vehicle, with red wheels (though all wheels were red in those days!), grey fuel tanks on the front of the vehicle, trans-yellow windows and the trans-green centre to the radar dish. As David has already pointed out, trans-green was quite an important colour in Classic Space.

This vehicle was also pretty impossible to use for military means. Classic Space was all about exploring and the different colours of spacemen being friends :)

The various antennae on this model could be used for all sorts of play options, plus it had the opening control room and detachable trailer. The rotating, clear antenna always seemed strange and interesting to me at the age of 10. What did it do?

Sadly, I can't remember what the alternative builds were for this set and my box of Lego instrucions is on the other side of Europe :(
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| December 9, 2012, 6:36 pm
The Patrol Craft was one of the first CS sets that I bought back in the 80's (talk about dating myself)! I think I might have a shot (yeah right, who am I kidding) at this one.
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| December 9, 2012, 7:56 pm
My favorite is, I think, the 6844.
http://www.brickinstructions.com/06000/6844/001.jpg

Couldn't really explain why... But I've rebuild it a few days ago, and it's as cool as in my childhood memories !

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| December 10, 2012, 6:57 am
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My next choice for a classic set is 6846 Tri-Star Voager: http://www.brickinstructions.com/instructions.php?code=6846&set=Tri-star%20Voyager. You really need to view the instructions on this one to appreciate the genius of the designer. This tiny ship inludes the amazing play feature of a separating mini-pod, something you only normally saw on the much larger sets. If you can achieve this in 69 pieces you can achieve anything. I hope you feel inspired!
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| December 10, 2012, 2:45 pm
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Quoting David Roberts
I'd like to highlight the Mobile Ground Tracking Station, set 452 from 1979, with approx 70 pieces:

http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=452-1

I must admit that part of the attraction of this set was that it was bought for my sister and didn't become part of my Lego collection until many years later!

For me this set shows many of the Classic Space themes. The grey ground vehicle, with red wheels (though all wheels were red in those days!), grey fuel tanks on the front of the vehicle, trans-yellow windows and the trans-green centre to the radar dish. As David has already pointed out, trans-green was quite an important colour in Classic Space.

This vehicle was also pretty impossible to use for military means. Classic Space was all about exploring and the different colours of spacemen being friends :)

The various antennae on this model could be used for all sorts of play options, plus it had the opening control room and detachable trailer. The rotating, clear antenna always seemed strange and interesting to me at the age of 10. What did it do?

Sadly, I can't remember what the alternative builds were for this set and my box of Lego instrucions is on the other side of Europe :(

If you hadn't chosen this one then I would have. Along with LL914 this made up the best part of my presents for my sixth birthday. And I agree I was always fascinated by those radar pieces. Great choice.
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| December 10, 2012, 2:49 pm
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Quoting Crimso Giger
My favorite is, I think, the 6844.
http://www.brickinstructions.com/06000/6844/001.jpg

Couldn't really explain why... But I've rebuild it a few days ago, and it's as cool as in my childhood memories !

I remember this one although I never owned it. Always worked for me because the pieces were so well aligned to a function. I think that is a real signature of great CS sets.
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| December 10, 2012, 2:54 pm
Quoting David Alexander Smith
I remember this one although I never owned it. Always worked for me because the pieces were so well aligned to a function. I think that is a real signature of great CS sets.

I always loved this one: http://www.brickpicker.com/images/set_images/brickpicker_set_6940_1.jpg
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| December 10, 2012, 6:54 pm
Quoting David Alexander Smith
My next choice for a classic set is 6846 Tri-Star Voager: http://www.brickinstructions.com/instructions.php?code=6846&set=Tri-star%20Voyager. You really need to view the instructions on this one to appreciate the genius of the designer. This tiny ship inludes the amazing play feature of a separating mini-pod, something you only normally saw on the much larger sets. If you can achieve this in 69 pieces you can achieve anything. I hope you feel inspired!


I didn't like it too much when I was a child. The recent rebuild was a shock. It's a perfect set, who even have DNA from a Sport Car in the design !

