The Sand Puma was an MOC that was to be the last of my "known space" universe, but while building I came across some great ideas that convinced me to sack this MOC and start on a whole new project. I am keeping these pics up on mocpages because I used some new parts and techniques with this MOC that I felt were noteworthy, and I will be reusing them in the next MOC. The Sand Puma was to be a heavily armed troop transport for Baron Kriegwagen and his rag-tag bunch of desert rebels. As you can see from the pics, it was coming along splendidly. Sorry Baron, but I am stepping away from 'known space' and heading into the Tribes of Man.
About this creation
A trapdoor piece on the side of a ship makes for a lovely, utilitarian personnel hatch. As you may notice from this picture, those panels on the side of the ship right behind that trap door piece, are the stands from the short lived Lego basketball. You place the basketball minifig on the little square of studs, and his sports card went into the groove as a backdrop to the minifig. I put them on the side of the ship, upside down. So now the groove is a... I don't know, but the writing upside down looks kind of alien. And then we see one of two missile racks for this transport. For the longest time, I separated my dark tan from my regular tan on my MOCs. After using them here, I can not understand how I was so short sighted! They just go together so splendidly!
I LOVE using those sliding train doors on space ships for cargo hold access. You will be seeing those doors on lots of my MOCs in the near future. And that gun turret there was one of two I had built for this MOC to sit on the top deck.
Greebles!! That round thing sticking out is also from the basketball sports sets. That was part of a thing where you set the minifig on, then you can make him fly through the air for a slam dunk on the basket. Here it is being used as ground communications dish for added support of ground forces. It could also jam enemy communications.
Just some crew bunks. There were crew bunks to either side of the cargo hold. Altogether this ship could comfortably accomodate 12 troops, plus the captain in his own private quarters. Do I treat my minifigs right, or what?
There were also two spacious full bathrooms, one for the captain, and another for the enlisted men.
Here is the aforementioned captain's quarters
I made this battle buggy with some clone parts I had gathering dust. I thought it was a shame that they just sit there year after year and never get played with. I am starting to tear up now, so let's move on before the waterworks start.
Now THAT, is a spacious transport bay. Both the sand skiff and that battle buggy could easily come and go without bumping anyone's head. That overhead black brick was to be the command deck, someday.
This looks like it was going to be very interesting. You should revisit this craft soon after your current project. I will be adding a new E.O.S. anti starfighter ship tomorrow. You should check that out.