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Research Station
Yes ladies and gentlemen, after several weeks of hard slog it is finally finished! And I'm kicking myself for making it stumpy. Ah well. Thank you Areesta c, Josh H. and the many others who contributed to this monumental piece in my legoing career.
About this creation

First up is a close look at one of the four quad-laser defence turrets. These are controlled by AI programs, which explains why they need so many barrels. Those things aren't too accurate.


A shot at one of the three engines/external reactors. These are used to propel the station to it's intended planet and then place it into geo-stationary orbit. after that, they divert all power to the interior to bring all systems online and activate the awakening protocol. More on that quite near the bottom.


Here's an overview of each deck and the roof from above. I almost managed to get it so every part could be bought, but those engine joints didn't work out so well. Admittedly LDD did have the part in the buyable section, but only in bright yellow. I think John Moffat would have had a fit if he saw that.


Shot 1/2 of the Habitation Deck. From left to right we have: Hydroponics, Toilets, Bunks and part of the exercise area. I know what some of you are thinking: "Scientists? exercising!?!" yes, even they see the need to do it when in a Zero-G enviroment.


"Hang on a minute, they're standing on the floor! What's Zero-G about that?" Magnetic boots, my friend, magnetic boots. Anyway, here we see the other side of the exercise area and the self-serve galley.


Right, on to the Research Deck. Again, from left to right: Cupboard of chemicals, Computer/Comm-console, Animal Isolation Chamber (for study of live specimens), accompanying Pathogen-proof suit and finally Research station (Including Microscope desk).


Rotated view of the above. only real difference is the surgical chamber dead in front, with glass window for observations.


And lastly, the Cryo-Deck (finally thought of a name for it!). Here there are small incubators for alien tissue samples and ten cryo-tanks, one for each member of the stations crew. The crew stay in these on the journey to the planet and are awakened when the station is in geo-stationary orbit. They are also useful for storing larger specimens and for saving your crew members if an infection breaks out.

Note: the accompanying shuttle can be found here http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/176251

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Building instructions
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Comments

 I made it 
  February 12, 2010
Quoting Clone General Shcuzy (or Nothing) great! BUT you forgot to put the model back to together before uploading the file. its all in pieces.
I actually cheated. The main pic is of a frame I constructed so I wouldn't have to try and place each layer on top of one another, because that is seriously tricky on LDD.
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  February 12, 2010
great! BUT you forgot to put the model back to together before uploading the file. its all in pieces.
  January 17, 2010
Ah, I see.
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  January 16, 2010
Making these shaped like a circle, must be long and tiring, even on LDD. great job!
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  January 16, 2010
Very detailed. I love the interior especially. Great work!
 I made it 
  January 16, 2010
Quoting Areetsa C The only thing that could make this better would be if it was built 'in the brick'. I seem to remember something about a small ship going in the middle of it. May I ask what happened to that idea, or is this the shuttle itself? Anyway, some interesting angles in that. Can't imagine the sort of trouble you'd have getting it all working.
The shuttle can be found by using the provided web address (see above the Rate and Comment). It can be attached to the underside so the samples can be floated up through that hatch in the centre of the Cryo0deck.
Lea Khan
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billy bob
  January 15, 2010
A very original and brightly done idea. Has a simple look, but nevertheless it is well built. I like how you did the interior.
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  January 15, 2010
The only thing that could make this better would be if it was built 'in the brick'. I seem to remember something about a small ship going in the middle of it. May I ask what happened to that idea, or is this the shuttle itself? Anyway, some interesting angles in that. Can't imagine the sort of trouble you'd have getting it all working.
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  January 15, 2010
Yes! Yes! Yes! A space lab. I was hoping to finally see something like this on the Pages, and here it is! I'm working on a micro scale wheel design myself (as in 2001: a space odyssey) and have been having problems with the diameter/section angle ratio. You seem to have solved the problem perfectly. I definitely like the layout of your creation and the detail you put into each level. This deserves a MOTD from Mocpages own AI.
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  January 15, 2010
dude, this is so cool.
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  January 15, 2010
I'm so glad to see you completed it. It came out great. I like all the detail on all three decks. The project was very well thought out.
 
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