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| December 11, 2012, 4:40 am
I like the 6872 Patrol craft most. Who wonders? :)
http://www.mocpages.com/folder.php/134301

It has just 61 parts and the first fully closed cockpit.

btw are my variations allowed here? :D
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| December 11, 2012, 4:57 am
I have a few favourites:

http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=894-1
- One of the best sets of the first series, playing with it was a lot of fun!
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=897-1
- The cheapest way to get a rocket in 1979
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=918-1
- The smallest of the three G1 space ships.
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6871-1
- A rover and a small scooter built with 70 parts (including 6 new balloon tires)
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6880-1
- 12 balloon tires, two robot arms, a new satellite dish and a yellow spaceman!

I had all these sets except 918. I always wanted to have one, but I had 924 AND 928 instead, which wasn't bad at all ;-))

P.S.: I forgot that 894 was the European version of 452, but I'll leave it this way... ;-))
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| December 11, 2012, 11:26 am
Quoting Locutus 666
I like the 6872 Patrol craft most. Who wonders? :)
http://www.mocpages.com/folder.php/134301

It has just 61 parts and the first fully closed cockpit.

btw are my variations allowed here? :D


I had one, too, a really cool set! But I mainly wanted it for the great new parts and it got "cannibalized" very fast :-)) But I really like your colour variations! :-))
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| December 11, 2012, 11:30 am
Quoting Commander Cold
I always loved this one: http://www.brickpicker.com/images/set_images/brickpicker_set_6940_1.jpg

Yeah, a great set! :-)) My cousin had one and I was so envious... By the way, I wish I had your pocket money (263 parts!) ;-))
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| December 11, 2012, 12:03 pm
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Quoting Nils O.
I have a few favourites:

http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=894-1
- One of the best sets of the first series, playing with it was a lot of fun!
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=897-1
- The cheapest way to get a rocket in 1979
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=918-1
- The smallest of the three G1 space ships.
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6871-1
- A rover and a small scooter built with 70 parts (including 6 new balloon tires)
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6880-1
- 12 balloon tires, two robot arms, a new satellite dish and a yellow spaceman!

I had all these sets except 918. I always wanted to have one, but I had 924 AND 928 instead, which wasn't bad at all ;-))

P.S.: I forgot that 894 was the European version of 452, but I'll leave it this way... ;-))


6880 now that was a set and a strong contender for one of my all time happiest Lego purchases. Words cannot describe now the excitement of there being a new colour of spaceman. In my world, reds were pilots, whites engineers, yellows scientists, blues sub commanders and blacks commanders. Then along came Futron and changed everything.

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| December 11, 2012, 12:54 pm
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Quoting Locutus 666
I like the 6872 Patrol craft most. Who wonders? :)
http://www.mocpages.com/folder.php/134301

It has just 61 parts and the first fully closed cockpit.

btw are my variations allowed here? :D


I remember looking at these before. They're great.

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| December 11, 2012, 1:04 pm
Quoting David Alexander Smith

I remember looking at these before. They're great.

Thx. I enjoyed building them. :)
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| December 11, 2012, 2:45 pm
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Quoting Commander Cold
I always loved this one: http://www.brickpicker.com/images/set_images/brickpicker_set_6940_1.jpg

Great choice and classic Classic Space, with the walking feature!
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| December 11, 2012, 4:05 pm
I do not own a single Classic Space set, only a yellow torso with cracks in the arms.

I do have some sort of backwards nostalgia for things I never grew up with (Classic Space -> Exploriens as I do remember Insectoids and UFO) and I very much like Classic Space. Pretty much all of it.

I think it might be a small stretch to call this pocket money, and it's Ice Planet, not Classic Space, but I love this set http://brickset.com/detail/?Set=6898-1
It has a lot of hinges, a nice shape, and is very "ground-swooshable".
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| December 11, 2012, 4:25 pm
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I'd like to add LL918 to the collection of examples. It wasn't until I was looking around on Brickset that I discovered that this ship consists of just 86 bricks. To the 7 year old me, this spaceship seemed huge. It's strane to think that my latest creation will have over 1,300 bricks and not be much more playable. Time to return to the drawing board, as surely the genius of Lego design is to get features and fun from as few bricks as possible?

I also have sentimental reasons for choosing this ship. It was the first ever CS set that I owned and the red spaceman was the first ever mini-fig that I had. I think that this is part of the reason that I chose him as my MOCpages icon. The first CS spacemen weren't printed and had stickers, front and back. Their air tanks were a different plastic to the rest of the minifig too.

