I had a whole lot of fun in March exploring some neo classic space building. Here's a collection of what I built, which individually I didn't feel were strong enough to post but as a group they might be something of a 'concept album' into the heyday of space with new parts to accompany us. Hope you enjoy them even slightly as much as I did making 'em.
I started off with this little VOAT based scout ship which was going to be for a dio about a red and green-coloured stonehenge monument discovered by some classic spacemen on the Moon. The dio didn't survive the birthing process but the scout did.
And it kind evolved into a podracer which I considered entering for the contest for about 4 seconds.
Then I tried a Mysterion podracer with lame results. I thought it would look cool to have the engine pods as minimal as possible to contrast the bulky star wars ones and also exhibit the Mysterion's advanced and exotic technology. It looked better in my head.
Then I started thinking about some styles and designs from the 70's and 80's to tie together with classic space so I tried Buck Roger's classic starfighter:
I started altering the basic frame but couldn't settle on any alternates. The smallest changes in detail changed the whole look and feel of the ship. Normally I have great trouble in deciding on a final design. The first few look like a fighter while the last one (turned around) suggest a transport or dropship.
Then taking the scale down a notch, I tried something in the way of a larger vessel, in this case, a search and rescue ship.
While looking at retro inspiration I cam across this pic:
Which inspired me to build a lunar hovertaxi:
and set me off looking at retro robots with a view to turn those designs into some NCS mechs.
Which led to~
~a two man Lunar Geological Survey Mech:
(I liked the idea of having an open top but the x-pod thing just looked too retro to pass up.)
~Then I hit on the idea of building a mech that actually resembled an old wind-up toy robot:
The poor classic spaceman pilot has to get out every two hours and laboriously recharge his vehicle....
One of the joys of making a toy-style retro robot like this was that it called for a simple, boxy style design: perfectly suited to Lego bricks. No more busting my brain trying to make organic looking mechs/bots: bring on the rectangles baby!
~The next bot was a homage to the Nintendo R.O.B. from the 80's. I never had one but damn if they weren't the coolest thing. You have to remember that when I was a kid we were all promised household robots when we grew up to keep us company and do the vacuuming...
Well, my creation is supposed to be a Lunar Vacuumer, making sure moon bases are free of lunar dust:
~NCS Hover Forklit, based off an Omnibot from the 80's:
I tried a rover but gave up after it started looking like a Turbo Tank...:
Next: NCS Construction Crane,
And lastly, this moc was an attempt to blend a NASA lunar lander module with something from Space Invaders: a search and rescue module with large antennae to track and locate faint emergency signals of broken-down rovers or mechs and provide assistance:
But by now the retro toy robot bug had burrowed under my skin and started digging into my spinal cord, so that's what I'm investigating now. When I've gotten sick of this craze (and had that bug removed) I'll post a collection here. 'Till then, stay cool fellow builders!
Wow sweet I just got into classic space a few weeks ago and these just complement the theme. retro robots are so cool do you ever watch lost in space from the 60's you if not you should it's full of old school robots. Also the R.O.B. was cool I just made one today I still need to take photo's of him if you want I'll tell you when he is posted. hang enough rambling from me let me go add you as a faverite.
I think some of those robots could definitely have been posted by themselves, particularly the Lunar Geological Survey Mech. Good stuff!
I like it
April 6, 2009
You have been a busy boy the past month! These are some stellar (or should I say interstellar) neo-classic space MOC's. Lots of good building techniques...as usual. But I think what draws me the most to these is the endless creativity you seem to posses in coming up with ideas for MOC's. These are all brilliant!
okay, on the podracers I follow your judgement. But the rest, Shan I'm telling you, is fantastic. I'm digging those eightiesbots, and their very unique style. Why is it that everytime I come to your pages I want to add you as fav builder? (he already is?? dang he's good...)
This is why, during the entire month of March when I was supposed to be building something in the "Ocean style" for our April Fool's switcheroo, I was a complete nervous wreck. Every day it seemed like one of these things would appear on my flickr contacts stream, and all I could do was throw my hands up in frustration. "Augh, what are you DOING to me? I can't build like that!"
I just spent my entire lunch break looking at your Neo Classic Space and enjoyed every minute of it. You've really done an outstanding job on the MOCs plus all the supplimental information and explanations backing up your designs. Thanks for sharing all you work with the community.
Great post! I'm not really into all that goofy looking stuff, but there's no denying you nailed the look! The micro-scale ships are great, and on minifig scale, the hover taxi and geological mech are my favorites.
Not enough strong to have their own page ? Are you crazy ??? This is a totally awesome ! I love them all, and the "Lunar Geological Survey Mech" is priceless ! Can't wait to see more retro-robots ! Don't forget to add the topic to the 'Nostalgia Factory if you want to ;-)