With all of these bricks, there were loads of alternative builds, mainly using the wings to make other flyers. The control panel from LL918 features in my latest CS build, "Tattooed on Tatoine". Other items, such as the landing gear, the tail-plane, the big yellow windscreen (modern ones seem HUGE!), the angled bracket, and the rocket cone opened a whole world of possibilities at the end of the 1970's...

http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=918-1

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| December 12, 2012, 12:53 pm
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Quoting David Roberts
I'd like to add LL918 to the collection of examples. It wasn't until I was looking around on Brickset that I discovered that this ship consists of just 86 bricks. To the 7 year old me, this spaceship seemed huge. It's strane to think that my latest creation will have over 1,300 bricks and not be much more playable. Time to return to the drawing board, as surely the genius of Lego design is to get features and fun from as few bricks as possible?

I also have sentimental reasons for choosing this ship. It was the first ever CS set that I owned and the red spaceman was the first ever mini-fig that I had. I think that this is part of the reason that I chose him as my MOCpages icon. The first CS spacemen weren't printed and had stickers, front and back. Their air tanks were a different plastic to the rest of the minifig too.

With all of these bricks, there were loads of alternative builds, mainly using the wings to make other flyers. The control panel from LL918 features in my latest CS build, "Tattooed on Tatoine". Other items, such as the landing gear, the tail-plane, the big yellow windscreen (modern ones seem HUGE!), the angled bracket, and the rocket cone opened a whole world of possibilities at the end of the 1970's...

http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=918-1

Well you know this was a favourite of mine. My third ever CS set, and I'm still amazed how simply made it is. I revisited it a month or so back, it is that much of a classic IMHO http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/343368
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| December 12, 2012, 4:23 pm
Quoting David Roberts
I'd like to add LL918 to the collection of examples. ...
I was first :-))

As I said earlier, I didn't have LL918, it's still missing in my collection... But I have it on one of my Bricklink Wanted Lists :-)) So maybe one day, I'll complete my 1979 LEGOLAND space fleet...

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| December 12, 2012, 6:07 pm
Quoting BobaFett 2
I do not own a single Classic Space set, only a yellow torso with cracks in the arms.

I do have some sort of backwards nostalgia for things I never grew up with (Classic Space -> Exploriens as I do remember Insectoids and UFO) and I very much like Classic Space. Pretty much all of it.

I think it might be a small stretch to call this pocket money, and it's Ice Planet, not Classic Space, but I love this set http://brickset.com/detail/?Set=6898-1
It has a lot of hinges, a nice shape, and is very "ground-swooshable".

I have that set!
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| December 12, 2012, 8:10 pm
Quoting Nils O.
Quoting David Roberts
I'd like to add LL918 to the collection of examples. ...
I was first :-))

As I said earlier, I didn't have LL918, it's still missing in my collection... But I have it on one of my Bricklink Wanted Lists :-)) So maybe one day, I'll complete my 1979 LEGOLAND space fleet...

Glad, i just got a complete 1979ies set collection last week. :D
928, 918, 924, both bases and all that small sets. :)
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| December 13, 2012, 4:57 am
Quoting Locutus 666
Glad, i just got a complete 1979ies set collection last week. :D
928, 918, 924, both bases and all that small sets. :)

Congratulations! I am sooooo jealous!
How much did it cost you?
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| December 13, 2012, 8:26 am
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Quoting Locutus 666
Glad, i just got a complete 1979ies set collection last week. :D
928, 918, 924, both bases and all that small sets. :)

Hey Locutus, although I'm not offended by such things, I've had to reject your comment because of the bad word partially starred. Feel free to post again without the starred word.

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| December 13, 2012, 8:39 am
Quoting BobaFett 2
Congratulations! I am sooooo jealous!
How much did it cost you?

Well, thats the joke, i paid just 60 Euro. Sad, there were no paper instructions but those can be found online. The parts were...na look at this: http://www.ebay.de/itm/330835725067?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
I cleaned them up and now nearly all parts look like new. Very good condition and excluding the all-terrain-vehicle set, all were 100% complete. I got the jackpot baby! My personal xmas-present.
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| December 13, 2012, 8:40 am
Quoting David Alexander Smith
Hey Locutus, although I'm not offended by such things, I've had to reject your comment because of the bad word partially starred. Feel free to post again without the starred word.

Oops, maybe it was my comment you mean. I know that there are a lot of words that are filtered, but I didn't think that the word I used was so bad, especially with the stars and the added smiley... Sorry for that!
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| December 13, 2012, 9:15 am
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Quoting Nils O.
Oops, maybe it was my comment you mean. I know that there are a lot of words that are filtered, but I didn't think that the word I used was so bad, especially with the stars and the added smiley... Sorry for that!

No I didn't think it was so bad, I'm not easily offended. However I know there are some people joining in this competition who are a bit younger than you and I :) and I thought I had better follow the MOCpages guidelines seeing as I'm a responsible judge and all.

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| December 13, 2012, 10:04 am
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Quoting Locutus 666
Glad, i just got a complete 1979ies set collection last week. :D
928, 918, 924, both bases and all that small sets. :)

Sorry Locutus, it was actually Nils' response to your post that triggered the filter.
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| December 13, 2012, 10:06 am
Quoting David Alexander Smith
Sorry Locutus, it was actually Nil's response to your post that triggered the filter.

I was wondering what "Word" you could mean. But anyway, if u will give me some extra points in this competition, ill forgive you. Just kidding. :) No problem.
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| December 13, 2012, 10:38 am
Quoting Locutus 666
I was wondering what "Word" you could mean. But anyway, if u will give me some extra points in this competition, ill forgive you. Just kidding. :) No problem.
Oh, it wasn't that bad, it had stars for the last letters, and it was combined with "lucky" and a smiley ... ;-))

I was referring to your luck to get those sets as I'm still looking for 918, 920 and 926... :-))

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| December 13, 2012, 11:42 am
Quoting BobaFett 2
I do not own a single Classic Space set, only a yellow torso with cracks in the arms.

I do have some sort of backwards nostalgia for things I never grew up with (Classic Space -> Exploriens as I do remember Insectoids and UFO) and I very much like Classic Space. Pretty much all of it.

I think it might be a small stretch to call this pocket money, and it's Ice Planet, not Classic Space, but I love this set http://brickset.com/detail/?Set=6898-1
It has a lot of hinges, a nice shape, and is very "ground-swooshable".

I have these Ice Planet 2002 Sets: http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6814-1, http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6898-1http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6879-1http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6834-1
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| December 13, 2012, 4:18 pm
Quoting Crimso Giger
My favorite is, I think, the 6844.
http://www.brickinstructions.com/06000/6844/001.jpg

Couldn't really explain why... But I've rebuild it a few days ago, and it's as cool as in my childhood memories !


hahaha, this explains much :)

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| December 15, 2012, 2:54 am
Quoting Nils O.
Quoting Locutus 666
I was wondering what "Word" you could mean. But anyway, if u will give me some extra points in this competition, ill forgive you. Just kidding. :) No problem.
Oh, it wasn't that bad, it had stars for the last letters, and it was combined with "lucky" and a smiley ... ;-))

I was referring to your luck to get those sets as I'm still looking for 918, 920 and 926... :-))

hehe, it wasnt luck. It was skill. :D

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| December 15, 2012, 6:55 pm
I remember my first 2 sets that i got was the 6833 Beacon Tracer http://peeron.com/inv/sets/6833-1?showpic=1559 . Addional i got the 6 minifig set (includes 2 MTron, 2 Blackton II, 1 Blackton I and 1 Space Police I minifig) at the same time.
I cant remember how much alternatives i build with the few parts of that buggy but it was hours of playtime. :)
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| December 15, 2012, 7:09 pm
Quoting Locutus 666
I remember my first 2 sets that i got was the 6833 Beacon Tracer http://peeron.com/inv/sets/6833-1?showpic=1559 . Addional i got the 6 minifig set (includes 2 MTron, 2 Blackton II, 1 Blackton I and 1 Space Police I minifig) at the same time.
I cant remember how much alternatives i build with the few parts of that buggy but it was hours of playtime. :)

I still have my beacon tracer set, in addition to 6811 pulsar charger
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| December 15, 2012, 8:35 pm
Quoting David Alexander Smith
Well my first choice is 6861 X1 Parol Craft (http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6861-1). I chose this for 4 reasons. 1 - it was a ship I had and loved, 2 - it breaks the myth about trans yellow as the CS colour showing as early as 1980 that trans green was in use, 3 - it has a great selection of pieces, and shows how much can be achieved with just 50 odd pieces, 4 - it has wonderful alternative models as can be seen here (http://www.toysperiod.com/lego-6861-x1-patrol-craft-vintage-space-ship-set-from-1980-pi-639.html?invis=2).

My next choice will focus on playability.

Is it possible that the X-1 and the mobile space lab - both came up with green canopies from 1980 - were only available in USA? In wikipedia the mobile lab is marked as "only US" but the X-1 isnt. But i couldnt find it in any catalog for any region in europe from 1980-83.
So for europe Lego fans the green canopies first appear around 1985 with the Gamma V.
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| December 17, 2012, 3:05 am
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Quoting Locutus 666
Is it possible that the X-1 and the mobile space lab - both came up with green canopies from 1980 - were only available in USA? In wikipedia the mobile lab is marked as "only US" but the X-1 isnt. But i couldnt find it in any catalog for any region in europe from 1980-83.
So for europe Lego fans the green canopies first appear around 1985 with the Gamma V.

That's really interesting. I always loved this one because none of my friends had it, and never really thought why. It was a Christmas present from my aunt, and she travelled to the states a lot. I wonder if I had an import - that's cool. Thanks for the research, I'm going to dig around myself on this topic.
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| December 17, 2012, 3:50 am
Quoting David Alexander Smith
That's really interesting. I always loved this one because none of my friends had it, and never really thought why. It was a Christmas present from my aunt, and she travelled to the states a lot. I wonder if I had an import - that's cool. Thanks for the research, I'm going to dig around myself on this topic.
I can't remember where, but I remember that I've read (somewhere) that the X-1 was a "US only" set. I've looked at Brickset, Brickipedia and Bricklink, but couldn't find this information again. So I'm not sure about that any more...

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| December 17, 2012, 6:28 am
Another example for released only in north america (USA, Canada) is the Blacktron I 6954 Renegade. But the X-1 should be easy to build, no special parts.
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| December 17, 2012, 1:18 pm
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I followed a link posted by David in "Grown Ups with Plastic" and found this re-working of a classic Classic Space pocket money set. Great fun:

http://surmalegobros.blogspot.dk/2012/05/897.html?m=1

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| December 17, 2012, 2:14 pm
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...and an even better one!

http://surmalegobros.blogspot.dk/2012/04/452.html?m=1

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| December 17, 2012, 2:17 pm
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Quoting David Roberts
...and an even better one!

http://surmalegobros.blogspot.dk/2012/04/452.html?m=1

This one is a real gem.
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| December 17, 2012, 3:37 pm
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885 was a favortie small Calssic Space set from my childhood. It actually has too few parts to qualify for this competition. The set is interesting because of various people asking if "illegal" connections are allowed in the competion. I've just tried to build 885 in LDD and couldn't attach the trans-blue engines, so they must be an example of an "illegal" connection in a CS set:

http://www.peeron.com/scans/885-1/3/
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| December 29, 2012, 7:55 pm
Quoting David Roberts
885 was a favortie small Calssic Space set from my childhood. It actually has too few parts to qualify for this competition. The set is interesting because of various people asking if "illegal" connections are allowed in the competion. I've just tried to build 885 in LDD and couldn't attach the trans-blue engines, so they must be an example of an "illegal" connection in a CS set:

http://www.peeron.com/scans/885-1/3/

I wouldn't call that illegal, just a failure of LDD to contain all possible legal connections.

I think the Mission Commander asks you to put a 1x3 in the space of a 1x2.
Talk about illegal.
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| December 29, 2012, 7:59 pm
Quoting David Roberts
885 was a favortie small Calssic Space set from my childhood. It actually has too few parts to qualify for this competition. The set is interesting because of various people asking if "illegal" connections are allowed in the competion. I've just tried to build 885 in LDD and couldn't attach the trans-blue engines, so they must be an example of an "illegal" connection in a CS set:

http://www.peeron.com/scans/885-1/3/



Lovely, i wouldnt even havent thought of this being an illegal connection since i remember having build this set ( and still have it) and used the connection method like loads of times ... But offcourse thinking of it, its an illegal method ... Mmmmmm , second thoughts ? !

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| December 29, 2012, 8:22 pm
Quoting BobaFett 2
I wouldn't call that illegal, just a failure of LDD to contain all possible legal connections.

I think the Mission Commander asks you to put a 1x3 in the space of a 1x2.
Talk about illegal.


Haha ... How did that pass by the TLG´s designers ? .... Well, they are very professionel, but only humans. :)
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| December 29, 2012, 8:25 pm
Quoting LEGO Family

Haha ... How did that pass by the TLG´s designers ? .... Well, they are very professionel, but only humans. :)

I have no idea why that doesn't work in LDD. It was quite common to use the old fence parts (1x4x1 and 1x4x2) as SNOT elements...
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| December 30, 2012, 6:04 pm
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Quoting David Roberts
I'd like to highlight the Mobile Ground Tracking Station, set 452 from 1979, with approx 70 pieces:

http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=452-1

I must admit that part of the attraction of this set was that it was bought for my sister and didn't become part of my Lego collection until many years later!

For me this set shows many of the Classic Space themes. The grey ground vehicle, with red wheels (though all wheels were red in those days!), grey fuel tanks on the front of the vehicle, trans-yellow windows and the trans-green centre to the radar dish. As David has already pointed out, trans-green was quite an important colour in Classic Space.

This vehicle was also pretty impossible to use for military means. Classic Space was all about exploring and the different colours of spacemen being friends :)

The various antennae on this model could be used for all sorts of play options, plus it had the opening control room and detachable trailer. The rotating, clear antenna always seemed strange and interesting to me at the age of 10. What did it do?

Sadly, I can't remember what the alternative builds were for this set and my box of Lego instrucions is on the other side of Europe :(

I saw this and knew you'd appreciate it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/granada_turnier/8176425247/in/photostream
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| January 4, 2013, 3:43 am
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Quoting David Roberts
I'd like to highlight the Mobile Ground Tracking Station, set 452 from 1979, with approx 70 pieces:

http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=452-1

I must admit that part of the attraction of this set was that it was bought for my sister and didn't become part of my Lego collection until many years later!

For me this set shows many of the Classic Space themes. The grey ground vehicle, with red wheels (though all wheels were red in those days!), grey fuel tanks on the front of the vehicle, trans-yellow windows and the trans-green centre to the radar dish. As David has already pointed out, trans-green was quite an important colour in Classic Space.

This vehicle was also pretty impossible to use for military means. Classic Space was all about exploring and the different colours of spacemen being friends :)

The various antennae on this model could be used for all sorts of play options, plus it had the opening control room and detachable trailer. The rotating, clear antenna always seemed strange and interesting to me at the age of 10. What did it do?

Sadly, I can't remember what the alternative builds were for this set and my box of Lego instrucions is on the other side of Europe :(


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| January 4, 2013, 7:33 am
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Quoting David Alexander Smith
I saw this and knew you'd appreciate it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/granada_turnier/8176425247/in/photostream

Wow! That's an amazing collection of CS models. I love how they reflect and amplify the orginal designs.
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| January 4, 2013, 9:05 am
Quoting David Roberts
885 was a favortie small Calssic Space set from my childhood. It actually has too few parts to qualify for this competition. The set is interesting because of various people asking if "illegal" connections are allowed in the competion. I've just tried to build 885 in LDD and couldn't attach the trans-blue engines, so they must be an example of an "illegal" connection in a CS set:

http://www.peeron.com/scans/885-1/3/

I encounter such situations very often in LDD. In that case, sometimes it works if u stick a 1x1 plate or round 1x1 plate betwen the 2 parts.
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| January 8, 2013, 6:02 am
Quoting Locutus 666
I encounter such situations very often in LDD. In that case, sometimes it works if u stick a 1x1 plate or round 1x1 plate betwen the 2 parts.

I just tried some trick with the "fence part" in LDD. In this case it seems that LDD just doesn't "know" the holes of the fence part. The behavior of LDD is the same as if you used a 1x4x1 panel instead...
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| January 8, 2013, 6:44 am
Quoting Nils O.
I just tried some trick with the "fence part" in LDD. In this case it seems that LDD just doesn't "know" the holes of the fence part. The behavior of LDD is the same as if you used a 1x4x1 panel instead...

Yep i tried it myself. In the case of that fence it doesnt work. :(
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| January 9, 2013, 2:36 am
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